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May 4, 2013 9:33:46 AM

What is the best AMD CPU for gaming and overclocking to go with my bellow listed parts. MY budget is a max of $180

MotherboardASRock 970 EXTREME3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAMCORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) (all ready own)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics CardSAPPHIRE 100358L Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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May 4, 2013 9:43:26 AM

FX-8350. However, for your situation it would be better to pickup a FX-6300 and spend some the CPU budget on upgrading the GPU.
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May 4, 2013 9:49:49 AM

slomo4sho said:
FX-8350. However, for your situation it would be better to pickup a FX-6300 and spend some the CPU budget on upgrading the GPU.


1. if you can find a 8350 for 180 that would be great, because i sure can't.
2. I forgot to specify that all above listed parts are already bought
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May 4, 2013 10:10:03 AM

Wisecracker said:

The AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb is $85 with code EMCXSTX36 through Monday.

I'm thinkin' after-market cooling and an SSD :D 



The phenom was gonna be my original buy, but I recently came into some money so i was wonder if i should upgrade.
since i know nothing about SSDs can you recomend a good one to me?
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May 4, 2013 10:22:07 AM

Marcopolo123 said:
Amazon
Fx 8350 = 180$ shipping included
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009O7YUF6/?tag=pcpapi-20

The website pcpartpicker.com is a good website to compare hardware...


does it come with any form of accident coverage? Im sacred to death of breaking one of those pins and having $180 paper weight
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May 4, 2013 10:26:03 AM

The phenom is very old(4.5years)...will definitly be a bottleneck.
I would get a fx 6300. only about 20-30$ more.
For ssd the ocz vertex 4 is very good
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May 4, 2013 10:30:07 AM

Nin10dawg64 said:
Marcopolo123 said:
Amazon
Fx 8350 = 180$ shipping included
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009O7YUF6/?tag=pcpapi-20

The website pcpartpicker.com is a good website to compare hardware...


does it come with any form of accident coverage? Im sacred to death of breaking one of those pins and having $180 paper weight


You can trust

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May 4, 2013 10:31:38 AM

Sandisk Extreme series is very solid. Should be about $100 for a 120gb one: http://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-Extreme-Gb-s2-5-Inch-Soli...

A lot of people recommend the Samsung 840, but I wouldn't get it unless it's the Pro series. The non-Pros use low grade TLC NAND, whereas the Sandisk Extreme as well as the Pro use the faster/more durable MLC NAND.

EDIT: @Marcopolo The Phenom II X4 will not bottleneck, it's still a very competitive processor, despite it's age, hence why it's still stocked and recommended by Tom's on their monthly processor round up. Esp. given the fact that he has a fairly low end graphics card, I really wouldn't worry about bottlenecking. In fact getting the FX 8350 with such a low end graphics card would lead to a lot more bottlenecking in my opinion. The SSD + good processor + low end graphics is a more balanced build than great processor + low end graphics.

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May 4, 2013 10:32:01 AM

The Samsung 840 120GB is $99 with code EMCXRXT28. It's not the highest of flyers but it's a good bargain.

You could save $20 or so with a 64GB SSD if you were so inclined.

Just be sure to update the firmware (if necessary). Each OEM will have simple instructions and utilities available.

It quite an impressive leap from HDD to SSD in boot times and loads, and general 'snappiness'.

Edit ... A PhII 965BE ain't gonna hold back your HD7770, and when OC'ed can go toe-to-toe with the big guns and high-dollar video cards.

Because in gaming .... It's your video card !!

Edit Again! .... No questions on the NAND, but the 840 (not Pro) still has a 3-year warranty and **only** an estimated 1.5 MTBF.

That's a long time :) 


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May 4, 2013 10:39:03 AM

Marcopolo123 said:
The phenom is very old(4.5years)...will definitly be a bottleneck.
I would get a fx 6300. only about 20-30$ more.
For ssd the ocz vertex 4 is very good


Iwas leaning towards an fx6300 but thenI'll have to get a HDD because SSDs are to expensive for the little space(I plan on downloading alot)

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May 4, 2013 10:47:07 AM

Nin10dawg64 said:
Marcopolo123 said:
The phenom is very old(4.5years)...will definitly be a bottleneck.
I would get a fx 6300. only about 20-30$ more.
For ssd the ocz vertex 4 is very good


Iwas leaning towards an fx6300 but thenI'll have to get a HDD because SSDs are to expensive for the little space(I plan on downloading alot)



Good choice :) 
a ssd can be upgraded anytime.
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May 4, 2013 11:20:53 AM

Wisecracker said:
The Samsung 840 120GB is $99 with code EMCXRXT28. It's not the highest of flyers but it's a good bargain.

You could save $20 or so with a 64GB SSD if you were so inclined.

Just be sure to update the firmware (if necessary). Each OEM will have simple instructions and utilities available.

It quite an impressive leap from HDD to SSD in boot times and loads, and general 'snappiness'.

Edit ... A PhII 965BE ain't gonna hold back your HD7770, and when OC'ed can go toe-to-toe with the big guns and high-dollar video cards.

Because in gaming .... It's your video card !!

Edit Again! .... No questions on the NAND, but the 840 (not Pro) still has a 3-year warranty and **only** an estimated 1.5 MTBF.

That's a long time :) 




So as Far as SSDs i can get a small one and install my Os and various programs onto it for speed, and have an HDD with my games, videos ,ect ... right?
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May 4, 2013 9:35:50 PM

Nin10dawg64 said:

So as Far as SSDs i can get a small one and install my Os and various programs onto it for speed, and have an HDD with my games, videos ,ect ... right?


I would recommend this for the $180 budget:
CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($118.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Crucial V4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($61.68 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $180.66
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

If you can squeeze in a few extra bucks:
Storage: OCZ Agility 3 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($64.99 @ Newegg)

If you need space and don't actually have a SSD:
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.68 @ Amazon)
OR
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($66.61 @ Outlet PC)
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May 5, 2013 4:43:33 AM

@Nin10dawg64 Yeah that's the whole point, I have a SSD with my OS, couple of programs (PhotoShop), couple of big games (PlanetSide 2, GTA IV) but all my personal files (photos, older games, TV shows, movies and so on) are on a separate mechanical. It's completely up to you what you put where, esp. since Steam finally added the option of having Steam Libraries at multiple different locations (e.g. on different hard drives).

I wouldn't recommend with going with less than 120gb though, it fills up a lot faster than you'd imagine.

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