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October 23, 2013 1:06:24 PM

hello, i plan on building my first pc build :D 
budget:$500-$550
parts not required:monitor,keyboard,mouse OS
i want to play next gen games at mid-high settings on 720p 40+ fps :D 

Any comment will be apreciated :) 
Thank you everybody

PS. sorry for my bad english :D 
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October 23, 2013 1:30:34 PM

You could build something like this which would run most games on high and some on ultra at 1080p:


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($77.00 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A85XM-HD3 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($66.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Kingston HyperX T1 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($65.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Raidmax ATX-248NWU (Black/Blue) ATX Mid Tower Case ($23.25 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $528.18
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-23 16:29 EDT-0400)
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October 23, 2013 1:33:34 PM

MEC-777 said:
You could build something like this which would run most games on high and some on ultra at 1080p:


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($77.00 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A85XM-HD3 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($66.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Kingston HyperX T1 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($65.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Raidmax ATX-248NWU (Black/Blue) ATX Mid Tower Case ($23.25 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $528.18
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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Yeah, that's about as good as it will get right there...
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October 23, 2013 2:25:37 PM

should i get an fx 6300 and gtx650ti boost ? :D 
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October 23, 2013 3:11:48 PM

Honestly...that would be getting a much better CPU, and a *FAR* worse GPU.

If you were going to get the FX 6300, I would go with the Radeon HD 7850 or 7870 for as cheap as you can get it.
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October 23, 2013 4:57:49 PM

7807 LE's are $169 ($139 after rebate)on the egg rite now, refurbished ones for $134 !!!!
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October 23, 2013 5:14:34 PM

cmi86 said:
7807 LE's are $169 ($139 after rebate)on the egg rite now, refurbished ones for $134 !!!!


Yea the 7870 LE (sometimes also known as XT) are nearly as fast as a 7950.
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October 23, 2013 5:18:29 PM

logainofhades said:
cmi86 said:
7807 LE's are $169 ($139 after rebate)on the egg rite now, refurbished ones for $134 !!!!


Yea the 7870 LE (sometimes also known as XT) are nearly as fast as a 7950.


And that is a silly cheap price considering I paid around $250 for mine when LE/XT's first dropped ! Now a guy can get a 7970 Ghz for $275 lol, Oh how the times change lol. I'm buying another one of these LE's, too cheap to pass up >7970 performance !
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October 24, 2013 4:35:24 AM

GUYS I CANT ORDER ONLINE THEY DONT DELIVER TO MACEDONIA!
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October 24, 2013 4:37:19 AM

8350rocks said:
Honestly...that would be getting a much better CPU, and a *FAR* worse GPU.

If you were going to get the FX 6300, I would go with the Radeon HD 7850 or 7870 for as cheap as you can get it.


the gtx650ti is slightly better than hd7850 :D 
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October 24, 2013 7:04:39 AM

To give you an idea of what to look for. You don't have to be so damn rude. How else do you expect to know exactly what it is to look for without links exactly? It is a suggestion to look and see if that card is available to you. Those cards have been a great performance/$ card since their inception. Anyway, I am out. It is apparent you are undeserving of any help from me with that attitude.
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October 24, 2013 9:08:28 AM

I do not suggest the build above, just because the Athlon 760K would definitely bottleneck the 7950. Look for this build instead.

+ 6 Core AMD FX 6300 CPU.
+ 8GB RAM = Ideal for Gaming.
+ AMD 7950 3GB 384 Bit Video Card = Seriously Awesome for gaming.
+ Asrock Extreme 4 Motherboard = Overclocking Capable. You can add in a good CPU Cooler later to overclock.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($48.96 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($21.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: EVGA 600B 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $535.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-24 12:07 EDT-0400)

I hope this helps. This build is much better than the one suggested above. Also no bottlenecks here. :D 
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October 24, 2013 9:56:58 AM

He could do with some better RAM, Kingston isn't bad, but 1333 MHz? That's a bit low on bandwidth...personally...
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October 24, 2013 11:06:34 AM

Sangeet Khatri said:
I do not suggest the build above, just because the Athlon 760K would definitely bottleneck the 7950. Look for this build instead.

