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January 4, 2014 9:40:12 AM

I have just recently decided that i wanted to build my first gaming PC. I have been researching for the last 2 weeks and i think i have enough knowledge to put together a good $900 gaming rig. I still wanted to post on here to make sure all my parts are compatible.

Parts List:

CPU: AMD FX-8320 Vishera 3.5GHz (4.0GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor
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MOBO: ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
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RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
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SSD: SAMSUNG 840 EVO MZ-7TE120BW 2.5" 120GB SATA III TLC Internal Solid State Drive
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HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
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GPU: ASUS R9270X-DC2T-2GD5 Radeon R9 270X 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Video Card
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PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650M 650W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Semi Modular High Performance Power Supply
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Case: CM Storm Enforcer - Gaming Mid Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0 and Water Cooling Support
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I am also not sure whether to go with Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 but I am leaning towards Windows 7. I am new to this so help and guidance would be much appreciated. Thanks to everyone in advance

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January 4, 2014 9:44:24 AM

Good and well balanced. That psu is overpriced though, many better alternatives for that.
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January 4, 2014 9:46:00 AM

Very similar build to my own :)  I'd choose a different PSU if possible, this model is prone to coil whine.

I can't fault any of your choices.

Going W7/W8 depends on what games/apps you use. W8 is better for FX processors but it does not support all programs. I recommend you do some research on your most used apps/games and see if they're compatible with 8 - if so, I'd go with 8.
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January 4, 2014 9:47:31 AM

Your mobo and seem to work. Are you planning to OC? If yes you will need a third party cooler
(for example a cooler master hyper 212 evo http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-212-RR-212E-2...)

PSU: I wouldn't use the corsair tx series psu. I heard that they aren't as reliable as some of corsair's other PSU. You might want to look at a Corsair HX or an RM 650. A seasonic m12II 620W would be good too.

Right now windows 7 is 20-30 dollars cheaper than 8. If you want something thats familiar then windows 7 is the way to go. If you want to learn a new OS then windows 8.1.
Seeing that your build is not using a touch screen, then you might want to settle for a windows 7.

Other than that your build looks good
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January 4, 2014 9:54:36 AM

i was originally going to go with the corsair cx500m but it was sold out on tigerdirect (where ill be buying all of my parts probably because i live in Australia and newegg doesn't ship to us). But ill definitely change that power suppy haha thanks guys
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January 4, 2014 10:00:46 AM

I may OC when i become a bit more familiar with how it works and how to do it because i am still starting out, but if i do ill definitely get 1 or 2 fans before hand
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January 4, 2014 10:04:07 AM

The build looks nice! As far as the OS is concerned, I'd get Windows 7 64-Bit. Windows 8(.1) is an OS for tablets in my opinion and isn't for a 'true gamer'. However, if you play BF3/4 then go for Win 8 64-Bit as you will get better fps. Also, as JOOK-D said, some apps aren't supported on Win 8 and so you may want to do some research on that. However, unlike Battlefield, some games don't run well (Or don't run at all) on Win 8 and so you will have to do some research from your side. I'd say go with Windows 7 as it is tested and proven. However, Windows 8 is a lighter OS and despite it's crap UI, is more optimized. The choice is yours. Hope this helped :) 
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January 4, 2014 10:35:32 AM

ramalpan said:
Your mobo and seem to work. Are you planning to OC? If yes you will need a third party cooler
(for example a cooler master hyper 212 evo http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-212-RR-212E-2...)

PSU: I wouldn't use the corsair tx series psu. I heard that they aren't as reliable as some of corsair's other PSU. You might want to look at a Corsair HX or an RM 650. A seasonic m12II 620W would be good too.

Right now windows 7 is 20-30 dollars cheaper than 8. If you want something thats familiar then windows 7 is the way to go. If you want to learn a new OS then windows 8.1.
Seeing that your build is not using a touch screen, then you might want to settle for a windows 7.

