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Building my own PC for the first time. Need opinion on components.

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November 13, 2013 7:41:06 AM

I recently got bitten by an insatiable need to build my own desktop PC. I already have my graphics card: a Sapphire Radeon 7970 HD 3GB. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I want the rest of my PC to be built around that. Since this is the first time I am building a PC I am concerned about compatibility, and while money is no issue I would be really upset if I bought a motherboard and memory and the didnt work together. But I digress, here is my build. The only thing I have bought so far is is the graphics card.

The Case (The next thing I am buying) : Corsair Carbide Series 200R Black Steel / Plastic compact ATX Mid Tower Case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The PSU:
Fractal Design Integra R2 750W ATX12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The CPU:
AMD FX-8350 Vishera 4.0GHz (4.2GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM:G.SKILL Sniper Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400 (PC3 19200) Desktop Memory http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The Hard Drive: Western Digital WD AV-25 WD10JUCT 1TB 5400 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 2.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
November 13, 2013 7:52:13 AM

The Motherboard you are looking at is for Intel chips and will not work with the AMD FX8350 you are planning on getting. Here is a list of good Gigabyte boards that will work.

The only other thing I can say is you only need 8GB of memory.
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November 13, 2013 7:52:41 AM

BAZINGA!

Your motherboard and processor won't work together! Uh-oh!

You have an AMD processor there, with a motherboard which is built for Intel processors. You can do two things here:

1) Get an Intel processor (with the motherboard selected you'd want an Ivy Bridge processor, such as the i5 3570k)
or...
2) Get an AMD supported motherboard (In your case, a motherboard with a AM3+ socket)

Out of pure personal preference, I'd say go for the Intel processor. The chipset is a bit more up to date, offers things like PCIE3 (AMD boards don't currently support this, unless I'm wrong, in which case somebody please correct me!) which may take a couple of frames off during games.
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November 13, 2013 7:55:41 AM

Get something like this:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/21JvP
CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($158.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($94.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($73.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.94 @ OutletPC)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $572.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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November 13, 2013 4:45:02 PM

SeaSonic makes great PSUs so go with a SeaSonic 650W 80+ BRONZE!
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November 13, 2013 6:20:32 PM

sora said:
SeaSonic makes great PSUs so go with a SeaSonic 650W 80+ BRONZE!


Seasonic makes XFX PSUs. Typically the XFX PSUs are cheaper but same quality.
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November 16, 2013 5:52:06 AM

Well since money ain't and issue you could get another 7970 and run them in crossfire and what games will you be playing if bf4 then you will be better of with intel processor i wil rec the I5-4670k if you will be overclocking if not the non k version will be fine i will also change that motherboard to a z87 board because of the newer gen chipset i will recommend anything from asus gigabyte newer gen motherboards sucks so asus,msi and as rock is the way to go for good gaming performance and also if you would like have you ever tried NVidia before they realy good graphics card and they beat amd in most games (i can already see some amd fanboy raging about this) and the cooling solution on that r9 290 and the x version sucks its noisy and sucks at cooling nvdia ftw hope this helps....


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November 16, 2013 6:04:03 AM

@Malanoche. Can you update us on what you did?
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November 16, 2013 9:29:49 AM

Duiwe1000 said:
Well since money ain't and issue you could get another 7970 and run them in crossfire and what games will you be playing if bf4 then you will be better of with intel processor i wil rec the I5-4670k if you will be overclocking if not the non k version will be fine i will also change that motherboard to a z87 board because of the newer gen chipset i will recommend anything from asus gigabyte newer gen motherboards sucks so asus,msi and as rock is the way to go for good gaming performance and also if you would like have you ever tried NVidia before they realy good graphics card and they beat amd in most games (i can already see some amd fanboy raging about this) and the cooling solution on that r9 290 and the x version sucks its noisy and sucks at cooling nvdia ftw hope this helps....




I got they AMD graphics card because it was on sale and I read that BF4 was optimized for AMD. All in all I feel like I got a good deal. I read up on the r9 and got a bad feeling so I didnt go along with it.
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November 16, 2013 9:31:14 AM

envy14tpe said:
@Malanoche. Can you update us on what you did?


I decided to go with the build you suggested. I am currently waiting for Black Friday to get it all or at least most of it that I can in one go. I am concerned about cable management, cooling and noise, but a few zip ties and a couple of cooling fans can fix that.
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November 16, 2013 8:18:14 PM

MalaNoche said:
envy14tpe said:
@Malanoche. Can you update us on what you did?


I decided to go with the build you suggested. I am currently waiting for Black Friday to get it all or at least most of it that I can in one go. I am concerned about cable management, cooling and noise, but a few zip ties and a couple of cooling fans can fix that.


The 300R is really easy to manage the cables. I'd suggest moving the front fan down and buying a good quality 140mm fan for the top front fan. Great cooling and airflow.
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November 18, 2013 6:23:37 AM

Will do. That'll be the first thing on my list. Another thing that I am mulling in my head is a good monitor, gaming keyboard and mouse. Also, I ordered my graphics card from newegg.com and am satisfied with the results, but I read that their customer service is terrible, especially around Black Friday. Whether these are isolated horror stories or daily occurrences.

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November 18, 2013 7:01:01 AM

If you want fast gaming monitor...Asus 24" 2ms TN panel. If you want great quality then a 5ms IPS panel by Acer or Dell.
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November 19, 2013 8:27:37 AM

envy14tpe said:
If you want fast gaming monitor...Asus 24" 2ms TN panel. If you want great quality then a 5ms IPS panel by Acer or Dell.


I'll look those up.
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