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AMD based 8 core gaming PC: What do you think?

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January 6, 2014 8:01:02 PM

Hey everyone. I am paying about $1000 and getting a computer built for gaming, as I have always dreamed. I have been reviewing different cards, processors, etc in an attempt to educate myself and I think I have a configuration that works out well, and was wondering if any of you had insight. My ultimate goal here is to get a computer that handles Battlefield 4 on Ultra (hopefully 1080p, MSAA) and I think this does the trick.

Here are the specs of the system.

Gaming Chasis: CyberPowerPC X-Titan 100 MID-Tower Gaming Case w/ Side-Window Panel (White Color)
Extra Case Fans: Default case fans
Noise Reduction Technology: Anti-Vibration Fan Mounts
CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.50 GHz Eight-Core AM3+ CPU 8MB L2 Cache & Turbo Core Technology
Efficient Factory Overclocking: No Overclocking
CPU / Processor Cooling Fan: Asetek 510LC 120mm Liquid Cooling CPU Cooler - (Single Standard 120MM Fan)
Coolant for Cyberpower Xtreme Hydro Water Cooling Kits: Standard Coolant
Motherboard: GIGABYTE 970A-DS3P AMD 970 ATX w/ Ultra Durable 4 Classic, On/Off Charge, GbLAN, 2 PCIe x16, 3 PCIe x1, 2 PCI
RAM / System Memory: 8GB (4GBx2) DDR3/1866MHz Dual Channel Memory (ADATA XPG V2)
Video Card: AMD Radeon R9 280X 3GB GDDR5 PCIe 3.0 x16
Freebies: AMD NEVER SETTLE FOREVER GOLD: 3 Free Games
Power Supply: 600 Watts - Standard 80 Plus Certified Power Supply - SLI/CrossFireX Ready
Hard Drive: 1TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 32MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Drive)
Hard Drive Cooling Fan: None (this is one of many extra options; is it necessary?)
Optical Drive: 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive (BLACK COLOR)
Sound: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO (Is this good? Not really sure...)

I just want to make sure everything is compatible, checks out and does what I need it to before buying it. Thanks in advance to everyone for your help.

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a b 4 Gaming
January 6, 2014 8:20:07 PM

The motherboard is kind of low-end, not fit for much overclocking.

The AMD NEVER SETTLE FOREVER promo is over, you won't get those free games.

The power supply make and model isn't mentioned, so it's probably crap that could end up frying your other components.

A hard drive cooling fan is completely unnecessary.

The onboard sound is fine.
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January 6, 2014 9:02:05 PM

Alright. I didn't plan on overclocking (atleast, not yet) anyways - in that case, will the motherboard suffice?

Oh well to the free games, lol I just selected it because why pass up a chance at free things?

As for the power supply, I looked further and cannot find any details in regards to model or brand (it just says "Standard"), which is indeed probably not good. I figured it's worth paying $18 more to get a Corsair CX600 600W 80 PLUS BRONZE, at least they are reputable and the risk of it ruining everything is gone.

Glad sound and the HDD fan are out of the way but one other thing I was worried about is ventilation. Is there a significant risk of anything overheating or the case lacking ventilation?

Thank you so much for the help
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a b 4 Gaming
January 7, 2014 6:33:01 AM

Yeah the motherboard should be fine at stock clocks.

The Corsair CX600 is acceptable quality, probably a lot better than what's in there by default.

I'm not too familiar with CyberPower's cases, but generally I suspect they put bling above functionality (including cooling), but should work alright. Especially without overclocking.
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January 7, 2014 3:45:10 PM

Alright, perfect. Does the "liquid cooling" claimed by my fan have more effectiveness than a regular fan?

Also, in regards to the case I do want to make sure it functions efficiently.
If it helps at all, here is a picture of the exact model I mentioned above.
http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/images/cs/xtitan100/wht_400...
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a b 4 Gaming
January 7, 2014 6:01:57 PM

The cooler is a low-end water cooling kit, but it's more than plenty for your CPU without overclocking. It's quite a bit better than the stock air cooler in terms of cooling, but not particularly quiet.
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January 7, 2014 6:14:12 PM

Alright, thanks. By "not quiet" do you mean incredibly loud? If the loudness will be an issue, I can invest further. Do you think the anti-vibration fan mounts will do anything to quiet the fan at all? Would a "Power Supply Gasket" do anything to help it? Those are a few things I can buy under "Noise Reduction".

I voted one of your posts for best answer, but they are really all helpful so thank you.
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a b 4 Gaming
January 7, 2014 7:39:33 PM

No, it's not loud either. It's just that the liquid cooling isn't really any quieter than air cooling, and may in fact make a little more noise. Nothing too bad, the graphics card is most likely going to be louder when gaming anyway.

The power supply has a fan too, but that's usually one of the quieter fans in the system. Shouldn't be necessary to upgrade anything there.
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January 8, 2014 3:12:54 AM

Alright, awesome. Thank you so much man, you gave me the guidance I needed and I am confident now that I have a nice build.
I see you are a "Gamer" by your flashy badge! :p 
Would you game on this rig? (More or less a personal question, haha, really just wondering)
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a b 4 Gaming
January 8, 2014 6:22:38 AM

You're welcome. It should be a very good rig for gaming. Better than what I'm running at the moment, at least when it comes to the graphics card.
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January 8, 2014 2:13:28 PM

Awesome, I cannot wait to get this thing now.
Thanks again man, take it easy

Ill probably see you around the forums
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