+ 6 Core AMD FX 6300 CPU.
+ 8GB RAM = Ideal for Gaming.
+ AMD 7950 3GB 384 Bit Video Card = Seriously Awesome for gaming.
+ Asrock Extreme 4 Motherboard = Overclocking Capable. You can add in a good CPU Cooler later to overclock.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($48.96 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($21.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: EVGA 600B 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $535.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-24 12:07 EDT-0400)

I hope this helps. This build is much better than the one suggested above. Also no bottlenecks here. :D 


This is a great build as well. The only thing is the AM3+ socket may be at the end of it's road. I keep hearing and reading that FM2+ will be continuing with the new Kaveri and Steamroller CPUs. But we'll have to wait and see.

The ability to upgrade to the FX-8350 is a big plus for this built, however.

As for the ram, while I would agree anything much faster than 1600 is not necessary, but for a new built or upgrade to a new platform I'd recommend 1600 as a minimum. Just make sure the latency is 9 or less.
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October 24, 2013 11:10:31 AM

logainofhades said:
To give you an idea of what to look for. You don't have to be so damn rude. How else do you expect to know exactly what it is to look for without links exactly? It is a suggestion to look and see if that card is available to you. Those cards have been a great performance/$ card since their inception. Anyway, I am out. It is apparent you are undeserving of any help from me with that attitude.


bye see ya :D 
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October 24, 2013 11:13:57 AM

Sangeet Khatri said:
I do not suggest the build above, just because the Athlon 760K would definitely bottleneck the 7950. Look for this build instead.

+ 6 Core AMD FX 6300 CPU.
+ 8GB RAM = Ideal for Gaming.
+ AMD 7950 3GB 384 Bit Video Card = Seriously Awesome for gaming.
+ Asrock Extreme 4 Motherboard = Overclocking Capable. You can add in a good CPU Cooler later to overclock.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($48.96 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($21.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: EVGA 600B 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $535.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-24 12:07 EDT-0400)

I hope this helps. This build is much better than the one suggested above. Also no bottlenecks here. :D 


yea but the thing is i cant order online, and the 7950 here in macedonia is $450 :'( 
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October 24, 2013 11:42:24 AM

yoshimitsu13 said:
Sangeet Khatri said:
I do not suggest the build above, just because the Athlon 760K would definitely bottleneck the 7950. Look for this build instead.

+ 6 Core AMD FX 6300 CPU.
+ 8GB RAM = Ideal for Gaming.
+ AMD 7950 3GB 384 Bit Video Card = Seriously Awesome for gaming.
+ Asrock Extreme 4 Motherboard = Overclocking Capable. You can add in a good CPU Cooler later to overclock.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($48.96 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($21.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: EVGA 600B 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $535.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-24 12:07 EDT-0400)

I hope this helps. This build is much better than the one suggested above. Also no bottlenecks here. :D 


yea but the thing is i cant order online, and the 7950 here in macedonia is $450 :'( 


We know you can't order online. But you have to understand, using PC part picker website is the easiest and quickest way for us to show you the kind of parts we recommend. If you can't get the exact parts where you are, then look for something similar that is available where you are, at a price you can afford. If you're not sure about something, just ask.
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October 24, 2013 12:19:03 PM

MEC-777 said:
yoshimitsu13 said:
Sangeet Khatri said:
I do not suggest the build above, just because the Athlon 760K would definitely bottleneck the 7950. Look for this build instead.

