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February 16, 2014 4:10:14 AM

Hi, took me forever to get parts and everything picked but I've finally finished the build. How does it look? Any suggestions? Don't want to go any higher on the price whatsoever.

CPU : AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core
CPU Cooler : Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing
Motherboard : Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+
Memory : G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600
Storage : Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM $59.98
Video Card : Gigabyte Radeon R9 270X 2GB $249.98
Wireless Network Adapter : Rosewill RNX-N250PCe 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1
Case : Zalman Z5 Plus ATX Mid Tower
Power Supply : SeaSonic 520W ATX12V / EPS12V
Optical Drive : Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer

Link For Compatibility Check : http://pcpartpicker.com/user/alannm37/saved/3LpP

Thanks for coming to the post :) 

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February 16, 2014 4:19:07 AM

Looks great.

Maybe swap the 270x for a GTX 760 but that is all I can criticise. Good quality parts all round.
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February 16, 2014 4:34:19 AM

casper1973 said:
Looks great.

Maybe swap the 270x for a GTX 760 but that is all I can criticise. Good quality parts all round.


That would more expemsive and if you overclock the 270x you can get pretty close. Very solid build BTW!

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February 16, 2014 4:45:18 AM

Xiembeest said:
casper1973 said:
Looks great.

Maybe swap the 270x for a GTX 760 but that is all I can criticise. Good quality parts all round.


That would more expemsive and if you overclock the 270x you can get pretty close. Very solid build BTW!



No it wouldn't. Price of the chosen 270x is $249.98

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/pny-video-card-vcggtx7602x...
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-video-card-02gp42761k...
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-video-card-gtx760dc2o...
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-video-card-02gp43765k...

And there are more

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February 16, 2014 5:27:33 AM

casper1973 said:
Xiembeest said:
casper1973 said:
Looks great.

Maybe swap the 270x for a GTX 760 but that is all I can criticise. Good quality parts all round.


That would more expemsive and if you overclock the 270x you can get pretty close. Very solid build BTW!



No it wouldn't. Price of the chosen 270x is $249.98

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/pny-video-card-vcggtx7602x...
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-video-card-02gp42761k...
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-video-card-gtx760dc2o...
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-video-card-02gp43765k...

And there are more



The GTX 760 completely beats out the R9 270x in terms of performance so I might consider getting it.

Also here is the link to the R9 270x Price - http://www.dabs.ie/products/gigabyte-amd-radeon-r9-270x...

And if I was to get the GTX 760, which one do I choose? (Cheapest would be preferred but is the cheaper brands any different to the more expensive brands in terms of performance) Here are the links to the GTX 760 on the website where I would be buying it:

http://www.dabs.ie/products/evga-geforce-gtx-760-1072mh...
http://www.dabs.ie/products/msi-geforce-gtx-760-1006mhz...
http://www.dabs.ie/products/asus-geforce-gtx-760-1006mh...
http://www.dabs.ie/products/gigabyte-geforce-gtx-760-10...
http://www.dabs.ie/products/msi-geforce-gtx-760-1085mhz...
http://www.dabs.ie/products/evga-geforce-gtx-760-1085mh...
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February 16, 2014 12:58:09 PM

The performance difference between brands is usually very little. Usually 10-20MHz in GPU and maybe a slight bump in memory frequency if you are lucky.

The main difference is cooling solutions. Better quality fans will run quieter and give more overclocking potential.

Axial fans usually cool better and run quieter but they vent hot air back inside your case which can be problematic for SLI/X-Fire.
eg http://www.dabs.ie/products/asus-geforce-gtx-760-1006mh...)

Radial fans are usually louder and less efficient, but they vent air out the back of the case.
eg. http://www.dabs.ie/products/msi-geforce-gtx-760-1006mhz...

From the ones you posted, I would simply get the cheapest :) 
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February 16, 2014 1:04:49 PM

casper1973 said:
The performance difference between brands is usually very little. Usually 10-20MHz in GPU and maybe a slight bump in memory frequency if you are lucky.

The main difference is cooling solutions. Better quality fans will run quieter and give more overclocking potential.

Axial fans usually cool better and run quieter but they vent hot air back inside your case which can be problematic for SLI/X-Fire.
eg http://www.dabs.ie/products/asus-geforce-gtx-760-1006mh...)

Radial fans are usually louder and less efficient, but they vent air out the back of the case.
eg. http://www.dabs.ie/products/msi-geforce-gtx-760-1006mhz...

From the ones you posted, I would simply get the cheapest :) 


Thanks for the info :)  I ended up picking this one though a few hours ago: http://www.dabs.ie/products/msi-geforce-gtx-760-1085mhz...

Also is 520W enough? I am quiet worried about that....
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February 16, 2014 3:54:33 PM

With that PSU 520W should be fine. Doesn't leave you much headroom for upgrades, but it's enough.

Power supply ratings can be very confusing as higher wattage doesn't necessarily mean it can power more. It mostly comes down to how many amps it can provide down the 12v rail as this powers both the CPU and GPU, which is the bulk of your power usage.

There are plenty of instances where a good quality 500W PSU could power more than a cheaper 600W PSU.
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February 16, 2014 4:18:43 PM

casper1973 said:
With that PSU 520W should be fine. Doesn't leave you much headroom for upgrades, but it's enough.

Power supply ratings can be very confusing as higher wattage doesn't necessarily mean it can power more. It mostly comes down to how many amps it can provide down the 12v rail as this powers both the CPU and GPU, which is the bulk of your power usage.

There are plenty of instances where a good quality 500W PSU could power more than a cheaper 600W PSU.


I completely understand the point you are making. I actually changed the PSU to a "Corsair 600W Builder Series CX Series CX 80 Bronze ATX Power Supply"... would it be better than the SeaSonic 520W?
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February 17, 2014 11:17:18 AM

The Corsair will provide more power but slightly lower build quality/reliability.

Not saying the Corsair is poor quality, infact they are quite high quality for the price, but Seasonic are widely regarded as the most reliable PSU manufacturer.
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February 17, 2014 1:01:43 PM

casper1973 said:
The Corsair will provide more power but slightly lower build quality/reliability.

Not saying the Corsair is poor quality, infact they are quite high quality for the price, but Seasonic are widely regarded as the most reliable PSU manufacturer.


I'm just worried that the Seasonic 520W won't be enough for overclocking... So based on overclocking would 520W be enough?
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February 17, 2014 2:54:26 PM

Should be enough yes.

However if you want an alternative you might be interested in this
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1550sxxb...

Similar price to the CX600 but of better quality and provides almost as much power (44A compared to 46A.... Seasonic gives 40A)
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