1.2K AMD build. Any thoughts?

my brother's birthday is coming up and I really wanted to give him something special. So I'm thinking making him a new computer to replace his old laptop would make him happy.

here's my chosen specs so far: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2tVvm

CPU : AMD FX-8350

CPU Cooler : Corsair H100i water cooling

Motherboard : ASUS M5A99X EVO R2.0

Memory : Corsair Vengeance 2 x 4gb ddr3 1866mhz (blue)

Storage : WD Caviar Black 1TB (data, games, etc), Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB SSD (OS)

Video Card : ASUS Radeon R9 270X 2GB

Case : Corsair Carbide Series 400R

Power Supply ; Corsair RM650 650Watt 80+ Gold (Fully Modular)

Optical Drive : just a simple ASUS dvd reader/writer


Any thoughts or recommendations for this build would be greatly appreciated.
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  1. Looks pretty close to my build. I would try for 16GB ram though just to future proof a bit and make sure that doesn't bottleneck his system. By the time people have a web browser or two open, another playing music, virus scanners, skype, and a bunch of background stuff, that 8GB starts to shrink down pretty fast to what's available.

    I have the Cooler master equivalent cooler though, 8320 instead of 8350, 16gb ram, and the 7870 which is the 270x,so fairly close and I'm happy with it.
  2. getochkn said:
    Looks pretty close to my build. I would try for 16GB ram though just to future proof a bit and make sure that doesn't bottleneck his system. By the time people have a web browser or two open, another playing music, virus scanners, skype, and a bunch of background stuff, that 8GB starts to shrink down pretty fast to what's available.

    I have the Cooler master equivalent cooler though, 8320 instead of 8350, 16gb ram, and the 7870 which is the 270x,so fairly close and I'm happy with it.


    oh I see. well for 16gb, does modules have any effect on performance ? for example, does 4 x 4gb memory modules run faster than 2 x 8gb modules or vice versa ?
  3. I know for that MB, the same one I have, they recommend if you are going to overclock your RAM, to use the 2 blue slots, so I'm not how 4 would work into that.
  4. Don't bother with 16 gb of ram right now, just wait to see if prices on them will drop again and then when games start recommending that you to have more then 8 gb of ram purchase some then. Also you could use an 8320 chip since its the same chip as the 8350 just not OC as much. But it will OC as good as an 8350 can

    Also here is One of the top PSU brands on sale right now: Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)

    Everything else looks great, you could go with the WD Blue drive just to save a couple of dollars more there is really no performance difference between the 2. Also the Kingston V300 120gb SSD is on sale for 69.99 right now
  5. That's pretty decent. The R9 270X is almost identical to the Radeon 7870. I would suggest something like this:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($189.99 @ TigerDirect)
    CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Water 3.0 Extreme 99.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock 990FX Extreme3 ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($87.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($339.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($75.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($24.29 @ NCIX US)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.00 @ Amazon)
    Total: $1162.19
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-01 18:33 EST-0500)

    - Thermaltake Water 3.0 is less expensive and better than Corsair H100i
    - GTX 770 is better than R9 270X
    - PSU is Seasonic quality
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