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November 29, 2013 9:49:16 PM

Hello there. I am still somewhat new to TomsHardware, but I come here often when researching things and deciding on others so i figured I would ask you folks!

My question(s) are this: I am upgrading my desktop PC, almost completely, and need major help with a motherboard. (as well as some other help possibly!) I want to somewhat future proof myself for a while and am using it mainly for gaming needs. (like battlefield 4 and other intensive games) I think I have found the processor I want, and that is the AMD fx8350. Is it worth it? Let's assume I will 100% buy this proc., what motherboard should I go for? I don't think i want to spend ~$250 for the crosshair V or sabertooth, but if thats the best option perhaps I should. I want new features like USB 3.0, possibly crossfirex support for future, decent amount of SATA 6gbps (like 5 or 6 should be plenty). Also, will overclocking possibilites be wise with this processor to expand my PC when/if I need to? Or should i not worrry about OC'ing b/c of the fast processor? I also do not have a case yet, but I am definitely buying a case with plenty of room (mid size ATX), plenty of fan spots, and good airflow. Any and all help would be greatly appreciated to any and/or all of my questions, and if it isn't too much to ask, if who ever replies could give me reasons for why the board/parts they are telling me to get is the best for what i want, it would really help me understand. (like the whole VRM vase, I don't really know what that is, cooling capabilites, etc.)

If it helps, this is the hardware I will 100% be pairing with it:
-PowerColor ATI Radeon 7770 Ghz edition 1GB GDDR5
-Seasonic 650W 80 plus Gold PS
-CoolerMaster 212 Hyper EVO CPU cooler
-128GB Adata SSD for OS
-1TB WD Black for Storage
-Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit OS

Thank you all in advanced for any help! =)

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November 29, 2013 9:58:42 PM

Bro upgrade your GPU, the rest is very good though. If you can lower your CPU to the 6350 and get a more powerful GPU, then that's better.

You can check the ASrock extreme 3, this is a good one that will suit your needs: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You may not OC your CPU anymore because your GPU will be the bottleneck here (it means your CPU will be relaxed when gaming because your GPU can't keep up with it). Then for the case, check CoolerMaster Haf series, they have good airflow.

Lastly, the seasonic gold 650w is expensive for that rig, you might want to check the lower ones around 550w with bronze so that you can upgrade your GPU. :)  But there's also nothing wrong with your choice, it's just way too expensive considering the GPU you're getting.
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November 29, 2013 10:20:25 PM

adimeister said:
Bro upgrade your GPU, the rest is very good though. If you can lower your CPU to the 6350 and get a more powerful GPU, then that's better.

You can check the ASrock extreme 3, this is a good one that will suit your needs: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You may not OC your CPU anymore because your GPU will be the bottleneck here (it means your CPU will be relaxed when gaming because your GPU can't keep up with it). Then for the case, check CoolerMaster Haf series, they have good airflow.

Lastly, the seasonic gold 650w is expensive for that rig, you might want to check the lower ones around 550w with bronze so that you can upgrade your GPU. :)  But there's also nothing wrong with your choice, it's just way too expensive considering the GPU you're getting.


Damn. Well I guess I am kinda screwed already... haha I already have the GPU and PS... so what if I did a Crossfire with another 7770 GPU? Would that help my top end, if you will? And if I keep my GPU and PS, should I not look into such a powerful CPU as my GPU will be limiting it anyway, as you said?
Edit: sorry I thought about this after I entered last message, but would building it to where I can just swap out a better GPU in the future after some more saving of $ be any type of wise, or how about when compared to a Crossfire? I am not sure what benefits from a crossfire exactly, i just know you can hook up two cards. Or would it be dumb to do that since the card would just "dumb down" the rest of the system anyway? Sorry for the million questions. thanks again.

I appreciate your quick response and detail btw!
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November 30, 2013 2:13:06 AM

Hmmm I'm really not a fan of xfire or SLI because some games don't support multi GPU setup. Here are the pros and cons:

SLI/Xfire
Pros: Faster than the 1 card (of course), Cheaper than a powerful single GPU

Cons: More heat, More power consumption, more noise, takes space on the mobo and case (so temp inside case increases, thus affecting your CPU temp if you're using an air cooler like the hyper 212.), and some drivers for sli/xfire are not yet that good for some GPUS.

SINGLE CARD
Pros: Less heat, Less power consumption, less noise, VERY STABLE.
Cons: More expensive

Your case makes it more complicated because you already have the 7770. But if I were you, I would just sell that GPU then save up a little more then buy a powerful GPU. There are so many good GPUs out there right now, good prices also since the r9 series came out. So goodluck! :) 
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