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Another hows my build thread

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March 9, 2012 6:15:27 PM

Iv been putting around online and think I have what im looking for. Looking to build my first PC so looking for some help. Here are the components I am looking at. All so if you dont care to look at this i was all so wondering what i should look for in a motherboard for a gaming rig. any advice or help is welcomed :) 

Power supply:






Disc Drive:

Sound Card:

Video Card:

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March 9, 2012 7:38:57 PM

change psu to corsair ax550 and change ram to g.skill irpjaws x series

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a b V Motherboard
March 9, 2012 7:59:44 PM

Theres a lot more !/$ on the intel side these days, but I understand if you are a fan of AMD wanting to support them. If not in a rush, Piledriver should be out in a few months, which may fix some of the design mistakes in bulldozer that hold it back.

Your onboard audio is going to be better than that sound card, so I would get rid of it. If buying a dedicated sound card then get a high end one, otherwise onboard audio is more than enough for most people. And if you go digital out to a reciever then there is literally no reason to get a sound card anymore (though some audio conditioning software is not a bad idea). Cards like the ones you picked out are for people with old machines who want to add surround sound, they are not for fidelity or quality audio.

So you know, that Barracuda is a HDD, not an SSD. It will work fine, but do not expect any kind of SSD-like performance out of it. the GPU you picked has a good bundle with a decent SSD, so if you really want one I would go that route.

Follow xtremegamer2damax's advice

Other than those few suggestions everything looks great, and things will work as posted, but our advice will help it out a little.

Man those MSI boards just look amazing, I could stare at that all day :) 
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March 9, 2012 8:20:57 PM

Thanks for the help! Found the ram same price so awesome. I was considering getting that video card to start then later trying SLI. So I had no idea how much power i would need. And asking for opinions here is it worth the extra $$$ for intel? Would the Piledriver be similar in price to the current amd processors? There isnt a rush ;) 
a b V Motherboard
March 9, 2012 8:35:41 PM

bignick18 said:
And asking for opinions here is it worth the extra $$$ for intel? Would the Piledriver be similar in price to the current amd processors? There isnt a rush ;) 

Actually, and contrary to the historical norms, You get more bang for your buck with Intel at the moment. Intel has $100 CPUs that beat anything that AMD is offering at the moment. And that is after you overclock the AMD chips...

Even the $80 Pentium G630 beats the Bulldozers...
a b V Motherboard
March 10, 2012 2:39:12 AM

An SSD would help your OS load faster and may help a bit in loading the games faster... but after that the gaming performance is all up to your CPU, GPU and RAM
March 10, 2012 3:09:51 AM

its a nice build. A guy I work with has a similiar build and he loves it.
March 20, 2012 5:04:54 AM

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