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I need help with a future computer build, any help? CPU and GPU Q/A

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May 7, 2013 3:01:34 PM

Hello all,

Today is my first day on the forum and a am only 14. Normally, people would think "Oh you're only 14, don't listen to him!" and that stuff, so please don't be that guy, nobody needs a jerk. Furthermore, my future build is hoping to be about $800. I only have summer to earn this, as my grandpa's shop closes in August.
My computer parts consist of.....

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor

Motherboard: MSI 890GXM-G65 Micro ATX AM3 Motherboard

Memory: A-Data XPG Gaming Series 8GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory

Hard Drive: A-Data XPG SX900 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk

VideoCard: MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB Video Card - $174.98 (Hopefully Replaced)

PowerSupply: XClio 550W ATX Power Supply

Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer - $16.99 (May be Replaced)

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM 1TB

.......Notice no case was shown, soon I will find a good one.

1) Any better CPU? For $150.
2) Better GPU? To play Battlefield 3 Ultra 1080P with Minimum 50FPS or wishfully 70-80FPS for $250?
3) Should I install BF3 on the SSD or will the HDD be fine?

Thanks in advance, and hopefully I'll get some answers....Any lastly, how would you rate this PC from 1-10 for $800-850 build?
May 7, 2013 3:13:49 PM

1) FX6300
2) 7870XT
3) your choice. ssd should be reserved for whatever to play the most.
May 7, 2013 3:31:11 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS9900MAX-R CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($129.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($57.60 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($66.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 2GB Video Card ($139.50 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($65.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $780.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Or
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $830.49
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

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May 7, 2013 3:51:28 PM

You could drop the SSD for a better graphics card and get a SSD later on.
May 7, 2013 3:56:08 PM

Although I like the specs on this system and a good price goes with it, I will be playing at 1920x1080. I like the plastic case you have shown me, but I am still open to others. If at 1080P the 650 could be 60, I would be amazed, but no complaints. I prefer to keep this thread alive, so please keep posting.
May 7, 2013 3:56:10 PM

Come back when you're actually ready to make a purchase. The Radeon 8XXX and Intel Haswell CPUs will be out then and they will be infinitely faster than a Phenom II 965 will be.
May 7, 2013 4:08:27 PM

g-unit1111 said:
Come back when you're actually ready to make a purchase. The Radeon 8XXX and Intel Haswell CPUs will be out then and they will be infinitely faster than a Phenom II 965 will be.


Good idea, but the Radeon 8000 Series will also be infintely more expensive, so the 7000 series should be on sale or go down, correct?

May 7, 2013 4:24:51 PM

g-unit1111 said:
Come back when you're actually ready to make a purchase. The Radeon 8XXX and Intel Haswell CPUs will be out then and they will be infinitely faster than a Phenom II 965 will be.


Haswells gains over Ivy aren't even double digits...
May 7, 2013 4:36:16 PM

iDieAlot1986 said:
g-unit1111 said:
Come back when you're actually ready to make a purchase. The Radeon 8XXX and Intel Haswell CPUs will be out then and they will be infinitely faster than a Phenom II 965 will be.


Good idea, but the Radeon 8000 Series will also be infintely more expensive, so the 7000 series should be on sale or go down, correct?



No it won't. That's all speculation. It won't be like the 7XXX series where the prices were like $100 more than their 6XXX equivalents but those were entirely new processors.

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Haswells gains over Ivy aren't even double digits...


Yeah true, depends on what benchmark you're looking at.
May 7, 2013 4:50:38 PM

Well thank you guys for such great responses, I look forward to August. As for best answers, well....You guys all should get it, not just one. Also, thanks for not being low enough to pick on a 14 Y/O, (I'm looking at you YouTube and you Yahoo!Answers). Glad I joined Tom's, great community, maybe I'll get some people Steam Names for some BF3 later on?
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