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June 13, 2014 11:29:39 PM

ok i am trying to make my final decisions on my new build this is also my first build so if i have forgotten anything or u could give me any better ideas and advice happy to hear it all.

my problem is i am not sure if i should buy a better motherboard which i can crossfire at x16 or should i get a cheaper motherboard so i can afford a better graphics card straight away.

my build so far:
(all prices are in AU$ and are from my local MSY store)

MOBO
Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 $179

CPU: FX-8350 $229

GPU: 2G R9-270X MSI Gaming $245

RAM: 2x8gb 1866 Kingston-Fury
$185

PSU: Corsair RM750 $189

SSD: Kingston V300 Sata3 120G
$75


HDD: Seagate Sata3 2TB $94

my other options are getting a cheaper motherboard

MOBO: Asrock 970-Extreme3 $99

but IF i want to crossfire IF its really even worth it. i have been reading it will bottleneck with the second card because it is only x4 rather then x16. but with the extra money i save i maybe able to afford a slightly better graphics card and not need to crossfire?

any opinions perhaps nvidia has a better graphics cards?

is crossfire really worth it?

is the R9 270x 2Gb MSI gaming card good enough to play new games at a decent frame rate with graphics up?

looking at WOW, Call of duty and any other games that might get my interest in the future all help will be great

thanx guys :) 

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a c 912 V Motherboard
June 13, 2014 11:38:18 PM

Keep the 990fx mobo or look at an ASRock 990fx Extreme 3 or 4

Do you need 16GB ram? 8gb is usually enough.

You only need 500W to run that build. Try a Antec HCG 520
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June 13, 2014 11:40:30 PM

ok thanx i am just looking at what others have recommended. 16gb i thought more is better then i wont need to buy more again in the future was my only thought.
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a b V Motherboard
June 13, 2014 11:44:27 PM

Get an SSD or SSHD for your system drive, instead of t HD. You will never regret it
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a c 912 V Motherboard
June 13, 2014 11:46:43 PM

8GB means more money for a better graphics card eg jump to a r9 280 or gtx760
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June 14, 2014 12:03:50 AM

Yeah I have already looked at getting a 120gb ssd for system as it does say in my thread and a 2tb hd for everything else. Will it make any huge difference if I only get 8gb not 16gb? Oh and does anybody have any experience with windows 8.1 atm I am stll running window 7?
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a b V Motherboard
June 14, 2014 12:20:45 AM

Prod1gy_X said:
Yeah I have already looked at getting a 120gb ssd for system as it does say in my thread and a 2tb hd for everything else. Will it make any huge difference if I only get 8gb not 16gb? Oh and does anybody have any experience with windows 8.1 atm I am stll running window 7?


No, the 16gb ram will only really benefit if you are editing videos but for gaming usually 8gb is enough. You could if their is a significant price difference drop to an fx 8320 as the only difference between the fx 8350 is the higher clock speed
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June 14, 2014 4:29:41 AM

Ok thankyou to the few people who have replied already now changing these few things you have suggested it leaves my budget alot more open for a really good gpu. As it stands I am now looking at

Cpu: fx-8320 $179
Mobo: asrock990 fx extreme 3 $120
Ram: 2x4gb 1866 kingston $99
Ssd: kingston 120gb $79
Hdd: seagate 2tb $94
psu: antec hcg 520 $89

Now that leaves me at $660 where my budget is about 1200ish AUD would u recommend spending that extra on a kick ass gpu or should I maybe do something else aswell and what gpu would you all recommend. I was looking at the r9 270x msi gaming edition but with I larger budget now I can get something a little better or should I crossfire?
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a c 912 V Motherboard
June 14, 2014 4:33:52 AM

If your monitor is 1080p I'd just go to a gtx 780 (Asus $649) or R9 290 (Gigabyte $449)

With the Gigabyte R9 290, you could then up your cpu to a 8350 and get a SSD for an OS drive.

But case? OS?
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June 14, 2014 3:21:36 PM

Yes monitor will be 1080.
Case I already have a white aerocool strike-x case.
As for OS I have got windows 7 already but I am thinking of going with windows 8.1 which I will buy seperate atm this money is just working on my build.
With the gpu I am looking at msi gaming edition r9 290 which is $495 AUD and it still fits nicely into my budget which works out great. Now the question is how will this go keeping up with the newer games?
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a c 912 V Motherboard
June 14, 2014 4:41:18 PM

It'll run great!
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