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April 10, 2014 9:06:30 PM

What do you guys think of this build? Is there anything you think should be replaced, or not necessary? Or should I add anything? Extra cpu cooler or something

I plan on using the crossfire or sli or whatever in the future.

Any advise would be great.

I want this to last for awhile. (at least 5 years, or that with minimal upgrades.)

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3pG8h

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core
Processor ($169.99 @ Amazon)

Motherboard: ASRock 990FX Extreme3 ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard ($122.88 @ Amazon)

Memory: Kingston HyperX Beast 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($151.74 @ Amazon)

Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Amazon)

Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.81 @ Amazon)

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ Amazon)

Case: Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow Edition ATX Full Tower Case ($259.99 @ Amazon)

Power Supply: Corsair RM 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($119.99 @ Amazon)

Total: $1309.38

This will be all with Amazon Prime. The price will. Actually be about $1201.

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I have Windows 7 already. I have a DVD drive as well.

I want this for gaming (COD, WOW, and hopefully much more graphically inclined games.)

I will also hopefully be doing some video and photo editing with this machine.

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April 10, 2014 9:14:15 PM

good build. If you want to play games on max for the next few years, I would push for a higher GPU, say GTX770 or pref. R9-280x (3GB Vram).
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April 10, 2014 9:32:27 PM

Instead of the rm get the xfx 750 gold for 100.

XFX:
http://www.ncixus.com/products/?usaffiliateid=100003150...

Edit: If I were in your position and did not need 16 gb of ram, this is what I would build.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($74.50 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($135.89 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($78.74 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.81 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($499.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1423.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-11 00:47 EDT-0400)
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April 10, 2014 9:55:04 PM

I dont think your system could last 5 years playing games at max settings. 2009 computers are barely capable of playing modern games. Your case is awfully expensive and unless you must have it, i would put the money into a better gpu
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April 11, 2014 6:25:03 AM

I want to get as much out of it as possible. I can't spend much more than $1200 right now, but I want it to last for a while.

Do I need a cpu cooler, don't they come with one? And why the 780 over the 770?
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April 11, 2014 6:49:52 AM

Drop to 8gb RAM and a 120gb SSD.

Use the saved money to get a gtx770. This will DRASTICALLY increase game performance.

Also, change the PSU. the RM series from Corsair uses the same cheap low quality capacitors as the CX units. Many have already had failures and fried systems. Stick with Antec, XFX, Seasonic, Corsair (not CX, CS, RM)
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April 11, 2014 8:06:52 AM

Okay, let's start over a bit.

IF there is anyway I can cut costs more. Or anything that I need that I don't have or missed, please let me know!

How necessary is the CPU Cooler? Won't my CPU come with one?

My monitor is 1920x1080..Should I get 384bit, or 256 bit?
I'll just be using one monitor for the most part. Possibly a second in the future. but only possibly. Also, how many gigs should I get on the video card? 2,3, or 4?

And I chose this case, because I want something with good airflow, and room for expansion (If that makes sense. It might not.) Should I get a cheaper case?

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core
Processor ($180 @ Amazon)

Motherboard: ASUS M5A99FX PRO R2.0 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD ($136 @ Amazon)

Memory: Corsair Vengeance Blue 8 GB (2X4 GB) PC3-12800 1600mHz DDR3 240-Pin SDRAM Dual Channel Memory Kit CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B ($79 @ Amazon)

Storage: Samsung Electronics 840 EVO-Series 120GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Single Unit Version Internal Solid State Drive MZ-7TE120BW ($90 @ Amazon)

Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.81 @ Amazon)

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 Superclocked with ACX Cooler 4 GB GDDR5 256-Bit Dual-Link DVI-I/DVI-D HDMI DP SLI Ready Graphics Card 04G-P4-3774-KR ($410 @ Amazon)

Case: Cooler Master Trooper (Rev. 2) - Full Tower Gaming Computer Case with Windowed Side Panel and Carrying Handle ($167 @ Amazon)

Power Supply: XFX PRO 750W Black Edition Single Rail Power Supply with Full Modular Cables ATX 750 Energy Star Certified Power Supply, P1750BBEFX ($110 @ Amazon)

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium (Free)

Total: $1256.87

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3pWyD
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April 11, 2014 10:26:32 AM

A cooler comes with the CPU, so unless you plan to overclock, you do not need a new cooler.

Everything looks good. I would go with a 550-650w PSU unless you KNOW for sure oyu are getting another 770 in the very near future. Most people plan for SLI but never actually do it and waste money on a PSU that just needs to be replaced in 3-4 years anyway.

Also that case is HUGE and a LARGE waste of money an way overkill. Get a nor mid tower. These full towers are really for custom water loops. Your build will look lost in that huge of a case. Not to mention the case will be enormous and loud.
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April 11, 2014 2:46:06 PM

XFX PRO650W Core Edition 80+ Bronze ATX 650 Energy Star Certified Power Supply
Xfx ($81.24)

Gigabyte Case GZ-G1SGS ($89.65)

I was only going to SLI if I got a card with 2gb. But since I'm going with... EVGA GeForce GTX 770 Superclocked with ACX Cooler 4 GB GDDR5 256-Bit Dual-Link DVI-I/DVI-D HDMI DP SLI Ready Graphics Card 04G-P4-3774-KR....

If I go with that video card and won't be using the SLI. Is there something else I should change?

Also, will that video card accommodate my 1920x1080?
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April 12, 2014 10:08:49 AM

Nothing to change when not doing SLI, but if you did SLI , you would WANT a 4gb card, not a 2gb one. When you add a second card, the vRAM does not add together. ex. 2 gtx770 2gb cards is SLI will still only give your system 2gb vRAM. If getting a single card, get a 2gb one, if SLI get a 4gb one.

A gtx770 will pretty much max all games at 1080p. no issues there.
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April 12, 2014 10:20:01 AM

It's only like $40 more dollars to get the 4gb, shouldn't I do that?
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April 12, 2014 10:20:43 AM

Well, for 1080p, you will not ever need more than 2gb. Only get the 4gb one if you really plan to SLI sometime soon.
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April 12, 2014 10:25:34 AM

Ah, and sorry for making a new post, I just wanted some more opinions.

Is there a specific brand I should look at for low profile ram?

And I guess I should just stick with my evga geforce card but drop it to 2gb then? Let's be realistic...I probably wont end up utilizing the SLI.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3qute
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April 12, 2014 10:30:44 AM

If you aren't going to SLI, get a 2gb card for sure.

For RAM, just get any ddr3 1600mhz 1.5v low profile RAM. Any brand is fine really as there are only like 3 or 4 RAM manufacturers and all the different companies just get it and put their own stickers on it.
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April 12, 2014 10:35:16 AM

Both look great!
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April 12, 2014 10:51:03 AM

One more question.

The case I chose doesn't have free two day shipping with prime, or newegg's shoprunner. Any other cases I should maybe try? I don't really want to wait 4-7 days. I want something with easy cable management, no screws if possible, usb 3.0. ...I researched a lot and really liked this case...but like I said ..I REALLY don't want to wait a week.
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April 12, 2014 10:53:42 AM

Corsair, Antec, NZXT, Fractal Design, Bitfenix, Coolermaster is who you want to buy a case form.

Any case will have screws for the motherboard but pretty much all new cases have tool-less HDD and DVD drive solutions. I wish they had screws still though.
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