New Build - What to Upgrade?

Just built myself a new machine, a few parts are still to come but it's running happily so far.

Here's the specs:

Case: Gigabyte SUMO
CPU: AMD 8350 "Piledriver" (8-cores @ 4Ghz)
CPU Cooling: COOLER MASTER Hyper 412 Slim
RAM: 8GB DDR3 1600MHz G.Skill Ripjaws X
Video: nVidia GT640 1024MB
HDD: Seagate 1TB ST1000DM003
PSU: Seasonic M12-II 650W

Monitor: LG Flatron E2342
Keyboard: Logitech G110
Mouse: Logitech M525
Speakers: Logitech Z313
Headset: Logitech G930

The video-card is temporary, will be upgrading to a 7870 in a couple of weeks.

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My question is, what do I upgrade first (after the video)?

I was looking at new cooling, would really prefer closed water cooling, air-cooling with this CPU makes me uncomfortable (probably unreasonable, unsure what's 'safe', it idles around 30C). I was also thinking of upgrading the PSU to 750w but not sure if it's required. The RAM is probably a priority too.

Everything is currently stock, might look at overclocking after it's finished.

Any suggestions are welcome but as I am in New Zealand, not everything is doable since technology here costs around 40% more than in America.
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  1. 750w is usually for crossfirex

    since all your stuffs are already decent (except gpu)
    i will personally get 7950 instead :)

    i believe you wouldnt want cloosed loop wc, hit and miss, too many ppl dissappointed having a failed one

    get monstrous noctua nhd14 :D
  2. AMD Radeon said:
    750w is usually for crossfirex

    since all your stuffs are already decent (except gpu)
    i will personally get 7950 instead :)

    i believe you wouldnt want cloosed loop wc, hit and miss, too many ppl dissappointed having a failed one

    get monstrous noctua nhd14 :D



    The Nocta NH-D14 looks to be basically the same as the Hyper412 that I'm using at the moment, just $100 more expensive.

    Is the preformance gain between the 7870 and the 7950 worth the extra $70?
  3. i assume you pick 8350 for OCing, then it is normal to OC GPU too

    7870 vs 7950 maybe close in stock

    but 7950 has OC potential like a boss
  4. The 650W is enough even for 7870 Crossfire - it's a Seasonic after all ;)

    The RAM doesn't need upgrading either.

    If you're interested in tinkering why not go for custom water cooling.
  5. ^ this [:russk1]

    great air cooler or true water cooling
  6. Also, what about case fans? It has the two that it came with but has room for another three. Should I occupy that space?
  7. FinneousPJ said:
    The 650W is enough even for 7870 Crossfire - it's a Seasonic after all ;)

    The RAM doesn't need upgrading either.

    If you're interested in tinkering why not go for custom water cooling.


    Having to mess around with changing water and that kind of thing really isn't appealing which is why I said closed system in the OP.
  8. you can always mix-match case fan to your liking. i believe everybody knows basic airflow inside case

    air input == output
  9. fyi any great cpu cooler will fail its function if your room temp cant be helped

    make sure it is normal

    or put your pc right under AC blow
  10. From what I've read safe temp for the fx chips are 61 degrees celcius. You should be fine, I'm running my fx 8120 at 4ghz and it seems to run about the same temps as yours.

    Video for first upgrade, then maybe an ssd.
  11. Mushious said:
    Having to mess around with changing water and that kind of thing really isn't appealing which is why I said closed system in the OP.

    Then just get an air cooler.
  12. AMD Radeon said:
    fyi any great cpu cooler will fail its function if your room temp cant be helped

    make sure it is normal

    or put your pc right under AC blow


    Unfortunately I don't have an AC, temperatures in my house can reach ~30C during the summer. Anything I can do to eliminate heat within the machine is pretty much vital
  13. FinneousPJ said:
    Then just get an air cooler.


    Already have one...
  14. I will say in that case the advantage I have vs the op is that my system is in my basement so it probably helps a little
  15. ohiou_grad_06 said:
    I will say in that case the advantage I have vs the op is that my system is in my basement so it probably helps a little


    Haha yeah, that would be extremely handy!
  16. Yeah, but I'm also running a cooler master v6 gt on it in push pull config, fans full bore 24/7 lol.
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