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December 8, 2013 7:35:30 PM

Vantage Midi ATX PC Gaming Tower

Processor (CPU)
AMD FX-4350 Quad Core CPU (4.3/4.2GHZ - 4MB CACHE/AM3+)

Motherboard
ASUS® M5A97 LE R2.0 (DDR3, USB3.0, 6Gb/s)

Memory (RAM)
8GB KINGSTON DUAL-DDR3 1600MHz (1 x 8GB)

Graphics Card
4GB AMD RADEON™ R9 290X - DVI, HDMI, DP - DX® 11, Eyefinity 4 Capable

Memory - 1st Hard Disk
1TB 3.5" SATA-III 6GB/s HDD 7200RPM 32MB CACHE

1st DVD/BLU-RAY Drive
24x DUAL LAYER DVD WRITER ±R/±RW/RAM

Power Supply
CORSAIR 650W VS SERIES™ VS-650 POWER SUPPLY

Processor Cooling
STANDARD AMD CPU COOLER

Sound Card
ONBOARD 8 CHANNEL (7.1) HIGH DEF AUDIO (AS STANDARD)

Wireless/Wired Networking
10/100/1000 GIGABIT LAN PORT - AS STANDARD ON ALL PCs

USB Options
MIN. 2 x USB 3.0 & 4 x USB 2.0 PORTS @ BACK PANEL + MIN. 2 FRONT PORTS
If anything is missing, or a quality or a bad product/not suitable is listed let me know, first time doing this Im spending around £900 its too risky for me and feel alittle nervous in case i make a mistake and waste my 900.
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December 8, 2013 7:43:32 PM

I would say save up a bit and get the FX-6300. Also, more importantly, do NOT get the LE version of that motherboard. do do do get the regular M5a97 r2.0 instead, just trust me on that.
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December 8, 2013 7:45:11 PM

PedramCarter said:
Vantage Midi ATX PC Gaming Tower

Processor (CPU)
AMD FX-4350 Quad Core CPU (4.3/4.2GHZ - 4MB CACHE/AM3+)

Motherboard
ASUS® M5A97 LE R2.0 (DDR3, USB3.0, 6Gb/s)

Memory (RAM)
8GB KINGSTON DUAL-DDR3 1600MHz (1 x 8GB)

Graphics Card
4GB AMD RADEON™ R9 290X - DVI, HDMI, DP - DX® 11, Eyefinity 4 Capable

Memory - 1st Hard Disk
1TB 3.5" SATA-III 6GB/s HDD 7200RPM 32MB CACHE

1st DVD/BLU-RAY Drive
24x DUAL LAYER DVD WRITER ±R/±RW/RAM

Power Supply
CORSAIR 650W VS SERIES™ VS-650 POWER SUPPLY

Processor Cooling
STANDARD AMD CPU COOLER

Sound Card
ONBOARD 8 CHANNEL (7.1) HIGH DEF AUDIO (AS STANDARD)

Wireless/Wired Networking
10/100/1000 GIGABIT LAN PORT - AS STANDARD ON ALL PCs

USB Options
MIN. 2 x USB 3.0 & 4 x USB 2.0 PORTS @ BACK PANEL + MIN. 2 FRONT PORTS
If anything is missing, or a quality or a bad product/not suitable is listed let me know, first time doing this Im spending around £900 its too risky for me and feel alittle nervous in case i make a mistake and waste my 900.


-Get dual channel ram (2x4GB)
-Get at least an FX-8320 or an i7 to go along with the 290X
-Get an SSD (Even if it means downgrading to a 290)
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December 8, 2013 7:46:30 PM

Beezy said:
I would say save up a bit and get the FX-6300. Also, more importantly, do NOT get the LE version of that motherboard. do do do get the regular M5a97 r2.0 instead, just trust me on that.


