What's a decent graphics card for a first build?

#1 Posted by RenegadeSteve (253 posts) -

I'm having a hard time figuring out what would be a good and reliable card for my first rig.

#2 Posted by 04dcarraher (20557 posts) -

It all depends on your budget and what psu you plan on using. You shouldn't go below a 260X or GTX 750.

#3 Posted by Bikouchu35 (7638 posts) -

A budget would help us help you.

#4 Posted by PredatorRules (8848 posts) -

@renegadesteve said:

I'm having a hard time figuring out what would be a good and reliable card for my first rig.

Like others before me mentioned we need a budget and probably a good idea is to give us full specs of your future 1st rig so we could balance those specs.

#5 Posted by fatee (311 posts) -

Best bang for the buck is a AMD 280x - you can have one for under $300 if you shop newegg.com or ncix.com (or look elsewhere, it's fine)

If you are okay with spending $400-450 range, then no would argue that an Nvidia 780 (non ti) or an AMD 290 or 290x would be the best cards for a long while.
I hate using this phrase... but if you wanted a "future proof" video card, then I highly suggest either a 780 or a 290.

You can run any modern game at max settings, no problem. Some games you can even down-sample, aka run super high res textures.
For example, Dark souls II for PC has 4k textures that can be unlocked. Loads of games can do this and these cards can really take advantage of this.

#6 Posted by RenegadeSteve (253 posts) -

@04dcarraher said:

It all depends on your budget and what psu you plan on using. You shouldn't go below a 260X or GTX 750.

@Bikouchu35 said:

A budget would help us help you.

@PredatorRules said:

@renegadesteve said:

I'm having a hard time figuring out what would be a good and reliable card for my first rig.

Like others before me mentioned we need a budget and probably a good idea is to give us full specs of your future 1st rig so we could balance those specs.

Sorry about not mentioning the budget guys, the most I'm willing to spend on one is $100-380

#7 Posted by 04dcarraher (20557 posts) -

Depending on the rest of the PC specs GTX 760 to GTX 770 or AMD's 280-290

#8 Posted by PredatorRules (8848 posts) -

@renegadesteve said:
@PredatorRules said:

@renegadesteve said:

I'm having a hard time figuring out what would be a good and reliable card for my first rig.

Like others before me mentioned we need a budget and probably a good idea is to give us full specs of your future 1st rig so we could balance those specs.

Sorry about not mentioning the budget guys, the most I'm willing to spend on one is $100-380

I hope you mean 380$ max only on the GPU and not the total cost of the future rig.

If so I'd recommend on Gigabyte Windforce R9 290 for 360$ you can also go with Sapphire Tri-X (Toxic) for 380$

#9 Posted by RenegadeSteve (253 posts) -

@PredatorRules:

@04dcarraher said:

Depending on the rest of the PC specs GTX 760 to GTX 770 or AMD's 280-290

Alright here's what I'm working with a MSI ATX DDR3 2400 A88X-G45 board with a AMD A6 6400K Dual-Core CPU Radeon HD

#10 Posted by 04dcarraher (20557 posts) -

@renegadesteve said:

@04dcarraher said:

Depending on the rest of the PC specs GTX 760 to GTX 770 or AMD's 280-290

Alright here's what I'm working with a MSI ATX DDR3 2400 A88X-G45 board with a AMD A6 6400K Dual-Core CPU Radeon HD

Um take some of the gpu budget and get a better cpu, you will regret not getting at least a quad core .

Do this instead

FX 6300

AM3 970 Motherboard

EVGA GTX 760 with Watchdogs

#11 Posted by PredatorRules (8848 posts) -

@renegadesteve said:

@PredatorRules:

@04dcarraher said:

Depending on the rest of the PC specs GTX 760 to GTX 770 or AMD's 280-290

Alright here's what I'm working with a MSI ATX DDR3 2400 A88X-G45 board with a AMD A6 6400K Dual-Core CPU Radeon HD

You need a full upgrade, I recommend on the 760K (this way you'll save money on the MOBO and you can keep it), I hope you have 8Gb of RAM, if not - that's your sign. (all this along with a GPU)

#12 Edited by RenegadeSteve (253 posts) -

@04dcarraher: "you will regret not getting at least a quad core" Why is that? and as for that board I already looked into that one already, it just didn't fit with what I was going for

#13 Edited by 04dcarraher (20557 posts) -
@renegadesteve said:

@04dcarraher: "you will regret not getting at least a quad core" Why is that ?

