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Windows 7: New build recommendations

26 Dec 2014   #21
MagusMagnus

7 Ultimate SP1 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jaakow22 View Post
I searched a bit on other forums for best PC parts shops in EU with available shipping to my country, so the best shop is alternate.de from Germany.
How about this motherboard Gigabyte GA 970A UD3P?
8+2 VRM. Perfect, if you never plan to SLI. On that note, its pretty difficult to find a budget board for AMD that supports SLI and with two x16 PCIe slots also. Mine does but its $140... kind of but not truly a "budget" board (well, compared to $200-300 options it is, but anyway).

Specifications on that board state only Crossfire (AMD) and the second PCIe would run only at x4 too, so you'd never be able to SLI on it, and if you went AMD GPU it wouldn't really be worth Crossfire anyway (performance boost would be severely undermined on the x4 side). Just a head's up.

Also, for the FX CPU, you may need to update the BIOS before it will work. Plan accordingly.


As for a case, I would recommend you chose it based on cooling foremost in mind. Its more cost effective to get one that already has all necessary fans included. Bonus if you find a case that has ALL fans installed, not just an intake and an exhaust, and doesn't run over $150. Fans cost a hell of a lot IMO, enough to defeat the attempt of going for a rock-bottom budget case... you'll spend $50-100 on decent fans, so you might as well have just dropped $100-150 on a case including them in the first place. And again, also ensure the case you choose can accommodate a decent aftermarket HSF (a Hyper 212 Plus at the very least would be my recommendation there. But really, you'd want something just a bit better for either an 8320 or 8350). You will definitely need a good, beefy one for that chip. Just trust me on that. They really do run hot. If you chose a case around 9-10" wide, you should be golden for just about any aftermarket cooling.


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26 Dec 2014   #22
Jaakow22

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

So this would be the final build:
CPU: AMD FX 8320
MOBO: Gigabyte GA 970A UD3P
GPU: R9 280X or GTX 760?
RAM: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR
PSU: Corsair VS650
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 Advanced
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM ST1000DM003
Stock cooler, no SSD.
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26 Dec 2014   #23
Jaakow22

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

And I verified that the motherboard does not need BIOS update for the FX 8320 and PCPartPicker "told me" that all the parts are compatible.
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27 Dec 2014   #24
MagusMagnus

7 Ultimate SP1 x64
 
 

Sounds like you're good to go then.

Though, I really must say again, sticking to the stock HSF on that chip is a mistake. You should never stick to stock HSF on an FX 8xxx chip unless you're planning for only general use (word processing and web browsing) or you live in a year-round low temperature climate, and even then its still not a good idea. But that's your decision and you'll find out quick enough without further input from me. Just be aware, you have only a maximum TDP of 62C core ("Package") on that chip. Exceed it and you'll be damaging it (the "mini-freeze" phenomenon). My 8350 gets to 45C under load and that's with the Noctua NH-D14 (one of the very best air HSF's you can buy). If I were on stock HSF, I would have been cresting right over 62C.

Anyway. Both the R9 280 and GTX 760 require a minimum of 30A on the 12V rail. That PSU is capable. Get whichever GPU you prefer. It doesn't really matter. If you want to eventually try Crossfire despite the second PCIe at x4 speed, then you'll want the R9. Otherwise, it really doesn't matter. Whichever yields the highest price/performance is the one you want.


Actually, if you have the availability, I'd reconsider the Seagate for a WD. Seagate has a two-fold higher failure rate than WD on average. But if you don't care, that's fine. Just FYI. I'd personally go for a WD10EZEX (very highly rated; on par with a Black series by sheer performance data).
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27 Dec 2014   #25
Jaakow22

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I will get an HSF when I will plan to overclock, I still can't decide for the GPU if it will be a GTX 760 or R9 280X, and I will take the WD10EZEX but can you tell me what is the difference between the Green Blue and Black.
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27 Dec 2014   #26
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

Be sure to check the specs on the graphics cards and be sure that they will fit in your case. The R9s that I've looked at are huge - 11+ inches long. Most of the 760s were still around 9-1/2".
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27 Dec 2014   #27
Jaakow22

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

PCPartPicker just says that some Drive slots will be unusable but the case has a few of it so nothing to worry about.
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27 Dec 2014   #28
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

No, not the slots.

This is the space between the back of the case and the hard drive cage. You need a deep case (at least 21") to get the space to fit a big card without altering the hard drive cage.
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27 Dec 2014   #29
Jaakow22

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I googled a bit about that and it fits if some HDD cages are removed, I will have only one HDD so I don't have to worry about that.
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27 Dec 2014   #30
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

Just so you know....
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