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OK so this is going to be the first new build I've done in just over 10 years. It's been a long time and I'm feeling a bit nervous about the whole deal to be honest. I worked in IT for several years before the "dot com bubble" burst. Mainly in front end design and back end programming, though i also handled tier 1 support and was at the high point of my IT career the help desk manager at a Fortune 50 company based in Hartford CT. All this is to say that yes I have had a lot of experience in the past, I am somewhat rusty on my tech skills due to poor life choices rolleyes.gif and a messy divorce.
Well, now to the matter at hand! My brother gave me an elderly (if it were a person it'd be in a nursing home) Dell desktop for christmas for me to mess around with and get back in the swing of things with. It seems that apparently I over paid Uncle Sam a great deal of money last year and he has seen fit to return it to me! thumb.gif Of course I thought what better way to use some of that money than to turn a fairly decrepit machine into a "sleeper" A beast in sheep's clothing so to speak. I have been reading the forums here for awhile and am hoping for any advice or tips that would come in handy and make things go as smooth as possible during this build.

Here is a list of the parts that Amazon is now rushing to my door step even as we speak:

  • AMD FX-8350 FX-Series Eight-Core Processor Black Edition
  • Arctic Silver 5 Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound Paste
  • GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX
  • Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus 700-Watt Power Supply
  • Crucial m4 128GB 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SATA 6Gb/s
  • Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache
  • 2 of Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHZ 1 GB DDR5
  • ATI Long CrossFire Interconnect Bridge Cable Connecctor 10cm 100mm
  • Corsair XMS3 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3 1333 MHz
  • Lite-On Super AllWrite 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive
  • HP 2011x 20-Inch LED Monitor (to join a mate I already own in a dual monitor setup)

I am eager to hear any feedback or words of wisdom that could help me along the way!

PS. I will not be OC'ing this beast for a few more weeks. The new and improved wife type person will only let me spend so much at one time wink.gif
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If I were you I would have gone for a 7850/70 instead of two 7770s, you'll run into less problems and headaches.
post #3 of 11
Double post, sorry. redface.gif
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Thread Starter 
No worries lol. When I started to make the list I was working with a tighter budget, the day I ordered I was told to get what I wanted, of course this was 10 minutes before I had to leave for work that day, so I grabbed the SSD, a better RAM package and was trying to decide on another grfx card when I was outta time, I figured if 1 was good, then 2 would be better right? LOL Heck I may return them after they arrive and have the 7850 sent!
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Ddr3-1600 would have cost less. 1333 will penalize your overclocking flexibility with the bus clock.
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If I were you I would have gone for a 7850/70 instead of two 7770s, you'll run into less problems and headaches.

I second this. I love my 7850 and now you can get a 7870 for under 250 USD and it will be way less hassle than the CrossFire 7770's. I also think you would be happier with faster RAM, especially since you will be OC'ing that thing. Are you going to get a closed loop water cooler for the CPU or a heat sink fan? Also, I think it would also save you some hassle and headaches to get a good case. Cooler Master makes a lot of great cases. I have the Cooler Master HAF 912 and it is a roomy case with brilliant cable management for only 54.99 USD on newegg. Other than that it looks like a solid build to me. Cheers.
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I second this. I love my 7850 and now you can get a 7870 for under 250 USD and it will be way less hassle than the CrossFire 7770's. I also think you would be happier with faster RAM, especially since you will be OC'ing that thing. Are you going to get a closed loop water cooler for the CPU or a heat sink fan? Also, I think it would also save you some hassle and headaches to get a good case. Cooler Master makes a lot of great cases. I have the Cooler Master HAF 912 and it is a roomy case with brilliant cable management for only 54.99 USD on newegg. Other than that it looks like a solid build to me. Cheers.

OK so almost everyone here is talking about headaches running crossfired 7770's... a quick google search and I'm not really seeing anything that would indicate any hassles. Would someone care to share something that I might be missing? As far as the HAF912 case that is a really nice looking case! I believe in a few weeks I see a new case in my future! When I do start to OC this build I plan on running an air cooled system such as the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - CPU Cooler with 4 Direct Contact Heat Pipes. I checked out your rig boxwunder13 and it will prolly be something very similar to that. BTW great looking box you have there! thumb.gif I had decided earlier that I wouldn't run a system with al the lights etc, but it does look good and am seriously reconsidering.
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OK so almost everyone here is talking about headaches running crossfired 7770's... a quick google search and I'm not really seeing anything that would indicate any hassles. Would someone care to share something that I might be missing? As far as the HAF912 case that is a really nice looking case! I believe in a few weeks I see a new case in my future! When I do start to OC this build I plan on running an air cooled system such as the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - CPU Cooler with 4 Direct Contact Heat Pipes. I checked out your rig boxwunder13 and it will prolly be something very similar to that. BTW great looking box you have there! thumb.gif I had decided earlier that I wouldn't run a system with al the lights etc, but it does look good and am seriously reconsidering.

It is more of a software issue that makes CrossFire a pain. Games not supporting it, crashes, glitches, etc. I know a lot of people do not have problems and some problems arise. I will probably CrossFire my 7850 later down the line. I would also suggest the 212 EVO because the contact from the heat pipes is much better, just look up the two different HSF's and compare the bottoms and you will see that the plus has gaps between the copper pipes and the EVO does not.
Thanks for the compliments on the rig! I plan on painting the inside white and I want to switch the fans on the heat sink to some green ones with good static pressure. I love the 912, cable management was a breeze and it is so freaking roomy. Also, for air cooling it is phenomenal. Cheers.
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Well I took some the advice given and have decided that this build really does deserve a case of it's own. I ordered the Thermaltake V3 Black AMD Edition http://www.amazon.com/Thermaltake-Edition-Chassis-Computer-VL800P1W2N/dp/B007BDJ5SM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1360657377&sr=8-1&keywords=Thermaltake+V3+Black+AMD+Edition
I have also ordered 3 more case fans 2 blue and 1 red. Apparently there are some issues with mounting the top fans, but a little research showed that it's nothing a few minutes with the dremel can't take care of.

Well I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of a few more parts before I can start building this beast. I received the CPU, grfx cards, PSU, 1TB HDD, RAM, DVD burner. As it turns out I guess its a good thing I went ahead and ordered the long xfire bridge, neither of the 7770's had a bridge which seems very umm cheap? rolleyes.gif Now I'm waiting on the mobo, case, ssd and 2nd monitor to get here. I'm so excited I cant stand it!
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cooler master 200mm windows 8 pro HP 2011x CM storm quick fire 
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That case is pretty insane looking. Cannot wait to see pics of the finished build!
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