6core edition?, ohh only costs 20-30pound more I don't mind increasing my budget slightly.
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December 8, 2013 7:51:41 PM

CaptainTom said:
PedramCarter said:
Vantage Midi ATX PC Gaming Tower

Processor (CPU)
AMD FX-4350 Quad Core CPU (4.3/4.2GHZ - 4MB CACHE/AM3+)

Motherboard
ASUS® M5A97 LE R2.0 (DDR3, USB3.0, 6Gb/s)

Memory (RAM)
8GB KINGSTON DUAL-DDR3 1600MHz (1 x 8GB)

Graphics Card
4GB AMD RADEON™ R9 290X - DVI, HDMI, DP - DX® 11, Eyefinity 4 Capable

Memory - 1st Hard Disk
1TB 3.5" SATA-III 6GB/s HDD 7200RPM 32MB CACHE

1st DVD/BLU-RAY Drive
24x DUAL LAYER DVD WRITER ±R/±RW/RAM

Power Supply
CORSAIR 650W VS SERIES™ VS-650 POWER SUPPLY

Processor Cooling
STANDARD AMD CPU COOLER

Sound Card
ONBOARD 8 CHANNEL (7.1) HIGH DEF AUDIO (AS STANDARD)

Wireless/Wired Networking
10/100/1000 GIGABIT LAN PORT - AS STANDARD ON ALL PCs

USB Options
MIN. 2 x USB 3.0 & 4 x USB 2.0 PORTS @ BACK PANEL + MIN. 2 FRONT PORTS
If anything is missing, or a quality or a bad product/not suitable is listed let me know, first time doing this Im spending around £900 its too risky for me and feel alittle nervous in case i make a mistake and waste my 900.


-Get dual channel ram (2x4GB)
-Get at least an FX-8320 or an i7 to go along with the 290X
-Get an SSD (Even if it means downgrading to a 290)


What's the advantage of 2 x 4GB than 1x 8GB?
ALSO SSD is too expensive, can't afford it.
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December 8, 2013 7:55:45 PM

PedramCarter said:
CaptainTom said:
PedramCarter said:
Vantage Midi ATX PC Gaming Tower

Processor (CPU)
AMD FX-4350 Quad Core CPU (4.3/4.2GHZ - 4MB CACHE/AM3+)

Motherboard
ASUS® M5A97 LE R2.0 (DDR3, USB3.0, 6Gb/s)

Memory (RAM)
8GB KINGSTON DUAL-DDR3 1600MHz (1 x 8GB)

Graphics Card
4GB AMD RADEON™ R9 290X - DVI, HDMI, DP - DX® 11, Eyefinity 4 Capable

Memory - 1st Hard Disk
1TB 3.5" SATA-III 6GB/s HDD 7200RPM 32MB CACHE

1st DVD/BLU-RAY Drive
24x DUAL LAYER DVD WRITER ±R/±RW/RAM

Power Supply
CORSAIR 650W VS SERIES™ VS-650 POWER SUPPLY

Processor Cooling
STANDARD AMD CPU COOLER

Sound Card
ONBOARD 8 CHANNEL (7.1) HIGH DEF AUDIO (AS STANDARD)

Wireless/Wired Networking
10/100/1000 GIGABIT LAN PORT - AS STANDARD ON ALL PCs

USB Options
MIN. 2 x USB 3.0 & 4 x USB 2.0 PORTS @ BACK PANEL + MIN. 2 FRONT PORTS
If anything is missing, or a quality or a bad product/not suitable is listed let me know, first time doing this Im spending around £900 its too risky for me and feel alittle nervous in case i make a mistake and waste my 900.


-Get dual channel ram (2x4GB)
-Get at least an FX-8320 or an i7 to go along with the 290X
-Get an SSD (Even if it means downgrading to a 290)


What's the advantage of 2 x 4GB than 1x 8GB?
ALSO SSD is too expensive, can't afford it.


-The ram is WAY faster because it can read from one while writing to another at the same time. Double the bandwidth!
-If you can't "Afford" an SSD, then get rid of the HDD and get a 250GB SSD. You are spending near 1000 pounds! You can afford an SSD! Add an HDD later. You will thank me in the future, trust me...
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December 8, 2013 7:58:36 PM

I know it has a better performance, but 1TB vs 250GB kind of puts you off to be honest lol.
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December 8, 2013 8:12:51 PM

PedramCarter said:
I know it has a better performance, but 1TB vs 250GB kind of puts you off to be honest lol.


