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February 1, 2014 5:06:19 AM

I am creating a new PC and wanted to know if this setup would work-
Cooler Master HAF 912 Advanced Mid Tower Cabinet
Cooler Master SickleFlow Red 120 mm Cooler
MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming Motherboard
Asus Xonar DX PCI Express Internal Sound Card
LG GH22NP20 DVD Burner Internal Optical Drive (Black)
Seagate Barracuda 1 TB Desktop Internal Hard Drive (ST1000DM003)
Corsair Vengeance DDR3 8 GB (1 x 8 GB) PC RAM (CMZ8GX3M1A1600C10)
AMD FX 8350(Black Edition)
XFX ATI Radeon HD 7790 1 GB DDR5 Graphics Card
Corsair VS650 650 Watt PSU

This is my first PC assembly and i wanted to know if it would work good.Also please give suggestions if i need to change something.Thanks. :) 

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February 1, 2014 5:14:14 AM

The CPU and motherboard sockets don't match!

The motherboard is LGA 1150 and the CPU is AM3+
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February 1, 2014 5:14:46 AM

Your CPU and motherboard are NOT compatible. The motherboard is Intel socket 1150 and the CPU is AMD socket AM3+. You will need to change one or the other.
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February 1, 2014 5:31:39 AM

Can you guys suggest some stuff?
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February 1, 2014 5:39:47 AM

Yolo Mcswagger said:
Can you guys suggest some stuff?


If you want to stay with the AMD CPU then we can suggest some AMD AM3+ motherboards.

The other option is to stay with the LGA 1150 motherboards.

What is your preference?
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February 1, 2014 5:40:43 AM

what is your budget and where will you be buying from (country/store)?
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February 1, 2014 5:40:53 AM

I really don't know which i should choose, it's my first pc.I'm from India and am buying stuff off www.flipkart.com as for the budget ,these things were fitting nicely.All this is for a gaming rig.
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February 1, 2014 6:02:07 AM

I think AM3+ would be a better option ,what do you guys think?
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February 1, 2014 6:15:32 AM

Yolo Mcswagger said:
I think AM3+ would be a better option ,what do you guys think?


Yes AM3+ will be a good option for gaming motherboards.

You being in India, I would suggest that you go with locally popular brands when it comes to motherboards. Asus motherboards? Based on that we can select some good ones and you check local availability.

Here is a good program to start you off: http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/partlist/
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February 1, 2014 6:27:30 AM

This motherboard is available at Flipkart: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard

Take a look at it.
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February 1, 2014 6:30:50 AM

Judging from my budget, i can do the following pretty easily-
ASUS SABERTOOTH 990FX
Gigabyte GA-990XA-UD3
ASUS CROSSHAIR V Formula
ASUS M5A99X EVO
MSI 990FXA-GD80
and the one you just suggested
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February 1, 2014 6:39:38 AM

I'm partial to Asus, but the Gigabyte is good as well
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February 1, 2014 6:46:02 AM

So far I came up with this: http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/partlist/

Have to do some snow shoveling now. We expect 4" to 6" before the day is over.
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February 1, 2014 6:47:54 AM

Which one do you suggest, animal?
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February 1, 2014 6:52:43 AM

If it is going to be mainly a gaming rig, get the Asus Crosshair V Formula. It has great onboard audio, so you probably won't need a discrete sound card.
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February 1, 2014 6:56:13 AM

animal said:
If it is going to be mainly a gaming rig, get the Asus Crosshair V Formula. It has great onboard audio, so you probably won't need a discrete sound card.


you mean i won't need the Asus Xonar DX PCI Express Internal Sound Card?
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February 1, 2014 7:04:26 AM

On-board audio is surprisingly good! I un-installed my Creative sound card and am now using on-board sound.
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February 1, 2014 7:04:28 AM

More than likely you would not need it.
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February 1, 2014 7:07:17 AM

Thanks guys!Any other suggestions regarding the other stuff?
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February 1, 2014 7:13:39 AM

