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March 2, 2014 11:47:27 PM

hey, this is my first build and i would like to know if its good for gaming and if the components work well together, thanks

My Build

CPU: AMD FX 8350

GPU: EVGA Geforce GTX 770 ACX

RAM:G.Skill RIPJAWSX 16GB (2X8GB) DDR3 1866MHZ CL10

Cooling:COOLER MASTER Seidon 120V Watercooling

MotherBoard: Asus M5A97 AMD 970 ATX

PSU: COOLER MASTER GX 750W 80PLUS BRONZE PSU

CASE: COOLER MASTER K380 Black Gaming Mid-Tower Case front USB 3.0

Please tell me if i should alter anything preferably a cheaper option xD btw: i have chosen the 770 because of the 3 free games with it atm xD if there wasnt that i would go with the sapphire radeon r9 280x Purple. Thanks

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March 2, 2014 11:51:50 PM

Not Bad Just Change These Things :

CPU Cooler : Corsair H100i

Case : NZXT H440 / Fractal Design R4

PSU : EVGA SuperNova 750W Gold / Corsair HX 750W
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March 2, 2014 11:56:01 PM

Build is good. Don't go water based cooling unless it is your personal preference. Get either Noctua NH-U14S or Cooler Master Hyper 212.

Case is ok.

PSU get Corsair HX 650. You don't need 750w PSU for this setup.

No Storage?
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March 2, 2014 11:56:18 PM

750W is way to much. Stick to 550W - 600W from a RELIABLE manufacturer like Corsair, Seasonic, Antec, XFX.
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March 2, 2014 11:56:51 PM

16 GB of RAM is overkill, go with 8 GB.
Up the motherboard to a 990FX/990X chipset if you are plan to overclock. (Those chipsets have a better compatibility with FX 8 series)
GTX770 is a great card anyway, so I don't see a reason to downgrade to 280X unless you don't have the budget for it.
Change your PSU to this http://us.ncix.com/products/?usaffiliateid=1000031504&s...
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March 2, 2014 11:58:15 PM

IDontUnderstand said:
16 GB of RAM is overkill, go with 8 GB.
Up the motherboard to a 990FX/990X chipset if you are plan to overclock. (Those chipsets have a better compatibility with FX 8 series)
GTX770 is a great card anyway, so I don't see a reason to downgrade to 280X unless you don't have the budget for it.
Change your PSU to this http://us.ncix.com/products/?usaffiliateid=1000031504&s...


First off, the 280x = GTX770. So no downgrade.
Second, the 280x is still a lot more expensive.

Third, the 970 chipset supports the FX 8xxx just fine as long as the VRMs and VRM cooling is decent.
However the 990FX does overclock better and also allows for crossfire/SLI.

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March 2, 2014 11:59:22 PM

Stick with 16GB if you want to. No such issue.
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March 3, 2014 12:01:21 AM

Personally I would stick to 8GB of 1600MHz RAM, AMDs are not happy with high speeds AND high volume RAM at once.
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March 3, 2014 12:05:25 AM

for storage i have WESTERN DIGITAL CAVIAR GP 1TB SATA 7200RPM HARD DRIVE and Crucial 120GB M500 SSD SATA 6Gbps 2.5" 7mm, includes 9.5mm adapt. also why would 16gb of ram be overkill? i was going to go for 32gb but thought it was a little bit too expensive. so the things i should change is the psu and cooling?
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March 3, 2014 12:18:16 AM

Like I said no issue there with 16GB RAM.
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March 3, 2014 12:19:54 AM

EasyLover said:
Stick with 16GB if you want to. No such issue.


EasyLover said:
Like I said no issue there with 16GB RAM.


I Dont Understand Why People Say 16GB Is OverKill :pt1cable: 
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March 3, 2014 12:24:01 AM

I don't under why people say overkill :) 
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March 3, 2014 12:36:35 AM

for me the r9 280x is less expensive on this store http://www.pcpacific.net/ im not sure how to OC so for the time being its not a problem for me. what is the reason for the psu change though and cooling?
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March 3, 2014 12:48:22 AM

To address your concern of power supply, PSU does not pull power as per its stated max watts all the times. Rather it pull power according to the system requirement.

Components' power requirements are stated not at idle or average but at its max. Component (like CPU, GPU, RAM etc) don't require stated full power at all the times

These two facts give clear idea that 750W is actually not a requirement because 650W or even 600W will do the equal job.

750W would be required had all components were operating at their full power.

When buying PSU, pl check these parameters:

Amps on +12v rail(s). Remember, CPU and GPU are both the most power hungry components and both are connected on +12v rail. Modern PSUs are capable of providing 42Amps+ on this rail.

80+ certification : Aim for 80+ Gold or high when going for overclocking as having efficiency of 85% or more is very good.

Check the reliability of the components used in PSU. For this purpose, tiers category has been defined. Tier 1 and Tier 2 PSUs are highly recommended.
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March 3, 2014 1:03:58 AM

yes it is
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March 3, 2014 1:11:09 AM

I don't understand why are you considering R9 280x. Your choice of GPU: EVGA Geforce GTX 770 ACX is much better. Stick with it.
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March 3, 2014 4:45:16 AM

You are considering one just one game and one review which is not a good criteria. What you need to understand is the testing methodology of the benchmark. Their systems are different, their environments are different so their results are prune to these variables but which system you'll be using and in which environment would be different.

Check this review. It gives you a winner of GTX 770.
http://www.trustedreviews.com/opinions/amd-radeon-r9-28...

Check this one and you'll say it is R9 280x
http://www.hwcompare.com/15840/geforce-gtx-770-vs-radeo...


Check this out. GTX 770 is winner
http://gpuboss.com/gpus/Radeon-R9-280X-vs-GeForce-GTX-7...

http://hexus.net/tech/reviews/graphics/61201-amd-radeon... [Almost Draw]

http://www.game-debate.com/gpu/index.php?gid=1860&gid2=... [Draw]

Don't waste time in reading all these benchmarks and make up your mind. You can take guideline from these benchmarks.

To sum it up, if you are playing at 1920x1080 with single display then go for GTX 770 or if you want to play at 1440p with multiple display then R9 280x extra VRAM will come handy.

Make a sound and wise decision at the end.
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