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May 23, 2012 5:39:29 PM

Hi, my first time building a desktop, I want to know if all the parts are good for each other. Also, can I play any game maxed out with 50+ FPS? Thanks.

COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

SAMSUNG EcoGreen F4 HD204UI 1TB SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

ASUS Sabertooth 990FX AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

XFX Double D FX-785A-CDFC Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Rosewill Xtreme Series RX750-S-B 750W Continuous @40°C ,80 PLUS Certified, ATX12V v2.2 & EPS12V v2.91, SLI Ready CrossFire ...

Patriot Gamer 2 Series, Division 4 Edition 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 15000) Desktop Memory Model PGQ316G1866ELQK

AMD FX-8150 Zambezi 3.6GHz Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor FD8150FRGUBOX

So I know the graphics card is pretty sweet, but should I get a 3GB instead of 2? As for CPU and Motherboard, I chose AMD because the highest end AMD offers, the highest end Intel would be better, but costs 5 times more for the CPU alone. The AMD CPU I chose is $210, I looked at Intel ones for $320, and the AMD is still a bit better. The $600 and $1000 Intel ones would be better, but only by about 25 and 50 percent respectively (not enough to pay 3 and 5 times as much for me). So I want to make sure thats all compatible, thanks!

P.S. I chose 16GB Ram because its only about $15 more than the 12GB ram.

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May 23, 2012 6:04:07 PM

overkill on the power supply , weak card. you can keep that psu and add another 7850 in the future

"I chose AMD because the highest end AMD offers, the highest end Intel would be better, but costs 5 times more for the CPU alone. "

yes intel extreme 1k cpu will be better than the $300 8 core. i see what your saying but at the same time you can pick up intel 1155 2500k quadcore for $200 and overclock it up to 5ghz. we are comparing apples to oranges with what is most beneficial for you. go with the 8 core if you are into programming/multi tasking/ video editing. go for a fast quad core if you are playing games
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May 23, 2012 6:19:37 PM

i5 2500k is about $229 and is plenty, and then some, for any game you will play, assuming you have a video card to play it. Please read this: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-o...

I would also start with 2 x 4GB and see if that is enough.....it probably will be, and then some.

To answer your other question, we need to know how many monitors you have, and at what resolution.
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May 23, 2012 7:00:31 PM

Currently I use 1 monitor, at 1920X1080 I use an HDMI cable. So I guess I'll switch for an Intel CPU and Mobo, but I can keep the AMD graphics right? So changing to the Intel CPU and Mobo, would I be able to play any game maxed with my 7850 card? or do I need to switch it for a 7950/7970?
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May 23, 2012 7:05:31 PM

alvine said:
overkill on the power supply , weak card. you can keep that psu and add another 7850 in the future

"I chose AMD because the highest end AMD offers, the highest end Intel would be better, but costs 5 times more for the CPU alone. "

yes intel extreme 1k cpu will be better than the $300 8 core. i see what your saying but at the same time you can pick up intel 1155 2500k quadcore for $200 and overclock it up to 5ghz. we are comparing apples to oranges with what is most beneficial for you. go with the 8 core if you are into programming/multi tasking/ video editing. go for a fast quad core if you are playing games


How about a 600W Psu? and by weak card, you mean video card? Should I get the 7950 then? I want to play games with maxed out graphics. As for the CPU, I dont really want to OC. But I guess I will switch for an Intell CPU and Mobo. Reason is, after your comment, I looked at Bench marks, and both CPU's were tested, and without OC-ing, the intel ones were faster. I don't generally multi-task, so I'm going to go with a quad core. I will update my config, and repost to see if its good, thanks.
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May 23, 2012 7:47:06 PM

what is your budget?
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May 23, 2012 7:54:09 PM

loops said:
what is your budget?

$1,000 give or take a hundred
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May 23, 2012 9:17:22 PM

For $1000 it will be very close if you want to play maxxed out at 50 fps. A couple of games like BF3 multiplayer or Crysis may not allow you to max things out without running one of the higher end video cards $400 and up.

Also I noticed your hard drive you selected is one of the slow running "green" ones.

Here are some suggested substitutions:
For faster HDD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo and CPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or a few bucks more for more mobo that was reviewed on Tom's
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Then, I would go here to choose your video card so you can see what your budget buys you and get an idea of what card will play what games at what quality.....
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...

The i5 3570k replaces the 2500k. You will hear some overclocker types not liking the new 3570k because it isn't as overclocker friendly, but most reviews I've read have said basically "get the 3570 if you're building new, and not an extreme overclocker, otherwise stick with the 2500k for more overclocking potential"

Here is a good PSU at a good price, and its modular...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And here's all the memory you will need for gaming...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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May 23, 2012 9:20:09 PM

Intel 2500k in a newegg MoBo combo will be $200 and tops anything AMD has to offer.
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May 23, 2012 9:32:43 PM

If you live near a microcenter, a 2500k can be had for $170
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

16gb RAM is overkill for a gaming system. Unless you do a lot of video editing, 8gb will last the life of the system.

No game in existence uses more than 4gb right now, and it'll be a while before more than 4gb is required. Many people still use 32-bit OS's, and because game developers want as many people to be able to buy their games as possible, they'll be keeping the RAM requirements under 4gb for a while longer.

I agree with your video card, though. I don't think any single card above $300 is worth the money when current sli/xfire scaling is at 90% or better for each additional card. I'd stay away from 2 card builds though, because you'll eventually run into microstuttering issues.. Either grab a mobo that has 3 or more pci-e 3.0 slots, or stick with one.

good luck!
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May 23, 2012 9:33:02 PM

JackNaylorPE said:
Intel 2500k in a newegg MoBo combo will be $200 and tops anything AMD has to offer.


Maybe a few bucks more than $200 but yeah, here are some examples.

I would look for a mobo that had USB 3.0, PCI 3.0, atx (not micro), and that supported integrated graphics (plugs for your monitor so when your GPU craps the bed, you will still have a screen to look at).
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/Category/catego...
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May 24, 2012 3:01:20 AM

catatafish said:
For $1000 it will be very close if you want to play maxxed out at 50 fps. A couple of games like BF3 multiplayer or Crysis may not allow you to max things out without running one of the higher end video cards $400 and up.

Also I noticed your hard drive you selected is one of the slow running "green" ones.

Here are some ...


Thank you so much! That was very detailed and easy for me. This makes my build a lot easier. I decided to go with the i5 3570k, I don't think I want to over clock. I've updated my build, and can't wait to get it :) .
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