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May 31, 2013 9:07:49 AM

Hi,

I'm considering the next two AMD gaming builds:

AMD Build I
CPU AMD FX-6350
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo
Motherbord Asrock 970 Extreme4
RAM Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz 8GB (2x4GB)
GPU Club3D Radeon HD 7870 XT JokerCard 2GB
SSD Kingston SSDNow V300 60GB
Harddisk Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM 1TB
Optical Drive Lite-On IHAS124-04
Wireless TP-Link TL-WDN4800
Case Corsair Carbide 200R Midi-Tower
PSU XFX PRO550W

Total price €775,40 (approx. $1006,11)

AMD Build II
CPU AMD FX-8350
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo
Motherbord Asrock 970 Extreme4
RAM Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz 8GB (2x4GB)
GPU Sapphire Vapor-X Radeon HD 7970 GHz 3GB
SSD Kingston SSDNow V300 60GB
Harddisk Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM 1TB
Optical Drive Lite-On IHAS124-04
Wireless TP-Link TL-WDN4800
Case Corsair Carbide 200R Midi-Tower
PSU XFX PRO550W

Total price €1007,20 (approx. $ 1,307.85)

What I'd like to know is: is the AMD FX-8350 worth the price difference? I mainly going to play FPS games like Bioshock, CoD, Crysis and FarCry.

I'd like to note that I also going to need a monitor so going with the pricier build will result in a cheaper monitor...

Any advice will be much appreciated!

Thanks in advance ;-)

-Billy
May 31, 2013 9:12:08 AM

What about build 2 with a the 7870 XT, both builds look good though, of course I would say build 2, but its more up to what you are willing to spend.

Do you have an OS? You are going to need one.
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May 31, 2013 9:25:30 AM

mattius92 said:
What about build 2 with a the 7870 XT, both builds look good though, of course I would say build 2, but its more up to what you are willing to spend.

Do you have an OS? You are going to need one.


I indeed already have an copy of Windows 8... Build 2 with the 7870 XT is also a possibility! Does the 7870 XT hold its own against the 7970? In other words: does the performance gain justify the price difference (it's almost double the price!)?

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May 31, 2013 9:26:27 AM

Get i5 3570K leave AMD Processors...
Get the 2 nd build with i5 3570K and a proper mobo
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May 31, 2013 9:27:59 AM

billywanzi said:
mattius92 said:
What about build 2 with a the 7870 XT, both builds look good though, of course I would say build 2, but its more up to what you are willing to spend.

Do you have an OS? You are going to need one.


I indeed already have an copy of Windows 8... Build 2 with the 7870 XT is also a possibility! Does the 7870 XT hold its own against the 7970? In other words: does the performance gain justify the price difference (it's almost double the price!)?




With build 1 you are getting more bang for your buck. As you go up in price with GPU's the imrpvement does not really justify the price. This is evident with the 7870 vs the 7970. BTW defo overclock the 7870 its really good at overclocking

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May 31, 2013 9:31:21 AM

Kingpin007 said:
Get i5 3570K leave AMD Processors...
Get the 2 nd build with i5 3570K and a proper mobo


I also looked at Intel builds but they were much pricier than the AMD builds resulting in almost no room for a relatively good monitor... To clarify my budget is about €1200 (approx. $1550).

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May 31, 2013 9:36:34 AM

cyberman1 said:
billywanzi said:
mattius92 said:
What about build 2 with a the 7870 XT, both builds look good though, of course I would say build 2, but its more up to what you are willing to spend.

Do you have an OS? You are going to need one.


I indeed already have an copy of Windows 8... Build 2 with the 7870 XT is also a possibility! Does the 7870 XT hold its own against the 7970? In other words: does the performance gain justify the price difference (it's almost double the price!)?




With build 1 you are getting more bang for your buck. As you go up in price with GPU's the imrpvement does not really justify the price. This is evident with the 7870 vs the 7970. BTW defo overclock the 7870 its really good at overclocking



I was hoping to hear that! Just to be sure: build 1 will allow me to play the latest shooters at "high/very high" settings (possibly "ultra")?
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May 31, 2013 9:45:09 AM

yes, the HD7870 XT and the FX6350 are very capable. High and Very high on most games is a definant.
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May 31, 2013 9:52:32 AM

mattius92 said:
yes, the HD7870 XT and the FX6350 are very capable. High and Very high on most games is a definant.


Awesome! That leaves enough financial room for the Eizo Foris FS2333-BK gaming monitor and the Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz 16GB (2x8GB) instead of the Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz 8GB (2x4GB)...

OFFTOPIC: Do I need extra fans for the Corsair Carbide 200R or does the stock case provide enough cooling?
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May 31, 2013 10:10:10 AM

It has two 120MM fans pre-installed, if I was you, I would toss in two more 120MM fans, and then I would be happy. You go have some hot components in the case.
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May 31, 2013 10:11:40 AM

mattius92 said:
It has two 120MM fans pre-installed, if I was you, I would toss in two more 120MM fans, and then I would be happy. You go have some hot components in the case.


That's what I thought! Thanks ;-)
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May 31, 2013 10:17:54 AM

I'd like to thank you all for your suggestions... I've decided to mix-and-match a little bit and decided to go with this build...

AMD Build III
CPU AMD FX-8350
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo
Motherbord Asrock 970 Extreme4
RAM Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz 16GB (2x8GB)
GPU Club3D Radeon HD 7870 XT JokerCard 2GB
SSD Kingston SSDNow V300 60GB
Harddisk Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM 1TB
Optical Drive Lite-On IHAS124-04
Wireless TP-Link TL-WDN4800
Case Corsair Carbide 200R Midi-Tower
PSU XFX PRO550W
Monitor Eizo Foris FS2333-BK

Total price €1193,60 (approx. $ 1,547.59)

It's within my €1200 budget and I think it will suit me well for the coming 2 to 3 years playing the latest FPS games :-)

I'll also throw in 2 120mm fans for extra cooling, but I've seen that they're not that expensive so that's okay!

Thanks again all!!!
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