Need opinions about this PC configuration

February 11, 2016 at 03:10:31
Specs: Windows 8.1
Is this good PC for 1080p gaming?

CPU: AMD FX8300 + LC-CC-95 Cooler
MBO: Gigabyte GA-970-D3SP
GPU: Gigabyte R9 380X 4GB DDR5 256bit
RAM: 1x8GB DDR3 1866MHz
PSU: Fortron Hyper 600w
CASE: Thermaltake Versa N21

Later i will put SSD 120GB for OS and programs i use the most like Google Chrome, Origin, Microsoft Word and etc. Thanks!

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February 11, 2016 at 05:21:57
Here's a couple of comments from Tom's Hardware:

"Enthusiasts looking to crank up the detail settings in today’s hottest titles need to think bigger than the 380/380X"

But...."Gamers willing to tone down graphics quality at 1080p for the sake of spending less should consider the Radeon R9 380. Available under $200, it’s a full $100 less than the 390. And if you pay close enough attention, it’s possible to find 4GB models selling for the same price as the cheapest 2GB versions."

And I suggest you double check the specs of the PSU. Does it have multiple +12v rails or a single +12v rail? A single high amperage +12v rail is preferred.

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February 11, 2016 at 07:36:21
I was wondering about the merits of single and multiple rails. Found this (Tom's Hardware again). Seems like it's a matter of opinion:

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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February 11, 2016 at 08:55:02
A lot of good info in that link.

As I understand it, the problem with a true multi-rail PSU is that it requires the builder to pay closer attention during assembly so that the load is balanced across the rails as much as possible. Otherwise one rail could be overloaded while the other(s) is lightly used or unused altogether.

As it says in that discussion, it depends on how the PSU is wired. Some PSUs are marketed as multi-rail when in fact they are only single rail. Getting a PSU with a single +12v rail takes all the guesswork out of it.

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February 11, 2016 at 12:32:58
One other comment is that you should use 2 RAM sticks instead of 1 for best performance.

That PSU has 4 18A +12V rails. My experience with that type of PSU is that 1 Rail powers the motherboard, 1 powers the CPU, the third one has the leads for the auxiliary graphics power. The fourth is for drives & fans.

I suggest you get a single rail PSU.

Only 16 MM of end clearance inside the case for your graphics card, with that selection. Specs state 250MM of length, card specs are 234MM +-.

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February 11, 2016 at 20:46:00
I also recommend single 12volt rail power supplies, 80%+ efficiency, active PFC, 3 to 5 year warranty.
I also recommend two memory sticks purchased as a matched pair (not two packages of the same) to best use the dual channel mode on the memory.
If performance is important get the Black series hard drive (speed, cache, durability) and if you can swing it, get the SSD up front when you build it. Note that at this point a 240GB SSD is not that much more than a similar 120GB version and you will not need to worry about which programs to install on the SSD, you can fit them all on it and use the hard drive just for storage. SSD's work best when they are done as a clean install and if you get it later, you will be tempted to clone the partition over to the SSD instead of a clean install, better to do it now.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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