If your budget will allow it, maybe improve your GPU, see this listing for GPU gaming tiers:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...

also, here is a listing for PSU wattage based on type and amount of GPUs installed in a system:

http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/Page362.htm

if you are going to be overclocking, I suggest adding 50-100W to their recommended wattage. Get a quality PSU from a top tier company such as Seasonic, XFX, Corsair (Except their CX series) or Antec.
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February 1, 2014 7:14:17 AM

Change your motherboard to be compatible with your AM3+ CPU socket, or just change your cpu to be compatible with LGA 1150. I would recommend to change your Motherboard instead, though.
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February 1, 2014 7:17:33 AM

Ubahgames said:
Change your motherboard to be compatible with your AM3+ CPU socket, or just change your cpu to be compatible with LGA 1150. I would recommend to change your Motherboard instead, though.


That issue has already been addressed in previous answers.
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February 1, 2014 7:19:29 AM

animal said:
If your budget will allow it, maybe improve your GPU, see this listing for GPU gaming tiers:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...

also, here is a listing for PSU wattage based on type and amount of GPUs installed in a system:

http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/Page362.htm

if you are going to be overclocking, I suggest adding 50-100W to their recommended wattage. Get a quality PSU from a top tier company such as Seasonic, XFX, Corsair (Except their CX series) or Antec.


Will my current one not be enough?(Corsair VS650 650 Watt PSU)
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February 1, 2014 7:32:56 AM

Your current PSU is larger than what you need unless you plan to add a second 7790 later and do any overclocking. If neither of those apply, you could get something smaller. I provided the PSU info just in case you decided to get a different GPU.
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February 1, 2014 7:40:44 AM

animal said:
Your current PSU is larger than what you need unless you plan to add a second 7790 later and do any overclocking. If neither of those apply, you could get something smaller. I provided the PSU info just in case you decided to get a different GPU.


Should i change the gpu?Feel free to suggest a better one.
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February 1, 2014 7:44:41 AM

The 7790 is a decent GPU, but whether you need a better GPU will depend on what games you plan on playing. Usually there are game reviews that show different GPU's performance at various settings. Just look up the games you are wanting to play and see how good of a GPU would be necessary for the settings/framerates you desire to play them at.
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February 1, 2014 7:51:27 AM

animal said:
The 7790 is a decent GPU, but whether you need a better GPU will depend on what games you plan on playing. Usually there are game reviews that show different GPU's performance at various settings. Just look up the games you are wanting to play and see how good of a GPU would be necessary for the settings/framerates you desire to play them at.


I was planning on bf4,ac4 and all the good ones at high quality.
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February 1, 2014 8:11:42 AM

I'd suggest at least a Radeon R9 270X for these games and some other upcoming titles.
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February 1, 2014 8:31:58 AM

feelingtheblanks said:
I'd suggest at least a Radeon R9 270X for these games and some other upcoming titles.


The one you suggested is a tad overbudget for me............
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February 1, 2014 8:47:10 AM

The 7790 may struggle in those games (BF4 in particular), so you may have to sacrifice settings to improve frame--rates. Might be that way across most newer games. If the 7790 is the best you can afford, you might want to consider dropping down your CPU down a level or two and use your savings to get a better GPU if possible.
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February 1, 2014 8:59:42 AM

Yes I agree to animal. If you plan gaming at 1080p with high settings then 7790 will struggle in most of the demanding games. I don't want to confuse you but If you dont plan to overclock and buy multiple gpus to run crossfire setup then you might want to buy a cheaper board than Asus Crosshair V Formula to afford a better gpu. I'm not using AMD atm but someone would suggest a cheaper but quality board for you.
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February 1, 2014 9:10:55 AM

How about this- i get this setup, play in medium settings for some months while I wait for my bank balance to stabilize a little and then get a gtx660 and start overclocking?
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February 1, 2014 9:20:56 AM

that would be a solution
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February 1, 2014 9:21:04 AM

