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November 9, 2012 7:28:27 PM

Hello, I have been looking to build my first gaming pc for a while now (on a budget) and I think I have built a good one in theory but I am unsure and need a second opinion.

Here are my components:

Case: AEROCOOL Strike X PC Tower Case - black/red

Motherboard: ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 (Socket AM3+/AMD 990FX/DDR3/S-ATA 600/ATX)

Processor: AMD FX8350 Black Edition 8 Core Processor

Graphics card: AMD Radeon HD 7950 OEM - 3 GB GDDR5 - PCI-Express 3.0

RAM: Samsung 240 Pin DDR3 PC3-10600 1333MHz 8GB

Hard drive: WD 1TB Black Hard Drive

PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W PC Power Unit

I can get this for around £840 but I can go up to around £950. Any recommendations?
Thanks :) 

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November 9, 2012 7:51:48 PM

I5-3570K better performance than even latest AMD. Add in SSD makes everything snappier. Case is very much personal choice. Coolermaster HAF, or one of the Storm's, or Corsair Carbides would be alternatives.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£166.16 @ CCL Computers)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£26.65 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£104.12 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£30.96 @ Scan.co.uk)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£59.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£84.96 @ Dabs)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (£314.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case (£50.13 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£67.91 @ CCL Computers)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer (£13.98 @ Novatech)
Total: £919.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-09 21:48 GMT+0000)
November 9, 2012 7:52:16 PM

Here is what I came up with. I would recommend getting 1600mhz ram instead of 1333mhz. I am not a fan of the Sabertooth motherboards because they do not cool the motherboard down.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor (£151.97 @ Dabs)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£26.65 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£95.09 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£31.39 @ Scan.co.uk)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£72.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (£246.98 @ Novatech)
Case: Antec Nine Hundred Two V3 ATX Mid Tower Case (£88.70 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£79.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer (£13.98 @ Novatech)
Total: £807.74
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-09 21:50 GMT+0000)
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November 9, 2012 7:56:18 PM

brandon402 said:
Here is what I came up with. I would recommend getting 1600mhz ram instead of 1333mhz. I am not a fan of the Sabertooth motherboards because they do not cool the motherboard down.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor (£151.97 @ Dabs)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£26.65 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£95.09 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£31.39 @ Scan.co.uk)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£72.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (£246.98 @ Novatech)
Case: Antec Nine Hundred Two V3 ATX Mid Tower Case (£88.70 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£79.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer (£13.98 @ Novatech)
Total: £807.74
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-09 21:50 GMT+0000)



That PSU is overkill and change that case
November 9, 2012 7:58:52 PM

Malbluff is right that you would be better off with his build; the i5-3570k is a much better cpu, and having a solid state drive (SSD) will make your computer much faster than just having a regular hard drive alone.

I figured you wanted for sure to build with the fx-8350, but if not, you can't beat intel for performance.
November 9, 2012 8:00:24 PM

brandon402 said:
Here is what I came up with. I would recommend getting 1600mhz ram instead of 1333mhz. I am not a fan of the Sabertooth motherboards because they do not cool the motherboard down.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor (£151.97 @ Dabs)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£26.65 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£95.09 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£31.39 @ Scan.co.uk)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£72.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (£246.98 @ Novatech)
Case: Antec Nine Hundred Two V3 ATX Mid Tower Case (£88.70 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£79.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer (£13.98 @ Novatech)
Total: £807.74
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-09 21:50 GMT+0000)

I agree, however I would definitely get low profile ram to avoid future CPU Cooler problems, especially if you plan to overclock.
November 9, 2012 8:03:16 PM

guerrero said:
That PSU is overkill and change that case


It's not really overkill for an AMD 8 core, that build is 434 watts and if you added a 2nd gpu it would be 634 watts!
November 9, 2012 8:05:30 PM

brandon402 said:
It's not really overkill for an AMD 8 core, that build is 434 watts and if you added a 2nd gpu it would be 634 watts!



I doubt that will ALWAYS be using 430w

I would add the 550w XFX
November 9, 2012 8:06:10 PM

There is nothing wrong with having a bit of headroom on the PSU front, especially if he plans to crossfire or overclock. But if i were you I would get one of the CoolerMaster HAF cases.
November 9, 2012 8:29:48 PM

OP actually was asking how build could be IMPROVED up to £950. I would have kinda thought i5-3570K, SSD, and HD7970 for £920, with a bit of room if OP wants better case, fulfilled that.
November 9, 2012 8:50:45 PM

malbluff said:
OP actually was asking how build could be IMPROVED up to £950. I would have kinda thought i5-3570K, SSD, and HD7970 for £920, with a bit of room if OP wants better case, fulfilled that.

I thought he wanted the 8350 specifically, the only improvements I would have made on your build was low profile ram and a bigger PSU for future improvements.
November 9, 2012 9:16:23 PM

The RAM actually is low profile CML. Wish Partpicker wouldn't just list it as "Vengeance", but certainly agree if OP wants to allow for future possible crossfire, should up PSU to 750w, possibly Corsair TX750M @ £79.86, has advantage of semi-modular.
November 9, 2012 9:25:11 PM

Yeah, either that or something like the OCZ Fatal1ty at £71.98 which is also modular:


November 11, 2012 5:35:41 PM

richi3d10 said:
I agree, however I would definitely get low profile ram to avoid future CPU Cooler problems, especially if you plan to overclock.


Thanks for the recommendations. I'll definitely building it to these specs. Thank you very much :) 
November 11, 2012 7:29:06 PM

Dazzlement said:
Thanks for the recommendations. I'll definitely building it to these specs. Thank you very much :) 

The RAM IS low profile, it's just Partpicker doesn't say it's low profile, in their summary. If you click on it you'll see it's CML version.
November 11, 2012 7:41:22 PM

malbluff said:
The RAM IS low profile, it's just Partpicker doesn't say it's low profile, in their summary. If you click on it you'll see it's CML version.


Oh right! Thanks. Btw I am adding the SSD you recommended.
Do you recommend I get 2 sets of the RAM or just leave it at 2x4gb?
November 11, 2012 7:50:19 PM

For gaming, in fact for most things, 8GB is more than enough. If in the future you start using some software (rare) that needs more, you can always add more.
November 11, 2012 8:01:57 PM

Okay then which OS should I get? :
November 11, 2012 8:30:15 PM

Dazzlement said:
Okay then which OS should I get? :



WINDOWS 7 HOME PREMIUM 64 BIT
November 11, 2012 8:33:06 PM

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OEM
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) (£70.45 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £70.45
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-11 22:24 GMT+0000)

The only limitation, with the OEM version is that will be linked to your motherboard, so, in THEORY, if you change your mobo, in the future, you should pay again. In practice, if you speak to Microsoft, if say your mobo fails, they will usually let you transfer. The retail version, is twice the price, but you CAN change mobo twice. Frankly the OEM is much better deal for most people, unless you think it LIKELY you're going change mobos twice.
November 11, 2012 8:37:50 PM

And dont even ask about Windows 8
November 11, 2012 8:43:58 PM

haha is it that bad?
Okay I'll get the OEM Windows 7, I don't plan on changing the motherboard for a few years.
!