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Do you think this would be a stable safe setup?

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November 10, 2012 12:59:16 AM

Here is the Document that I made for the setup I am going to build:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AhBzSX99-J...
On top of asking to see if this will be a good machine, I have another 2 questions.
1. Will everything fit will in the case?
2. Will the PSU be able to power everything?

Thanks for reading this.

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a c 106 B Homebuilt system
November 10, 2012 1:19:06 AM

Drop the RAM to standard CL9 1600Mhz. Save yourself $10 and more importantly, drop the RAM voltage back down to 1.5v (which is the max for Intel systems).

1. Yep.

2. Its overkill, you can drop down to 550W if you wanted.
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November 10, 2012 1:42:12 AM

manofchalk said:
Drop the RAM to standard CL9 1600Mhz. Save yourself $10 and more importantly, drop the RAM voltage back down to 1.5v (which is the max for Intel systems).

1. Yep.

2. Its overkill, you can drop down to 550W if you wanted.


I bought a really good PSU because I need it to run Crossfire X really well.
I have another TWO More questions (btw thanks for answering.)
1. What is the best AMD GPU PCI Express 2.0 x16 between 100-200 dollars I can fit in my Case along with the 7850?
2. And if you found one, would it be possibly bottlenecked by my Intel i5 3750k CPU?
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a c 106 B Homebuilt system
November 10, 2012 1:47:20 AM

If you are looking for Crossfire/SLI, you need a different mobo. That mobo has a single Gen3 16x slot, then a Gen2 4x. To run a card in the 4x slot will bottleneck the whole array.
Recommend an AsRock Z77 Extreme4, it will adequately support dual Crossfire/SLI.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

750W is a good wattage to have for a dual card rig.

When running Crossfire/SLI, you need the same GPU. So another 7850 (preferably the exact same model) is the best option.

A 3570k bottle-necking a Crossfire/SLI array isnt a concern unless you are talking four cards.
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November 10, 2012 1:56:08 AM

Best answer selected by roccofrommontreal.
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November 10, 2012 2:24:48 AM

manofchalk said:
If you are looking for Crossfire/SLI, you need a different mobo. That mobo has a single Gen3 16x slot, then a Gen2 4x. To run a card in the 4x slot will bottleneck the whole array.
Recommend an AsRock Z77 Extreme4, it will adequately support dual Crossfire/SLI.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

750W is a good wattage to have for a dual card rig.

When running Crossfire/SLI, you need the same GPU. So another 7850 (preferably the exact same model) is the best option.

A 3570k bottle-necking a Crossfire/SLI array isnt a concern unless you are talking four cards.


I am just wondering, even the 7850 alone, do you think I would be able to play really demanding games (Crysis 2, Battlefield 3 etc.) really well? and with another 7850, would it run even more faster?
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a c 106 B Homebuilt system
November 10, 2012 2:28:49 AM

The 7850 should play those games at High/Ultra (1080p) at a decent FPS (estimate an average of 40).
Crossfire/SLI is only really needed when you start gaming at a higher resolution or need a higher FPS to take advantage of a 120hz monitor. If you want to upgrade your graphics, would look to a stronger single card before adding another in.
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a c 106 B Homebuilt system
November 11, 2012 1:49:06 AM

Looks good, though I wonder why you are getting Arctic Silver and no aftermarket heatsink? Dont think the thermal paste is the biggest issue with stock cooling.

Will all fit in the case no problem.
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November 11, 2012 2:00:50 AM

manofchalk said:
Looks good, though I wonder why you are getting Arctic Silver and no aftermarket heatsink? Dont think the thermal paste is the biggest issue with stock cooling.

Will all fit in the case no problem.

Wait, the cpu comes with thermal paste?
Also, where can I purchase standoffs for the motherboard?
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a c 106 B Homebuilt system
November 11, 2012 2:15:28 AM

The stock CPU heatsink has some pre-applied.

Should come with the case.
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November 11, 2012 4:07:52 PM

Wait, do you mind if you can find me a budget aftermarket cooler that will allow me to bump up the clock speed per core up to 4.5ghz, will fit in my case and work well with my psu?
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a c 106 B Homebuilt system
November 11, 2012 11:39:44 PM

The Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO is the budget cooler to get, my system ran with one for a while and it was pretty good temps for ~$30 air cooling.
Coolsermaster Hyper 212 EVO. $30 ($5 rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You could probably hit 4.5Ghz if your willing to live with higher temps. Would estimate 70-80c under Prime 95 (assuming room temp isnt unusual).
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