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I am building a moderate (or maybe light... I shall leave that to your better judgement) gaming rig with these specs:

CPU: AMD 3.5Ghz AM3+ FX 6-Core Edition FX-6300 (FD6300WMHKBOX) Processor
Mobo: ASUS M5A97 R2.0 (This one also has EVO and PRO versions, but I don't understand the difference. Can anyone help me?)
GPU: Confused between these two:
Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 OC Eyefinity 2.0, 1 GB GDDR5
MSI Radeon HD 7850 Twin Frozr III OC, 2 GB GDDR5
Will Probably buy the cheaper one. Do present your cases though. (I was also thinking about a Zotac/Asus GTX 650 Ti Boost, but they are probably no match for these)
RAM: Kingston HyperX DDR3 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) PC RAM (KHX1600C9D3B1K2/8GX) (I could also go in for Corsair Vengeance, if that's cheaper.:??: )
PSU: Two choices here:
Corsair CMPSU-600CXV2UK 600 Watts PSU
Seasonic S12II 620 Watts PSU (I hear Seasonic is the OEM of Corsair?)
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 2 TB (ST2000DM001) or WD Blue WD10EZEX 1 TB or WD Caviar Green 2 TB (WD20EZRX) ????
CPU COOLER: Cooler Master Hyper TX3 EVO Cooler
Lastly, the CASE/CABINET: I seriously have no idea about this. Maybe this one: Antec X1. But I am not sure paying Rs. 2500 (~US $40) is way to go. BTW I don't require anything fancy. The only requirement is good ventilation.

Let me know if I left out anything. Thanks in advance.
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    The FX 6300 is a great choice, if you'd like to step up, the 8320 is just a lower clocked 8350 so that could also be worth considering

    The 650 Ti Boost performs on par with the 7850s, just go with whichever is the cheaper option, but get the 2GB versions

    The Corsair CX series is generally regarded as entry level, going with the Seasonic one would be a nice idea, and for a single GPU 600W is plenty

    The Caviar Green is a 5400RPM drive best used for backup purposes, the Seagate drive is fairly quick but has aggressive Advanced Power Management (which can be disabled thankfully), most people would probably recommend the Caviar Blue 1TB drive you listed

    In regards to the case, you could consider this one

    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/thermaltake-case-vn400a1w2n

    Also, 8GB of ram is optimal
  2. Abhishek Bhattacharya said:
    I am building a moderate (or maybe light... I shall leave that to your better judgement) gaming rig with these specs:

    CPU: AMD 3.5Ghz AM3+ FX 6-Core Edition FX-6300 (FD6300WMHKBOX) Processor
    Mobo: ASUS M5A97 R2.0 (This one also has EVO and PRO versions, but I don't understand the difference. Can anyone help me?)
    GPU: Confused between these two:
    Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 OC Eyefinity 2.0, 1 GB GDDR5
    MSI Radeon HD 7850 Twin Frozr III OC, 2 GB GDDR5
    Will Probably buy the cheaper one. Do present your cases though. (I was also thinking about a Zotac/Asus GTX 650 Ti Boost, but they are probably no match for these)
    RAM: Kingston HyperX DDR3 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) PC RAM (KHX1600C9D3B1K2/8GX) (I could also go in for Corsair Vengeance, if that's cheaper.:??: )
    PSU: Two choices here:
    Corsair CMPSU-600CXV2UK 600 Watts PSU
    Seasonic S12II 620 Watts PSU (I hear Seasonic is the OEM of Corsair?)
    HDD: Seagate Barracuda 2 TB (ST2000DM001) or WD Blue WD10EZEX 1 TB or WD Caviar Green 2 TB (WD20EZRX) ????
    CPU COOLER: Cooler Master Hyper TX3 EVO Cooler
    Lastly, the CASE/CABINET: I seriously have no idea about this. Maybe this one: Antec X1. But I am not sure paying Rs. 2500 (~US $40) is way to go. BTW I don't require anything fancy. The only requirement is good ventilation.

    Let me know if I left out anything. Thanks in advance.



    The motherboard looks horrible.

    ASUS, ASRock and MSI are fooling their customers.

    PLEASE, take your time to watch and understand what's said in this video. It's made by an engineer and you'll quickly see that he knows his shit:


