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First Time Build - 2nd Iteration - Feedback Please

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February 23, 2013 6:28:45 PM

Alrighty, earlier today I posted my very first build to get some feedback on this (and other) forums. Based on that information, I updated some parts here and there and came up with a new build. So here I am again asking for more feedback.

Here's a link to the build: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FsqG

Some points to consider:

-The HDD isn't listed because its being bought for me as a gift. Same goes for the OS

-The case and optical drive on the list are simply placeholders. Any recommendations would be appreciated.

-I'm planning on using the computer for some moderate gaming (I'd like to get into PC gaming). Also, it should be known that my monitor will most likely run at 1920 x 1200 resolution (the reason I'm going with a 2 GB CPU)

-Budget is less than $800

-I've also left it open for some future upgrades such as Crossfire. All the parts are coming from Amazon or Newegg.

-I don't much care for overclocking at the moment, but the system is set up so that I could when I decide to learn how to.

Other than that, I simply want some feedback. I do have a concern over the power supply. I switched from a 650 to 600-watt PSU. Everything should still be fine, but I am concerned about that (modular preferred).

Also, if you're planning on posting an Intel version of this, please stick the budget I've listed. I've had people recommend Intel, only to go over the budget I have.

Thanks for any input! =D

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February 24, 2013 7:41:31 AM

for crossfire you need ~750w PSU, 600w is simply not enough.
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February 25, 2013 3:12:42 AM

butremor said:
for crossfire you need ~750w PSU, 600w is simply not enough.


First and foremost, I changed some of my parts: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FA5J

Picked a decent case and changed to a 620W PS (The HDD that's being gifted to me is also listed).

According to AMD's site, you need 600W or greater to Crossfire with the 7850s. However, as already stated, I changed to a 620W PS. I checked a few sites, and my current build has an estimated 390W usage. If you honestly don't think that's enough I can easily switch to one of Rosewill's power supplies:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=17-182-...

But still, why should I switch to a 750W power supply when AMD lists a 600W minimum and my system has an estimated 390W usage?
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February 25, 2013 3:17:26 AM

TimeLass said:
an intel build will be something like this
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FEmU

however that AMD build is a good build too... the problem is that the case you picked does not have a front panel USB 3.0 which is very useful...and also if you prefer a modular PSU go for this
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/fsp-group-power-supply-aur...
i also suggest getting the Plextor M5 SSD over Sandisk sandforce-based SSD...


Changed the case (see above). =)

The Sandisk SSD I chose has a Marvell controller according to Newegg. I've been told to avoid Sandforce SDDs like the plague (and for good reason).

I may switch the power supply to the 750W according to the above recommendation. Still want to know why though.
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February 25, 2013 3:19:09 AM

Divert said:
First and foremost, I changed some of my parts: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FA5J

Picked a decent case and changed to a 620W PS (The HDD that's being gifted to me is also listed).

According to AMD's site, you need 600W or greater to Crossfire with the 7850s. However, as already stated, I changed to a 620W PS. I checked a few sites, and my current build has an estimated 390W usage. If you honestly don't think that's enough I can easily switch to one of Rosewill's power supplies:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=17-182-...

But still, why should I switch to a 750W power supply when AMD lists a 600W minimum and my system has an estimated 390W usage?

it is always better to have more headrooms for future upgrade...e.g overcloking...
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February 25, 2013 3:26:43 AM

TimeLass said:
it is always better to have more headrooms for future upgrade...e.g overcloking...


Ah good point, I didn't think about that. And AMD Processors are more attuned to overclocking too. I'll definitely have to spend some time to figure out how to do that. Looks like I'm switching. Thank you for the input.
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February 26, 2013 11:41:44 PM

Divert said:
Changed the case (see above). =)

The Sandisk SSD I chose has a Marvell controller according to Newegg. I've been told to avoid Sandforce SDDs like the plague (and for good reason).

I may switch the power supply to the 750W according to the above recommendation. Still want to know why though.


Divert, I being a tech geek know the way SSDs operate & SF must be going through a rough patch. However according to SF blogs, it is said that the the latest SSDs have all the performance issues sorted out with a firmware fix. I shall share if this fix really works for the SF SSD I own.
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February 26, 2013 11:44:17 PM

TimeLass said:
an intel build will be something like this
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FEmU

however that AMD build is a good build too... the problem is that the case you picked does not have a front panel USB 3.0 which is very useful...and also if you prefer a modular PSU go for this
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/fsp-group-power-supply-aur...
i also suggest getting the Plextor M5 SSD over Sandisk sandforce-based SSD...


I also had similar issues with my Sandisk SSD earlier until I applied a firmware patch.
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