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Hey guys and girls, last time I was here I asked for help on building my first gaming rig in which I gave my possible budget and took everything into consideration and helped build my cousin his own gaming/3D workstation. Which came out really great, cost his parents 1,500 but it's pretty solid. Anywho, this time I need some feedback on a possible build for a gaming rig that will mines and I'm on a "high" mid-range budget. So I'm going to lay out my skeleton and please give me feedback and suggestions.

Possible uses for this build:
Gaming, (e.g. League of Legends, L.A. Noire, Crysis I & II, Metro 2033, Saints Row III, etc.)
Audio Production, (e.g. Reason 5, Fruity Loops, Logic)
Programming (e.g. Java, C++, etc.)
HD Video viewing

Please let me know if any of these uses are possible with the parts I'm looking at. And as for gaming, I'm not trying to aim for ULTRA H4X @ZZ GR4PH1X, more like medium or medium-high. If Ultra is available with the listed parts below or with a suggested part, then I will be more than happy to add it in as long as it doesn't surpass my budget which is listed below.

Budget: $800 Max

Original Build: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE

GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost SC 2GB
I read some reviews that made this new GPU look FABULOUS, and if there are some fellow community members here who can vouch on the performance this card is said to have and exceed, I plan on buying another card in the future and setup an SLI. This is why I chose to go with a 650W PSU in case this GPU is worth it as a mid-range gaming card. If the card is not worth the trouble, then I will downgrade the PSU and change to a different GPU that is most recommended.

PSU: Rosewill HIVE 650W
Reason mentioned above.

Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME3
A concern of mines towards this MOBO is whether it's a stable and viable motherboard, seems like it's compatible with Phenom II CPUs but does it support SLI if possible? Need some thoughts on this MOBO.

Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2x4GB)

HDD: Samsung 840 Series 120GB SATA III SSD

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO

Grand Total with Shoprunner to this day (4/9/2013): ~$734.35
(May change due to end of promotions or new available promotions.)

Revision 1: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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Originally Posted by G2O415 View Post

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Xigmatek GAIA SD1283 56.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($47.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($92.99 @ Adorama)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($154.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $730.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-06 05:27 EDT-0400)

Revision 2: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($164.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Xigmatek GAIA SD1283 56.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH 990FX R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($179.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($47.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($154.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Tempest 210 ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $755.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-06 15:33 EDT-0400)

I'm keeping in mind that I may not be able to purchase all these parts right now, but your feedback will help me determine whether to keep some of these parts or exchange them for a favorable part that the community helps me pick. Either way, the budget will stay same and I have no intentions of going higher except for possible upgrades like an additional GPU to Crossfire/SLI or another HDD and/or blah blah in the future.

Thanks for checking out my thread and for your honest, thoughtful and enlightening comments/suggestions.
Edited by G2O415 - 4/6/13 at 12:34pm
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The capacity of this PSU is major overkill here (even for two 650s because they don't pull much power at all), however you'd be paying $85.98 after shipping for this PSU. For $89.99 shipped ($4.01 more), you can get the 650W Rosewill CAPSTONE Modular Cable Version Series, and then there's a $15 rebate card making it $74.99 shipped later on down the road. This is a high-end PSU that kind of blows the HIVE Series out of the water. ;)

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182263

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Quote:
Originally Posted by TwoCables View Post

The capacity of this PSU is major overkill here (even for two 650s because they don't pull much power at all), however you'd be paying $85.98 after shipping for this PSU. For $89.99 shipped ($4.01 more), you can get the 650W Rosewill CAPSTONE Modular Cable Version Series, and then there's a $15 rebate card making it $74.99 shipped later on down the road. This is a high-end PSU that kind of blows the HIVE Series out of the water. wink.gif

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182263

Really? I remember reading that 650W was needed to handle the 650 Ti Boost cards in SLI. Should I go lower wattage or just go with the overkill?
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Really? I remember reading that 650W was needed to handle the 650 Ti Boost cards in SLI. Should I go lower wattage or just go with the overkill?

 

At the price of the modular 650W Rosewill CAPSTONE Series, it might be silly to get any other PSU.

 

Where did you read that a 650W PSU is needed to power a system that has two 650 Ti Boosts in it?

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post #5 of 96
I am not fully sure, but wouldn't this be a far better CPU and still keep you under?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113286

I know the vishera line is fairly new.

Someone correct me if I am wrong, but I think this might be a better GPU for the money. Just looking at benchies really quick...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161424

I think you will still be under 800..... Around 784 ish.....
post #6 of 96
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Originally Posted by TwoCables View Post

The capacity of this PSU is major overkill here (even for two 650s because they don't pull much power at all), however you'd be paying $85.98 after shipping for this PSU. For $89.99 shipped ($4.01 more), you can get the 650W Rosewill CAPSTONE Modular Cable Version Series, and then there's a $15 rebate card making it $74.99 shipped later on down the road. This is a high-end PSU that kind of blows the HIVE Series out of the water. wink.gif

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182263

Lol, you always jump people for getting a PSU over 650 wattts........ biggrin.gif

I do agree, the capstone would be a better PSU.
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Lol, you always jump people for getting a PSU over 650 wattts........ biggrin.gif

 

No. He's looking at the 650W Hive for $79.99 + $5.99 shipping. That's $85.98 after shipping. The 650W Rosewill CAPSTONE Modular Cable Version Series is $89.99 shipped and then $74.99 after the $15 rebate card.

 

The reason I am pointing out that his system could easily be powered by a quality-made 550W PSU is so that he never has to worry about his power consumption. Hell, he could game with some high-end 450W PSUs.

 

So the only thing I'm always doing is giving people the most useful information that I know of.

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KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate 
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Um, can anyone tell what powerphase that mobo is? Also, like selluminis said, why am3? I understand the Phenom's ipc are a little bit more efficient, but that's about it. AM3+ is what they're focusing on now. Might as well get a board and processor for the times. A good combo would keep you under $800 as well.
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No. He's looking at the 650W Hive for $79.99 + $5.99 shipping. That's $85.98 after shipping. The 650W Rosewill CAPSTONE Modular Cable Version Series is $89.99 shipped and then $74.99 after the $15 rebate card.

The reason I am pointing out that his system could easily be powered by a quality-made 550W PSU is so that he never has to worry about his power consumption. Hell, he could game with some high-end 450W PSUs.

So the only thing I'm always doing is giving people the most useful information that I know of.

I know. Was just giving you a hard time. I fully agree with you though. Would be a lot better to get a higher end 550w psu then a cheap 650w psu.

G20415: This is really good advise. You cannot gimp out on the PSU......

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Um, can anyone tell what powerphase that mobo is? Also, like selluminis said, why am3? I understand the Phenom's ipc are a little bit more efficient, but that's about it. AM3+ is what they're focusing on now. Might as well get a board and processor for the times. A good combo would keep you under $800 as well.

I think the MOBO is fine as it is an AM3+.
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It appears I am unable to read, and I will exit this thread. Good day gentlemen.
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