+ 6 Core AMD FX 6300 CPU.
+ 8GB RAM = Ideal for Gaming.
+ AMD 7950 3GB 384 Bit Video Card = Seriously Awesome for gaming.
+ Asrock Extreme 4 Motherboard = Overclocking Capable. You can add in a good CPU Cooler later to overclock.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($48.96 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($21.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: EVGA 600B 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $535.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-24 12:07 EDT-0400)

I hope this helps. This build is much better than the one suggested above. Also no bottlenecks here. :D 


yea but the thing is i cant order online, and the 7950 here in macedonia is $450 :'( 


We know you can't order online. But you have to understand, using PC part picker website is the easiest and quickest way for us to show you the kind of parts we recommend. If you can't get the exact parts where you are, then look for something similar that is available where you are, at a price you can afford. If you're not sure about something, just ask.


well the 7950 is so damn expensive $450:@, i can get gtx650ti boost or hd7850 i dont know wich one to choose what do you think ? :D 
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October 24, 2013 2:44:20 PM

HD 7850 2 GB > 650Ti Boost 2 GB
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October 24, 2013 7:41:38 PM

yoshimitsu13 said:


well the 7950 is so damn expensive $450:@, i can get gtx650ti boost or hd7850 i dont know wich one to choose what do you think ? :D 


According to this: AnandTech 7850 vs 650ti ...the 7850 performs significantly better.
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October 24, 2013 11:51:03 PM

Okay, so i the prices are really so high there so look for something like this build.

CPU : Athlon II x4 750K

Motheboard : Any cheap FM2 board with A75 or A85 chipset should be just fine.

RAM : Look for 2 x 4GB RAM. Even the 1333 Mhz would do because for gaming RAM does not matter. Going from 1333 to 1600Mhz yeild only like 2 FPS improvement which is negligible. I have sources that say the same, from Anandtech.

GPU : Go for the AMD 7870 or the Nvidia 660, whatever is cheaper there. Also look for AMD R9-270 if it is available and go for whatever is cheaper. The 550W should be fine for this build.

HDD : Grab any 1TB HDD, Seagate barracuda or WD Caviar Blue are good and cheap ones.

PSU : Tell us what PSU's are available in your budget and leave it for us to decide. It is important piece of hardware that you don't want to get wrong.

Case : Get any cheap case that suits you. Use the left money from budget prefferably otherwise you would spend like 100 bucks on it alone.

So, this should be a good enough build around 550 dollars.

Hence follow these guidelines and choose the parts that you feel are within your budget and tell us what you are going for, then we will give our thoughts on that.

I hope this helps.
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October 25, 2013 4:45:22 AM

Sangeet Khatri said:
Okay, so i the prices are really so high there so look for something like this build.

CPU : Athlon II x4 750K

Motheboard : Any cheap FM2 board with A75 or A85 chipset should be just fine.

RAM : Look for 2 x 4GB RAM. Even the 1333 Mhz would do because for gaming RAM does not matter. Going from 1333 to 1600Mhz yeild only like 2 FPS improvement which is negligible. I have sources that say the same, from Anandtech.

GPU : Go for the AMD 7870 or the Nvidia 660, whatever is cheaper there. Also look for AMD R9-270 if it is available and go for whatever is cheaper. The 550W should be fine for this build.

HDD : Grab any 1TB HDD, Seagate barracuda or WD Caviar Blue are good and cheap ones.

PSU : Tell us what PSU's are available in your budget and leave it for us to decide. It is important piece of hardware that you don't want to get wrong.

Case : Get any cheap case that suits you. Use the left money from budget prefferably otherwise you would spend like 100 bucks on it alone.

So, this should be a good enough build around 550 dollars.

Hence follow these guidelines and choose the parts that you feel are within your budget and tell us what you are going for, then we will give our thoughts on that.

I hope this helps.


well i actually have an 500GB HDD, an case i also have an 750W psu but i dont know what brand actually i think it has no brand xD
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October 25, 2013 12:31:32 PM

The HDD would do just fine and would also save money..

As for the PSU, better get to know that what brand it is, because it is better to get a better PSU than using a crappy PSU. You do not want to damage your awesome parts with a bad PSU. Do you?? Of course not.. PSU is important and hence it should be from a good brand. So, tell me what brand it is.

