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June 11, 2013 2:11:41 PM

I'm switching PC at the beginning of the 8th generation and I'm coming up with a build. I could use some feedback. I want to at least play games at a medium to high setting.

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912
CPU: Intel Core i5-4430 3.0 GHz
Motherboard: MSI B85M-P33
RAM: 8GB DDR3 1333MHz
Memory: 500GB 7200 RPM
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB
600 Watt Power Supply
Windows 7 Home Premium

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a b 4 Gaming
June 11, 2013 11:51:27 PM

600w power supply is rather vague. Generic? Don't
GTX 660 plays anything you throw at it on high.
Windows 8 is nice,and you can get rid of metro.
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June 13, 2013 1:05:56 PM

How would the AMD FX-8320 work in this build?
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June 13, 2013 1:15:30 PM

Dark5tar1 said:
How would the AMD FX-8320 work in this build?


it would be fine but you would have to swap your motherboard for an am3+
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a b 4 Gaming
June 13, 2013 10:11:46 PM

True,you'd have to change the motherboard to 990FX.
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a b 4 Gaming
June 14, 2013 3:32:01 AM

With this setup you will be able to play all games from high-> max. Settings
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($58.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston Black Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($53.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($329.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $866.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-14 06:37 EDT-0400)

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CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($92.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($61.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($220.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $879.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-14 06:35 EDT-0400)


The amd build with the hd 7970 gives you far better gaming performance then the intel build with "just" a hd 7870.

The intel cpu is stronger then the fx 6300 but in terms of games it only plays a secondary role.
However the fx 6300 can be overclocked very good.
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