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September 18, 2013 3:43:05 PM

Need help deciding on a build. $950 is the maximum I am willing to spend. Games I play are l4d2, bo2, far cry 3, tf2, minecraft, and dayz. Right now am looking at something like this: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Fex0
but any suggestions are appreciated.

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a c 389 4 Gaming
September 18, 2013 3:56:28 PM

That motherboard overheats. Look at ASUS and Gigabyte.
Get the coolermaster hyper 212 EVO not PLUS.
Drop the thermal paste. The CPU comes with it.
Get 1600mhz RAM for sure.
You need a better PSU. Look at the XFX550 unit. VERY good quality for money.
Drop the sound card. The motherboard will have just as good or better audio.
Maybe drop the SSd and use the money for a better GPU.
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a c 389 4 Gaming
September 18, 2013 3:57:39 PM

The Q6660 Inside said:
TCoD said:
Need help deciding on a build. $950 is the maximum I am willing to spend. Games I play are l4d2, bo2, far cry 3, tf2, minecraft, and dayz. Right now am looking at something like this: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Fex0
but any suggestions are appreciated.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Ff4M Should do good.


You should be bale to do better than an hd7870 for that money even with a monitor and OS.
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a b 4 Gaming
September 18, 2013 3:58:41 PM

tiny voices said:
The Q6660 Inside said:
TCoD said:
Need help deciding on a build. $950 is the maximum I am willing to spend. Games I play are l4d2, bo2, far cry 3, tf2, minecraft, and dayz. Right now am looking at something like this: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Fex0
but any suggestions are appreciated.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Ff4M Should do good.


You should be bale to do better than an hd7870 for that money even with a monitor and OS.


Well, there is a 660ti for around $220 http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Ff9g

Budget version: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Ff9V
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a c 389 4 Gaming
September 18, 2013 4:03:07 PM

The Q6660 Inside said:
tiny voices said:
The Q6660 Inside said:
TCoD said:
Need help deciding on a build. $950 is the maximum I am willing to spend. Games I play are l4d2, bo2, far cry 3, tf2, minecraft, and dayz. Right now am looking at something like this: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Fex0
but any suggestions are appreciated.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Ff4M Should do good.


You should be bale to do better than an hd7870 for that money even with a monitor and OS.


Well, there is a 660ti for around $220 http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Ff9g

Budget version: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Ff9V


You can get an hd7950 for less than that 660ti. This is the clear choice.
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a b 4 Gaming
September 18, 2013 4:06:45 PM

tiny voices said:
The Q6660 Inside said:
tiny voices said:
The Q6660 Inside said:
TCoD said:
Need help deciding on a build. $950 is the maximum I am willing to spend. Games I play are l4d2, bo2, far cry 3, tf2, minecraft, and dayz. Right now am looking at something like this: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Fex0
but any suggestions are appreciated.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Ff4M Should do good.


You should be bale to do better than an hd7870 for that money even with a monitor and OS.


Well, there is a 660ti for around $220 http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Ff9g

Budget version: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Ff9V


You can get an hd7950 for less than that 660ti. This is the clear choice.

Wow, I never thought they got that low :| http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Ffgj
Budget edition: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1FfgY

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a b 4 Gaming
September 18, 2013 4:10:38 PM

Change CPU to this
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/amd-cpu-fd8320frhkbox

take out the thermal paste and switch the CPU cooler for the Hyper 212 evo
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-cpu-cooler-r...

The SSD and the HDD are not really great for the money
Couple more $s in and you can get a 128GB(double the space for a bit more)
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/crucial-internal-hard-driv...
and you can get double the space of the HDD for a bit more
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/western-digital-internal-h...

I am not a fan of MSI motherboards as i had many fail on me. I usually get ASrock, ASUS, and Gigabyte as i have had a great time with most of their products(will get one that fails once in a while but i had far too many from MSI. I have heard that they have gotten better on their newer products though.)

This ram is just a bit more but has more speed
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-memory-cml8gx3m2a1...

