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April 12, 2014 10:43:51 AM

A few days ago, i asked you about the real-world differences between an AMD FX-8350, and a Intel Core i5-4670k.
Since i found out, that under no circumstances, is the FX-8350 going to bottleneck the GPU, i decided to go for an AMD build. Now i am not that kind of person who gets the fastest CPU, and GPU, and then throws them at the cheapest, mobo/PSU... So i do not want to overlook the components.

I want to know if this build is good, for 1080p gaming, and if i can make some modifications, but not in order to be cheaper. I mean some better parts, compatible ones etc...

Also notice, that I am fan of Black/White/Red themed designs, so this really matters to me.

So:

Motherboard --- ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Killer
I would have probably chosen the Sabertooth 990FX, if it weren't for that color scheme.
But from what i read on the internet, that particular ASRock board is more than enough for a gamer, and it also has some nice features, as well as good OC capabilities. I am planning to OC the FX to 4.8-5Ghz(if possible, of course, i know it's a lottery with these chips)

CPU --- AMD FX-8350

CPU Cooler - Corsair Hydro-Series H80i

Since i am going to OC the CPU, and because of the fact that my case is Mid-Tower, i don't have space for big air cooler systems. The Noctua NH-D14 would fit, but then again, that color scheme man, is killing me.

RAM --- Corsair Vengeance Pro Series 2133Mhz CL 9-11-11-31, 8GB Dual Channel

GPU --- Sapphire Radeon R9 280X Toxic Edition 3GB 384-bit
I've seen many reviews saying that these Toxic cards(270X,280X), run very very cool, and quiet, and that they have very good build quality, and that backplate for rigidity and cooling, since it's a pretty long card(308mm)

PSU --- Corsair RM750, 80+Gold fully modular.
Since i'm very careful when it comes to aesthetics, the last thing i would want in my PC would be a pile of cables.
I checked a PSU calculator and it reccomended a 667W minimum PSU, so I'm getting a 750W for safety, and an eventual upgrade.

SSD --- Samsung 840 Evo 120GB

I thought of getting something on M.2(NGFF) from Crucial, but since this interface is able to get speeds of 700MB/s, the 350MB/s stated by Crucial, seemed worthless to me, so i'm sticking with regular 2.5 inch drives.

HDD --- 1TB, not really important though, either Seagate or WD, depending on what i find...

Case --- Corsair Graphite 230T
I already have it. I got it on sale(50% off), i like it, it's very well built, it has a lot of space in it, good WM capability(although, few zip-ties holes, but meh..), and good ventilation.

For monitor, i was thinking of a BenQ 24", VA panel, fullHD.

With these being said, tell me if they are good, compatible parts, and note that, as i said, i'm not looking for cheaper parts. I'm done with cheap things, which break after a month or two.
Also if i can change something, please do not hesitate to enlighten me. :D 


EDIT:

I did a build, so that you can see better
http://pcpartpicker.com/user/TorqueS/saved/4lA7
P.S. Sorry for my pretty bad english...

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April 12, 2014 12:36:35 PM

they are compatible, and the real world differences between the i5, and the 8350 are pretty small, maybe 5% in gaming when not recording, then faster loading times on intel due to something to do with their memory controller (again, not much faster though). dx 12 and mantle pretty much make your cpu irrelevant for gaming anyways
the rest is pretty good
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April 13, 2014 2:28:41 AM

Brantyn Gerik said:
they are compatible, and the real world differences between the i5, and the 8350 are pretty small, maybe 5% in gaming when not recording, then faster loading times on intel due to something to do with their memory controller (again, not much faster though). dx 12 and mantle pretty much make your cpu irrelevant for gaming anyways
the rest is pretty good

Yeah that's why I considered this AMD build, I watched a lot of videos and people were saying that intel beats AMD only in benchmaks(which is normal due to the fact that intel has upgraded their cores). Other than that, I, as a normal user, wouldn't notice the difference between them, right?
Hell, the rig i am looking to build is mid-high end, so it will pretty much run everything that i throw at it. I'm not aiming for playing absolutely all games on ultra. Although it seems possible with this config.
I've seen tests in BF4, which is supposed to use all the threads of the effects. But then again, the differences were like 2-4 FPS for Intel, sometimes for AMD, but it really doesn't matter, since they were all like 85-90+, which is not noticeable. Of course if we're talking about 120Hz/144Hz monitors, that's another story, but then again, those monitors cost as much as a video card, so i'll stick with 60-75Hz monitors.

Well maybe the strongest point in my build is the graphics card, because on the previous intel build i thought of, i could only stick a GTX 760(Because the mobo(maximus VI HERO), and the CPU(4670K) were more expensive that those for AMD, and so with the money saved on those i can get a really good R9-280X).
I have a question. I've seen the toxic edition, i like it, but i've also seen last night the ASUS Matrix R9 280X Platinum, which is just a bit more expensive(i can afford it). Is it worth(as a premium ROG product), over the toxic version? I don't really care that it's tri-slot, it won't cover any important slots. I will only need that PCI x1 for the sound card.
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