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Will an AMD FX 8350 and R9 280x run bf4?

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December 3, 2013 2:28:27 PM

Hey everyone,
I am starting a new gaming build. I am debating on whether or not I should go with the FX 8350 and AMD R9 280x with 8gb of ram, or FX 8350 and AMD R9 270x with 16gb of ram.

The first build:

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Zalman 9500A Ball Bearing CPU Cooler ($39.99 @ TigerDirect)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($316.13 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z11 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $752.04
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-03 17:23 EST-0500)

Or:

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Zalman 9500A Ball Bearing CPU Cooler ($39.99 @ TigerDirect)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($144.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card ($214.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Zalman Z11 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $720.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-03 17:27 EST-0500)

I am only saving $30 or so, is it worth the lower performance graphics card with more ram, or should I just stick with less ram and the 280x?

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December 3, 2013 2:33:50 PM

only for gaming the 8gb of ram is plenty so pick the 280x.
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December 3, 2013 2:42:05 PM

also out of stock
December 3, 2013 2:43:51 PM

Laviniu Campean said:
also out of stock


what is out of stock?
December 3, 2013 2:44:48 PM

I too would suggest you go with the faster graphics card.

However, you are trying to run an 8 core beast of a CPU with a 5 year old heatsink fan. I would choose something a little better, like a CM Hyper 212.

Anyway you may wish to take a look at some of the other parts you've chosen for a powerful gaming build.

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December 3, 2013 2:44:56 PM
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Like the guy above said, go with the 8GB version , you`ll get 60+ fps average on Ultra (no AA) with the 280. 16 GB of ram for now is useless in games, and you can upgrade to more in the future with ease, but taking a slower card you`ll have hard times selling the old one and get a better one :) 
December 3, 2013 3:01:14 PM

thanks for the response, here is my final build; does anybody foresee any problems?

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card
Case: Zalman Z11 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer
December 3, 2013 3:06:15 PM

buzznut said:
I too would suggest you go with the faster graphics card.

However, you are trying to run an 8 core beast of a CPU with a 5 year old heatsink fan. I would choose something a little better, like a CM Hyper 212.

Anyway you may wish to take a look at some of the other parts you've chosen for a powerful gaming build.


I was going to go with the Hyper 212 EVO, but some review said that because it is sleeve bearing, it wears out quicker than a ball bearing cooler. Is there really a difference?

Also, what parts are you referring to?
December 3, 2013 3:12:59 PM

if you're gonna get the ASUS Matric R9 280x its much more worth while to get a GTX 770 if your gonna do 1080p gaming. The 770 is better at 1080p than the R9 280x but for 4k resoultions the 280x is better
December 3, 2013 3:13:22 PM

if you're gonna get the ASUS Matric R9 280x its much more worth while to get a GTX 770 if your gonna do 1080p gaming. The 770 is better at 1080p than the R9 280x but for 4k resoultions the 280x is better
December 5, 2013 1:32:49 PM

Ok, so I reworked the parts list, and I think this is what I will stick with for the most part.

AMD FX 8320 3.5ghz CPU
Asus M5a97 Le R2.0 Mobo
Crucial 1x8 DIMM 1600mhz (CAS latency: 9) x2
Asus R9 280x 3gb vram
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo CPU cooler
Zalman Z11 cooler
Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply
Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer


What do you think?

The RAM costs $59.99 for each stick
December 5, 2013 5:49:43 PM

A PC Noob said:
Ok, so I reworked the parts list, and I think this is what I will stick with for the most part.

AMD FX 8320 3.5ghz CPU
Asus M5a97 Le R2.0 Mobo
Crucial 1x8 DIMM 1600mhz (CAS latency: 9) x2
Asus R9 280x 3gb vram
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo CPU cooler
Zalman Z11 cooler
Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply
Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer


What do you think?

The RAM costs $59.99 for each stick


The ASUS R9 280X has been known to artifact alot and have VRAM problems, I'd suggest the SApphire or MSI alternative.

Also the CX600 you chose is built for mid-range builds because it uses common capicitors etc. The 280x is a mid-high range GPU so I'd suggest XFX 650W which is a rebranded Seasonic PSU which make top notch PSUs

The HX 650W will work better than the XFX 650W in terms of effeciency.

The Hyper 212 Evo is probably the most well trusted CPU heatsink fan out there. So many good reviews saying they last years and such not to mention you can always change the fan it comes with though its not necessary as reviews have been saying a drop of almost 20-30c
December 5, 2013 5:54:33 PM

no
December 5, 2013 6:00:08 PM

I have an 8350 and a 7970 and my system gets around 50 FPS with everything on ultra with 2x AA in 1080p The only thing I would say is get something like an M5A99x or another 990fx chipset board, as I have an M5A97 and it can't OC/Crossfire.
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