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 Post subject: New gaming PC check, if you please could
PostPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2014 9:11 pm 
8086
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Hello,

First of all, I apologize for freeloading on my first post. I feel like I´ve researched enough on my own, taking into account my limited knowledge. I´m sure I´ll be of help in the future... if anyone has an issue with their washing machine. :mrgreen:

If anyone could be so kind to check up on the following setup. Any comments or suggestions will be GREATLY aprreciated. I have no idea whatsoever if I have the correct motherboard.

As follows:

MOBO: Gigabyte GA-970A-D3P
GPU: AMD RADEON HD 7950
CPU: AMD FX-6300 6-Core
RAM: Corsair Vengance Pro 2x8 GB
SUPPLY: 550 80+ Bronce
DRIVE: Kingston SV300S37A/120GB + Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2TB

Also, here is a link to PC Part Picker: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/xurxod/saved/tsx2FT

Thank you!


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 Post subject: Re: New gaming PC check, if you please could
PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 2014 7:13 am 
Smithfield
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I'm not too privy with AMD boards, but if PC Part picker isn't throwing red flags, it should be good.

You could shave off about $60 if you get 8GB of RAM instead. That should get you a better CPU, GPU , or SSD


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 Post subject: Re: New gaming PC check, if you please could
PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 2014 12:21 pm 
8086
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LatiosXT wrote:
I'm not too privy with AMD boards, but if PC Part picker isn't throwing red flags, it should be good.

You could shave off about $60 if you get 8GB of RAM instead. That should get you a better CPU, GPU , or SSD



Thanks for your feedback. It means a lot!

I have made the following changes my build. Amongst them, a better SSD, and GPU. Do you think the CPU is tacky? Sould I get a better one? The reason that I want more RAM is that I want to run a Minecraft server for my friends and I every once in a while. Is this a good enough reason?, or does RAM have nothing to with this.

My new build is as follows:

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core $109.99
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-D3P ATX AM3+/AM3 $79.99
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 $144.99
Storage: Crucial MX100 128GB 2.5" SSD $79.99
Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM $79.97
Video Card: HIS Radeon R9 280X 3GB IceQ X² $314.99
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower $59.99
Power Supply: OCZ 650W ATX12V $89.99
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer $14.99

PCPartPicker link: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/xurxod/saved/tsx2FT

Thank you for your feedback!

-Xurxo


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 Post subject: Re: New gaming PC check, if you please could
PostPosted: Thu Jun 12, 2014 10:01 am 
8086
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Hello!

I have made some changes to my build according to imput from users in this forum and others.

I have two main questions here:

1) Are my CPU and GPU paird correctly? (R9-280X and i5-4440)
2) Is my PSU too large? CPPartPicker is giving me 477W and others have recommended me to go with 650W
3) Any inclinations on my GPU maker? (ASUS)

Any other suggestions or remarks will be greatly aprreciated and taken into account. I cant wait to upload pics of this build!

The updated build is a follows:

CPU Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core $179.98
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-H97-D3H ATX LGA1150 $99.99
Memory G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 $144.99
Storage Crucial MX100 128GB 2.5" SSD $79.99
Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM $79.97
Video Card Asus Radeon R9 280X 3GB DirectCU II $309.99
Case Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower $59.99
Power Supply OCZ 650W ATX12V $89.99
Optical Drive Lite-On iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer $14.99

Thank you all so much!


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 Post subject: Re: New gaming PC check, if you please could
PostPosted: Thu Jun 12, 2014 10:59 am 
Smithfield
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1) Are my CPU and GPU paird correctly? (R9-280X and i5-4440)
There really is no correct way to pair a CPU and GPU. No one combination will perform better than another. The only kicker is if the CPU is too slow that the GPU can't work at its fullest... but you need to start getting into really low tier processors before that's even a concern (and even then, probably not a whole lot of concern).

2) Is my PSU too large? CPPartPicker is giving me 477W and others have recommended me to go with 650W
Well, what I'm about to say might sound confusing.

Is 650W too large? In my experience and observations and based on your setup, yes. Yes it is. My system has a Core i5-4670K with a max clock speed of 4.0GHz, a GeForce GTX 670, 8GBx2 RAM, an SSD, and HDD. It draws about 200W off the wall. And to put my money where my mouth is, the whole thing is run off a 450W 80Plus gold PSU. No problems whatsoever. Also 50% load is where most power supplies are most efficient.

Most power supply calculators assume completely 100% full load and possibly with shoddy power supplies (they don't take 80PLUS into account). Basically the worst case scenario. So at the minimum, 450W is all you need, assuming you're not going to add another GPU for Crossfire within the calender year. It wouldn't hurt to go to 650W though, since the price between those two is probably the same anyway.

3) Any inclinations on my GPU maker? (ASUS)
As far as AMD GPUs go, the brands I heard were good are ASUS, MSI, and Sapphire. But I honestly don't pay attention enough since I use NVIDIA and only stick with one brand that doesn't do AMD cards.


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