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January 29, 2012 4:31:27 AM

Hi there. I've pretty much decided on the components I want. I just want to make sure everything is compatible and will work the way it is designed to. Thanks in advance.


ASUS Crosshair V Formula AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Gaming Motherboard with 3-Way SLI/CrossFireX Support and UEFI BIOS


AMD FX-8150 Zambezi 3.6GHz Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor


G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model


CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX1200 (CMPSU-1200AX) 1200W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 SLI Certified 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply


DIAMOND 6990PE54G Radeon HD 6990 4GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card


Antec Twelve Hundred V3 Black Steel ATX Full Tower Unbeatable Gaming Case

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January 29, 2012 4:40:32 AM

PSU is overkill and I'd look into 7970s. Less configuration problems compared to a dual GPU card.
January 29, 2012 4:41:21 AM

Also as an Antec 1200 owner, I recommend: P280, Define R3, HAF-X, Silverstone Raven, Cosmos II, Corsair 800D
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January 29, 2012 4:42:50 AM

Definitely needs a bit of tweaking. First - you really need to read this about the FX before buying:

There's TONS of issues with the FX both hardware and software. From the BIOS to UEFI conflicts in Windows, you name it.

Drop the PSU to a 950 - you don't need a 1200 unless you're powering a super motherboard like the EVGA SR-2.

And why get the 6990 when for the same price you can get the much newer 7970?

Try this, this would be infinitely better for the same price.

Case: Corsair Carbide 500R
PSU: Corsair HX850
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3P
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaw 8GB 1600MHz
SSD: Crucial M4 64GB
HD: Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB
Optical: Lite On DVD Burner
Video card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970
January 29, 2012 4:43:45 AM

Oh yeah I agree about the 8150 as well. Somehow I overlooked that completely!
January 29, 2012 5:51:55 AM

Well I'm ok with subbing in the Sapphire Radeon HD 7970. How crippling are these issues with the FX 8150? Would I be mad at myself forever if I got it. The main reason I ask this because I really was hoping to build a system using an AMD CPU.
January 29, 2012 6:14:16 AM

Here is a basic benchmark of the cpus:

In games some are claiming the 8150 is terrible but the 8150 benchmarks at 8,369 as the best a intel i7 3960x benches in at 14,826 the opteron 6272 benching at 10,245

Problem with the 8150 is that even with a patch from windows 7 it doesn't take full advantage of the 8150 and as such alot of its muscle is not recognized or used. Theres talk that there will be fixes coming to fix it in windows 7 while windows 8 is suposed to fix it as well. Right now intel cpus are the norm for reccomending to people who play games. Because the fx bulldozer chips are not performing as they say they should have but its up to the buyer to look at all the pros and cons of each chip and decide for themselves to be honest. At the writing of this intel is top of the mountain in performance and price hence not many people reccomend them for gaming (fx bulldozer chips).