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Buying pc parts in next 2 days,730$ max budget. help/opinions appreciated

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July 31, 2013 6:26:59 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Next 2 days

Budget Range: 700-730 max

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, college homework, movies etc

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, case

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, amazon

Country: U.S.

Parts Preferences: not really

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: In the future poss.

Hey guys, this is going to be my first rig and I'm kinda nervous on pulling the trigger. Id love some advice on whether or not these parts will be sufficient for now and at least 1-2 yrs. I was originally leaning towards intel cpu's but for my budget I think I might get more out of this AMD. Thanks in advance for your advice.

AMD FX-8120 CPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Kingston Hyper X-Blu (2x4 Gb)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA GTX 760
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Lite-On optical drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

WD cavier black 1TB

ASUS MSA97 AM3+ AMD 970 m/b
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair CX600M

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


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July 31, 2013 7:12:40 PM

8120 is junk. Get an 8320 for sure

Make sure to get a 500w+ PSU from Antec, XFX, Corsair, Seasonic
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July 31, 2013 7:20:56 PM

tiny voices said:
8120 is junk. Get an 8320 for sure

Make sure to get a 500w+ PSU from Antec, XFX, Corsair, Seasonic


Thanks for the reply man. For 10 bucks more I cant see why I wouldn't do that if its better. I think Im good on the PSU end, I believe its like 530 watt.
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July 31, 2013 7:25:00 PM

The brand is what matters for the PSU. a 450w Antec or Seasonic will make more power than a 650w Diablotek or Raidmax.
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July 31, 2013 7:26:13 PM

On that AMD 8320 Im just concerned because reviewer had this to say about it. "Like I mentioned earlier, this is used for a FreeNAS machine. I wouldn't use it in a Windows machine or for any kind of gaming, as it's not practical and extremely power hungry. However, looking through FreeNAS hardware considerations, the more cores present in a system the better as it can perform RAID-Z related tasks with very good scalability. " Is there any truth to that or just b.s. because Im running windows, I dont really know what power-hungry means, and Ill be using it mainly for gaming.
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July 31, 2013 7:27:46 PM

It is about 100% better than the 8120, which is junk. AMD even said this themselves. If you are concerned, get an 8350. Can't go wrong there. Or get an i5 4430.
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July 31, 2013 7:31:29 PM

tiny voices said:
It is about 100% better than the 8120, which is junk. AMD even said this themselves. If you are concerned, get an 8350. Can't go wrong there. Or get an i5 4430.


Thanks, yea I might be able to pull off the i5 but I think the 8350 would make it pretty hard to match my budget. That guy really was the only one saying that about the 8320 everyone else said it worked great so Im not sure.
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July 31, 2013 7:33:54 PM

I have never heard anything bad about it at all. I have a few friends with the 8320 in a gaming build. Seems to be great. Also, what specific PSU do you have?
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July 31, 2013 7:38:03 PM

tiny voices said:
I have never heard anything bad about it at all. I have a few friends with the 8320 in a gaming build. Seems to be great. Also, what specific PSU do you have?


I dont have a psu yet, I just forgot to put that down in the links above for my parts ha. Just updated it, planning on going with the Corsair CX600 M. Most people say modulars the way to go, and as Im a big newb to all this I figure the easier the better.
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July 31, 2013 7:39:47 PM

Quality is better than modular always. The cx600m is a decent unit but I recommend the XFX550 because it is a much higher quality unit.
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July 31, 2013 7:41:43 PM

tiny voices said:
Quality is better than modular always. The cx600m is a decent unit but I recommend the XFX550 because it is a much higher quality unit.


Is that Corsair? Im having some trouble finding it on newegg.
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July 31, 2013 7:43:39 PM

Found it on amazon. Nice, only question is without modular will I still be able to have organized wire, for good air flow within the case?
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July 31, 2013 7:45:42 PM

Yes. I have a non-modular Antec PSU with 2x as many cables as that xfx unit and I have no problems with cable management or airflow.

The xfx unit is simply better quality than that corsair.
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July 31, 2013 7:49:55 PM

tiny voices said:
Yes. I have a non-modular Antec PSU with 2x as many cables as that xfx unit and I have no problems with cable management or airflow.

The xfx unit is simply better quality than that corsair.


Awesome. well thanks alot man you've been a big help. Last question if you don't mind since this pc is mainly for gaming do you think that graphics card is pretty decent?
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July 31, 2013 7:52:34 PM

It should max most games and play everything else on high.
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July 31, 2013 7:56:29 PM

tiny voices said:
It should max most games and play everything else on high.


Great, at least I got one thing right,well thanks again for your time otherwise I would've went with the shitty 8120 as you say
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July 31, 2013 7:58:45 PM

Always glad to help! if you need anything else, feel free to PM me.
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July 31, 2013 8:29:59 PM

Do not waste your money on an 8320. It is essentially the same thing as an FX6300, but it has 8 cores vs 6. Not benefit whatsoever in gaming. If you're going to get an 8 core, go with the 8350. Other than that, the 6300 is good enough.
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