Because we are in an age of multithreaded programs, and dual cores in general are are not cutting it anymore especially with AMD

#14 Posted by RenegadeSteve (253 posts) -

@PredatorRules said:

@renegadesteve said:

@PredatorRules:

@04dcarraher said:

Depending on the rest of the PC specs GTX 760 to GTX 770 or AMD's 280-290

Alright here's what I'm working with a MSI ATX DDR3 2400 A88X-G45 board with a AMD A6 6400K Dual-Core CPU Radeon HD

You need a full upgrade, I recommend on the 760K (this way you'll save money on the MOBO and you can keep it), I hope you have 8Gb of RAM, if not - that's your sign. (all this along with a GPU)

Already placed my order on the 8Gb of RAM

#15 Edited by 04dcarraher (20557 posts) -
@renegadesteve said:

@PredatorRules said:

@renegadesteve said:

@PredatorRules:

@04dcarraher said:

Depending on the rest of the PC specs GTX 760 to GTX 770 or AMD's 280-290

Alright here's what I'm working with a MSI ATX DDR3 2400 A88X-G45 board with a AMD A6 6400K Dual-Core CPU Radeon HD

You need a full upgrade, I recommend on the 760K (this way you'll save money on the MOBO and you can keep it), I hope you have 8Gb of RAM, if not - that's your sign. (all this along with a GPU)

Already placed my order on the 8Gb of RAM

Thats fine DDR3 is DDR3 just dont get a dual core cpu on FM2 socket

#16 Posted by RenegadeSteve (253 posts) -

@04dcarraher said:
@renegadesteve said:

@PredatorRules said:

@renegadesteve said:

@PredatorRules:

@04dcarraher said:

Depending on the rest of the PC specs GTX 760 to GTX 770 or AMD's 280-290

Alright here's what I'm working with a MSI ATX DDR3 2400 A88X-G45 board with a AMD A6 6400K Dual-Core CPU Radeon HD

You need a full upgrade, I recommend on the 760K (this way you'll save money on the MOBO and you can keep it), I hope you have 8Gb of RAM, if not - that's your sign. (all this along with a GPU)

Already placed my order on the 8Gb of RAM

Thats fine DDR3 is DDR3 just dont get a dual core cpu on FM2 socket

Alright just made the change

#17 Edited by 04dcarraher (20557 posts) -

@renegadesteve said:

@04dcarraher said:
@renegadesteve said:

@PredatorRules said:

@renegadesteve said:

@PredatorRules:

@04dcarraher said:

Depending on the rest of the PC specs GTX 760 to GTX 770 or AMD's 280-290

Alright here's what I'm working with a MSI ATX DDR3 2400 A88X-G45 board with a AMD A6 6400K Dual-Core CPU Radeon HD

You need a full upgrade, I recommend on the 760K (this way you'll save money on the MOBO and you can keep it), I hope you have 8Gb of RAM, if not - that's your sign. (all this along with a GPU)

Already placed my order on the 8Gb of RAM

Thats fine DDR3 is DDR3 just dont get a dual core cpu on FM2 socket

Alright just made the change

FX 6300 will serve you well,your better off with a well balanced system then a lopsided one.

what is the rest of the parts you have lined up for the pc, like case, power supply etc?

