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well me and my son decided to go and build us each a comp for gaming. this will be his first first time build (with my help of course) and he's pretty excited. usually he ended up with my previous gaming rig.
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these are the parts were deciding on.

case- COOLER MASTER HAF XB
cpu - AMD FX-8350 Vishera
cooling - Swiftech H220
ram - 4Gx4|GSKIL F3-17000CL9Q-16GBZH 2133. (bought)
mobo - ASUS M5A99X EVO R2.0
psu - TOPOWER TOP-800WS 800W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Active PFC Power Supply
ssd - Plextor M5S Series PX-256M5S 2.5" 256GB
video card - this one is a toughy. trying to decide between a 7870ghz 2gig or a 7950 boost 3gig

i know the 7950 is the sure winner but price is beating us up considering each comp is about a 1000.00
so what do you guys think of this set up
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the parts will all be bought in the next 3 weeks

oh and he ended up with purple color led fans and i got green
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Looks pretty good, went a little overkill on the PSU, unless your planning tri-fire, for that setup maybe save a few bucks there
 

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I'd say this PSU and this Motherboard
I wish me and my dad played video games or built computers very lucky son
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Originally Posted by circeseye View Post

well me and my son decided to go and build us each a comp for gaming. this will be his first first time build (with my help of course) and he's pretty excited. usually he ended up with my previous gaming rig.
tongue.gif

these are the parts were deciding on.

case- COOLER MASTER HAF XB
cpu - AMD FX-8350 Vishera
cooling - Swiftech H220
ram - 4Gx4|GSKIL F3-17000CL9Q-16GBZH 2133. (bought)
mobo - ASUS M5A99X EVO R2.0
psu - TOPOWER TOP-800WS 800W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Active PFC Power Supply
ssd - Plextor M5S Series PX-256M5S 2.5" 256GB
video card - this one is a toughy. trying to decide between a 7870ghz 2gig or a 7950 boost 3gig

i know the 7950 is the sure winner but price is beating us up considering each comp is about a 1000.00
so what do you guys think of this set up
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the parts will all be bought in the next 3 weeks

oh and he ended up with purple color led fans and i got green
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get a 7950, you could probably get one pretty cheap here. You can get this for a power supply http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151106

The 800watt is super over kill unless your'e throwing in more video cards.
 

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I'd say this PSU and this Motherboard
I wish me and my dad played video games or built computers very lucky son
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That PSU is horrible but it would power that system. I had a modxstream psu and 500w psu only could power 305 or something close to that.
 

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If you're having a hard time choosing between a 7870 and a 7950 just go with a 7870 XT. It's in between the 7870 and 7950 in both price and performance. Plus if you do go with the beefy power supply you can crossfire later to make up for the 2GB of VRAM.

I know it's out of stock, but here's an example: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202024
Just look for a 7870 with 1536 stream processors.

EDIT: As a side note, I see that you're profile location is California. There happens to be a microcenter in Tustin, California. Microcenter sells CPUs and motherboards for ludicrously low prices, as well as other computer equipment. If you live even 2 hours away I would still recommend checking the place out.
 

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ok obviously i picked the wrong psu. it needs to be able to handle whats listed and possibly another video card for crossfire later on. oh and 100 or cheaper would be nice
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so what watt psu should i be looking at????

as for the mobo. i have had very good luck and experience with asus mobos. i picked this one because it supports crossfire. and it can handle the 2133 ram, and it has usb 3.0 on the mobo for the front 3.0 on the case. and its decently priced. and it overclocks also hehe.

yea me and my son play ps2. vanu, and nc as secondary.
 

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ok obviously i picked the wrong psu. it needs to be able to handle whats listed and possibly another video card for crossfire later on. oh and 100 or cheaper would be nice
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so what watt psu should i be looking at????

as for the mobo. i have had very good luck and experience with asus mobos. i picked this one because it supports crossfire. and it can handle the 2133 ram, and it has usb 3.0 on the mobo for the front 3.0 on the case. and its decently priced. and it overclocks also hehe.

yea me and my son play ps2. vanu, and nc as secondary.
What is your entire budget?
 