Other than that your build looks good


i saw this corsair cooler down to $50 from $130, is this a quality cooling system? also would this also be compatible with my build and would 550W do the job with this installed? and should i get it?
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January 4, 2014 10:39:14 AM

just saw the reviews for it and they dont look too promising hahaha could someone help me find a cheap, quality cooling fan/system that will keep my cpu and build cool?
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January 4, 2014 10:40:34 AM

Do you plan to overclock? If so, consider a 990x or 990fx board. That motherboard you chose is good, but does not have VRM (DIGI+ for Asus) controls and will absolutely hold you back if you plan on trying to hit a good overclock.
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January 4, 2014 10:48:20 AM

CooLWoLF said:
Do you plan to overclock? If so, consider a 990x or 990fx board. That motherboard you chose is good, but does not have VRM (DIGI+ for Asus) controls and will absolutely hold you back if you plan on trying to hit a good overclock.


the m5a99x is on sale for $10 less than its normal price but is still $40 more than the m5a97on tigerdirect. Do you think this motherboard will give me $40 worth of performance if i get it and overclock?
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January 4, 2014 10:58:36 AM

If you are going to OC the cooler master hyper 212 evo or cooler master 212+ are going to be your best bets for a budget CPU cooler. It all gets more expensive after those two. As far as build goes, do you mean your case?
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January 4, 2014 11:00:48 AM

4.5GHz is basically the overclock limit on the M5A97 R2.0.
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January 4, 2014 11:05:25 AM

TroyBullingham said:
oh my bad i forgot to put the link in haha. nah it was for this corsair cpu liquid cooler
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...


IMO you don't need a liquid cooler (those are usually for the really high end processors). Also a problem with liquid cooling is that you always have to open your case to make sure the coolant doesn't leak, and if it does leak it can damage several parts (usually the gpu, which is the most expensive part in the build).

Just stick to air cooling. If you find yourself OCing enough that you need liquid cooling then buy it later.
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January 4, 2014 11:09:31 AM

TroyBullingham said:
oh my bad i forgot to put the link in haha. nah it was for this corsair cpu liquid cooler
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...


ramalpan said:
TroyBullingham said:
oh my bad i forgot to put the link in haha. nah it was for this corsair cpu liquid cooler
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...


IMO you don't need a liquid cooler (those are usually for the really high end processors). Also a problem with liquid cooling is that you always have to open your case to make sure the coolant doesn't leak, and if it does leak it can damage several parts (usually the gpu, which is the most expensive part in the build).

Just stick to air cooling. If you find yourself OCing enough that you need liquid cooling then buy it later.


yeh the reviews for it had a lot of people saying it leaked even upon arrival, i just saw the massive discount haha. ill stick to a budget air cooler then. thanks for the help
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January 4, 2014 11:12:24 AM

CooLWoLF said:
Do you plan to overclock? If so, consider a 990x or 990fx board. That motherboard you chose is good, but does not have VRM (DIGI+ for Asus) controls and will absolutely hold you back if you plan on trying to hit a good overclock.


decided to go with the m5a99x just in case i do OC so i can get the most out of my PC and it doesnt make a massive difference to the overall cost. thanks for the advice
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January 4, 2014 11:20:09 AM

I would ditch the SSD and use the money saved towards a faster video card like a 7970 or 280x. SSD will shorten load times but do 0 for FPS.
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January 4, 2014 9:32:34 PM

TroyBullingham said:
CooLWoLF said:
Do you plan to overclock? If so, consider a 990x or 990fx board. That motherboard you chose is good, but does not have VRM (DIGI+ for Asus) controls and will absolutely hold you back if you plan on trying to hit a good overclock.


decided to go with the m5a99x just in case i do OC so i can get the most out of my PC and it doesnt make a massive difference to the overall cost. thanks for the advice

No problem and good choice! You won't be disappointed!
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