#18 Edited by RenegadeSteve (253 posts) -

@04dcarraher:

Case: PHANTEKS ENTHOO PRO $90

Drives:1TB HD $55,120GB SSD $87.30

Motherboard: MSI ATX DDR3 2400 Motherboards A88X-G45 $109

CPU: AMD Athlon Multi Core Processor 760K $84.74

Ram: 2 Sticks of 4Gb AMD Radeon Memory $94

PSU: Cooler Master V650 - 650W 80 PLUS Gold $94

Graphic Card: Still looking

My budget is $800 - $1100

#19 Posted by 04dcarraher (20557 posts) -

@renegadesteve said:

@04dcarraher:

Case: PHANTEKS ENTHOO PRO $90

Drives:1TB HD $55,120GB SSD $87.30

Motherboard: MSI ATX DDR3 2400 Motherboards A88X-G45 $109

CPU: AMD Athlon Multi Core Processor 760K $84.74

Ram: 2 Sticks of 4Gb AMD Radeon Memory $94

PSU: Cooler Master V650 - 650W 80 PLUS Gold $94

Graphic Card: Still looking

My budget is $800 - $1100

Skip FM2 socket.....

Go with FX 6300 and AM3+ motherboard since you have the option

You dont need AMD branded memory save some money go with Gskill, Corsair, Crucial etc

#20 Posted by RenegadeSteve (253 posts) -

@04dcarraher: alright just canceled my orders for those

#21 Posted by commonfate (12820 posts) -

$1000 is about where "future proofing" and diminishing returns begin. You didn't include an OS so I didn't either.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/bkYst6

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($234.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z97 PRO3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.97 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($254.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($57.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $956.89

#22 Posted by PredatorRules (8848 posts) -
@renegadesteve said:

My budget is $800 - $1100

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Y2PC4D I hope you like this beast

#23 Edited by 04dcarraher (20557 posts) -

@PredatorRules said:
@renegadesteve said:

My budget is $800 - $1100

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Y2PC4D I hope you like this beast

I would forgo the H100 water cooler, and corsair CX psu, and WD blue,

#24 Posted by 04dcarraher (20557 posts) -
@commonfate said:

$1000 is about where "future proofing" and diminishing returns begin. You didn't include an OS so I didn't either.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/bkYst6

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($234.99 @ NCIX US)

Motherboard: ASRock Z97 PRO3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)

Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($89.98 @ OutletPC)

Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($74.99 @ Amazon)

Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.97 @ OutletPC)

Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($254.99 @ Amazon)

Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($57.99 @ Micro Center)

Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)

Total: $956.89

i would get a better psu

#25 Edited by RenegadeSteve (253 posts) -

@04dcarraher said:
@commonfate said:

$1000 is about where "future proofing" and diminishing returns begin. You didn't include an OS so I didn't either.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/bkYst6

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($234.99 @ NCIX US)

Motherboard: ASRock Z97 PRO3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)

Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($89.98 @ OutletPC)

Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($74.99 @ Amazon)

Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.97 @ OutletPC)

Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($254.99 @ Amazon)

Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($57.99 @ Micro Center)

Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)

Total: $956.89

i would get a better psu

Just canceled on everything else except the ssd & harddrive and case

#26 Posted by 04dcarraher (20557 posts) -

@renegadesteve said:

@04dcarraher said:
@commonfate said:

$1000 is about where "future proofing" and diminishing returns begin. You didn't include an OS so I didn't either.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/bkYst6

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($234.99 @ NCIX US)

Motherboard: ASRock Z97 PRO3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)

Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($89.98 @ OutletPC)

Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($74.99 @ Amazon)

Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.97 @ OutletPC)

Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($254.99 @ Amazon)

Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($57.99 @ Micro Center)

Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)

Total: $956.89

i would get a better psu

Just canceled on everything else except the ssd & harddrive and case

Do you need windows?

#27 Edited by RenegadeSteve (253 posts) -

@04dcarraher: I can get windows 7 or 8 for $70 at my college already got that covered

#28 Posted by 04dcarraher (20557 posts) -

@renegadesteve said:

@04dcarraher: I can get windows 7 or 8 for $70 at my college already got that covered

ok

what I would do is

i5 4690k

Z97 motherboard

8gb DDR3

Fractal Design Tesla R2 650w psu

R9 280x

That would put it just under $1100 with your case hdd and ssd choices.

#29 Posted by RenegadeSteve (253 posts) -

@04dcarraher: I think i'll go with those components was just looking at the Z97

#30 Posted by PredatorRules (8848 posts) -

@04dcarraher said:

@PredatorRules said:
@renegadesteve said:

My budget is $800 - $1100

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Y2PC4D I hope you like this beast

I would forgo the H100 water cooler, and corsair CX psu, and WD blue,

Because you're against extreme OC, caring too much for power efficiency (or just labled gold signature) and only game on blacks?