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October 26, 2013 9:28:12 AM

its an power box
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October 26, 2013 9:32:18 AM

Never heard of them, better buy a new PSU. Never take the risk of damaging your parts. Get a better PSU instead.
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October 26, 2013 9:42:19 AM

well than i cant get the fx6300-.-
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October 26, 2013 9:58:06 AM

8350rocks said:
MEC-777 said:
You could build something like this which would run most games on high and some on ultra at 1080p:


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($77.00 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A85XM-HD3 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($66.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Kingston HyperX T1 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($65.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Raidmax ATX-248NWU (Black/Blue) ATX Mid Tower Case ($23.25 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $528.18
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-23 16:29 EDT-0400)


Yeah, that's about as good as it will get right there...

I would trim something there and get an fm2+ a88 board so theres an upgrade next year..

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October 26, 2013 10:05:32 AM

Okay, so if you cannot get the FX 6300, then go for the Athlon II x4 750K with a FM2 motherboard.
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October 26, 2013 10:37:36 AM

The 760K is newer and slightly better. Many places I've looked it's the same or cheaper than the 750k. If that's not the case where you live, it shouldn't be much more and IMO definitely worth the couple extra dollars.
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October 26, 2013 11:52:03 AM

yea but i wanna play watch dogs at mid-high settings and i cant play even at medium with athlon II x4 760k :/ 
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October 26, 2013 2:39:35 PM

yoshimitsu13 said:
yea but i wanna play watch dogs at mid-high settings and i cant play even at medium with athlon II x4 760k :/ 


There's no way to really know that until the game is released. The 760k overclocks well and with a 7850, the performance will be pretty decent. It will also depend on the resolution you want to run at.
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October 27, 2013 2:30:25 AM

The 750K (or the 760K) would be able to play Watch Dogs at good setting when paired with a 7850 or a 650 Ti boost without problem.

I am not sure that on what basis are you saying that thing?
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October 27, 2013 9:40:39 AM

Sangeet Khatri said:
The 750K (or the 760K) would be able to play Watch Dogs at good setting when paired with a 7850 or a 650 Ti boost without problem.

I am not sure that on what basis are you saying that thing?


The preliminary recommended system requirements for Watch Dogs calls for an i7-3770. That's probably what's gotten yoshimitsu13 worried.

Looking at the minimum requirements, the 750/760k is definitely within playable spec.
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October 27, 2013 11:27:31 AM

Nevermind.. the 750K is a pretty good gaming CPU and should not be a problem at all. Seriously, Austin Evans (Duncan33303) from YouTube paired the 750K with 7870 and it was able to play Battlefield 3 at Ultra settings at 1080p at 30+ FPS easily, so the 750K should be a good gaming CPU.
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October 28, 2013 1:13:15 AM

Sangeet Khatri said:
The 750K (or the 760K) would be able to play Watch Dogs at good setting when paired with a 7850 or a 650 Ti boost without problem.

I am not sure that on what basis are you saying that thing?


Game debate xD

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October 28, 2013 1:16:27 AM

Sangeet Khatri said:
Nevermind.. the 750K is a pretty good gaming CPU and should not be a problem at all. Seriously, Austin Evans (Duncan33303) from YouTube paired the 750K with 7870 and it was able to play Battlefield 3 at Ultra settings at 1080p at 30+ FPS easily, so the 750K should be a good gaming CPU.

yea but bf3 not bf4 xD
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October 28, 2013 1:19:03 AM

and the fx6300 is like more future proof
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October 28, 2013 1:19:05 AM

and the fx6300 is like more future proof
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October 28, 2013 1:19:07 AM

and the fx6300 is like more future proof
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October 29, 2013 9:49:34 AM

Sangeet Khatri said:
I do not suggest the build above, just because the Athlon 760K would definitely bottleneck the 7950. Look for this build instead.

