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Old April 13, 2012, 10:44 AM
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I'm planning on buying/building this soon (I'd say next 48 hours if I'm lucky). Just wondering if you might give me your opinion. It's really an all in one computer, not strictly gaming or rendering or web use. I also will be using some virtual machines for work. Do you think this combo is solid?

CPU: FX-8120
MB: 990FX Asus Sabertooth
GPU: Sapphire HD7950
PSU: Corsair AX850
SSD: Crucial M4 128gb SATA3
HDD: 2TB (Can't remember at the top of my head)
RAM: G.Skill Sniper Series DDR3 2133MHz CL9 or CL11
Cooling: Custom water cooling loop (Still in deciding on some things)

I'm pretty set in stone for most of my build, my only concerns are the SSD and Ram (they were the last things I looked at).

From what I've read, the M4 is a fairly reliable SSD in comparison to say OCZ Vertex where they had some issues, do you think that there is any noticeable difference in speeds between the two (real life and not benchmarks)?

For the Ram, I read somewhere that using higher frequency ram with the FX series can increase it's performance, but strictly on a ram basis, would I see a difference between a CL9 and CL11 module? Between the 2, it's really down to a 10$ difference , I'm just curious.


Thanks in advance,
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Old April 13, 2012, 03:53 PM
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Overall it looks good, but personally I would switch to Intel and go i5 2500k (or wait till the end of the month and go i5 3570k) and a Z77 based motherboard.

Wait on the HD 7950 until the price drops (according to the article on the home page of HWC it should be in a few days).
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Old April 13, 2012, 05:35 PM
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Overall it looks good, but personally I would switch to Intel and go i5 2500k (or wait till the end of the month and go i5 3570k) and a Z77 based motherboard.

Wait on the HD 7950 until the price drops (according to the article on the home page of HWC it should be in a few days).
How could I have missed that . I just rushed to the store to grab the last one. I hope that change is within 7 days .
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Old April 13, 2012, 05:44 PM
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You won't see a difference between cas 9 and cas 11 at 2133 MHz unless you are a cyborg, or some sort of autistic genius. I would get the cas9 because I would think it could overclock a bit better, and it's just 10 bucks.

I recommend the crosshair V instead of the sabertooth. I picked one up and I can't be happier. I think the extra power plug makes a difference because I tried overclocking with and without the extra power connector plugged in, and I got an extra 200 MHz. Besides, red goes faster.

AMD FX processors suck right now, but there is hope of piledriver, and take solace in amd's legendary upgrade path.

The SSD will be ok, but I think intel SSD are the most reliable.
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