Is this $1000 build good?

Had to switch to the new FX-8320 Piledriver from a i5-3570k to get the total under $1000.

CPU: FX-8320 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113285
GPU: XFX Double D HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150605
Mobo: ASRock 970 Extreme4 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157262
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146087
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM 1.5TB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148337
PSU: Rosewill HIVE 550W 80+ Certified http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182131
Memory: G.SKILL Ares 8GB (2x4GB) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231546
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit OEM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608018
Optical Drive: ASUS 24X DVD Burner http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

With combos, it comes to $989.90, and after 1 small rebate it sums $969.90

Any thoughts on this build? And btw the new Piledrivers are actually less expensive, and perform in most cases better than their similarly priced Intel competitors :D
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  1. If you want to do cfx ever I would get a 700w. But besides that it's good.
  2. I would go with an intel based system... but thats just me, i have minimal knowledge of amd systems. But ill tell you right now that the XFX 7870 is a beast of a card (running it now). Looks good, Runs amazing and is really cool even when gaming load on it. The fans are silent on it as well.

    Good luck
  3. Great build. I give it a green light.
    The Hive PSU isn't that great though. It's around 450~500w in reality.
  4. From what I read so far, it looks like the new amd cpu's are pretty good. Toms hardware has a review. It's on the front page, you should read it.
  5. how to stick a i5 into the rig

    and no. fx might be able to match a i5, but will draw a ton more power and produce a ton more heat out. less than bulldozer but still a huge a gap vs ivy bridge chips

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/lfuT

    read this review if you have time
    http://www.overclock3d.net/reviews/cpu_mainboard/amd_vishera_fx8350_piledriver_review/1

    or watch this video and he will talk about vishera extensively. he gave up on amd almost
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7wFKewAbgs&feature=g-user-u
  6. Ill check it out. thanks for the heads up!
  7. excella1221 said:
    Great build. I give it a green light.
    The Hive PSU isn't that great though. It's around 450~500w in reality.


    actually no. these are built very well. from what i recall made by superflower
  8. TheBigTroll said:
    actually no. these are built very well. from what i recall made by superflower

    They are built very well. I just said it isn't that great, and I was referring to the amperage on the +12v rail.

    That's 38A = 456w for a 550w.
  9. true. fx still sucks a lot of power

    id then step up to this then
    http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=59615&vpn=P1550SXXB9&manufacture=XFX&promoid=1295
  10. excella1221 said:
    Great build. I give it a green light.
    The Hive PSU isn't that great though. It's around 450~500w in reality.


    What PSU would you reccomend for around the same price?
  11. TheBigTroll said:
    how to stick a i5 into the rig

    and no. fx might be able to match a i5, but will draw a ton more power and produce a ton more heat out. less than bulldozer but still a huge a gap vs ivy bridge chips

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/lfuT

    read this review if you have time
    http://www.overclock3d.net/reviews/cpu_mainboard/amd_vishera_fx8350_piledriver_review/1

    or watch this video and he will talk about vishera extensively. he gave up on amd almost
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7wFKewAbgs&feature=g-user-u


    That is true, yet with the saved money you can buy a great cooler like the Noctua listed above, which will probably keep this monster between 50-60°C :D
  12. I agree with Troll, That psu is well build and has good reviews. well worth it for the quality.
  13. Poltregeist said:
    That is true, yet with the saved money you can buy a great cooler like the Noctua listed above, which will probably keep this monster between 50-60°C :D


    the noctua isnt quite good enough for overclock3d. the guy while overclocking it had to put 2 delta 220cfm fans on it to keep it cool. but that was for bulldozer.

    in his test he was running a h100 and it reached around 70c. add 3-5c to that and it = a noctua d14 since it does do better in high oc situations
  14. take out that PSU if you don't want to fry your system.

    i don't really tend to trust rosewill that much from experience.

    would do this sort of build if you would like to go FX

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1094313

    CPU cooler- hyper 212 EVO should be enough to cool your processor and give a nice overclock

    i would try to fit inside a 128 GB SSD in there at least

    and try to get a good brand PSU inside such as corsair HX750 or XFX 750

    i might actually go ahead and spend less on the mobo and maybe go with this board instead of the ASUS

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1094307

    it also comes with free Ram so you can cut the ram out of the budget also.

    since these rams do have heatsinks you can either take them off or you can find a different and less expensive cooler
  15. A 750w is a bit overkill for the build hes got. it shouldn't pull anymore than ~500w. Although im not sure about the power consumption of the new CPUs.
  16. The fx series looks really good, and it doesn't use all that much power.
  17. LOL ^
  18. Alright, so I added a Corsair CX600, and a 212 EVO to upgrade to the FX-8350 with the same motherboard. Now it totals about $1 less, but with rebates is slightly cheaper. :)
  19. the cx600w wont handle the fx 8320. get a high quality unit like a xfx 550w. the corsair only supplies 500w barely

    and use the fx 8320

    and use the motherboard i suggested.
  20. TheBigTroll said:
    the cx600w wont handle the fx 8320. get a high quality unit like a xfx 550w. the corsair only supplies 500w barely

    and use the fx 8320

    and use the motherboard i suggested.


    Alright, but I really don't have the budget for a $100 PSU...
  21. its 50 bucks
  22. TheBigTroll said:
    its 50 bucks


    Oh, the XFX PSUs i was looking at was like $110.
  23. go to the link i provided
  24. TheBigTroll said:
    go to the link i provided


    Alright, got that XFX 550W in there now, and other suggestions?
  25. Alright, I took out the 1TB drive I had in my cart because of an external 1TB I have and am currently using since my internal HDD crapped out. It still has 500GB left, and ALL my games on it so really, no need for that HDD unless I want to get one in the future. Have a nice Vertex 4 128GB SSD in my cart as well :) Do you think that I could place my external USB HDD in an internal HDD spot (no mounting needed) and then rout the USB out the back to connect to the mobo?
  26. or you could just take the drive out of the external drive unit and plug it in directly to the computer
  27. TheBigTroll said:
    or you could just take the drive out of the external drive unit and plug it in directly to the computer


    It's not that type of drive, think oversized SSD, without the blazing speed.
  28. almost every external hard drive uses a sata to usb adaptor internally. im sure it will work
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