+ 6 Core AMD FX 6300 CPU.
+ 8GB RAM = Ideal for Gaming.
+ AMD 7950 3GB 384 Bit Video Card = Seriously Awesome for gaming.
+ Asrock Extreme 4 Motherboard = Overclocking Capable. You can add in a good CPU Cooler later to overclock.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($48.96 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($21.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: EVGA 600B 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $535.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-24 12:07 EDT-0400)

I hope this helps. This build is much better than the one suggested above. Also no bottlenecks here. :D 


I'm reading this cause I'm building a build with this type of budget. But there must be a mistake, I cannot find the 7950 anywhere for $179.99. Perhaps the 7850 is what you refer to?

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October 29, 2013 9:57:52 AM

IndyAJD said:
Sangeet Khatri said:
I do not suggest the build above, just because the Athlon 760K would definitely bottleneck the 7950. Look for this build instead.

+ 6 Core AMD FX 6300 CPU.
+ 8GB RAM = Ideal for Gaming.
+ AMD 7950 3GB 384 Bit Video Card = Seriously Awesome for gaming.
+ Asrock Extreme 4 Motherboard = Overclocking Capable. You can add in a good CPU Cooler later to overclock.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($48.96 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($21.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: EVGA 600B 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $535.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-24 12:07 EDT-0400)

I hope this helps. This build is much better than the one suggested above. Also no bottlenecks here. :D 


I'm reading this cause I'm building a build with this type of budget. But there must be a mistake, I cannot find the 7950 anywhere for $179.99. Perhaps the 7850 is what you refer to?



Get this card. Nearly as fast as a 7950. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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October 29, 2013 10:23:02 AM

logainofhades said:
IndyAJD said:
Sangeet Khatri said:
I do not suggest the build above, just because the Athlon 760K would definitely bottleneck the 7950. Look for this build instead.

+ 6 Core AMD FX 6300 CPU.
+ 8GB RAM = Ideal for Gaming.
+ AMD 7950 3GB 384 Bit Video Card = Seriously Awesome for gaming.
+ Asrock Extreme 4 Motherboard = Overclocking Capable. You can add in a good CPU Cooler later to overclock.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($48.96 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($21.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: EVGA 600B 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $535.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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I hope this helps. This build is much better than the one suggested above. Also no bottlenecks here. :D 


I'm reading this cause I'm building a build with this type of budget. But there must be a mistake, I cannot find the 7950 anywhere for $179.99. Perhaps the 7850 is what you refer to?



Get this card. Nearly as fast as a 7950. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Thanks for the suggestion, I think I'm going to go with the 7870.
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October 29, 2013 10:27:23 AM

Just make sure you get a 7870 LE or XT. They are Tahiti based like the 7950. The standard 7870 and 7870 gigahertz edition are slower cards.
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October 29, 2013 12:05:08 PM

IndyAJD said:


I'm reading this cause I'm building a build with this type of budget. But there must be a mistake, I cannot find the 7950 anywhere for $179.99. Perhaps the 7850 is what you refer to?



I just checked and it looks like prices for all 7950's have shot back up to over $220. No less than a week or two back there were a few 7950's on sale at various places for $200 US or slightly less.

Watch for deals and be prepared to jump on it when you see them. ;) 

I got my Windforce 7950 for $169 CDN during the local NCIX warehouse sale back in September.
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October 30, 2013 7:06:11 PM

MEC-777 said:
IndyAJD said:


I'm reading this cause I'm building a build with this type of budget. But there must be a mistake, I cannot find the 7950 anywhere for $179.99. Perhaps the 7850 is what you refer to?



I just checked and it looks like prices for all 7950's have shot back up to over $220. No less than a week or two back there were a few 7950's on sale at various places for $200 US or slightly less.

Watch for deals and be prepared to jump on it when you see them. ;) 

I got my Windforce 7950 for $169 CDN during the local NCIX warehouse sale back in September.


Thanks, I'll be on the lookout for a good sale.

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