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July 24, 2014 8:14:35 AM

Hi there

I'm building a new rig (first time builder here). Here are the parts that I've chosen:

CPU: AMD-FX-6300
Motherboard: ASRock 99FX Killer
RAM: 8gb G-Skill Ripjaws X
Case: Corsair Carbide 500R
PSU: Corsair GS-700
HDD's: Samsung 840 Evo 250gb SSD, Seagate Barracude 2TB
Cooler: Corsair H100i
GPU: Gigabyte R9-270X

Peripherals: Razer Naga 2014 Edition, Deathstalker
I already own a 27" Samsung T27B300
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July 24, 2014 8:17:52 AM

It's good, but I'd personally get a intel mobo and CPU.

Your PSU isn't that great, get a SeaSonic or XFX counterpart to that.
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July 24, 2014 8:23:34 AM

TechyInAZ said:
It's good, but I'd personally get a intel mobo and CPU.

Your PSU isn't that great, get a SeaSonic or XFX counterpart to that.


To me, Corsair PSU's are far better than SeasSonic or XFX. More reliable. The wattage however is fine, i.m.o. The reason I chose the AMD CPU and mobo was because you get more core's and GHz than an Intel, since Intel is so expensive. What would you recommend then?
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July 24, 2014 8:27:16 AM

Haustdir said:
TechyInAZ said:
It's good, but I'd personally get a intel mobo and CPU.

Your PSU isn't that great, get a SeaSonic or XFX counterpart to that.


To me, Corsair PSU's are far better than SeasSonic or XFX. More reliable. The wattage however is fine, i.m.o. The reason I chose the AMD CPU and mobo was because you get more core's and GHz than an Intel, since Intel is so expensive. What would you recommend then?


I also love Corsair and their products, however to my dismay, I figured out that their cheap psus are absolutely terrible.

If you want a good corsair psu, get their really good HX series or AXI series.

I'd get an intel core i3 4130 and a H97 motherboard, it will be fast on all the single threaded games.
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July 24, 2014 8:33:58 AM

Haustdir said:
Hi there

I'm building a new rig (first time builder here). Here are the parts that I've chosen:

CPU: AMD-FX-6300
Motherboard: ASRock 99FX Killer
RAM: 8gb G-Skill Ripjaws X
Case: Corsair Carbide 500R
PSU: Corsair GS-700
HDD's: Samsung 840 Evo 250gb SSD, Seagate Barracude 2TB
Cooler: Corsair H100i
GPU: Gigabyte R9-270X

Peripherals: Razer Naga 2014 Edition, Deathstalker
I already own a 27" Samsung T27B300


All your components look fine except for a PSU, if you must get a Corsair, get a TXV2 or HX or AX series. If you are located in Canada, remember that Samsung does not provide warranty service for their SSDs in Canada. Otherwise, just the PSU needs to be changed.
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July 24, 2014 8:35:31 AM

TechyInAZ said:
Haustdir said:
TechyInAZ said:
It's good, but I'd personally get a intel mobo and CPU.

Your PSU isn't that great, get a SeaSonic or XFX counterpart to that.


To me, Corsair PSU's are far better than SeasSonic or XFX. More reliable. The wattage however is fine, i.m.o. The reason I chose the AMD CPU and mobo was because you get more core's and GHz than an Intel, since Intel is so expensive. What would you recommend then?


I also love Corsair and their products, however to my dismay, I figured out that their cheap psus are absolutely terrible.

If you want a good corsair psu, get their really good HX series or AXI series.

I'd get an intel core i3 4130 and a H97 motherboard, it will be fast on all the single threaded games.


http://cpuboss.com/cpus/Intel-Core-i3-4130-vs-AMD-FX-63... 4130 is better it seems, but I get more cores and the FX-6300 is easier to OC.
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July 24, 2014 9:25:45 AM

RE PSU:

XFX and Rosewill Hive are also good picks for a budget PSU. Seasonic consistently makes great PSUs.


RE CPU:

Between the 2 CPUs you are looking at, the FX 6300 will be slightly faster once overclocked, especially if you use that H100i. But overall, the biggest impact on your experience will be the games you play, and whether or not they can use all 6 CPU cores.

Games that use 2-4 cores are better on Intel. Games that can use 5+ cores are as good and sometimes slightly better on AMD.


RE Motherboard:

You don't need a 990FX board unless you plan to use multiple GPUs in crossfire or SLI. A good 970 board that will save you a little money is a Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P. Put the money you save toward something else, like a better PSU.
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July 24, 2014 10:45:55 AM

maddogfargo said:
RE PSU:

XFX and Rosewill Hive are also good picks for a budget PSU. Seasonic consistently makes great PSUs.


RE CPU:

Between the 2 CPUs you are looking at, the FX 6300 will be slightly faster once overclocked, especially if you use that H100i. But overall, the biggest impact on your experience will be the games you play, and whether or not they can use all 6 CPU cores.

Games that use 2-4 cores are better on Intel. Games that can use 5+ cores are as good and sometimes slightly better on AMD.


RE Motherboard:

You don't need a 990FX board unless you plan to use multiple GPUs in crossfire or SLI. A good 970 board that will save you a little money is a Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P. Put the money you save toward something else, like a better PSU.


I've changed my plan for the rig since I literally just received (about 15 mins ago) an FX-6300 from a friend who was upgrading at no cost. I realized I don't need such a beast of a mobo as you said, so this is my updated list:

CPU: AMD-FX-6300
Motherboard: ASUS AM5A97E
RAM: 8gb G-Skill Ripjaws X
Case: Corsair Carbide 500R
PSU: Corsair AX 760W
HDD's: Samsung 840 Evo 250gb SSD, Seagate Barracude 2TB
Cooler: Corsair H100i
GPU: Gigabyte R9-280X

I've decided to go for the 280X rather, since I had a bit more cash.
On the note of a 280X, a friend wanted to know: can he run a Gigabyte R9 280X on his Corsair CX-500.
Thanks ^-^
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