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June 15, 2013 12:32:03 PM

i've already made a few builds, but i dont want to mess up, so i want other insights! i'm going the the US to buy these parts, already have 2 monitors, buying case back home.


Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: 2-3 weeks from now

Budget Range: 500-650 the more power/money, the better

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, architectural design with AutoCAD in 3D, sketchup pro, Revit, photoshop, rendering images from 3D models, movies.

Are you buying a monitor: no



Parts to Upgrade: all the insides, GPU, CPU, RAM, PSU, HDD.

Do you need to buy OS: no.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, amazon, anything that ships quickly to new york.


Parts Preferences: i'm looking for both an AMD and an Intel build to compare, parts must be reliable, as i cannot replace easy!

Overclocking: no, never.

SLI or Crossfire: yes, in the future, i plan on buying another GPU in december.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 24inch + 17inch 1280x1024

Additional Comments: i like the EVGA 650ti BOOST at 150 dollars, seems very fair price/power, and i could get another in december for SLI.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: my current rig is 2 years old now, i have the money and opportunity, 4th gen intel just came out too.
June 15, 2013 12:53:56 PM
June 15, 2013 1:05:25 PM





intresting, but an aftermarket cpu cooler? is that really necessary for no overclocking?

and i dont need a case!
nor an optical drive (who uses them these days?)
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June 15, 2013 1:39:33 PM

AMD stock cooler are not that great. It is up to you if you want to opt out but I would recommend an aftermarket cooler.

Consider the following changes:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6350 3.9GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock 990FX Extreme3 ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($71.20 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($169.00 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $625.14
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June 15, 2013 1:45:22 PM

slomo4sho said:
AMD stock cooler are not that great. It is up to you if you want to opt out but I would recommend an aftermarket cooler.

Consider the following changes:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6350 3.9GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock 990FX Extreme3 ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($71.20 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($169.00 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $625.14



sweet, thanks, would you recommend this build over a similar 4th gen intel build? which would be more future-proof? i wouldnt mind downgrading the gpu/processor for the insurance that i can switch out for brand new parts in a year without building a whole new rig

edit: didnt know that about the AMD heatsinks, are the aftermarket coolers quieter too?
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June 15, 2013 2:03:12 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-PLUS ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.23 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 1GB Video Card ($149.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($57.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $655.19
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-15 17:01 EDT-0400)


newegg is having a sale where they give out 8gb ram for some 4th gen motherboards, which is why i picked that one.

would this be an equivalent/better build?
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June 15, 2013 3:14:27 PM

A single stick of ram is not recommended. The ASRock 990FX Extreme3 also includes the same Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB of ram at Newegg.

I would recommend selling the ram (could use the $ to upgrade to a FX-8350) or picking up a 2nd stick for a 16GB build (would be a little excessive for gaming).
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June 15, 2013 3:21:44 PM

slomo4sho said:
A single stick of ram is not recommended. The ASRock 990FX Extreme3 also includes the same Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB of ram at Newegg.

I would recommend selling the ram (could use the $ to upgrade to a FX-8350) or picking up a 2nd stick for a 16GB build (would be a little excessive for gaming).


i'm aware the single vs dual ram sticks, but free is free, i'll probably try to sell it for 2x4gb and save on the ram.

but the question remains, the AMD or the intel...

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June 15, 2013 3:27:19 PM

Rhavi Marques said:
slomo4sho said:
A single stick of ram is not recommended. The ASRock 990FX Extreme3 also includes the same Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB of ram at Newegg.

I would recommend selling the ram (could use the $ to upgrade to a FX-8350) or picking up a 2nd stick for a 16GB build (would be a little excessive for gaming).


i'm aware the single vs dual ram sticks, but free is free, i'll probably try to sell it for 2x4gb and save on the ram.

but the question remains, the AMD or the intel...


Going with Intel will mean having to cut the budget on the gpu, causing gaming to suffer. If you really want to go Intel, raise your budget otherwise the 6300 is a great chip for the price.
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June 15, 2013 3:34:25 PM

Rhavi Marques said:

i'm aware the single vs dual ram sticks, but free is free, i'll probably try to sell it for 2x4gb and save on the ram.

but the question remains, the AMD or the intel...


At your budget, the 6300 is the best buy. Adding an additional $100-$150 to your budget will open up options Haswell but you would not have a balanced build going with Haswell at this price point.
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June 15, 2013 3:45:05 PM

slomo4sho said:
Rhavi Marques said:

i'm aware the single vs dual ram sticks, but free is free, i'll probably try to sell it for 2x4gb and save on the ram.

but the question remains, the AMD or the intel...


At your budget, the 6300 is the best buy. Adding an additional $100-$150 to your budget will open up options Haswell but you would not have a balanced build going with Haswell at this price point.



my worry is the future, i understand for now the 6300 is the better choice, but with the haswell socket and a lower GPU i can manage, i can get an extra 650ti boost for (probably less then) 150 in december, and i'd have the option of upgrading to a decent i7 next year, what would the AMD give me?


my fear is that i end up in the same situation i'm in right now, in 2011 i built an AM3 desktop when AM3+ had just come out, now i'm kind of stuck for upgrades (i could get a phenom IIx4, but that's still far behind the 4th gen i5.


i dont play the absurd graphic intense games, i play the odd MMO, ocasional bf3 and RTS games, sure i like them to be at max graphics, but that's still no crysis 3.
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June 15, 2013 3:51:29 PM

Rhavi Marques said:

my worry is the future, i understand for now the 6300 is the better choice, but with the haswell socket and a lower GPU i can manage, i can get an extra 650ti boost for (probably less then) 150 in december, and i'd have the option of upgrading to a decent i7 next year, what would the AMD give me?


my fear is that i end up in the same situation i'm in right now, in 2011 i built an AM3 desktop when AM3+ had just come out, now i'm kind of stuck for upgrades (i could get a phenom IIx4, but that's still far behind the 4th gen i5.


i dont play the absurd graphic intense games, i play the odd MMO, ocasional bf3 and RTS games, sure i like them to be at max graphics, but that's still no crysis 3.


Every build I recommended does support SLI so there should be no issue adding a second GTX 660 down the line. Also, Steamroller will be on the same socket type and you can use the $150-200 you save to pickup a Steamroller CPU down the line if you run into performance issues.
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