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Requesting input on my PC part selection!

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November 21, 2013 11:54:10 AM

Hi! I made a thread sometime in June requesting advice on PC parts.
Here is the build from June. I had a 600-700 budget then on the PC alone, but now it's around 800.

Since then, I've upgraded my list here.. The only changes were made in the brand of storage, ram and my GPU. I went from a Corsair ddr3 1600 to g. skill's ddr3 1866. And for graphics card, I went from a GTX 550Ti --> PowerColor 7850 2GB --> Gigabyte 7870 2GB --> MSI 270X 2GB --> and my MOST desired card right now, the Sapphire 7950.

I was able to upgrade my GPU because of extra money from discounted parts on my list.
Now, my questions:
1) If my budget for a GPU is $200, should I settle for the 7950 (which is around $190 right now), or go for the MSI 270X (which is 200?) I ask this because after looking at reviews between the two cards, the 270 is still kind of "new" (despite it being a rebrand and slight upgrade of the 7850) and it lacks reviews, and the Sapphire 7950 has more fan/overheating issues than the more expensive variants of the 7950.

2)PSU - Would it be more beneficial to get a modular PSU? If getting a modular PSU will make my cable managing a lot easier, I'd like to opt for a modular one. (If so, any recommendations for a 550W PSU?)

3) Any other input on my parts? Generally I'd like to keep the build so far because the pricing and combination looks pretty decent to me. I'm looking to game and do 3D modeling on the build.. This is also my first time building, ever. (Or so, it will be as soon as I get the parts around Black Friday)

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November 21, 2013 11:58:00 AM

1) 7950 is the better GPU.
2) Modular PSU is nice to have, but the one you have works fine and you pay a premium for the modular psu, which is better spent elsewhere
3) I would upgrade the SSD to Samsung 840 Evo 120GB, it is about $30 more, which is the same as it would be to upgrade your psu to a modular model. It will also allow you to install some games and/or programs on the SSD instead of the slower HDD.
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November 21, 2013 1:46:27 PM

rvilkman said:
1) 7950 is the better GPU.
2) Modular PSU is nice to have, but the one you have works fine and you pay a premium for the modular psu, which is better spent elsewhere
3) I would upgrade the SSD to Samsung 840 Evo 120GB, it is about $30 more, which is the same as it would be to upgrade your psu to a modular model. It will also allow you to install some games and/or programs on the SSD instead of the slower HDD.


I was going to try to squish my OS (win 7) onto the SSD as well as a one or two of the games I primarily play. If I get the 120GB, would there be a noticeable difference in game/program start ups? Particularly the ones that are really bulky in size?
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November 21, 2013 2:23:23 PM

There is a difference. And the 64GB drive is really small. 120GB is generally big enough for a few games.
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November 21, 2013 7:14:55 PM

Interesting. If I were to say, not purchase a SSD (saving 90-100 dollars), and I put that into my CPU and GPU, would you consider that to be a good "sacrifice"?
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November 21, 2013 7:49:23 PM

You 'could' do that but it would really benefit you then to pretty much use all the money for a faster GPU which would then be either a GTX760 or an R9 280X.

And the 7950 at the moment is such a good deal that i'm not sure you would really get your moneys worth. The SSD will make your system more responsive and generally nicer to use.
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