I need help with my computer design.

Hello, I have pieced together a list of the components I want in my computer that I want to build. However, I have also came up with alot of questions and I was hoping I could get some guidance. My initial estimate for the total cost was around $1300 so I would like it not to stray that far from my goal. The following is a copy of my notepad entry for my computer parts, sites and questions. Please share you opinion on if you think the computer will work.

Processor: AMD Phenom II X2 560 Black
Motherboard: AMD 990 FX
RAM: Corsair Vengence 2x8gb
Video Card: AMD Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB Internal Drive
Cooling:???
Power Supply:Corsair Gaming Series GS700
Optical Drive: Sony Black DVD-ROM Drive
Operating System: Windows 7 Professional
Case: Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel Case
Crossfire Bridge Interconnect Cable (Only if I get a second graphics card)


1. Does FX in the motherboard mean it can only run fx processors?
It says that it can run Phenom II's.
2. Should I go with gigabyte or asus for the motherboard? Or any other partner?
3. Should I get 4x4gb rams or just 2x8gb or is there any difference. The processor
has 4 RAM slots.
4. The motherboard is ready for amd crossfireX right?
5. Is a radeon hd 7870 gpu the same thing as a radeon hd 7870 graphics card?
6. Should I buy a second graphics card to enable crossfire?
7. 16gb or 32gb RAM? Any big difference?
8. 2x8gb RAM not eligble for free shipping. 4x4gb is.So should I get the 4x4gb?
9. What cooling systems should I use for this computer setup or is it fine?
10. Is the listed optical drive a good pick, I dont really know any good cd players.
11. The case comes with a cooling fan. I dont know if its sufficient though.


Web Sites:

Processor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103887

Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128510

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233246

Video Card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125418

Hard Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840

Power Supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139024

Optical Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118031

Operating System: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116992

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021


Thanks for all of your replies. :)
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  1. 1. No. Go by the cpu support list.
    2. I have no recommendation for brands. Go with the one with the price and features you like.
    3. Either 4x4 or 2 x 8 will work. Go with 1600 1.5v ram
    4. Yes for your current choice.
    5. Yes
    6. No. Not worth it in my opinion.
    7. No. I downsized from 16gb to 8 gb to save space on my ssd.
    8. Yes
    9. I don't recommend water cooling. Go with the coolermaster hyper 212 instead of the amd heatsink if you overclock the cpu; if you don't, stick with the amd cooler.
    10. Go with the lite on instead for $17.99 (link broken)
    11. The case cooling fan should be adequate for now.

    I recommend an ssd for your boot device such as this one: ocz agility 3 or 4 series; both under $100 for 128 gb on amazon.
  2. http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103727
    for $10 more it's a much better processor
    am3 cpu memory controler will limit ram at 1600 I think (fx is faster)
    8 gb ram is plenty
    7870 on 1 monitor can max out pretty much everything I think
  3. Cool, thanks for the processor. And do you mean the socket type AM3 for the cpu will limit it? I thought the cpu said it supported up to 32gb of RAM.
  4. fx 1866, phenomII 1600, on an am3+ board
  5. 8 gb of ram is plenty; anything more is overkill, and won't improve performance for the type of applications you use.
  6. This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
  7. Bluskyz said:
    Hello, I have pieced together a list of the components I want in my computer that I want to build. However, I have also came up with alot of questions and I was hoping I could get some guidance. My initial estimate for the total cost was around $1300 so I would like it not to stray that far from my goal. The following is a copy of my notepad entry for my computer parts, sites and questions. Please share you opinion on if you think the computer will work.

    Processor: AMD Phenom II X2 560 Black
    Motherboard: AMD 990 FX
    RAM: Corsair Vengence 2x8gb
    Video Card: AMD Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition
    Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB Internal Drive
    Cooling:???
    Power Supply:Corsair Gaming Series GS700
    Optical Drive: Sony Black DVD-ROM Drive
    Operating System: Windows 7 Professional
    Case: Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel Case
    Crossfire Bridge Interconnect Cable (Only if I get a second graphics card)


    1. Does FX in the motherboard mean it can only run fx processors?
    It says that it can run Phenom II's.
    2. Should I go with gigabyte or asus for the motherboard? Or any other partner?
    3. Should I get 4x4gb rams or just 2x8gb or is there any difference. The processor
    has 4 RAM slots.
    4. The motherboard is ready for amd crossfireX right?
    5. Is a radeon hd 7870 gpu the same thing as a radeon hd 7870 graphics card?
    6. Should I buy a second graphics card to enable crossfire?
    7. 16gb or 32gb RAM? Any big difference?
    8. 2x8gb RAM not eligble for free shipping. 4x4gb is.So should I get the 4x4gb?
    9. What cooling systems should I use for this computer setup or is it fine?
    10. Is the listed optical drive a good pick, I dont really know any good cd players.
    11. The case comes with a cooling fan. I dont know if its sufficient though.

    Thanks for all of your replies. :)


    1. Go with a quad core instead of a dual core
    2. It's user preference. I prefer Asus, but Gigabyte, MSI, and others are equally as good.
    3. Ram configuration depends on if you want to upgrade later on or not. For 2x8GB, you will have 2 extra slots for more ram.
    4. Yes it's ready for CrossFire X and SLI
    5. Radeon HD7870 is Radeon HD7870
    6. CrossFire X depends on games and you need to play at high resolutions to benefit from it.
    I would rather get a single high-end card instead of 2 mid-range for CrossFire X and have to deal with all the hassle
    7. Read reply #3
    8. Free shipping is good, but if shipping cost isn't that much. Get the 2x8GB
    9. Air cooling is fine, but with the ram you picked (with those tall heatstinks), getting 4x4GB will required you to get water cooling. For water cooling, check out them Corsair self contain water cooling kits.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100008008%2050001459&IsNodeId=1&name=Corsair
    10. Just grab the cheapest one you can find.
    11. The Antec 900 basically comes with all the fans already installed. The only one not included is for the side panel.
    There is another called Antec 900 2, but newegg don't have it anymore.
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