It doesn't just have better performance. It is the CPU difference between a celeron and a 6-core i7!

Games will load in 3 seconds instead of minutes, start up programs will be up and running before your screen is even displayed (Not bogging you down for 1 minute), and every file opens the second you click it!

250GB can hold a mix of about 10 games. That is more than enough!
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December 8, 2013 8:15:59 PM

I am more of the opinion that SSDs are optional for gaming. They do absolutely nothing for frames per second. Sure, they help load times, but once you are in the game, there is no difference between the SSD and a HDD (except load screens). If on a tight budget, the money should be put towards a better PSU (in this case) over the SSD. Like I said, that's just my opinion.

That said, I have an SSD in my system and LOVE it. The boot times for windows is crazy fast.

But my biggest concern for the system being built here, is the power supply. A Corsair VS is lower than the CX level. This power supply is not designed with high end gaming systems in mind.
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December 8, 2013 8:24:19 PM

jimthenagual said:
I am more of the opinion that SSDs are optional for gaming. They do absolutely nothing for frames per second. Sure, they help load times, but once you are in the game, there is no difference between the SSD and a HDD (except load screens). If on a tight budget, the money should be put towards a better PSU (in this case) over the SSD. Like I said, that's just my opinion.

That said, I have an SSD in my system and LOVE it. The boot times for windows is crazy fast.

But my biggest concern for the system being built here, is the power supply. A Corsair VS is lower than the CX level. This power supply is not designed with high end gaming systems in mind.


lol funny you say that, instead I was actually going to go for a cheap £20 psu, "Ace Black 650W ATX Power Supply", but I read some reviews, and apparently they barely reach 300W, and their life cycle is short, after few months they blow up and take other components with them alongside, what are you suggesting then?
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December 8, 2013 8:27:39 PM

PedramCarter said:
jimthenagual said:
I am more of the opinion that SSDs are optional for gaming. They do absolutely nothing for frames per second. Sure, they help load times, but once you are in the game, there is no difference between the SSD and a HDD (except load screens). If on a tight budget, the money should be put towards a better PSU (in this case) over the SSD. Like I said, that's just my opinion.

That said, I have an SSD in my system and LOVE it. The boot times for windows is crazy fast.

But my biggest concern for the system being built here, is the power supply. A Corsair VS is lower than the CX level. This power supply is not designed with high end gaming systems in mind.


lol funny you say that, instead I was actually going to go for a cheap £20 psu, "Ace Black 650W ATX Power Supply", but I read some reviews, and apparently they barely reach 300W, and their life cycle is short, after few months they blow up and take other components with them alongside, what are you suggesting then?


you absolutely need a quality brand PSU, Antec, Seasonic, Corsair, SOME of the newer Rosewill ones are ok but you need to know which kind specifically. As far as SSD's go, no it wont make a big difference for games, but for general computer use I love it. going back to a regular drive (on my laptop) is torture after using my SSD for the Windows OS and major programs. I use a TB drive on the side for the games
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December 8, 2013 8:30:20 PM

Beezy said:
PedramCarter said:
jimthenagual said:
I am more of the opinion that SSDs are optional for gaming. They do absolutely nothing for frames per second. Sure, they help load times, but once you are in the game, there is no difference between the SSD and a HDD (except load screens). If on a tight budget, the money should be put towards a better PSU (in this case) over the SSD. Like I said, that's just my opinion.

That said, I have an SSD in my system and LOVE it. The boot times for windows is crazy fast.

