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FX 8350 and HD 7950 OR FX 6350 and HD 7970?

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June 12, 2013 7:43:06 AM

Hey, I was wondering what would be better for gaming at 1600x900.

FX 8350 + HD 7950
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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor (£147.59 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£26.53 @ Dabs)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£104.99 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£55.99 @ Dabs)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£49.99 @ Dabs)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (£249.98 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Corsair 550D ATX Mid Tower Case (£106.99 @ Dabs)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£59.35 @ Dabs)
Total: £801.41
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-12 15:40 BST+0100)


FX-6350 + HD 7970
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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6350 3.9GHz 6-Core Processor (£98.39 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£26.53 @ Dabs)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£69.58 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£55.99 @ Dabs)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£49.99 @ Dabs)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (£319.99 @ Dabs)
Case: Corsair 550D ATX Mid Tower Case (£106.99 @ Dabs)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£59.35 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £786.81
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-12 15:42 BST+0100)


Thanks.

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June 12, 2013 7:47:20 AM

I would pick the first one.
June 12, 2013 7:55:03 AM

For gaming at 1600x900 you really don't need something like a 7950 or FX-8350. The 7900 series is better suited for higher resolution or multiple monitor setups. Unless you really need CPU power, which for gaming you don't, go with the FX-6350 and something like a 7870. CPU cooler is also overkill unless you're planning to overclock.

Save the money and spend it on an SSD instead, it'll make a bigger impact.
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June 12, 2013 7:56:05 AM

ksham said:
I would pick the first one.


Any reason why?
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June 12, 2013 7:58:33 AM

Both GPUs are great at 1600x900 resolution gaming so I chose the build that is overall better.
June 12, 2013 8:02:49 AM

ddpruitt said:
For gaming at 1600x900 you really don't need something like a 7950 or FX-8350. The 7900 series is better suited for higher resolution or multiple monitor setups. Unless you really need CPU power, which for gaming you don't, go with the FX-6350 and something like a 7870. CPU cooler is also overkill unless you're planning to overclock.

Save the money and spend it on an SSD instead, it'll make a bigger impact.


I do have a 1080p TV which I might use as a second monitor, and I want to get at least 50 FPS in every game.
June 12, 2013 9:08:04 AM

SamGriffiths said:
ddpruitt said:
For gaming at 1600x900 you really don't need something like a 7950 or FX-8350. The 7900 series is better suited for higher resolution or multiple monitor setups. Unless you really need CPU power, which for gaming you don't, go with the FX-6350 and something like a 7870. CPU cooler is also overkill unless you're planning to overclock.

Save the money and spend it on an SSD instead, it'll make a bigger impact.


I do have a 1080p TV which I might use as a second monitor, and I want to get at least 50 FPS in every game.


I run 1080p and a 7870 will work quite well for this, particularly a Tahiti based 7870 should fit the bill.
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June 12, 2013 9:28:30 AM

Depending on your budget, here's one a bit more expensive than your first build, but it is better.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor (£147.59 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£24.49 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£103.29 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£45.39 @ Dabs)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£49.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (£339.99 @ Dabs)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case (£74.58 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£52.59 @ Dabs)
Total: £837.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
June 12, 2013 9:53:52 AM

I want a (semi)modular PSU if possible so I don't get the clutter, my budget is £800 at a push, what about this.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6350 3.9GHz 6-Core Processor (£104.98 @ Dabs)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£26.53 @ Dabs)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£71.98 @ Dabs)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£45.39 @ Dabs)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£49.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (£339.99 @ Dabs)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case (£95.98 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£59.35 @ Dabs)
Total: £794.19
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-12 17:57 BST+0100)
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June 12, 2013 10:01:15 AM

How about this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor (£116.39 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£24.49 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£69.58 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£45.39 @ Dabs)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£49.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (£339.99 @ Dabs)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case (£74.58 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: OCZ ZT 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£70.99 @ Dabs)
Total: £791.40
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
June 12, 2013 10:18:17 AM

Hmm, now I've been looking into it the 770 does seem like it's worth the extra £20 and it has 1gb less of VRAM, also I don't think the 8320 is good either since it's more money and has a low single-core performance. I could be wrong here, is the 770 worth £20 extra, + with the 7970 I get Crysis 3 and Bioshock for free, and they're worth about £40 together too.
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June 12, 2013 11:33:36 AM

I would recommend the GTX 770, but if you are interested in the free games, go the AMD route. And yes, the FX-8320 is a good choice.
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June 13, 2013 8:08:00 AM

You are welcome.
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