Can you guy's help me finish building my rig?

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#1 Edited by Importz2k1 (21 posts) -

I can pretty much play games like Splinter Cell Blacklist, Black Flag, Revalations, all 3 Dead Space's, COD Ghots and Battlefield 3 on high or max settings, but I still get little stutters here and there. On Ghosts gameplay is smooth but the cut scenes get super laggy. I don't O/C since I don't know how to, so I want out of the box performance.

I want smooth game play and this is what I have so far

Windows 7 64-bit

GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

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AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition Deneb 3.7GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Desktop Processor HDZ980FBGMBOX

EVGA 03G-P4-2883-KR GeForce GTX 780 Ti Superclocked 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Video Card

Couldn't find my model, mine is a 950wt

PC Power and Cooling Silencer 910W High Performance 80PLUS Silver SLI CrossFire ready Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom

2 Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - CPU Cooler with 4 Direct Contact Heatpipes

Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D Fatal1ty Professional 5.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Express x1 Interface Sound Card

CM Storm Stryker - White Full Tower Gaming Computer Case with Handle and External 2.5" Drive Dock

ASUS VG248QE Black 24" 144Hz 1ms (GTG) HDMI Widescreen LED Backlight LCD 3D Monitor

I can basically afford 100-150 dollars a month and this is what I was planning. What do you advise? And in what order?

AMD FX-8350 Vishera 4.0GHz (4.2GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor

FD8350FRHKBOXSAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD128BW 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

CORSAIR Hydro Series H100i Extreme Performance Water/Liquid CPU Cooler. 240mm

G.SKILL Trident X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400 (PC3 19200) Desktop Memory Model F3-2400C10D-16GTX

Western Digital WD Black WD2002FAEX 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive - OEM

And last but not least, another EVGA 03G-P4-2883-KR GeForce GTX 780 Ti Superclocked 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Video Card to run in SLI mode

#2 Posted by Arthas045 (5247 posts) -

Others will come with better advise, but with your current setup you get fps drops? The only thing to get the best out of the 780 is to maybe upgrade to the 8350? I have that processor and I love it, so far.

#3 Edited by PredatorRules (8121 posts) -

I can only suggest for such beast gaming rig to upgrade CPU to FX8350, maybe slight RAM clock speeds up like you've mentioned the 2400Mhz; SSD will shorten your loading times in game.

If you prefer cooling fan instead of water cooling I can recommend you Noctua C14/D14 worlds' quite/performance leading modules (I own C14) which are about 1-3 degrees hotter than your water cooling system, it's 25$ cheaper but since you went full blast with the hardware you picked to upgrade I don't think you even concider saving some money :P

#4 Edited by mastershake575 (8354 posts) -

In terms of actual gameplay, only thing you listed that will give you a boost is jumping to the FX 8350

16 gigs of ram won't give you any more FPS (most games want 4-5gigs and you have 8 which is plenty) and the extra hard drives are more of a preference upgrade (hard drives you have now are fine).

Water-cooling isn't needed for a FX 8350 (it already comes clocked really high out of the box, thus it doesn't have a lot of head room for overclocking). Your current CPU cooler will already get it close to 4.5ghz which isn't far from the reasonable overclocking cap

2x780ti's on a FX 8350 might be pushing it (where talking about the same GPU power as 2x690s, so basically 4x680s). FX 8350 is a good CPU but its not even a real octo core + its actually slower clock for clock than your current CPU (its even slower clock for clock than an intel i7 from 2008)

Running dual cards cripple your CPU so if that's the path you want to go, you might want to look up some benchmarks are ask some of the enthusiast users around here

2x780ti to my knowledge (everything I have read) has pointed that you REALLY need at least an intel i7 (either a HIGHLY clocked quad i7 or a hexacore i7). The 8350 is good but its not really aimed for running two $600+ cards

#5 Posted by Importz2k1 (21 posts) -

@mastershake575 said:

In terms of actual gameplay, only thing you listed that will give you a boost is jumping to the FX 8350

16 gigs of ram won't give you any more FPS (most games want 4-5gigs and you have 8 which is plenty) and the extra hard drives are more of a preference upgrade (hard drives you have now are fine).

Water-cooling isn't needed for a FX 8350 (it already comes clocked really high out of the box, thus it doesn't have a lot of head room for overclocking). Your current CPU cooler will already get it close to 4.5ghz which isn't far from the reasonable overclocking cap

2x780ti's on a FX 8350 might be pushing it (where talking about the same GPU power as 2x690s, so basically 4x680s). FX 8350 is a good CPU but its not even a real octo core + its actually slower clock for clock than your current CPU (its even slower clock for clock than an intel i7 from 2008)

Running dual cards cripple your CPU so if that's the path you want to go, you might want to look up some benchmarks are ask some of the enthusiast users around here

2x780ti to my knowledge (everything I have read) has pointed that you REALLY need at least an intel i7 (either a HIGHLY clocked quad i7 or a hexacore i7). The 8350 is good but its not really aimed for running two $600+ cards

I always thought more was better,in terms of gpu's, so I'm glad I asked.

What are the benefits of 16 gigs of ram as opposed to 8 gigs? Does the higher clock speed in memory actually help anything?

So in you're opinion, Do I even need to go with the FX 8350 and will there be any improvement over my current CPU? Or can you suggest another?

#6 Posted by mastershake575 (8354 posts) -

@Importz2k1 said:

I always thought more was better,in terms of gpu's, so I'm glad I asked.

What are the benefits of 16 gigs of ram as opposed to 8 gigs? Does the higher clock speed in memory actually help anything?

So in you're opinion, Do I even need to go with the FX 8350 and will there be any improvement over my current CPU? Or can you suggest another?

More GPU's is of course better in performance but its very taxing on the CPU (the amount of processing power needed for two cards is very very high).

8 Gigs is plenty (most games want like 4-5gigs). Higher clock speeds can have some minor benefits but you should be fine (DDR3 1600 in dual channel offer good bandwidth).

FX 8350 will be a decent upgrade from what you have (especially since you can sell that x4 980 for over $100 on ebay which will cover majority of the cost of the fx 8350). Its a good CPU, just wouldn't recommend it for 2x780ti's (dual 780ti really needs an i7 or a highly clocked i5).