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Unless you're planning on running 2 video cards in the future, you don't need that much wattage on your power supply for an i5 and 7950; you can get by with 500w easily. If you do need a 650w unit, you can get still a better PSU for less money than that Corsair HX650. The Seasonic G Series model SSR-650RM and Rosewill's CAPSTONE-650-M both come to mind. There are also 450w and 550w variants of said models as well.

The MSI -G45 motherboard isn't that great for overclocking, the lowest-model board from them that's truly suitable is the -GD55. An excellent alternative would be the Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H or -UD3H.

Regarding the case, Cooler Master just released the Storm Scout 2 Advanced, which comes with 3 fans instead of the 1 that the standard Storm Scout 2 comes with, along with more fan filters. Unfortunately, the SS2A only comes in black (SGC-2100-KWN3) and white (SGC-2100-WWN1) versions currently.

Other than that, your build does look pretty solid.
Edited by svenge - 2/28/13 at 11:08pm
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Unless you're planning on running 2 video cards in the future, you don't need that much wattage on your power supply for an i5 and 7950; you can get by with 500w easily. If you do need a 650w unit, you can get still a better PSU for less money than that Corsair HX650. The Seasonic G Series model SSR-650RM and Rosewill's CAPSTONE-650-M both come to mind.

The MSI -G45 motherboard isn't that great for overclocking, the lowest-model board from them that's truly suitable is the -GD55. An excellent alternative would be the Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H or -UD3H.

Regarding the case, Cooler Master just released the Storm Scout 2 Advanced, which comes with 3 fans instead of the 1 that the standard Storm Scout 2 comes with, along with more fan filters. Unfortunately, the SS2A only comes in black (SGC-2100-KWN3) and white (SGC-2100-WWN1) versions currently.

Other than that, your build does look pretty solid.

I do plan to CrossFire in the future. I want the silver SS2. Why do you say it isn't good for overclocking? I don't plan on pushing the OC to extremes. I don't think I am going to overclock the 7950. I will OC the i5 to around 4.5 probably.
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I do plan to CrossFire in the future. I want the silver SS2. Why do you say it isn't good for overclocking? I don't plan on pushing the OC to extremes. I don't think I am going to overclock the 7950. I will OC the i5 to around 4.5 probably.

The -G45 is a 4+1+1 power phase board, whereas the -GD55 and the aforementioned Gigabytes are 6+2+1 models. That means that the power phases for the latter models will stay cooler while overclocking.
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The -G45 is a 4+1+1 power phase board, whereas the -GD55 and the aforementioned Gigabytes are 6+2+1 models. That means that the power phases for the latter models will stay cooler while overclocking.

Well, it is only ten dollars more, so I will grab it. Though now if I go CrossFire, I can only run at x8 x8.
Edited by Joeful - 2/28/13 at 11:23pm
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Well, it is only ten dollars more, so I will grab it.

Sounds good then. Like I said earlier, your build's core concept is actually pretty solid. You ought to enjoy this rig for several years... smile.gif BTW, nice Me-Mow avatar...
Edited by svenge - 2/28/13 at 11:26pm
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Sounds good then. Like I said earlier, your build's core concept is actually pretty solid. You ought to enjoy this rig for several years... smile.gif

I am hoping it will last 3 years on one 7950 and maybe another two on dual 7950s. Then again, I don't know how long this build will be relevant and be able to play games at max. Is there a huge difference between CrossFire on x8 x8 as opposed to x16 x16?
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Sounds good then. Like I said earlier, your build's core concept is actually pretty solid. You ought to enjoy this rig for several years... smile.gif BTW, nice Me-Mow avatar...

Lmao! You're the second person to compliment my Me-Mow! biggrin.gif
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Is there a huge difference between CrossFire on x8 x8 as opposed to x16 x16?

No, not at all. The actual processing capabilities of the 7950s are the long-term bottleneck, not the x8/x8 PCIe 3.0 interface...
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No, not at all. The actual processing capabilities of the 7950s are the long-term bottleneck, not the x8/x8 PCIe 3.0 interface...

So, in other words, dual 7950s wouldn't be able to keep up with all the data my CPU is sending them?

So, is there concern for a bottleneck with single and dual 7950s?
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