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May 12, 2013 1:04:01 PM

In the near future i will be building a first pc for me. I have a couple of questions regarding my components i have choosen. My budget isn't really big and components in my country are a bit more expensive so i will be listing prices converted to usd next to the components i am considering.

Once i buy my pc i will be using it a long time and i don't plan to upgrade anything really special for next 4 years or so. I need my pc for two things:
1) Gaming - i am not a hardcore gamer but every now and then i come across a good game that i play for a long time.. Games such as Far Cry 3,GTA V when it will be released and so on..
2) Everyday tasks - I use the pc for browsing web,writing documents in word,watching movies and so.. I want my PC to be fast (boot times,opening programs) - that's why i will be using an SSD.

Components i have choosen already:

Samsung 840 Basic 120 GB
Kingston HyperX 8GB(2x4) 1600 mhz
FSP 700w (any good?)
a basic case,name too long,not important

Components i'm not sure about:
*Total budget for these three components is 775 USD,keep that in mind

PROCESSOR- cheaper is what i want,but if it is worth the money i will pay some more (overclocking is an option,but not very likely,if yes probably a modest overclock of 200-400 mhz up)

I5 3470 - 245 USD
I5 3570 - 260 USD
I5 3570K - 280 USD

FX 6300 - 180 USD
FX 8320 - 218 USD

MOTHERBOARD - depends on the processor,only thing i want to say is that i don't really like the fact that amd's mbos don't have PCI 3.0

ASRock z75 PRO3 - 108 USD
ASRock z77 PRO3 - 120 USD

ASRock 970 PRO3 - 84 USD
ASRock 970 Extreme3 - 103 USD
Gigabyte 970A-D3 - 120 USD

ASRock 990fx Extreme3 - 135 USD
Gigabyte Gigabyte GA-990FXA-D3 - 135 USD

GRAPHICS CARD - as i don't game so much these cheaper seem to be ok but i know their performance when compared to the more expensive ones in 2-3 yrs. time should be very,very different.

MSI N660 TF 2GD5/OC G - 285 USD
Sapphire HD7870 2GB GHz Edition - 295 USD

MSI GTX660 Ti OC - 385 USD
Gigabyte GTX 660TI 2GB (the one wth the windforce cooler) - 399 USD

Sapphire 7950 VaporX - 425 USD
MSI HD7950 OC Twin Frozr 3 - 432 USD

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May 13, 2013 10:14:05 AM

For the CPU, get either the 3550, or if you are going to OC the 3570k. The z77 motherboard is the one you want for overclocking, but again, you might as well get a cheaper one if you aren't going to. The 7870 is definitely the better GPU compared to the 660. Otherwise the 660 sounds good for you, but it's a lot more pricey. If you're going to being over clocking, getting an aftermarket CPU cooler is a must. I recommend the hyper 212 EVO as nothing beat's it at its price and efficiency. `
Good luck with the build!
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May 13, 2013 12:43:48 PM

MJSBLUES said:
For the CPU, get either the 3550, or if you are going to OC the 3570k. The z77 motherboard is the one you want for overclocking, but again, you might as well get a cheaper one if you aren't going to. The 7870 is definitely the better GPU compared to the 660. Otherwise the 660 sounds good for you, but it's a lot more pricey. If you're going to being over clocking, getting an aftermarket CPU cooler is a must. I recommend the hyper 212 EVO as nothing beat's it at its price and efficiency. `
Good luck with the build!


Thanks for the answer.. I was thinking about getting an AMD FX8320 for processor,a 970 mbo and 660ti graphics card.. fits in the budget and from what i've seen around on the internet all the components are ok. The only issue is the fact that 970 chipset is not recommended for a 8xxx amd cpu,but it's not such a big drawback
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May 13, 2013 1:01:16 PM

lkiseljak said:
MJSBLUES said:
For the CPU, get either the 3550, or if you are going to OC the 3570k. The z77 motherboard is the one you want for overclocking, but again, you might as well get a cheaper one if you aren't going to. The 7870 is definitely the better GPU compared to the 660. Otherwise the 660 sounds good for you, but it's a lot more pricey. If you're going to being over clocking, getting an aftermarket CPU cooler is a must. I recommend the hyper 212 EVO as nothing beat's it at its price and efficiency. `
Good luck with the build!