I could place him 2x 290 for 1300$ build but that's another thing, as I always say GPU is what matters, I aim for getting the best GPU, then I concern about all the other parts.

#31 Posted by RyviusARC (4880 posts) -

I would tell you to wait a few months since Nvidia's Maxwell GTX 880,870 and 860 will be releasing this October.

Sadly I think they are sticking to the 28nm process for the 800 series.

#32 Edited by 04dcarraher (20557 posts) -

@PredatorRules said:

@04dcarraher said:

@PredatorRules said:
@renegadesteve said:

My budget is $800 - $1100

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Y2PC4D I hope you like this beast

I would forgo the H100 water cooler, and corsair CX psu, and WD blue,

Because you're against extreme OC, caring too much for power efficiency (or just labled gold signature) and only game on blacks?

I could place him 2x 290 for 1300$ build but that's another thing, as I always say GPU is what matters, I aim for getting the best GPU, then I concern about all the other parts.

Im not against extreme overclocks but spending $100 on cooling for something that he may never use or even need. A Hyper 212 with a couple good fans is more then enough for a 4.6 ghz overclock. Dont skimp on PSU quality if your able to get better....Corsair's CX series may be fine but they have lower quality components shortening the potential life span For as much as you pay for a CX 750w you can get a Top rated 650w based psu that will do the same job last longer and for the same price. blue's are fine but seagate barracuda's or even WD's black are abit quicker and you can grab the seagate at same price point as those blue's.

#33 Edited by PredatorRules (8848 posts) -

@04dcarraher said:

@PredatorRules said:

@04dcarraher said:

@PredatorRules said:
@renegadesteve said:

My budget is $800 - $1100

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Y2PC4D I hope you like this beast

I would forgo the H100 water cooler, and corsair CX psu, and WD blue,

Because you're against extreme OC, caring too much for power efficiency (or just labled gold signature) and only game on blacks?

I could place him 2x 290 for 1300$ build but that's another thing, as I always say GPU is what matters, I aim for getting the best GPU, then I concern about all the other parts.

Im not against extreme overclocks but spending $100 on cooling for something that he may never use or even need. A Hyper 212 with a couple good fans is more then enough for a 4.6 ghz overclock. Dont skimp on PSU quality if your able to get better....Corsair's CX series may be fine but they have lower quality components shortening the potential life span For as much as you pay for a CX 750w you can get a Top rated 650w based psu that will do the same job last longer and for the same price. blue's are fine but seagate barracuda's or even WD's black are abit quicker and you can grab the seagate at same price point as those blue's.

I heard the Barracuda is a lot noiser too.

Before I knew anything about PC specs or brands I had Thermaltake none rated efficiency PSU that worked just fine for over 5 years and no damage been made to any parts (that's the point why I never take seriously those gold/platinium rated PSUs, if it has bronze it's good enough for me) Also you never should take seriously those "certified" signatures because it's something that companies pay money to get those labels: for example on similar matter - THX audio certification and Dolby, many speakers don't have it because you're paying money just to get the label of that certification and many companies say it's a waste of huge money for nothing.

On the contrary, a rich company can pay for certification for shitty product and people will buy it (so called bribe money, if you want)

About the CPU cooler I doubt EVO could run at such degrees as the 100i provides, especially if we're OC a CPU to 4.6Ghz, you're worring about efficiency of power but you don't worry about CPU running at high degrees all the time? Don't get me wrong there's nothing bad about the EVO, it's cheap and quite good to OC CPUs up to 4.2Ghz at max but not up to 4.6Ghz, if so no one would buy a 100$ CPU coolers as you say.

#34 Edited by 04dcarraher (20557 posts) -

@PredatorRules said:

@04dcarraher said:


I heard the Barracuda is a lot noiser too.

