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October 25, 2012 5:36:06 AM

Hi, I'm thinking of building a gaming system for myself using these stuff:

COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Seagate Barracuda ST3000DM001 3TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

EVGA 02G-P4-2680-KR GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Rosewill CAPSTONE Series CAPSTONE-750-M 750W ATX12V v2.31 & EPS12V v2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9Q-32GXM

AMD FX-8350 Vishera 4.0GHz (4.2GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor FD8350FRHKBOX

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

Are they compatible? All advice would be appreciated cause I have little experience in this. Thanks

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October 25, 2012 6:12:35 AM

Compatible, yes. A good build, not so much.

8GB of RAM is plenty for a gaming build. I'd get 2x4GB DDR3-1600 CL9 1.5V, preferably low profile.

The 680 costs more than a 7970 GHz Edition but is outperformed. Get an 850W if you want to SLI/CF cards that high-end though.

Chances are you don't need 3TB. I'd get 500GB-1.5TB and an SSD eg Vertex4 or 830.

And now; the granddaddy of the build. Piledriver. While it's benchmarks are coming close to the 3770K in highly threaded apps it still gets destroyed by any i5 when gaming. It's your choice, but the AMD chip also sucks power and as such makes a lot of HEAT.

Also note that newegg is throwing in 8GB of RAM free with various mobos, both AMD and Intel.

If you want to OC you want a decent heatsink. I'd be looking at the CM Hyper212 Evo if not pushing it hard, or the NH-D14 if you really want to OC it a lot.
October 25, 2012 6:24:23 AM

Someone Somewhere said:
Compatible, yes. A good build, not so much.

8GB of RAM is plenty for a gaming build. I'd get 2x4GB DDR3-1600 CL9 1.5V, preferably low profile.

The 680 costs more than a 7970 GHz Edition but is outperformed. Get an 850W if you want to SLI/CF cards that high-end though.

Chances are you don't need 3TB. I'd get 500GB-1.5TB and an SSD eg Vertex4 or 830.

And now; the granddaddy of the build. Piledriver. While it's benchmarks are coming close to the 3770K in highly threaded apps it still gets destroyed by any i5 when gaming. It's your choice, but the AMD chip also sucks power and as such makes a lot of HEAT.

Also note that newegg is throwing in 8GB of RAM free with various mobos, both AMD and Intel.

If you want to OC you want a decent heatsink. I'd be looking at the CM Hyper212 Evo if not pushing it hard, or the NH-D14 if you really want to OC it a lot.


Ok thanks a lot. I'll post back my modified build
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October 25, 2012 6:37:11 AM

How about this:

Seagate Barracuda ST3000DM001 3TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive (I need the space)

Patriot Viper 3 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model PV316G160C9QK (Running some 3D rendering software)

Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770K

GIGABYTE GV-R797TO-3GD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Can anyone recommend a suitable power supply, mobo, and casing? thanks
October 25, 2012 6:50:55 AM

Well the only thing I would have changed would be go to 8gig of ram instead of 32gig and going with a Sapphire HD 7950 or 7970 GPU. If the FX-8350 is any faster that the 8150 it will be a really good CPU.

I have to AMD/ATI rigs one with a FX-8120/Sapphire 6950 and another one with a FX-8150/Sapphire HD 7950 and they both are very good gaming rigs. Plus the extra money I saved by going AMD/ATI I was able to get my water cooling kit that I would not have been able to going intel, I checked the price of both and it just would not work for the money I had on hand. In the end it was a very good move and I can play any game I want at 1080p on ultra/high. And yes it would be a very good build not just a good build. But hey I do not need my games to run at 200 fps when my monitors do 60 and I have my games vsync'ed to 60fps.
October 25, 2012 7:20:31 AM

If you're doing rendering then the 8350 is a good choice. If the software you're using supports CUDA (but not OpenCL) it may be worth going with a 670 or 680.
October 25, 2012 7:26:30 AM

Someone Somewhere said:
If you're doing rendering then the 8350 is a good choice. If the software you're using supports CUDA (but not OpenCL) it may be worth going with a 670 or 680.


Any suggestions on power supply, casing and mobo? I think I'll stick with the 3770k and the 7970 ghz cos I'll be doing more gaming than rendering.
October 25, 2012 7:40:34 AM

You want a PSU made by Antec, Corsair, Enermax, (some) OCZ, PCP&C, (some) Rosewill, Seasonic, or XFX. Your original one is great, though maybe just a bit small for CF 7970 GHz Edition. If you are only going to use one GPU then a 600W is fine, 550w is ok. Add another 50W or more if using AMD CPUs.
October 25, 2012 7:44:41 AM

Someone Somewhere said:
You want a PSU made by Antec, Corsair, Enermax, (some) OCZ, PCP&C, (some) Rosewill, Seasonic, or XFX. Your original one is great, though maybe just a bit small for CF 7970 GHz Edition. If you are only going to use one GPU then a 600W is fine, 550w is ok. Add another 50W or more if using AMD CPUs.


What mobo would be good for this case? There're already 4 fans in the casing so should I get another fan and heatsink for the i7-3770k if I want to overclock it? If I should get another fan, should I get a COOLER MASTER RR-T812-24PK-R1 120mm Sleeve TPC 812 CPU Cooler? And with that many fans would a 600W PSU be enough?
October 25, 2012 7:49:42 AM

Fans don't use much power, and you shouldn't need any extra fans other than an aftermarket CPU cooler. Hyper212Evo or NH-D14 are both pretty good performance/price wise.
October 25, 2012 7:54:27 AM

Someone Somewhere said:
Fans don't use much power, and you shouldn't need any extra fans other than an aftermarket CPU cooler. Hyper212Evo or NH-D14 are both pretty good performance/price wise.

Well, the casing comes with 4 fans, one on top, one at side, one at rear and one at front. Do I need an aftermarket cpu cooler? I plan on getting the Hyper212Evo. I'm still trying to find a suitable mobo for this. Suggestions?
October 25, 2012 8:01:17 AM

If you want to OC the stock cooler won't help much. If you're in the US newegg will throw in 8GB of RAM free with a Z77 Extreme4. Other than that I'd look at a GA-Z77X-D3H or something similar from MSi eg the Z77A-GD45.
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