New Gaming build - Comments?

Finally getting around to building my new gaming rig. I plan on ordering later today, but was wondering if ijany of you guys had any comments, concerns, or suggestions before I pull the trigger.

Here's the markup:

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($205.18 @ Newegg)

CPU Cooler: NZXT HAVIK 140 90.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($64.77 @ Outlet PC)

Motherboard: ASRock 990FX Extreme3 ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard ($129.58 @ Amazon)

Memory: Mushkin Blackline 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($151.18 @ Newegg)

Storage: Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($199.78 @ Newegg)

Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($425.77 @ Newegg)

Case: NZXT Switch 810 (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($194.38 @ Amazon)

Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($137.03 @TigerDirect) 

Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.26 @ Newegg) 

Total: $1524.93 (Shipping and Taxes included)


I'd go with the Samsung 840 over the Chronos. It's cheaper, offers more storage, and is faster.

I personally have hands on experience with the 120GB flavor, and it is stupid fast. In my tests, the average read time for 1MB transfers was ~475MB/s, 10MB was about 530MB/s, and 1000MB transfers got up to 560MB/s, with access times all below 0.01ms. It's stupid fast. This was on a Linux Mint machine, utilizing an AMD A8 5600K (stock clocks), and 8GB of DDR3-1866 on an Asrock FM2A75 Pro4m mobo. The 250GB will likely be faster.

Are we talking the 840 Pro, or the vanilla 840? Because the Chronos Delux is definitely faster than the vanilla 840.

Your RAM is massive overkill for gaming. You won't loose any performance in games if you use 8gb of slightly slower memory.

Only at writing, which is expected from a SandForce drive. But reading is where all the performance comes from, and the vinalla 840 has faster reads. Check out this page:

I thought a lot about this decision. My laptop has 8 gigs, and I haven't maxed it out, even doing video editing (which is something this machine might do every now and then) But RAM is so cheap these days, and it's only going to get more expensive as ddr4 rolls out, so I figured It'd be better to spend an extra 40 or 50 bucks rather than an additonal 70 or 80 down the road, even if it's just to stroke my e-peen.

Does that make sense, or am I just being an idiot?

Those parts look good but this is what I would be getting

16gb for a gaming rig is pointless, as most modern games use less than 4. I can't think of anywhere in your build where the extra few bucks you would save would be of much use though.

A few extra fans, or a new (rather than transitioned) hdd, maybe. I'll probably get the smaller kit.