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March 5, 2014 9:12:06 AM

Hey all,
First account at Tom's, but have been looking at the forums for 6 months. I recently fell into $1k, so I am building a gaming/bioinformatics computer to last me through grad school (Hopefully). Here is what my build looks like so far. I already own the corsair 500w power supply. PCPartPicker says I only need 364w, though I am sure that does not include the LED/Fans from the case. I also have a 1TB seagate plus external that will act as my HDD. Any suggestions on the build, or info on whether the power supply will be enough is greatly appreciated. I also need a gaming headset... Is the water cooling a bad idea? Is this a good time to purchase a graphics card? I am not to familiar with O.C., but would like to learn with this build.

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($159.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($75.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($114.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($195.38 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill ARMOR-EVO ATX Full Tower Case ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS247H-P 23.6" Monitor ($139.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $954.30
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-05 12:08 EST-0500)

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March 5, 2014 9:17:55 AM

Everything is good. Change the following-
1. Drop the water cooling and invest more on graphics card. Get the gtx 760 or 770.
2. Drop the 840 Pro. grab the 120 GB 840 evo.
3. Get dual channel RAM (2x4GB) instead of a single stick.
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March 5, 2014 9:22:44 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($154.14 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: GeIL EVO POTENZA 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($65.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($328.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Rosewill ARMOR-EVO ATX Full Tower Case ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Acer G236HLBbd 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($127.46 @ TigerDirect)
Total: $1001.51
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-05 12:22 EST-0500)

Went with a new PSU, as the 550w would be cutting it really close, and the CX series isn't meant for overclocking, like it looks like you want to do.
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March 5, 2014 9:55:51 AM

Wow, quick responses. Thanks guys. Why should I change the RAM to 2x4 sticks. I thought being able to have a second stick of the 8g vengeance would be a nice upgrade later. I love the idea of 770, I wasn't sure how I could fit in the budget. I only plan to have my OS and a few games on the SDD, so could I go even smaller or is 120 GB a good fit. Ya, I wasnt sure about the 500w PSU... I guess I will sell or put into another build. Is there a noticeable difference between the 2ms and 5ms on the monitors? I cant imagine I can tell a difference between a few milliseconds...

Also, I see the change to the M5A99X EVO. Will I be able to run duel 770's if I want to upgrade later?
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March 5, 2014 9:59:06 AM

No, at 60Hz, anything under 7-9ms is not noticeable. And you could still add 8GB of RAM to this build easily.

120GB is perfect it sounds like. I have a 120GB with my OS, programs and 5 games on it and still have 45GB available.

You want a 2x4 set to get dual-channel performance from the RAM.
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March 5, 2014 10:04:40 AM

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Wow, quick responses. Thanks guys. Why should I change the RAM to 2x4 sticks. I thought being able to have a second stick of the 8g vengeance would be a nice upgrade later. I love the idea of 770, I wasn't sure how I could fit in the budget. I only plan to have my OS and a few games on the SDD, so could I go even smaller or is 120 GB a good fit. Ya, I wasnt sure about the 500w PSU... I guess I will sell or put into another build. Is there a noticeable difference between the 2ms and 5ms on the monitors? I cant imagine I can tell a difference between a few milliseconds...

Also, I see the change to the M5A99X EVO. Will I be able to run duel 770's if I want to upgrade later?


Yes it supports SLI. get better PSU if you are getting the 770 though.
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March 5, 2014 10:04:44 AM

Great, a better PSU than the XFX 650w?
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March 5, 2014 10:08:10 AM

drummerdude204 said:
Great, a better PSU than the XFX 650w?


No not greater than that. XFX PSU's are very good!! It will be enough for two of your 770's (Future talks)
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March 5, 2014 10:13:52 AM

Wow, you guys are seriously great. Thanks for all the help! I'm sure I will be back with more questions soon. Hmm, I thought I could pick both of you as best solutions...
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March 5, 2014 10:14:47 AM

drummerdude204 said:
Wow, you guys are seriously great. Thanks for all the help! I'm sure I will be back with more questions soon. Hmm, I thought I could pick both of you as best solutions...


Thats ok.. happy to help!!
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March 5, 2014 11:01:10 AM

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($154.14 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: GeIL EVO POTENZA 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($65.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($328.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Rosewill ARMOR-EVO ATX Full Tower Case ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Acer G236HLBbd 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($127.46 @ TigerDirect)
Total: $1001.51
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-05 12:22 EST-0500)

Went with a new PSU, as the 550w would be cutting it really close, and the CX series isn't meant for overclocking, like it looks like you want to do.


This looks really great. I'm thinking about ordering this today. Does this seem like the right time to purchase this build (as far as deals go)? Could it be cheaper without (really) affecting quality? Is the 770 price affected by Bitminning? I have never heard of GeIL, what does a lifetime warranty entail? Should I order from the various websites (NCIX US, Amazon, TigerDirect, Superbiiz, OutletPC, Newegg) or try for a central site? Sorry for all the questions...
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March 5, 2014 11:42:25 AM

A 650w PSU will NOT power dual 770s in this build, do not try that. If you plan to get another 770 for SLI, I would get a 750w or 850w power supply.

GeIL is fine, RAM is RAM, so you're good there. You could probably save $40 to go with the FX-6300, and $65 by not going with the SSD, but at this budget I wouldn't unless you need to. And no, the 770 isn't effected by miners :) 

And you can get them all from the same place, but you'll pay more:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/34Axb/by_merchant/
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March 5, 2014 12:48:38 PM

Should I stay with a XFX PSU if going to 750W. Can this support duel 770's and 16 gb of RAM? Can I trust all of these vendors? Can I trust a rebate or buy with no rebate but slightly more exspensive?
Almost there guys, thanks so much!!!

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/34Grh
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/34Grh/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/34Grh/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($154.14 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: GeIL EVO POTENZA 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($65.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($328.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Rosewill ARMOR-EVO ATX Full Tower Case ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Acer G236HLBbd 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($127.46 @ TigerDirect)
Total: $1016.51
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-05 15:47 EST-0500)
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March 5, 2014 12:51:32 PM

Yeah that'll be fine, and the system is upgradeable to 16GB by adding another set of RAM :)  That's a nice looking build for that price :) 
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March 5, 2014 12:58:04 PM

You guys are gentlemen and scholars, +1's for all! Thank you for everything. If you can think of any additional recommendations/advice, let me know. I will be ordering in next couple of hours. New Tom'sHardware Fan4Life!
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March 5, 2014 1:04:13 PM

Everything looks good to me :)  Enjoy it!
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March 5, 2014 3:51:01 PM

One last question, my order is actually cheaper by ordering from only newegg and amazon. For less than $10 difference (After mail-in rebate!), would you get the Asus VS247H-P 23.6-Inch Full-HD LED-Lit LCD Monitor http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005BZNDS0/?tag=pcpapi-20 over the Acer G236HL Bbd 23-Inch Screen LCD-Lit Monitor http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0098Y77U0/ref=ox_sc_a.... The acer does not come with an HDMI port, while the ASUS does. That being said, I do not have a current need for HDMI (or do I? :??: )
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March 5, 2014 6:06:32 PM

I personally would go with the ASUS one, if that works for you. Although either would do you fine.
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