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June 27, 2013 2:42:08 PM

I'm buying parts for my first computer build. Will I bottleneck my parts or will I be fine? I will accept any suggestions

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June 27, 2013 2:48:57 PM

For gaming, my rule of thumb is to spend twice my cpu budget on the graphics card.
You are not that far off that ratio. I particularly like the blower cooler of that particular card.
But, tom's likes the GTX650ti boost or GTX660 in that price bracket.
http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/Page362.htm
June 27, 2013 2:49:14 PM

I would look around and see if you can find a 7870 they go on sale often for ~ $200
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June 27, 2013 2:53:48 PM

The price difference from the 4300 to 6300 is almost nothing. Consider getting at least the 6300. What is your full build you are looking at?
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June 27, 2013 4:22:44 PM

For gaming, the graphics card is all important.
Spend your budget first there.
Here is a link to tom's best graphics cards for the money:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...
Buy the best graphics card you feel comfortable paying for.
We tend to want to buy the most expensive multi core cpu, but for gaming, the cpu is usually not all that important. Most games will not use more than 2-3 cores, and the faster those cores are, the better. In the budget range, amd does decently. Past that, the intel cores are much more efficient per clock, so even a dual core i3-3220 with hyperthreading will be better than a fx-4300.
Read this article on best gaming cpu's for the money:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-o...

Then decide on your cpu/gpu, keeping in mind an approximate 2 to 1 ratio of graphics to cpu budget.
June 27, 2013 6:56:10 PM

geofelt said:
For gaming, the graphics card is all important.
Spend your budget first there.
Here is a link to tom's best graphics cards for the money:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...
Buy the best graphics card you feel comfortable paying for.
We tend to want to buy the most expensive multi core cpu, but for gaming, the cpu is usually not all that important. Most games will not use more than 2-3 cores, and the faster those cores are, the better. In the budget range, amd does decently. Past that, the intel cores are much more efficient per clock, so even a dual core i3-3220 with hyperthreading will be better than a fx-4300.
Read this article on best gaming cpu's for the money:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-o...

Then decide on your cpu/gpu, keeping in mind an approximate 2 to 1 ratio of graphics to cpu budget.


so what would be a good with the amd a8-6500 or amd fx-6300?
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June 27, 2013 7:08:24 PM

b3adamson said:
geofelt said:
For gaming, the graphics card is all important.
Spend your budget first there.
Here is a link to tom's best graphics cards for the money:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...
Buy the best graphics card you feel comfortable paying for.
We tend to want to buy the most expensive multi core cpu, but for gaming, the cpu is usually not all that important. Most games will not use more than 2-3 cores, and the faster those cores are, the better. In the budget range, amd does decently. Past that, the intel cores are much more efficient per clock, so even a dual core i3-3220 with hyperthreading will be better than a fx-4300.
Read this article on best gaming cpu's for the money:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-o...

Then decide on your cpu/gpu, keeping in mind an approximate 2 to 1 ratio of graphics to cpu budget.


so what would be a good with the amd a8-6500 or amd fx-6300?


fx-6300 without a doubt.
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June 27, 2013 8:11:17 PM

geofelt said:
For gaming, the graphics card is all important.
Spend your budget first there.
Here is a link to tom's best graphics cards for the money:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...
Buy the best graphics card you feel comfortable paying for.
We tend to want to buy the most expensive multi core cpu, but for gaming, the cpu is usually not all that important. Most games will not use more than 2-3 cores, and the faster those cores are, the better. In the budget range, amd does decently. Past that, the intel cores are much more efficient per clock, so even a dual core i3-3220 with hyperthreading will be better than a fx-4300.
Read this article on best gaming cpu's for the money:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-o...

Then decide on your cpu/gpu, keeping in mind an approximate 2 to 1 ratio of graphics to cpu budget.


Games are beginning to use more cores, so I'd generally say 6-8 cores is a good future proof, especially 8. Truth is the dual core is slowly becoming obselete, and in the next year or two the quad core will follow suit. By 2015 I think 8 cores will be the craze.
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June 27, 2013 8:19:51 PM

If I interpret the question as asking what graphics card would be appropriate, I would think a GTX760 which is a $250 card and about twice the price of either cpu.

If you are asking about which cpu is better for gaming, I would think the FX-6300.
With a discrete graphics card, the A8 does not make too much sense. And...
6 cores is not that useful for the gamer. You are getting into the budget area where a intel cpu will be better. A similarly priced i3-2100 will perform better in most games.
This somewhat dated review examines that issue: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-fx-pentium-a...
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June 27, 2013 8:26:54 PM

Game developers want the largest possible audience for their products.
They have no incentive to build games that require many cores to run decently.
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June 27, 2013 8:43:57 PM

EA games have been using more and more cores, and they even forged a little partnership with AMD (though I really do hate EA). Other games will gradually do the same. Right now Intel is better, yes. And even so, the higher the resolution and more video card dependent, the less of a difference there is in frames when comparing AMD to Intel. Also, I've never seen the i3 beat the FX 6300 in any game.
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June 28, 2013 2:21:00 PM

And you're going to buy a dual core w/ HT because it can get you 5 more FPS in a 3 year old game, which is already playable on a 6 core that smokes it in pretty much everything else? With the exception of Skyrim, the FX 6300 and i3 3220 are neck and neck for the most part. Other than power efficiency and onboard graphics, the i3 3220 has no real advantage over the FX 6300. It's much more fair to compare it to an FX 4300 or A10-5800k.
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