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Looking to build a functional and cheap system. Need opinions on the one I have picked out.

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March 28, 2014 8:08:54 AM

First of all, I'm carrying over a graphics card from my previous system, called the Sapphire AMD Radeon R7 240 4GB. I'll be looking to run Crossfire, but this card is Out of Stock on Newegg, most likely not going to come back. I was wondering if I could successfully crossfire a 2 GB card with the one I already have.

Now, to the good stuff. My rig. This is the current setup:

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/sprucepenny/saved/49Ho

Next, there's prices on Newegg.

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core ($199.99)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H60 54.0 CFM Liquid ($64.99)
Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 ATX AM3+ ($179.49)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 ($176.99)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM ($64.99)
Case: Rosewill THOR V2-W ATX Full Tower ($149.99)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 850W (N/A)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($19.99)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit ($99.99)
Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" ($158.99)
Keyboard: Corsair Vengeance K90 (N/A)
Mouse: Razer Naga Hex Wraith Red Edition Wired Laser ($79.99)
Totals: $1195.40

Another thing to note, is that I'm a big fan of Asus, AMD, Logitech, Corsair and Sapphire. The graphics card I have is amazing for the price I paid for (less than $80) and it hasn't failed me yet!

The only thing I won't budge on is my Case, because this beast is going to have me set for years!
March 28, 2014 8:16:51 AM

I'm pretty sure that you will be able to crossfire with that. What is the second gpu you are getting? Also, you might want to upgrade your PSU since you are putting so much graphics power in there.
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March 28, 2014 8:22:15 AM

A GPU of the same caliber, with 2GB instead of 4GB. IF I can't crossfire with what I have, I'll just SLI/Crossfire another card, which I'll need advice on.

Translation: I'll be buying a Radeon R7 240 2GB because the 4GB is out of stock.
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March 28, 2014 8:26:09 AM

numanator said:
You will want a 750-850w PSU for crossfire/SLI typically. Also pick out a PSU from tier 1, 2, 2b from this list: http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx


Thanks for the update, I'll be releasing my decision in a couple minutes. Gives me enough time to pick out a Corsair (another favorite brand) PSU, for about 850W. I like having more energy than I need.

Also, I want to point out that if I have the money and time for this list, I will make it. I have a different list that's more cost effective, carrying over my card and keeping the 500W PSU. It's about 1022 on PCPartPicker
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March 28, 2014 8:30:17 AM

Sorry for the double posting, but the update is up.

I'd not only like advice on the Crossfire, but also advice on the build I'm making.
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March 28, 2014 8:45:32 AM

The build looks solid. Only changes I would make would be to drop it down to a 8320 which is the exact same as the 8350 but without a stock overclock (judging by your cooler you will be OCing). I believe I read somewhere that there is a slight difference in the top end OC that can be achieved but most people will not notice the difference. It is entirely up to you.

Also I would change the PSU to this for a single card:
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($50.99 @ TigerDirect)
Total: $50.99

And this if you plan to crossfire:
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $79.99

Also this is a pretty sweet deal for a gold 80+ fully modular 750w
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $99.99

A good rule of thumb is to expect to spend about 10% of your budget on your PSU (well closer to 7% but you get the idea)

Edit: If you crossfire the 4gb model with the 2gb GPU then your system will only be able to use 2 gb of VRAM since crossfire/SLI perform to the lowest part.
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March 28, 2014 8:58:53 AM

Also, if you are only gaming then you can get 8gb ram instead of 16gb, I don't think any games have begun using a full 8gb, I think there are only a handful that barely pass 6gb right now.
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March 28, 2014 12:20:13 PM

Well, you have to think in the future. If this rig's gonna last me 5-8 years, what will games be like then? I mean, 4 years ago our regular, cheap spending would have cost hundreds to thousands. Plus the systems they were building got outdated pretty quickly. What will it be like in our future? This is what the gear's for.
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