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November 9, 2012 7:56:06 PM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/n5ed

I'm thinking of adding the extra optical drives and graphics cards later to make it easier financially. Is there any better parts I can get than those on this list for about the same price? any help is appreciated. sorry about formatting i'm on a smartphone.
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November 9, 2012 8:05:51 PM

It's not a very good build at all no offense.

You shouldn't need to Crossfire 2 low-mid range cards from the start. You'd be better off buying 1 7870. Your MB is a bit overpriced, your amount of optical drives is overkill, you really only need 2 at MOST. You'll never be writing 4 things at once, or at least I don't think you will.

Per your budget, you could do WAYYYYY better.

Check out my $1100 build here:
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore#module14731235...
Swap the 8GB of ram for 16GB if you're really into video editing and creation. Although I think 16GB is overkill for most, but you can opt for it if you'd like. (+36)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Windows (+92): http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Buil...
Total: $1284

Total is less, and you'll get a MUCH MUCH MUCH better graphics card, a better MB for the price with the ability to CF in 8x/8x (which is faster). You'll also have a modular PSU which is better, the case is IMO nicer and better, and get a better SSD in the process.
November 9, 2012 8:09:03 PM

Looks alright but, why so many optical drives? Even if you want to produce a product with this PC it is a little much. And for a >$1000 price tag a better case is a must. Here is my suggestion:

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

That 300R will serve you well if you add a few more fans to it. As for the Tri-Crossfire 7770s. It's a nice idea but really a single 7950 will match the VRAM and performance. +1 on the processor, but for the mobo the Pro version is only $20 and so much better. Unless you are doing video editing or processing, 16GB RAM is excessive. 8GB is plenty since most games barely pass the 2GB mark. For the PSU you can get a gold certified 650W for only $10 more. 750W is a little much for that build, considering it only consumes around 450W. Here is that PSU, the Corsair HX650:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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November 9, 2012 8:14:15 PM

The optical drives are because I only have 4 disks i'm going to need to read from and I don't have to swap them over if I have 4 drives. Laziness in short ;) 
November 9, 2012 8:20:12 PM

huntrail said:
The optical drives are because I only have 4 disks i'm going to need to read from and I don't have to swap them over if I have 4 drives. Laziness in short ;) 


For what reason does ANYONE need to read from 4 drives?
November 9, 2012 8:21:53 PM

Also the tri-crossfire is because I can add the extra cards in the future when I need more performance and the price goes down. The RAM is because I do A LOT of video creation and rendering for work as well as high poly 3d models.
November 9, 2012 8:23:13 PM

4 disks 1 disk per drive the computer will be in a well ventilated but poor access point.
November 9, 2012 8:29:33 PM

That makes sense for the RAM now, I would recommend 16GB for rendering. But with the tri-crossfire, its a good idea, but not so good a plan. You can save for at least a 7870 GHz edition which is $230. Those 7770s will do okay, but not as much as you need if you really push them. Also if you stay with a single card, there will be less conflicts with games/programs not supporting Xfire. This would eliminate the need for the other GPUs since they would be disabled. A single card for the same price will offer better performance and value.
November 9, 2012 8:33:11 PM

I could add more RAM in future and save for a higher spec GPU
November 9, 2012 8:47:01 PM

That RAM is very good. Just get the 1600 version for it is slightly faster for little more money.
November 9, 2012 8:47:49 PM

OK that card looks good I'll go with that. The price for the 7870 is less everywhere else so that does look like an error ;) 
November 9, 2012 8:48:52 PM

huntrail said:
OK that card looks good I'll go with that. The price for the 7870 is less everywhere else so that does look like an error ;) 


Yeah, and that 7870 will serve you well. Should play BF3 on ultra and other similar games at 40+ FPS with AA, and without about 60fps :) 
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