But my biggest concern for the system being built here, is the power supply. A Corsair VS is lower than the CX level. This power supply is not designed with high end gaming systems in mind.


lol funny you say that, instead I was actually going to go for a cheap £20 psu, "Ace Black 650W ATX Power Supply", but I read some reviews, and apparently they barely reach 300W, and their life cycle is short, after few months they blow up and take other components with them alongside, what are you suggesting then?


you absolutely need a quality brand PSU, Antec, Seasonic, Corsair, SOME of the newer Rosewill ones are ok but you need to know which kind specifically. As far as SSD's go, no it wont make a big difference for games, but for general computer use I love it. going back to a regular drive (on my laptop) is torture after using my SSD for the Windows OS and major programs. I use a TB drive on the side for the games


Well based on online database calculation, my system will use 605W, 650W PSU is not enough?
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December 8, 2013 8:31:38 PM

yeah, and based of your first post even a 550w high quality PSU would be enough. 650 is a safe sweetspot though
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December 8, 2013 8:36:13 PM

Beezy said:
yeah, and based of your first post even a 550w high quality PSU would be enough. 650 is a safe sweetspot though


Agreed, do you think 750W would be too much though?, 650 is safe, but i'M Thinking later on if I make tiny tweaks/upgrades whether 650 would be enough?
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December 8, 2013 8:40:22 PM

PedramCarter said:
Beezy said:
yeah, and based of your first post even a 550w high quality PSU would be enough. 650 is a safe sweetspot though


Agreed, do you think 750W would be too much though?, 650 is safe, but i'M Thinking later on if I make tiny tweaks/upgrades whether 650 would be enough?


the only tweak that will really justify something like that is running a second GPU In Xfire/SLI. Then you would probably consider 800w +. Otherwise 650 would be the most I recommend, assuming its high quality brand. (a 650w good PSU will be way better than cheaper quality 750w im sure)
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December 8, 2013 8:43:58 PM

PedramCarter said:
Well based on online database calculation, my system will use 605W, 650W PSU is not enough?


650W is perfect. I'm more worried about the quality of the PSU you are looking at. Corsair make some excellent PSUs but the VS/CX lineup are entry level. You are wanting to power one of the fastest GPUs on the planet right now. It deserves good, clean power.

Cheap PSUs are dangerous. They tend to be hard to diagnose as the problem, and often take other parts out with them when they die. I always read reviews before I buy a power supply. Make sure you do too. Here is a good collection of reviews: http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/Page541.htm

One good thing about that link is that it also shows who actually makes the PSUs. Corsiar for example doesn't actually make PSUs, they just rebrand them. So make sure you look at who is actually making the PSU. A safe bet is Seasonic. Either that or one of the companies that use Seasonic as their OEM like XFX, some Antecs, some Corsairs. Another good oem maker is Super Flower.
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December 8, 2013 8:55:55 PM

jimthenagual said:
PedramCarter said:
Well based on online database calculation, my system will use 605W, 650W PSU is not enough?


650W is perfect. I'm more worried about the quality of the PSU you are looking at. Corsair make some excellent PSUs but the VS/CX lineup are entry level. You are wanting to power one of the fastest GPUs on the planet right now. It deserves good, clean power.

Cheap PSUs are dangerous. They tend to be hard to diagnose as the problem, and often take other parts out with them when they die. I always read reviews before I buy a power supply. Make sure you do too. Here is a good collection of reviews: http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/Page541.htm

One good thing about that link is that it also shows who actually makes the PSUs. Corsiar for example doesn't actually make PSUs, they just rebrand them. So make sure you look at who is actually making the PSU. A safe bet is Seasonic. Either that or one of the companies that use Seasonic as their OEM like XFX, some Antecs, some Corsairs. Another good oem maker is Super Flower.


Do you mind kindly finding me a good model in that case or brand and model, and post me the name or a link, but please make sure it's good priced, cheapest if possible but the strongest, or at least its less costy if that makes sense, price isn't an issue if its going to cause be a problem, and not go with my system, but I would like to save some money if possible, if not just recommend me something good, strong, longer life cycle, good company, good customer service, good warranty, good quality, and delivers W's as stated and does not lie.
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December 8, 2013 10:30:57 PM

It's tough making a suggestion now after all the black Friday cyber Monday sales. This was sooo much cheaper during the holidays, but this is about the cheapest I personally would go with a R9 290X

XFX 650W PRO650W Core Edition. Made by Seasonic. $69.99
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1650snlb...
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