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AMD Budget Build $500-700 Advice & Feedback

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September 30, 2013 4:56:04 AM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Je0s
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Je0s/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Je0s/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($174.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($93.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($55.25 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 450W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $654.18
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-30 07:47 EDT-0400)


AMD Budget Build $500-700

This PC will be used for gaming, rendering, and general use. If you suggest a different component, please explain why--I enjoy learning.
The PC must be able to receive upgrades. I would have chosen Intel and Nvidia, as it is often better suited for rendering, however that it currently out of my budget range (i7 and newish GFX)

I already have: monitors, keyboards, mice, HDDs, SSDs, ODDs, etc. I just need core components.

Thanks for your input : )

September 30, 2013 5:00:42 AM

Not enough GPU and too much CPU.

Change to an i5 4430/h87 motherboard and drop the cooler. Use the saved money to put straight towards a better GPU.

Chang the PSU for an XFX 550w unit. Same price for a higher quality unit.

Get 2x4gb RAM Dual channel is ALWAYS faster.
September 30, 2013 5:08:57 AM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Je9F

Simple changes, as for "too much cpu" i beg to differ especially if he happens to do video editing, and he said he wants upgradability in the future, he wouldnt need to considering he has a higher end cpu, all he would need to do is upgrade his gpu if he wanted. The way i built it only really costs more because of a 7870 instead of the 7850, you of course can change that back and save yourself ~40 dollars. As for saving money, how is getting a i5 4430 (which costs more than the amd 8350) going to save him money?
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September 30, 2013 5:13:37 AM

It is saving money, because it will perform just as well as the 8350, and he can drop the CPU cooler ($70) because you cannot overclock it. This was he can get a better GPU.

If he is spending this much money on parts, he would probably like to be able to play more than a mix of medium and high settings in newer games.
September 30, 2013 5:20:42 AM

tiny voices said:
It is saving money, because it will perform just as well as the 8350, and he can drop the CPU cooler ($70) because you cannot overclock it. This was he can get a better GPU.

If he is spending this much money on parts, he would probably like to be able to play more than a mix of medium and high settings in newer games.


did you really just say a intel 4430 will perform just as well as a 8350? you just lost all your credibility, multitasking and multithreaded programs (guess whats thrown in there, video editing :o  i know right? surprise!) the 8350 blows it out of the park, as well as the option to overclock which justifies a decent cpu cooler, which again in turn he wont need to upgrade it anytime soon so later on he can spend more on a gpu (like the new line amd is releasing). What you are trying to tell him to do is restrict himself from going top end with one thing so he will have to eventually upgrade sooner then he would by getting a non-unlocked cpu vs spending that small amount of money to get something he wont have to worry for, for awhile. It's like saying get a truck with a v6 because it can move the truck, but once you hook up a trailer you're missing that power.
September 30, 2013 5:22:00 AM

@tiny voices

better?

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Jeii
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Jeii/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Jeii/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.28 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock H87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($93.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Kingston Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($48.96 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $692.19
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-30 08:19 EDT-0400)

I thought dual Chanel RAM was a spec, not the amount of sticks : \

@HillBillyAsian

You are correct--rendering (CPU based) is more important than gaming & its always more fun to buy a new GPU & faster to install : P
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The build on PCPP *was* called AMD Silent Runner...mosty because it was sporting AMD insides...also i think only the i7's get HT, which some of the stuff i do loves.

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September 30, 2013 7:51:16 AM
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If rendering and editing is most important to you, get the 8350. You WILL be losin gaming performance by not getting a great GPU, but if those are your priorities then go for it. I was speaking on behalf of gaming performance when I made the CPU comparison. (the 8350 and i5 4430 can both easily max nay game out today and will for quite a while). No need to get all crazy mad about anything.

Also, your analogy about a truck is only accurate for vehicles 20+ years old. I probably know more abut cars than you expect. (daily drive a 500whp G35)
September 30, 2013 2:49:41 PM

How is this as a cheaper substitute?

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1JnDX
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1JnDX/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1JnDX/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($144.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($124.97 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Kingston Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.75 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $609.67
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-30 17:49 EDT-0400)
September 30, 2013 7:43:05 PM

This is a good way to go. This will still comfortably play games at a mix of mostly medium and some high settings.
October 1, 2013 9:35:53 AM

I can always upgrade the GFX card next year : )

Thanks for all your help guys/girls
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