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hey guys, I'm here to show you my latest specs for the build I had just ordered. keep in mind that I have already purchased these items and so I'm not going to change anything maybe upgrade later or add things, but for the most part it's staying the way it is. My wife gave me a budget of 1100 dollars. I was lucky to already have some components like a case and keyboard Etc. So the budget went completely to the innards. Ended up spending $1067. This rig is for gaming, but I also do a lot of Photoshop/video editing/ music editing. So I wanted versatility.

CPU: AMD FX-8350
MOBO: MSI 990FXA GD80V2
GPU: MSI R7950
PSU: Corsair 850AX
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws 8gb (2x4gb)
HDD: Western Digital Black 1 tb 7200
Optical: LG BD Combo

the case I have, is a Corsair 800 D. I was luckyto find this for 100 dollars on Craigslist months ago. I also have a 27 inch Acer monitor and Razer keyboard and mouse.

so what do you guys think? This is my first build in years, and I mean years. You don't have to go easy on me but I just want you to take that into account. I don't plan on liquid cooling at all, just air cooling for the moment. Will probably invest in a Corsair H100 but that's probably as far as I'm going to go liquid wise.

Any advice? Please rate my rig!
Edited by OreoAftermath - 3/24/13 at 3:48pm
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7/10

CPU: Good
MOBO: Avoid MSI AM3+ boards at all costs, 1 off for this.
GPU: Good
PSU: Solid unit but massively overkill, 1 off for this.
RAM: Good
HDD: Good
Optical: Good

1 off for not having an SSD, having one is almost essential in a high performance rig.
Overall a very nice system, I'm being picky but do get an SSD when you can thumb.gif
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Should be nice enough wink.gif
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Quote:
Originally Posted by AndyM95 View Post

7/10

CPU: Good
MOBO: Avoid MSI AM3+ boards at all costs, 1 off for this.
GPU: Good
PSU: Solid unit but massively overkill, 1 off for this.
RAM: Good
HDD: Good
Optical: Good

1 off for not having an SSD, having one is almost essential in a high performance rig.
Overall a very nice system, I'm being picky but do get an SSD when you can thumb.gif

I know the PSU was overkill, but I didn't know where I would be GPU wise in the future Crossfire wise. Still a little over kill but a good discount for buying it with mobo. My brother had purchased the mobo months ago and loves it. And as for the sad... I know, I know... just couldn't afford one and wasn't a necessity at the moment.

thanks again for your advice, it really helps!
Edited by OreoAftermath - 3/24/13 at 4:06pm
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looks like a good build (but keep an eye on that MSI board - i like MSI video cards but
AM3 motherboards from them are not the best). if you can return it you might want to.

I would stick to high end air cooler over CLC (except if you go full custom loop or go
Swiftech H220 which is a factory prebuild custom watercooling for only a few bucks more
than any of the rebadged Asetek units ).


Thermalright True Spirit 140 $39.95 shipped or Macho Rev A $42.95 shipped @ NansGamingGear
Phanteks PH-TC12DX $59.99 @ newegg

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Thanks that is really helpful... I mean really helpful. So why MSI? What usually happens with there mobos? Can anyone offer a good equivalent?
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Originally Posted by OreoAftermath View Post

Thanks that is really helpful... I mean really helpful. So why MSI? What usually happens with there mobos? Can anyone offer a good equivalent?

I'd honestly rather see you get a good Asus board than even the highest end MSI board.. The MSI 990FXA-GD55 board I got for a cheap AMD editing rig just about blew up, it won't detect the hard dives, and the VRM's are pure crap, so it barely will over clock an older Phenom II X4 965 B.E... Please try and get an Asus M5A99X Pro here, or get a nice Gigabyte UD5 here smile.gif

They both provide a good over clocking experience, have good quality parts, and provide an excellent price to performance ratio smile.gif but I'd rather see you get a lower wattage PSU with a higher rating (like platinum), because it'll provide you with a better quality product, something like a Corsair 760i.. They are damn expensive, but worth it!! Also, are you getting the reference style cooler on the R7950? If you want a nice quiet rig, grab a Twin Frozr card from MSI, or the Sapphire 7950's, but you will have to decide which one you want.. They both over clock pretty well, but some of the Sapphire cards are voltage locked, so be careful and do your research before you buy smile.gif and if you're gonna get into the AIO liquid kits, I'd honestly go for the H100i, it performs slightly better and isn't all that much more smile.gif it'll look great in an 800D thumb.gif
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Damn those are nice. To bad I can't return the mobo I just got. I do have the twin frozer 7950 and I definitley want the h100i.
Thanks for the input. I tried to do as much research as I could before I purchased. Hopefully the MSI mobo doesn't bite me in the ass. I get everything in the mail tomorrow.... here's hoping.
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Try and sell the mono and take the money to buy the Asus or Gigabyte board, it'll be worth it for the quality, stability, and general higher standards they have smile.gif I vow to never use another MSI board again after my bad experience tongue.gif
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what ledzepp3 said. MSI went cheap on the AMD motherboards since the 7 series.
bad VRM design and cheap parts. some board with no vrm cooling. Highly recommend
Gigabyte and Asus motherboards for AMD platform.

ASUS M5A99X EVO R2.0, 990X chipset, digi 6+2 VRM $109.99 after $20 rebate @ncix
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=76030&vpn=M5A99X%20EVO%20R2.0&manufacture=ASUS&promoid=1323

Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 990FX chipset, 8+2 VRM, $124.99 after $10 rebate @ncix
http://us.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=62403&manufacture=Gigabyte&promoid=1332

AMD motherboard Sale Round-Up
http://www.overclock.net/t/1369005/amd-motherboard-sale-round-up




XFX Core Edition PRO 550W 80 PLUS BRONZE Active PFC Power Supply $39.99 after $15 rebate
http://www.overclock.net/t/1373645/newegg-xfx-core-edition-pro-550w-80-plus-bronze-active-pfc-power-supply-39-99-after-15-rebate

Seaonic S12II design, can put it in your spare parts pile when you get second HD 7950 and better PSU. I would get a high end motherboard
and upgrade PSU when you have a need for it. Or go for a HD 7970 with the money saved from going with a smaller PSU. 550W is plenty of
power for any single GPU system. I have not gone over 500W with my rig.
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ASUS VW266H Black 25.5" 2ms(GTG) 1920x1200 Corsair 750TX 750W  CM HAF932 Logitech G5 
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