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First time build: Under $1000 with a 780

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/twaelbroeck/saved/3h8h

I plan on overclocking in the future whenever I have time to research and experiment. I do some occasional (rare) video editing, but generally just gaming or programming for school. I'll be playing games like: Skyrim, Battlefield, ARMA, Crysis, Far Cry, Fallout, Dirt 3, Assassin's Creed, Civ V, Diablo 3, Starcraft 2.

Initially, I'll be gaming at 1080p, which I understand will be overkill. Later on I'll be adding an SSD (I'm carrying over my HDD from my laptop for the time being) and a 1440p monitor. Will this setup be able to maintain a 60FPS average on Ultra 1440p or on a triple 1080p setup?

Thanks for any input.

P.S. 2133 RAM is because it's currently the cheaper than slower 2x4GBs right now
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  1. twaelbroeck said:
    http://pcpartpicker.com/user/twaelbroeck/saved/3h8h

    I plan on overclocking in the future whenever I have time to research and experiment. I do some occasional (rare) video editing, but generally just gaming or programming for school. I'll be playing games like: Skyrim, Battlefield, ARMA, Crysis, Far Cry, Fallout, Dirt 3, Assassin's Creed, Civ V, Diablo 3, Starcraft 2.

    Initially, I'll be gaming at 1080p, which I understand will be overkill. Later on I'll be adding an SSD (I'm carrying over my HDD from my laptop for the time being) and a 1440p monitor. Will this setup be able to maintain a 60FPS average on Ultra 1440p or on a triple 1080p setup?

    Thanks for any input.

    P.S. 2133 RAM is because it's currently the cheaper than slower 2x4GBs right now


    That look fine but i would really recommend spending the extra 30$ and getting a fx 8350. Especially since you want to overclock in the future and the 8350 gets a 9.9 out of 10 for overclocking and is just and all round amazing chip.

    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/amd-cpu-fd8350frhkbox

    http://cpuboss.com/cpus/AMD-FX-8350-vs-AMD-FX-8320
  2. Best answer
    The FX-8350 is not $30 more, it is $60 more and the 8320 is a much better buy.
    cpuboss is a horrible websites to compare processors. If you actually compare them, they are essentially the exact same chip. They both overclock the same. The only difference between the two is the $60 price difference and the 500mhz. The 500mhz is nothing as it can easily be overclocked.
    So OP, save yourself the $60 and stick with the 8320 for the practically the same performance.

    Anyways OP, great build. Everything is high quality. It should perform very well in games.
  3. I've got an FX 8120 3.1 OC'd to 4.6 and it runs very well so, I'm sure the 8320 would kick some serious ass overclocking.

    I also think you have a great build there, the only thing I'd change if you have the cash is get a bit more juice like a 750PSU, just to be safe when you start overclocking stuff, but even if you can't, this should still do the job fine.

    Enjoy!
  4. realchaos said:
    The FX-8350 is not $30 more, it is $60 more and the 8320 is a much better buy.
    cpuboss is a horrible websites to compare processors. If you actually compare them, they are essentially the exact same chip. They both overclock the same. The only difference between the two is the $60 price difference and the 500mhz. The 500mhz is nothing as it can easily be overclocked.
    So OP, save yourself the $60 and stick with the 8320 for the practically the same performance.


    That's what I've gathered from them too. A lot of people are able to OC the 8320 to 4.5Ghz, which is only marginally less than the 8350 (average OC 4.7Ghz, max 5.0Ghz).

    Anonymous said:
    I've got an FX 8120 3.1 OC'd to 4.6 and it runs very well so, I'm sure the 8320 would kick some serious ass overclocking.

    I also think you have a great build there, the only thing I'd change if you have the cash is get a bit more juice like a 750PSU, just to be safe when you start overclocking stuff, but even if you can't, this should still do the job fine.


    Thanks for the input! I might go for a 750W in the end - I'm looking at a XFX ProSeries 750W 80+ Silver ( http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1750bnlg9). Any thoughts to that?
  5. twaelbroeck said:


    Thanks for the input! I might go for a 750W in the end - I'm looking at a XFX ProSeries 750W 80+ Silver ( http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1750bnlg9). Any thoughts to that?


    I've never used XFX but I've seen many many favourable reviews on them all across the interwebs.
  6. XFX is a great psu brand, but I would suggest you going for this psu instead: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seasonic-power-supply-ss850am
    It's only $5 more expensive than the XFX but the 850w will allow you to SLI in the future with enough headroom for overclocking.
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