Before I knew anything about PC specs or brands I had Thermaltake none rated efficiency PSU that worked just fine for over 5 years and no damage been made to any parts (that's the point why I never take seriously those gold/platinium rated PSUs, if it has bronze it's good enough for me) Also you never should take seriously those "certified" signatures because it's something that companies pay money to get those labels: for example on similar matter - THX audio certification and Dolby, many speakers don't have it because you're paying money just to get the label of that certification and many companies say it's a waste of huge money for nothing.

On the contrary, a rich company can pay for certification for shitty product and people will buy it (so called bribe money, if you want)

About the CPU cooler I doubt EVO could run at such degrees as the 100i provides, especially if we're OC a CPU to 4.6Ghz, you're worring about efficiency of power but you don't worry about CPU running at high degrees all the time? Don't get me wrong there's nothing bad about the EVO, it's cheap and quite good to OC CPUs up to 4.2Ghz at max but not up to 4.6Ghz, if so no one would buy a 100$ CPU coolers as you say.

I have both WD blues and seagate barracuda's noise is virtually the same. Your PSU example is anecdotal evidence, because you can have a $20 psu last 6 years, but fact is that a cheap psu is using sub par parts and not using certified protection methods less efficient, and those types of companies do lie on ratings and specs. Name brands like Corsair Antec etc are nothing like diablotek or Logisys etc and do not lie or coverup. The gold rating is to let you know that the its using the better quality parts and designs. Bronze rated psu are good and are solid but Corsair CX lines are their budget psu's in which they did cut quality on certain components to make it cheaper. Which will shorten the potential lifespan and after time those cheaper capacitors will loss their ability to hold charge as they did before making the psu less efficient not beig able to pump out its full wattage or Amperes.

No doubt a H100 can provide better load temps then a stock hyper 212 EVO . Even on an i7 3770k at 4.6 ghz 1.2 volts H100i at max rpm is only 10C cooler then a stock Hyper 212 EVO, grab two fans that EVO can drop another 5C or more depending on fan. so spending $100 is dependent on what the person plans on doing.

#35 Posted by airshocker (30973 posts) -

I would definitely go for a GTX 770. That card will last you for quite awhile.

#36 Posted by PredatorRules (8848 posts) -

@04dcarraher said:

@PredatorRules said:

@04dcarraher said:

I heard the Barracuda is a lot noiser too.

Before I knew anything about PC specs or brands I had Thermaltake none rated efficiency PSU that worked just fine for over 5 years and no damage been made to any parts (that's the point why I never take seriously those gold/platinium rated PSUs, if it has bronze it's good enough for me) Also you never should take seriously those "certified" signatures because it's something that companies pay money to get those labels: for example on similar matter - THX audio certification and Dolby, many speakers don't have it because you're paying money just to get the label of that certification and many companies say it's a waste of huge money for nothing.

On the contrary, a rich company can pay for certification for shitty product and people will buy it (so called bribe money, if you want)

About the CPU cooler I doubt EVO could run at such degrees as the 100i provides, especially if we're OC a CPU to 4.6Ghz, you're worring about efficiency of power but you don't worry about CPU running at high degrees all the time? Don't get me wrong there's nothing bad about the EVO, it's cheap and quite good to OC CPUs up to 4.2Ghz at max but not up to 4.6Ghz, if so no one would buy a 100$ CPU coolers as you say.

I have both WD blues and seagate barracuda's noise is virtually the same. Your PSU example is anecdotal evidence, because you can have a $20 psu last 6 years, but fact is that a cheap psu is using sub par parts and not using certified protection methods less efficient, and those types of companies do lie on ratings and specs. Name brands like Corsair Antec etc are nothing like diablotek or Logisys etc and do not lie or coverup. The gold rating is to let you know that the its using the better quality parts and designs. Bronze rated psu are good and are solid but Corsair CX lines are their budget psu's in which they did cut quality on certain components to make it cheaper. Which will shorten the potential lifespan and after time those cheaper capacitors will loss their ability to hold charge as they did before making the psu less efficient not beig able to pump out its full wattage or Amperes.

No doubt a H100 can provide better load temps then a stock hyper 212 EVO . Even on an i7 3770k at 4.6 ghz 1.2 volts H100i at max rpm is only 10C cooler then a stock Hyper 212 EVO, grab two fans that EVO can drop another 5C or more depending on fan. so spending $100 is dependent on what the person plans on doing.

