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New Work/Gaming PC Build - Requesting MOBO/RAM Recommendations - YOUR TWO CENTS GOES HERE!

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May 17, 2013 4:24:21 PM

Mujeres del Noche,

I'm looking for some sub-frills sata3/usb3 mobo and ram recommendations to assist a friend with a new build. If anyone has any experiences or partiality to a particular setup (preferably not vicariously lol) please post. I looked at both the 990 and 970 boards, but wasn't sure if there was a realistic value in saving approx 40 bucks.

Also, its been a few days since I've built out a PC, but based off of our current builds, I'm leaning towards an AMD 8 core processor, 120gb ssd, and a gtx 680 video card with 2gb of ram. If there is a preference for an ATI card, please post. Prior experience has been positive with the ATI cards with the exception of the video card drivers requiring a sort of exorcism, if you will.

I have read some reviews saying the 8 core processors had less stutter during gaming, but I've always used the "1/3-1/2 budget to graphics" as a rule of thumb for gaming, so wanted to see if there was any truth to that as well.

No overclocking planned

Here we go:

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: this week - next week (ASAP)

Budget Range: $1500 USD target, otherwise flexible

System Usage from Most to Least Important: This is a work pc for a business owner that spends copious amounts of overnights at his business, with sporadic gaming time available.

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: UPGRADE ALL THE PARTS

Do you need to buy OS: Yes - W7 Pro planned

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon and Newegg

Parts Preferences: AMD, ASUS, Cooler Master, Mushkin, but nowadays I'll take proven over name brand. (been a while, so any ram feedback is appreciated)

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Additional Comments: Looking for a mobo/ram combo that can run a sweet ass video card and somewhere between 8-16gb of ram. Doesn't have to be all OC crazy BIOS with chameleon lights and disco ball in case. Air cooled with an aftermarket cpu cooler. Think "sleeper".

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: We've angered the economy


So far, this is what I've got selected:

EVGA 02G-P4-2680-KR GeForce GTX 680 2GB @ $490

If there is some benefit to having an additional 2gb of ram on the gpu, please post as well.

AMD FX-8350 Vishera 4.0GHz @ $200

With

GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 @ $140

(has a $20 promo through 5/19)

OR

GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3 @ $95

I listed the 970 board because the plan is to only have the one graphics card, if that helps, but if its worth the $40 bucks to upgrade, he'll live.
(both boards have $10 off code through 5/19, fwiw)


Corsair HX Series HX750 80 Plus Gold Cert, Modular @ $140

Promo for $15 off through 5/20

If there is a better mobo with just a single PCI slot and 2 ram slots, I wouldn't turn my nose up to that as I'm more partial to simple than budget. We'll end up going with a OCZ Vertex ssd for the primary drive and then from there see where the night takes us.



Thanks everyone for your time and consideration.
a b 4 Gaming
May 17, 2013 4:49:46 PM

I would literally wait TWO weeks (at the end of your build time) and order then.

New graphics cards coming out next week (GTX 780 on May 23rd, GTX 770 (faster version of GTX 680) on May 30th) and new intel Hanswell CPUs come out on June 1st.
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a b 4 Gaming
May 17, 2013 5:02:01 PM

Looks good to me but for the GPU I would get a GTX 670 instead of the GTX 680. Performance wise they are very close but the price like the Gigabyte GTX 670 I got is only $379 at Newegg instead of $490.

The FX-8350 is a very good gaming CPU and will serve your friend well. As for AMD/ATI GPU drivers I have not had any problems with there drivers for years. I have two rigs with AMD/ATI GPU's a FX-8120 with a Crossfire Sapphire HD 7950 and a FX-8350 with a Crossfire Sapphire HD 7970 both rigs are great gaming systems and I have not had any problem with them keeping up with my i5 3570K rig.

I am not really a fan boy of any company I use what works and what I can afford.
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a b 4 Gaming
May 17, 2013 5:19:11 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($279.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($82.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($445.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.94 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1371.30
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-17 20:33 EDT-0400)


I updated it with quieter parts so it'll be a good bit less noisy.
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a b 4 Gaming
May 17, 2013 5:36:24 PM

if it was me, id wait for haswell
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May 17, 2013 11:34:13 PM

killerhurtalot said:
I would literally wait TWO weeks (at the end of your build time) and order then.

New graphics cards coming out next week (GTX 780 on May 23rd, GTX 770 (faster version of GTX 680) on May 30th) and new intel Hanswell CPUs come out on June 1st.


Guys, thanks for the feedback. You guys are calling to wait for the Haswell and the new GPUs, but is that because the prices will drop on the old stuff, or because we like the new hot goodness?

KHA, I'd actually looked at the ASRock boards initially but of course I'm always skeptical. I guess it's not like Newegg or Amazon wouldn't take it back if it bit the dust.

Bryon, could you let me know what mobo/ram combo you're running with the FX8350?

Thanks all!
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a b 4 Gaming
May 18, 2013 10:02:18 AM

Grackel said:
killerhurtalot said:
I would literally wait TWO weeks (at the end of your build time) and order then.

New graphics cards coming out next week (GTX 780 on May 23rd, GTX 770 (faster version of GTX 680) on May 30th) and new intel Hanswell CPUs come out on June 1st.


Guys, thanks for the feedback. You guys are calling to wait for the Haswell and the new GPUs, but is that because the prices will drop on the old stuff, or because we like the new hot goodness?

KHA, I'd actually looked at the ASRock boards initially but of course I'm always skeptical. I guess it's not like Newegg or Amazon wouldn't take it back if it bit the dust.

Bryon, could you let me know what mobo/ram combo you're running with the FX8350?

Thanks all!


Pretty much both. The GTX 780 is a cut down version of the titan for 1/2 to 2/3rds the price. (should perform about 85% what the nvidia titan does)
and the GTX 770 is a better performing GTX 680 for around the same price.

And the older gen graphic cards might drop in price a small bit too when the newer gen comes out.
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