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDxFbAhu4Bo
  3. After taking a look at what I think you are trying to do, I have a few suggestions. If you don't mind.
    First, I would not worry about having such a huge HDD, regarding the 2TB drive you mentioned. What I have found to work very well for gaming is to use a SSD and then a larger HDD for file storage, backups, recovery, etc. SSD's are still kinda expensive but a 128GBis a moderately priced option. The SSD will operate perceptibly faster than it's HDD relative. In fact, a SSD is so fast that Ready Boost will not even work with an SSD...well, it's not a problem though. Windows tells you that you are already as fast as you can be with the SSd, no Ready Boost needed. So, when it comes to storage, i.e., SSD's & HDD's, save a few dollars and buy a 1-1.5TB HDD and take the money you save and put it into a SSD.
    OK. I will now go to the top of your list.
    For only a few dollars more I feel that you should get the AMD FX-8350 CPU. It is easily O/C'd using included software with a real nice GUI.
    The ASUS M5A97 R2.0 is a perfectly good Motherboard and will hold plenty of Memory. I started with DDR3 1866 memory but switched to DDR3 1600 and actually got slightly better performance. As far as Memory goes, I would have 12GB minimum, I have 16GB.
    ***If you will do some homework, i.e., shopping around, you can find some good deals at retailers. I don't know where you are located but Fry's Electronics is my hands down favorite. I have gotten some very good deals just paying attention.
    Other than the CPU, your Graphics capability will make as much difference or more than anything else you do. This is where you spend the money. One quirky thing about me is that if I have an Intel processor I stick with an NVidia graphics card and with an AMD I use Radeon. The 7850 you mentioned is not quite as much as I would like to see. I can highly recommend the MSI 7950 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 Graphics Card.
    Power supplies are evolving along with various advances in computing. More power + more security and a healthier environment for your machine. You will need to be aware of the outputs on your PSU because a new Graphics Card may(likely will)require 2 or more power connections. To be on the safe side I would recommend a minimum 700 watt PSU.
    The CPU cooler comes with the CPU. If you feel you need an upgrade from that you should move to a Liquid Cooler. Case fans are also very important. If our case will hold 120mm fans I would load it up with the movement of air. I have 3-120mm fans pulling air in and 3-120mm fans pushing air out. I also have two air filters, one for the PSU which is at the bottom of the case, the other covers 2 of the intake fans. 2 out of 3 ain't bad.
    Lastly, get the biggest case available. You won't regret it. Something that is a "no tools needed" is what I like. This makes swapping drives much easier, gives your hardware more space to breath, and gives you more room to work with. My case is an Ostrog and I really like it.

    I hope that in some way this will help you.
  4. pegleg1960 said:
    After taking a look at what I think you are trying to do, I have a few suggestions. If you don't mind.
    First, I would not worry about having such a huge HDD, regarding the 2TB drive you mentioned. What I have found to work very well for gaming is to use a SSD and then a larger HDD for file storage, backups, recovery, etc. SSD's are still kinda expensive but a 128GBis a moderately priced option. The SSD will operate perceptibly faster than it's HDD relative. In fact, a SSD is so fast that Ready Boost will not even work with an SSD...well, it's not a problem though. Windows tells you that you are already as fast as you can be with the SSd, no Ready Boost needed. So, when it comes to storage, i.e., SSD's & HDD's, save a few dollars and buy a 1-1.5TB HDD and take the money you save and put it into a SSD.
    OK. I will now go to the top of your list.
    For only a few dollars more I feel that you should get the AMD FX-8350 CPU. It is easily O/C'd using included software with a real nice GUI.
    The ASUS M5A97 R2.0 is a perfectly good Motherboard and will hold plenty of Memory. I started with DDR3 1866 memory but switched to DDR3 1600 and actually got slightly better performance. As far as Memory goes, I would have 12GB minimum, I have 16GB.
    ***If you will do some homework, i.e., shopping around, you can find some good deals at retailers. I don't know where you are located but Fry's Electronics is my hands down favorite. I have gotten some very good deals just paying attention.
    Other than the CPU, your Graphics capability will make as much difference or more than anything else you do. This is where you spend the money. One quirky thing about me is that if I have an Intel processor I stick with an NVidia graphics card and with an AMD I use Radeon. The 7850 you mentioned is not quite as much as I would like to see. I can highly recommend the MSI 7950 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 Graphics Card.
    Power supplies are evolving along with various advances in computing. More power + more security and a healthier environment for your machine. You will need to be aware of the outputs on your PSU because a new Graphics Card may(likely will)require 2 or more power connections. To be on the safe side I would recommend a minimum 700 watt PSU.
    The CPU cooler comes with the CPU. If you feel you need an upgrade from that you should move to a Liquid Cooler. Case fans are also very important. If our case will hold 120mm fans I would load it up with the movement of air. I have 3-120mm fans pulling air in and 3-120mm fans pushing air out. I also have two air filters, one for the PSU which is at the bottom of the case, the other covers 2 of the intake fans. 2 out of 3 ain't bad.
    Lastly, get the biggest case available. You won't regret it. Something that is a "no tools needed" is what I like. This makes swapping drives much easier, gives your hardware more space to breath, and gives you more room to work with. My case is an Ostrog and I really like it.

    I hope that in some way this will help you.



    While your tips really seem the way to go, there's a fundamental problem, which is not your fault. I live in INDIA. And here stuff is drop dead costly. Every component costs around 35-40% more. So there. :( And SSDs are so costly I could get 3 cheap HDDs for a single SSD. I know your suggestions would result in a fairly moderate gaming rig, but I'm not looking for that much extravaganza right now. I would present my arguments:

    1. HDD+SDD is a moot point. But I don't require insanely fast bootups. Normal 3 minute bootups will do fine.
    2. I will not get anything higher than a FX-6300 until AMD removes APU's. What's the point when I am going to gat a dedicated graphics card anyway.
    3. Mobo and RAM seems ok to me.
    4. I am already stretching my budget too hard with a 7850 1GB. And that's coming from a person who lives in a place where a Radeon 7850 1GB is more expensive than a NVIDIA GTX 650 Ti boost.
    5. I had given thought to liquid coolers. And in a hot place like India, they might seem useful. I shall look into the matter.
    6. PSU, I hear you. Will ponder over it.
    7. Case: Am definitely going with rolandzhang3's suggestion. The Thermaltake Commander MS-i seems big enough.
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