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What is your entire budget?
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i know the 7950 is the sure winner but price is beating us up considering each comp is about a 1000.00
 

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Originally Posted by circeseye View Post

ok obviously i picked the wrong psu. it needs to be able to handle whats listed and possibly another video card for crossfire later on. oh and 100 or cheaper would be nice
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so what watt psu should i be looking at????

as for the mobo. i have had very good luck and experience with asus mobos. i picked this one because it supports crossfire. and it can handle the 2133 ram, and it has usb 3.0 on the mobo for the front 3.0 on the case. and its decently priced. and it overclocks also hehe.

yea me and my son play ps2. vanu, and nc as secondary.
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Get the ASUS motherboard it is amazing, I just added this same board to my system and it made a huge difference in the speed of my system.
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i know the 7950 is the sure winner but price is beating us up considering each comp is about a 1000.00
That is what they are thinking of spending, not a budget..
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That is what they are thinking of spending, not a budget..
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lol ok ok there really isnt a budget.
as for video i think were going to go with the 7950s cause of the 3gig ram
the ps is the big one. sigh, i read alot of the forum on ps. (alot of the ps are outdated lol) but is a good reference. just cant decide on what watt to go with and modular or not.
considering the case im thinking toward modular but then it depends on the watt. (certain watts dont have modular)
 

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Get rid of that Top power PSU they are garbage. Consider a Corsair builder series 500W or 600W to future proof
hmm almost all there ps is cheap in price (cause for worry?) especially the ones with 4 x 6+2 pin for 2 video cards.
 

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Price isnt the concern it's known reliability and build quality, corsair psu have a good track record of reliability. I personally use an OCZ and they arent the best but the sale price I got it on was a fair trade.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817121094&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_sp=&AID=10446076&PID=6146846&SID=19oakhdeuou6q

that psu is priced at $120 but with 20% off with the promo code brings it under $100 and a $20 Mail in rebate makes it even sweeter of a deal plus its platinum rated which is top notch.
 

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lol ok ok there really isnt a budget.
as for video i think were going to go with the 7950s cause of the 3gig ram
the ps is the big one. sigh, i read alot of the forum on ps. (alot of the ps are outdated lol) but is a good reference. just cant decide on what watt to go with and modular or not.
considering the case im thinking toward modular but then it depends on the watt. (certain watts dont have modular)
Wattage really doesnt mean much. you could only have like 50% of the specified wattage on the 12V rail, making it only about 50% as powerful as a PSU with the actual wattage. There are plenty of good quality PSUs out there, if you are planning on dual 7950s you should look into the Rosewill Capstone series. It is a very nice PSU for the price. You should only need a 650W-750W PSU for dual 7950s.
 

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Price isnt the concern it's known reliability and build quality, corsair psu have a good track record of reliability. I personally use an OCZ and they arent the best but the sale price I got it on was a fair trade.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817121094&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_sp=&AID=10446076&PID=6146846&SID=19oakhdeuou6q

that psu is priced at $120 but with 20% off with the promo code brings it under $100 and a $20 Mail in rebate makes it even sweeter of a deal plus its platinum rated which is top notch.
hmmmmm now that sounds sweet. it white thou, guess i will have to pull out my spray paint and use my painting skillz on it
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550watt thou but the 12volt rails looks ok.
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Wattage really doesnt mean much. you could only have like 50% of the specified wattage on the 12V rail, making it only about 50% as powerful as a PSU with the actual wattage. There are plenty of good quality PSUs out there, if you are planning on dual 7950s you should look into the Rosewill Capstone series. It is a very nice PSU for the price. You should only need a 650W-750W PSU for dual 7950s.
im guessing at the most???
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