I am going to be upgrading my computer at the beginning of the year, and I am looking to make the jump from console to PC gaming. This will be the first PC I have ever built, but I am also fairly familiar with the components required. I just need some advise on the current set up that I have planned. My budget is a max $2000.
Asus Crosshair Formula V Mobo
(Processor still undecided) Prefer AMD
(RAM also undecided) I want at least 8gb and am looking at either Crucial or Corsair
2x HIS IceQ Radeon 7950
I also need help on choosing the right wattage PSU.
As far as my case is concerned, I am still making up my mind. My top 3 picks are the NZXT Phantom 820, SilverStone Raven 3, or the CoolerMaster HAF X. My dream case would be the CoolerMaster Cosmos II, but I'm not sure I want to drop $350 on just the case.
I would go with Intel because there faster, but it's really not that big of deal. Both RAM companies are good I would just go with what companie is the cheapest. Let's talk about the GPU... I would go with the 7970 because it does have alot more power. I would go with a XFX platinum power supply. Go with the case that makes you happy. Have fun converting to PC and get used to the keyboard and mouse.
Yeah, for gaming you should pick an intel one as the FX8350 is roughly better than a 120$ I3 at stock speed in gaming performance (but it can be overclocked over the I3 that can't) It also beat the I3 in Rendering, compression/Decompression, etc...
For the GPU a 7970 or a 670 is plenty for all recent games so dual 7950 is the sh*t !!!
RAM: 1866mhz for the AMD and 1600mhz CL9 for the intel side (max out their controller and faster ram doesn't bring high gains, only like 5% for 50-100$ more so no need for that) Also 8gb kit is enough for now
Corsair Vengeance series have plastic heatsinks (i personnaly don't like that) and i had Kingston branded in my last 3 rigs and have now build a new machine with Hyperx and still no problem and overclock great (my ddr2 1066mhz @2.3V CL5 reach 1256mhz @2.7V CL 7 and my ddr3 1600mhz @1.65V CL9 reach 2133mhz @1.7V CL11 and fully stable, not overheating, etc...) Also they offer lifetime warranty on their products so i highly recommend them ;) but Crucial and Corsair also make great products so no problem for that, just pick the faster Cas/Speed at the lowest price :P
PSU, i have used Antec, Coolermaster and Corsair ones, no problem with any of them for years and they offer great warranties, for high-end Crossfire/SLI i recommend 850+ depending on the card you choose (i personnaly have a 1000w Cooler Master Pro Gold for that use and i don't have any complaints, it runs silent and always on the right voltage as it's don't have varriation in voltage like my old antec does)
For the case, go with the one you want !!!
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