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$700 Budget AMD rig

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July 10, 2013 1:42:18 AM

I work a lot with multimedia stuff, mainly photo and video editing. Not so much gaming, only play newest game once for a while.

What do you guys say about my build? Tried to limit it within my budget but at the same time tried to max out the performance.

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper TX3 54.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 980DE3/U3S3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Kingston 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($254.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Cooler Master i700 700W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer
Total: $684.93

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July 10, 2013 2:02:13 AM

Hey there, here is my recommendation for your rig.

-replaced cpu with 8320 as they are typically the same cpu and they can be overclocked to the same frequency, there is no need to pay extra cash
-replaced motherboard to a better overclocking version
-replaced cooler to the most famous, performance proven 212 Evo :) 
-replaced gpu with 7870xt, cheaper and more effective, relatively better performance than gtx760
-replaced memories with dual slot
-replaced psu
-added case


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.99 @ 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: Kingston Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($229.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Zalman Z5 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $733.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-10 04:59 EDT-0400)

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