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

If there is still room for some extra money to be spent, the 7950 is a great buy and comes with 3 free games(7870 comes with 2)
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a b 4 Gaming
September 18, 2013 4:17:09 PM

nice use of funds. my main concern is your motherboard. it is not good enough to run a 8 core 125W FX cpu. Change that to a ga-970a-ud3 and you've got yourself a good build. you can also safely swap the cpu to the cheaper 8320, it's the same cpu just underclocked. they're binned the same and will overclock to the same numbers the 8350 will (if you look at the top overclocking results of the 8 core piledrivers you'll see just as many 8320s as you do 8350s... so they're an IDENTICAL chip, save yourself $20, get the 8320, use that 20 to get a better motherboard)
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September 18, 2013 4:21:02 PM

Thanks for all the help :)  So many replies very quickly.
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a b 4 Gaming
September 18, 2013 4:37:32 PM

For PSU you want to stick with Antec(always had a good time with them, still have a 650W earthwatts still running in my brothers system), Corsair(i suggest staying away from the CX models), NZXT(to a point, their newer stuff is pretty good), Rosewill(to a point, mostly get it when it is fairly cheap), Seasonic(one of the best and other big groups use it as a base(OEM) Corsair, XFX, NZXT, and some others), and XFX.

Also i suggest dropping the sound card unless you have a decent pair of headphones(don't get headsets)
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September 18, 2013 4:38:38 PM

Do you think I should get an 8320 or a 6300? Will it affect my performance a lot?
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a b 4 Gaming
September 18, 2013 4:40:27 PM

The gaming performance should not be affect that much(well until games start to saturate in 4 cores and start moving on to higher cores and most games can't even utilize 4 cores properly)
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a b 4 Gaming
September 18, 2013 4:52:56 PM

TCoD said:
OK so what do you guys think about this: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1FfCy


the motherboard is still no good for a 8 core 125W FX cpu. if you want to go with asus the minimum motherboard you could go with would be a m5a97 r2.0 (not the LE version), and even that motherboard will struggle with the 8 core (if you were going with the 6300 or 4300 it would be fine, but a 125W cpu is about at the limits of what that board can manage)... seriously bro... if you plan any overclocking don't screw with the motherboard choice, you really probably need a 8+2 power phase design with a heatsink on the mosfets to overclock those 8 core AMD beasts. the cheapest board that fits that bill is the ga-970a-ud3.
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September 18, 2013 4:56:02 PM

ingtar33 said:
TCoD said:
OK so what do you guys think about this: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1FfCy


the motherboard is still no good for a 8 core 125W FX cpu. if you want to go with asus the minimum motherboard you could go with would be a m5a97 r2.0 (not the LE version), and even that motherboard will struggle with the 8 core (if you were going with the 6300 or 4300 it would be fine, but a 125W cpu is about at the limits of what that board can manage)... seriously bro... if you plan any overclocking don't screw with the motherboard choice, you really probably need a 8+2 power phase design with a heatsink on the mosfets to overclock those 8 core AMD beasts. the cheapest board that fits that bill is the ga-970a-ud3.


I think I'll get a 6300 then.
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a b 4 Gaming
September 18, 2013 5:06:23 PM

TCoD said:
I think I'll get a 6300 then.


k, then make sure its the asus m5a97 r2.0 and not the m5a97 LE r2.0
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a b 4 Gaming
September 18, 2013 6:58:30 PM

Once again, do not go for the OCZ PSU, go get the XFX 550W
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a c 389 4 Gaming
September 18, 2013 7:08:10 PM

boulbox said:
Once again, do not go for the OCZ PSU, go get the XFX 550W


+1 for sure.
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a b 4 Gaming
September 19, 2013 12:07:35 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($117.98 @ Outlet PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N250PCe 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($87.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $882.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-19 15:08 EDT-0400)

changed the monitor to something cheaper and nicer.
And changed GPU to something cheaper and having an aftermarket cooler that cools a lot better than the stock cooler.
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September 19, 2013 12:29:47 PM

boulbox said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($117.98 @ Outlet PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N250PCe 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($87.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $882.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-19 15:08 EDT-0400)

changed the monitor to something cheaper and nicer.
And changed GPU to something cheaper and having an aftermarket cooler that cools a lot better than the stock cooler.


Thanks a lot! This community is awesome! :pt1cable: !
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