You say to swap fans, that's another 30$ at least if you went with Corsair AF performance fans, you might just get Noctua D14 for 75$, unless you want to be a unique modder or you just don't have space for this huge CPU cooler I can't really recommend on that method.

About the PSUs, as I said before, as long as it not some Chinese Golden Tiger 10$ PSU and I'm buying from a reliable brand it's just fine for me.

#38 Edited by 04dcarraher (20557 posts) -

@PredatorRules:

You dont even need to swap out both use the one that comes with it and grab a $10 fan. So $45 investment vs $100 one for less then 10C difference One problem with those water coolers is you have to worry about the pump failing... all kinds of reports over the last year or so on those types coolers failing hence the massive surge of Corsair refurbished coolers.Then again why skimp on psu quality when you dont have too.

#39 Edited by PredatorRules (8848 posts) -

@04dcarraher said:

@PredatorRules:

You dont even need to swap out both use the one that comes with it and grab a $10 fan. So $45 investment vs $100 one for less then 10C difference One problem with those water coolers is you have to worry about the pump failing... all kinds of reports over the last year or so on those types coolers failing hence the massive surge of Corsair refurbished coolers.Then again why skimp on psu quality when you dont have too.

I'm not saying skymp on the PSU quality, if you have a spare of 30-50$ at the end of the build - sure go ahread and grab a higher grade PSU.

If you're afraid of pump fail you can always grab Noctua D14, it's almost on the same level of the top end water cooling kits.

Let's just say that if I had extra 30$ after picking a gold tier PSU I'd get the Noctua D14 over the EVO

#40 Edited by RenegadeSteve (253 posts) -

@04dcarraher: @PredatorRules: Fellas fellas calm down I feel were getting side tracked here, for my first rig I'm undecided on if im going to OC cause I don't know a whole lot about watercooling, as for my cooling system I plain on going the multiple fan route

#41 Edited by CWEBB04z (4644 posts) -

@PredatorRules said:
@renegadesteve said:

My budget is $800 - $1100

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Y2PC4D I hope you like this beast

I wouldnt get a WD Blue.. I had one and it failed in like 3 months and I have read some horrible reviews.

Also, I don't think a liquid cooler is needed, I have a cheap Cooler master cpu cooler that cools my 8320 pretty well (around 50 c under load)

btw.. If i were you I would get a R9 280x Vapor X by Sapphire.. its a long card but it looks sweet.

#42 Posted by PredatorRules (8848 posts) -

@CWEBB04z said:

@PredatorRules said:
@renegadesteve said:

My budget is $800 - $1100

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Y2PC4D I hope you like this beast

I wouldnt get a WD Blue.. I had one and it failed in like 3 months and I have read some horrible reviews.

Also, I don't think a liquid cooler is needed, I have a cheap Cooler master cpu cooler that cools my 8320 pretty well (around 50 c under load)

btw.. If i were you I would get a R9 280x Vapor X by Sapphire.. its a long card but it looks sweet.

Did you RMA that HDD? they should work fine to up 5 years.

#43 Edited by jun_aka_pekto (17526 posts) -

One pointer to add.....

Make sure the video card will fit in the case. Chances are it'll fit. But, I know a couple of people who made that booboo.

#44 Posted by RenegadeSteve (253 posts) -

@CWEBB04z said:

@PredatorRules said:
@renegadesteve said:

My budget is $800 - $1100

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Y2PC4D I hope you like this beast

I wouldnt get a WD Blue.. I had one and it failed in like 3 months and I have read some horrible reviews.

Also, I don't think a liquid cooler is needed, I have a cheap Cooler master cpu cooler that cools my 8320 pretty well (around 50 c under load)

btw.. If i were you I would get a R9 280x Vapor X by Sapphire.. its a long card but it looks sweet.

My hard drive already came today its a 1TB barracuda just waiting on my 120GB samsung ssd to come in

#45 Posted by RenegadeSteve (253 posts) -

@jun_aka_pekto: it will, the case is the phanteks enthoo pro my problem seems to be getting the right compatible components