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Help please sanity check AMD build GPU advice

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October 10, 2013 11:03:22 AM

Hello - Please can someone sanity check this build and offer advice on a reasonable Graphics card ?

Will be running Linux - and mainly using it for x.264 encoding - NAS - maybe the odd game. Not intending to over-clock.

Asus Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 Motherboard £129

AMD FX6300 Black Edition 6 Core (3.5/4.1GHz, 8MB Level 3 Cache, 6MB Level 2 Cache, Socket AM3+, 95W, Retail Boxed) £85

or ... if budget allows

AMD FX8350 Black Edition 8 Core Processor (4.0/4.2GHz, 8MB Level 3 Cache, 8MB Level 2 Cache, Socket AM3+, 125W, Retail Boxed) £146

Stock cooler - may upgrade to liquid later on (Hydro m50?)

OCZ OCZ-ZS550W-UK 550W ZS Series 550W 80+ Bronze PSU with 135mm Fan & single +12V Rail - £41

Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600 Mhz CL9 - £59

I believe that by investing in this mobo - I will be able to upgrade to FX 9xxx in the future ?

Existing case with 3 120mm fans
Will be running with 5 SATA 3 TB drives and an SSD. I believe the single 12v Rail will help with this many HDDs ?

Graphics card just needs to be something basic - any advice ?

Total £314 - can go upto £400 with either faster CPU or more on GPU

Many thanks

a b U Graphics card
October 10, 2013 11:08:47 AM

I'd put in one of amd's new gpu's when they drop here pretty soon. As for the rest of the build I would go with the fx-6300 (its cheaper), keep the stock cooler since your not overclocking, get this psu, and that should be it.
a b U Graphics card
October 10, 2013 11:20:14 AM

I would change the PSU to a Seasonic or Corsair one, 650 watts should be enough for you. For the gpu, a 7870 or a new R9 270(x) should serve you well.
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a b U Graphics card
October 10, 2013 11:54:02 AM

here is some suggested tweeks:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor (£106.79 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH 990FX R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£129.00 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£69.98 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7750 1GB Video Card (£59.99 @ Ebuyer)
Power Supply: XFX 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£34.99 @ Maplin Electronics)
Total: £400.75
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-10 19:46 BST+0100)

tbh that OCX ZS series PSU is junk. the XFX 450 will be plenty if you decide to OC that 8320 after getting a cooler esp. since you are looking for a cpu heavy tasking, not adding in a high end gpu. and sorry that 7750 1 gb is really just a bare bones kind of gpu but the budget wouldn't allow a 7790 2gb that would cover any light weight gaming; yeah that XFX 450 watt PSU will also work with a single 6 pin gpu.


edit: and i think you'd be better off with 1866 speed RAM . . ;) 
October 11, 2013 5:29:38 AM

Thank you all for your responses
The PSU is one aspect I really wasn't sure about - I will go check out the alternatives suggested!