New Build - What to Upgrade?

Mushious

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Just built myself a new machine, a few parts are still to come but it's running happily so far.

Here's the specs:

Case: Gigabyte SUMO
CPU: AMD 8350 "Piledriver" (8-cores @ 4Ghz)
CPU Cooling: COOLER MASTER Hyper 412 Slim
RAM: 8GB DDR3 1600MHz G.Skill Ripjaws X
Video: nVidia GT640 1024MB
HDD: Seagate 1TB ST1000DM003
PSU: Seasonic M12-II 650W

Monitor: LG Flatron E2342
Keyboard: Logitech G110
Mouse: Logitech M525
Speakers: Logitech Z313
Headset: Logitech G930

The video-card is temporary, will be upgrading to a 7870 in a couple of weeks.

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My question is, what do I upgrade first (after the video)?

I was looking at new cooling, would really prefer closed water cooling, air-cooling with this CPU makes me uncomfortable (probably unreasonable, unsure what's 'safe', it idles around 30C). I was also thinking of upgrading the PSU to 750w but not sure if it's required. The RAM is probably a priority too.

Everything is currently stock, might look at overclocking after it's finished.

Any suggestions are welcome but as I am in New Zealand, not everything is doable since technology here costs around 40% more than in America.
 
750w is usually for crossfirex

since all your stuffs are already decent (except gpu)
i will personally get 7950 instead :)

i believe you wouldnt want cloosed loop wc, hit and miss, too many ppl dissappointed having a failed one

get monstrous noctua nhd14 :D
 

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The Nocta NH-D14 looks to be basically the same as the Hyper412 that I'm using at the moment, just $100 more expensive.

Is the preformance gain between the 7870 and the 7950 worth the extra $70?
 

Mushious

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Having to mess around with changing water and that kind of thing really isn't appealing which is why I said closed system in the OP.
 

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From what I've read safe temp for the fx chips are 61 degrees celcius. You should be fine, I'm running my fx 8120 at 4ghz and it seems to run about the same temps as yours.

Video for first upgrade, then maybe an ssd.
 

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Unfortunately I don't have an AC, temperatures in my house can reach ~30C during the summer. Anything I can do to eliminate heat within the machine is pretty much vital
 

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Haha yeah, that would be extremely handy!
 

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