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January 3, 2014 4:26:17 PM

Hi,

I'm currently looking at building a new PC, down to being fed up of boring console games.

I enjoy playing the best games at a very good quality

here is a build i have been working on but need some guidance

1 x Creative Sound Blaster Audigy SE 7.1 PCI Sound Card
XFX Pro Series 750W 80+ Bronze PSU
Raijintek EreBoss High Performance CPU Cooler
Microsoft Windows 8.1 64bit
1 x 2 x Extra USB 3.0 Back Ports - PCI Card
1 x 24x DVD-RW Optical Drive
Vibox Predator Green Gaming Case
1 x 1TB (1000GB) Sata III Hard Drive
8GB Corsair Dominator Platinum 1866MHz RAM
XFX AMD Radeon R9 290 4GB Graphics Card
Gigabyte GA-990XA-UD3 Motherboard
4.0GHz AMD FX-8350 8-Core CPU

I'm not really sure if i need to sound card or not, as i will be using headphones

Also would i need a higher PSU?
My budget is £1000 not including a monitor mouse or keyboard ( but im getting this on finance)

And i'm using this website https://www.vibox.co.uk/build-your-own
if anyone could inform me if this build is good or make some slight improvements, i would be very grateful.

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January 3, 2014 4:31:42 PM
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The USB back ports and the sound card arent really necessary, the OS is good and so is the PSU
The optical drive is ......well its an optical drive i have it just in case
Dont know much about that case, in my opinion if u want a simple, easy to operate first build case get the Corsair 200r or smthing close to that. Nzxt also makes good cases, check for airflow, space, cable management when u read reviews
For sata drive get the WD Black 1tb , good quality good speed
Consider getting an SSD to install your OS in, it runs waaaaayyyy faster than an HDD u will notice the difference trust me, a good Samsung 120gb Evo 840 series SSD costs about 90 dollars
The GPU is good i would advise the Asus Direct CII version of the R9 290
Motherboard is just fine i think so is the CPU
The Ram is also good, make sure its 2X4gb modules
The PSU is fine as it is, good job looking for a 80 plus bronze one :) 
January 3, 2014 4:54:00 PM

Portuguesetechie said:
The USB back ports and the sound card arent really necessary, the OS is good and so is the PSU
The optical drive is ......well its an optical drive i have it just in case
Dont know much about that case, in my opinion if u want a simple, easy to operate first build case get the Corsair 200r or smthing close to that. Nzxt also makes good cases, check for airflow, space, cable management when u read reviews
For sata drive get the WD Black 1tb , good quality good speed
Consider getting an SSD to install your OS in, it runs waaaaayyyy faster than an HDD u will notice the difference trust me, a good Samsung 120gb Evo 840 series SSD costs about 90 dollars
The GPU is good i would advise the Asus Direct CII version of the R9 290
Motherboard is just fine i think so is the CPU
The Ram is also good, make sure its 2X4gb modules
The PSU is fine as it is, good job looking for a 80 plus bronze one :) 


Is this a good SSD to add 1 x 120GB Kingston SSDNow V300 Solid State Drive
also whats the diffence between having 2x4gb ram and 1x8gb?
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January 3, 2014 4:57:22 PM

Yes the SSD is good, sandisk is a good SSD Brand
About the ram, take your motherboard, search pictures, u will have the RAM slots colored in pairs, like 2 white 2 blue, this means the board was MEANT to run double channel ram, for example the 4gb module in slot 1 will complement the 4gb module in slot 3, those modules were made to run in double channel and are optimized for that, u could get a single 8gb module but u would be running something that was optimized for a single channel in a double channel, so to put it straight, running in your board a single 8gb module would lead to problems and lower speeds, running in double 4gb module u would get the best out of your board because that was how it was designed to be ran
January 3, 2014 5:09:51 PM

Portuguesetechie said:
Yes the SSD is good, sandisk is a good SSD Brand
About the ram, take your motherboard, search pictures, u will have the RAM slots colored in pairs, like 2 white 2 blue, this means the board was MEANT to run double channel ram, for example the 4gb module in slot 1 will complement the 4gb module in slot 3, those modules were made to run in double channel and are optimized for that, u could get a single 8gb module but u would be running something that was optimized for a single channel in a double channel, so to put it straight, running in your board a single 8gb module would lead to problems and lower speeds, running in double 4gb module u would get the best out of your board because that was how it was designed to be ran


One last question sorry about this, is the cooling fan good enough or would i need a better fan?
• Dimension: 140(W) x 110.5(D) x 160(H) mm
• Base Material: Nickel Copper
• Fin Material: Aluminum Alloy; Solder-free fins assembly
• Heat-pipe:6pcs.
• Fan Dimension: 140(W) x 150(H) x 13(D) mm
• Voltage Rating 12V
• Starting Voltage 7V
• Speed: 1100 ~ 1650 R.P.M.
• Bearing Type: Sleeve Bearing
• Air Flow: 66.65 CFM (Max.)
• Air Pressure: 1.72 mmH2O (Max.)
• Life Expectance: 40,000 hrs
• Noise Level: 28 dBA
• Connector: 4 pin with PWM
• Weight: 808g (Heat Sink)
above is the specs for it

the case im looking at has
Cooling Options - Front: 1 x 12cm fan (included)

Cooling Options - Top: 2 x 12cm fans (NOT INCLUDED)

Cooling Options - Rear: 1 x 12cm fan (NOT INCLUDED)

Cooling Options - Side: 1 x 12cm (included)

Cooling Options - Bottom: 1 x 12cm fan (NOT INCLUDED)

would this be enough with the above fan

January 3, 2014 5:12:22 PM

Hmm.......those fans are ok, but i would reccomend u getting a rear fan to help with exhaust of hot air, the front and side fans will be set to intake i think and i would advise u to get a top fan for either exhaust or intake of air depending on whats the setup of that side fan, it should be enought, however if u think the case is too loud with the fan noise or if its too hot put more fans in and maybe reduce the speed of them and u will be set
Dont worry about questions, was a rookie myself, we all need to learn
January 3, 2014 5:34:43 PM

Thank you so much for your help
iv had to get 2x8gb of ram instead of 1x8 i know 16gb is not needed but if it works better with 2 then ill have to get 2x8 as the place im ordering from and building it for me dont have 2x4 which is a bit of a ball ache!
January 3, 2014 5:37:14 PM

Yes its a bit of a ball ache but look at it from the bright side :)  its better to have 16gb instead of 8gb, even if its overkill
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