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May 22, 2013 10:26:41 PM

Here is a build I made on pcpartpicker

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Zhvr

I don't have a graphics card listed on there since I currently have a Radeon 7870 which I will transfer to this new build. I don't care too much for graphics as all I really use it for is DotA2/D3/WoW.

I would just like to know where I can cut some costs without giving up too much performance. I am looking for something that I can hold onto for a bit without having to upgrade too often.

I'm new to building my own PC and not really sure of the parts I picked. Any help will be much appreciated. Thanks.

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May 22, 2013 10:29:26 PM

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May 22, 2013 11:14:57 PM

Hello there,

I see that you got a nice deal for fx8150, but if you can add like some cash into current setup I advise you to get a better cpu, since even the top cpu of AMD 8350 is far behind current Intel ones. You wouldnt want to invest in something dead already if you are not strictly tied to the current budget. And for example WoW is more of a cpu/memory intensive game more than gpu. So it would be better idea after all. And you can always uprage gpu easier than cpu...

I also replace the memories to the low profiles versions and a tower heat sink to proven Hyper212Evo. They will be better choices overall.

Also, if you are not in really need of 250gb SSD. It would be better idea to switch to 128gb PRO version of samsung 840 ssd. It would be a better performance compared to larger size, so the choice is yours. (Performance wise, there is huge difference between pro and non-pro version if you may not know about it)

If you have tight budget you can also drop the memories to 8gb versions of the same low profiles corsair or gskill ones. For gaming, there is no need for 16gb at the moment anyway. It can cut your prices down.

Also, for psu, Seasonic is a good choice, but for gold certificate there is not much need. You can cut the price down like 40$ for selecting a bronze version of a modular type for equal wattage.

Here is my advice for your setup...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($119.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($124.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic M12II 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Other: HD7870 ($0.00)
Total: $892.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-23 02:13 EDT-0400)
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May 22, 2013 11:44:10 PM

So AMD is inferior to Intel CPUs? I'm not exactly on a strict budget but anything to keep the cost down. I want to keep it at ~$1k. If Intel will provide better performance I'm always for that. I tend to run pretty hungry programs such as Photoshop, Illustrator and the like.

Should I invest in a higher voltage PSU? Once I start learning more about building PCs and what not I would like to start overclocking and I believe for that I would be needing a stronger cooling unit as well as power. Are those things something that is easily upgradable or should I invest in stronger units now?

Thank you for your suggestions by the way. As well as the info you provided.
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May 23, 2013 12:20:37 AM

acqua said:
So AMD is inferior to Intel CPUs? I'm not exactly on a strict budget but anything to keep the cost down. I want to keep it at ~$1k. If Intel will provide better performance I'm always for that. I tend to run pretty hungry programs such as Photoshop, Illustrator and the like.

Should I invest in a higher voltage PSU? Once I start learning more about building PCs and what not I would like to start overclocking and I believe for that I would be needing a stronger cooling unit as well as power. Are those things something that is easily upgradable or should I invest in stronger units now?

Thank you for your suggestions by the way. As well as the info you provided.


well... for gaming amd cpus are nowhere close to intel thats true. but since fx series comes with 8 cores, it may be beneficial only for professional applications which utilize more than 4 cores.

if you are not going to run multiple gpu's there is no actual need to use more than 500-550W psu, unless a larger one comes for a cheap price. it is even enough for overclocking. single gpu builds with stock cpu frequencies usually need like 400-450W. for AMD builds its slightly higher. so 550W is actually enough for everything, unless you go for DUAL/TRIPLE/QUADRA stuff... just make sure that you have a quality psu like Seasonic/Antec/OCZ etc... Seasonic is a best bet.

about the air cooler. CoolerMaster Hyper212Evo is the best deal around, its surprisingly good compared to its cheap price. If you are not thinking about liquid cooling for extreme overclocking setups, theres totally no need for a more expensive air cooler. also its pretty silent compared to its high rpm and airflow

and yes you can replace them easily if you ever need to.

so for like $1k you have actually much better options. I just wouldnt go for an "old fx" cpu.

here is another setup based on intel similar to the previous build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.98 @ Outlet PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G45 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($118.18 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($124.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic M12II 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Other: HD7870 ($0.00)
Total: $921.07
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-23 03:21 EDT-0400)
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