Thanks for the answer.. I was thinking about getting an AMD FX8320 for processor,a 970 mbo and 660ti graphics card.. fits in the budget and from what i've seen around on the internet all the components are ok. The only issue is the fact that 970 chipset is not recommended for a 8xxx amd cpu,but it's not such a big drawback


Yeah, it isn't recommended. Is this mobo in your budget? http://www.asrock.com/mb/AMD/970%20Extreme3/?cat=CPU
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May 13, 2013 1:10:32 PM

MJSBLUES said:
lkiseljak said:
MJSBLUES said:
For the CPU, get either the 3550, or if you are going to OC the 3570k. The z77 motherboard is the one you want for overclocking, but again, you might as well get a cheaper one if you aren't going to. The 7870 is definitely the better GPU compared to the 660. Otherwise the 660 sounds good for you, but it's a lot more pricey. If you're going to being over clocking, getting an aftermarket CPU cooler is a must. I recommend the hyper 212 EVO as nothing beat's it at its price and efficiency. `
Good luck with the build!


Thanks for the answer.. I was thinking about getting an AMD FX8320 for processor,a 970 mbo and 660ti graphics card.. fits in the budget and from what i've seen around on the internet all the components are ok. The only issue is the fact that 970 chipset is not recommended for a 8xxx amd cpu,but it's not such a big drawback


Yeah, it isn't recommended. Is this mobo in your budget? http://www.asrock.com/mb/AMD/970%20Extreme3/?cat=CPU


Can be fit in the budget :) 
the thing is that i have much more money but i am saving it for some other things.. although if i can i'd rather pay more if i can get a much better pc.. some toughts on 7950 vs. 660ti?
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May 13, 2013 1:35:02 PM

lkiseljak said:
MJSBLUES said:
lkiseljak said:
MJSBLUES said:
For the CPU, get either the 3550, or if you are going to OC the 3570k. The z77 motherboard is the one you want for overclocking, but again, you might as well get a cheaper one if you aren't going to. The 7870 is definitely the better GPU compared to the 660. Otherwise the 660 sounds good for you, but it's a lot more pricey. If you're going to being over clocking, getting an aftermarket CPU cooler is a must. I recommend the hyper 212 EVO as nothing beat's it at its price and efficiency. `
Good luck with the build!


Thanks for the answer.. I was thinking about getting an AMD FX8320 for processor,a 970 mbo and 660ti graphics card.. fits in the budget and from what i've seen around on the internet all the components are ok. The only issue is the fact that 970 chipset is not recommended for a 8xxx amd cpu,but it's not such a big drawback


Yeah, it isn't recommended. Is this mobo in your budget? http://www.asrock.com/mb/AMD/970%20Extreme3/?cat=CPU


Can be fit in the budget :) 
the thing is that i have much more money but i am saving it for some other things.. although if i can i'd rather pay more if i can get a much better pc.. some toughts on 7950 vs. 660ti?


Both cards are pretty much toe to toe, with some games better optimized for the GTX 660 Ti and some games better optimized for the Radeon HD 7950 so it'll depend on the games you play. I'd recommend looking up some benchmarks on the specific games you play, but overall either way is a good choice and either way you should be able to play all of today's games at high/ultra settings at 1080p.
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May 13, 2013 1:41:12 PM

ok since the 660ti is a bit cheaper i might get that.. one more question,is it worth waiting 7xx series considering they seem to be getting out really soon?
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May 13, 2013 2:32:31 PM

lkiseljak said:
ok since the 660ti is a bit cheaper i might get that.. one more question,is it worth waiting 7xx series considering they seem to be getting out really soon?


The 700 series will be released this Summer or early next year, not worth waiting for IMO. AMD and Nvidia have made it fairly clear the current graphics card generation is here to stay for a while longer, and I assume that it won't be a huge leap over the 600.
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