It's a good idea if you plan to do crossfire. But remember, single gpu configurations usually have less problems than multiple gpu configs. Crossfire and SLI configs are usually plagued by horrid driver issues after a release of a new game. But with solid drivers 2 x 7790s would give some nice performance boost on demanding games and can perform slightly higher than a r9 270x.
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February 1, 2014 9:24:22 AM

Ok then, that's another problem solved. Any other suggestions regarding the remaining stuff? Anything i should change or stuff?
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February 1, 2014 9:36:22 AM

I just found out my gpu is a black edition -_-
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February 1, 2014 9:40:49 AM

Just make sure the RAM you select is compatible with the motherboard. You can do this by either viewing the QVL for compatible memory on the motherboard's webpage or by going to the memory maker's website and using their RAM configurator program/app. Just tell it the motherboard you will be using and it will show you all of the compatible RAM they make for it.
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February 1, 2014 9:54:35 AM

It must be the slightly overclocked version.

You also might want to buy an SSD in the future when your budget stabilized a bit. Other than that your system looks quite good and balanced now. Have fun :) 
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February 1, 2014 9:55:23 AM

I just checked, it's compatible. Anything else?
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February 1, 2014 10:06:55 AM

I may sound stupid, but what is the difference between a hdd and a ssd?
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February 1, 2014 10:12:17 AM

Nothing I can think of, hope everything goes well and you enjoy your new rig! :) 

an SSD is much faster than an HDD, significantly improves computer boot times and program/game load times.
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February 1, 2014 10:13:30 AM

Yolo Mcswagger said:
I may sound stupid, but what is the difference between a hdd and a ssd?


About $50!
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February 1, 2014 10:18:39 AM

Alright, thanks a ton guys!
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February 1, 2014 10:20:21 AM

SSDs are solid state drives that using a completely different technology than our conventional mechanical HDDs. It's using integrated circuit assemblies as memory to store data persistently rather than an "actual disk".

They are still in early period of their era though and they offer less storage space with higher price than a mechanical HDD but however they are up to 8-10 times faster. They also have a shorter lifespan than mechanical disks. (not a very big deal though, most of the manufacturers offering warranties between 3-5 years).

Buying at least a 120GB quality SSD would speed up windows booting, game loadings and data transfer dramatically. However they are not that suitable for heavy data storage. Check the prices for the brands like Samsung, Intel, Corsair etc.. locally and maybe you'll consider to buy one in the future. Getting a few seconds of loading time instead of a minute in Battlefield 4 is absolutely amazing. :) 
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February 1, 2014 9:04:17 PM

What about the cooling? India is a pretty hot country. Will the three stock fans and the cm sickleflow 120 I'm taking be enough or do i need to get another fan/water cooler?
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February 2, 2014 3:55:53 AM

Depends on what environment (room temperature) your PC will be running in. Unless you are talking running it in an extremely hot situation (room temp above 95 F or 35 C) then you will probably be alright using just the stock cooler without any overclocking. However, I recommend keeping an eye on your temps during extended or intensive program/game operation. If either your CPU or GPU go above 70 C, then you will definitely want to get some sort of aftermarket cooler. You might want to visit a site called Frostytech as they do numerous aftermarket cooler reviews and have a Top 5/10 listing in terms of cooling performance for Intel and AMD setups. A quality aftermarket cooler here in the USA can range around $70 and up, some do not include fans (or don't come with quality ones) so it is not unusual to spend more than $100 on an air cooling setup. That being said, depending on prices over there, you may want to consider an All-In-One liquid cooler such as the H series by Corsair or the Kraken from NZXT, although there are many out there. Just do your homework and determine which will best suit your needs based on your budget.
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February 3, 2014 2:16:06 AM

The temps here touch 40C pretty easily in summers.................
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February 3, 2014 4:54:12 AM

what about the corsair h-40 water cooler?
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February 4, 2014 1:39:33 AM

probably just about most any watercooler should meet your needs, just make sure the one you choose will fit your case without any obstructions, mainly the mounting of radiator and its fan(s). Corsair's are good and I've read/heard good things about the Kraken series as well.
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