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Helping friend put together a gaming PC

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March 25, 2013 8:23:33 PM

I'm helping my friend pick out parts for his PC and this is what I came up with...any changes I should make? Critiques on the design? Is it all that it should be?

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CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Antec Kuhler H2O 620 Liquid CPU Cooler ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($98.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($53.30 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($459.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Case Fan: Cooler Master R4-L2R-20AC-GP 69.0 CFM 120mm Fan ($4.99 @ NCIX US)
Case Fan: Cooler Master R4-L2R-20AC-GP 69.0 CFM 120mm Fan ($4.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Raidmax 700W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1148.15
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-25 23:22 EDT-0400)
March 25, 2013 8:55:18 PM

GPU: go with Evga 670 ftw edition. Save a few bucks for around the same performance.
March 26, 2013 2:53:55 AM

dont get that raidmax..poor reliability. get a xfx 550w psu
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March 26, 2013 3:49:59 AM

ARICH5 said:
dont get that raidmax..poor reliability. get a xfx 550w psu


Yeah, after you told me I looked at the reviews...quite a few failures. I need the 700+ watts though in case of future SLI. Is this OCZ any good?
March 26, 2013 5:14:57 AM

that ocz is 80+. i like to see at least 80+ bronze...seasonic or xfx.
March 26, 2013 4:31:38 PM

If you want a solid PSU go with Corsair (who is made mostly by seasonic, maybe some CWT). OCZ is alright, I hear they tend to over hype on their wattage. Since you want to potentially SLI you definitely want a reliable PSU, 80+.
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