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Should I get a i5 4670K + GTX 760 or a FX-8350 + GTX 770?

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December 29, 2013 6:56:47 PM

Hey there guys,
I'm building my first gaming PC and I've reached the following configuration:
AMD FX-8350 (£139 at Amazon.uk)
Asus M5A99X Evo (£96 at Amazon.uk)
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO (£25.95 at Amazon.uk), this is for when I OC the FX-8350. I've been told it's the best bang for my buck, but can it take the overlocking?
Palit Nvidia GeForce GTX 770 2GB (£244 at Amazon.uk) or the GIGABYTE WindForce GeForce GTX 770 OC 2048MB (£263 at Aria.uk), which of these two should get me the best performance for my money?
Seagate BARRACUDA 1tb (£43 at Amazon.uk)
Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600 Mhz (£65 at Amazon.uk)
Seasonic S12II-620W (£68 at Amazon.uk)
Bringing the total cost to about £682, without the case and optical drive, which I already own.
Is this configuration good for the price I'm paying for it? Should I decide to do SLI in the future, would this mobo, with a stronger PSU, of course, be able to do it? And would the FX-8350 bottleneck this config? And here goes 1 million dollar question: Should I give up the GTX 770 for this 760 and get this Core i5 4670K with this MSI Z87-GD65? Doing this would bring the total cost to about £707, which is as far as I can stretch my budget. So, is the i5 worth it?
Also, this R9 280x is a little more expensive than the 760, yet cheaper than the 770. Would it be a better option? How does it compare against the GTX's?
Phew, that's a lot of questions! But I want to make sure I get a good configuration to last me about 2 to 3 years without upgrading, and then maybe 1 or 2 more with a SLI. Any suggestions are more than welcome, and if you know of any stores here in the UK other than Amazon where I could get better prices, I'd be very much happy to hear about it.
December 29, 2013 6:59:54 PM

the fx 8350 and the 770. Or get an 8320 and a 770 or 780 :p 
a b 4 Gaming
December 29, 2013 7:00:58 PM

The 8350 + 770 would probably be better, and the 212 evo should be fine overclocking the 8350.
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a b 4 Gaming
December 30, 2013 4:43:06 PM

MDXX said:
the fx 8350 and the 770. Or get an 8320 and a 770 or 780 :p 


Getting an 8320 and 780 is a good choice as it'll be GREAT for gaming.
December 30, 2013 10:38:57 PM

sora said:
MDXX said:
the fx 8350 and the 770. Or get an 8320 and a 770 or 780 :p 


Getting an 8320 and 780 is a good choice as it'll be GREAT for gaming.


I wouldn't mind getting a 8320 if that meant having a 780, but unfortunately the price difference between the 770 and the 780 is of about £100 right now, and by getting the 8320 I'd be be saving only £30, and since I'm on a budget... Basically not gonna happen. I did manage to fit in the i5-4670K with the GTX 770 by saving up on the motherboard.
Is this ASUS Z87-A any good? Would SLI + Overclocking on it be a viable option in the foreseeable future?
December 31, 2013 1:30:24 PM

aceaverse said:
sora said:
MDXX said:
the fx 8350 and the 770. Or get an 8320 and a 770 or 780 :p 


Getting an 8320 and 780 is a good choice as it'll be GREAT for gaming.


I wouldn't mind getting a 8320 if that meant having a 780, but unfortunately the price difference between the 770 and the 780 is of about £100 right now, and by getting the 8320 I'd be be saving only £30, and since I'm on a budget... Basically not gonna happen. I did manage to fit in the i5-4670K with the GTX 770 by saving up on the motherboard.
Is this ASUS Z87-A any good? Would SLI + Overclocking on it be a viable option in the foreseeable future?


IF you want budget but a killer rig. Get a FX6300 and a 760. Or get a 770.

a 760 will pretty much max everything out. a 770 will blow everything out of the water
January 1, 2014 3:02:29 AM

MDXX said:
aceaverse said:
sora said:
MDXX said:
the fx 8350 and the 770. Or get an 8320 and a 770 or 780 :p 


Getting an 8320 and 780 is a good choice as it'll be GREAT for gaming.


I wouldn't mind getting a 8320 if that meant having a 780, but unfortunately the price difference between the 770 and the 780 is of about £100 right now, and by getting the 8320 I'd be be saving only £30, and since I'm on a budget... Basically not gonna happen. I did manage to fit in the i5-4670K with the GTX 770 by saving up on the motherboard.
Is this ASUS Z87-A any good? Would SLI + Overclocking on it be a viable option in the foreseeable future?


IF you want budget but a killer rig. Get a FX6300 and a 760. Or get a 770.

a 760 will pretty much max everything out. a 770 will blow everything out of the water


Sounds good.. What about the R9 290? Good choice or overkill? Because where I'm living the reference model is the same price as the 770 (can't wait for non-reference to restock though as I'll be traveling in 8 days...)
January 1, 2014 8:38:06 AM

aceaverse said:
MDXX said:
aceaverse said:
sora said:
MDXX said:
the fx 8350 and the 770. Or get an 8320 and a 770 or 780 :p 


Getting an 8320 and 780 is a good choice as it'll be GREAT for gaming.


I wouldn't mind getting a 8320 if that meant having a 780, but unfortunately the price difference between the 770 and the 780 is of about £100 right now, and by getting the 8320 I'd be be saving only £30, and since I'm on a budget... Basically not gonna happen. I did manage to fit in the i5-4670K with the GTX 770 by saving up on the motherboard.
Is this ASUS Z87-A any good? Would SLI + Overclocking on it be a viable option in the foreseeable future?


IF you want budget but a killer rig. Get a FX6300 and a 760. Or get a 770.

a 760 will pretty much max everything out. a 770 will blow everything out of the water


Sounds good.. What about the R9 290? Good choice or overkill? Because where I'm living the reference model is the same price as the 770 (can't wait for non-reference to restock though as I'll be traveling in 8 days...)


Dont quote me but i believe the r9 290 are having heat and fan issues. I wouldnt trust that in my rig. Get nVidia
a b 4 Gaming
January 1, 2014 1:11:06 PM

The aftermarket coolers for 290 are coming out in the next month or two i believe.
January 1, 2014 6:09:52 PM

MDXX said:
aceaverse said:
MDXX said:
aceaverse said:
sora said:
MDXX said:
the fx 8350 and the 770. Or get an 8320 and a 770 or 780 :p 


Getting an 8320 and 780 is a good choice as it'll be GREAT for gaming.


I wouldn't mind getting a 8320 if that meant having a 780, but unfortunately the price difference between the 770 and the 780 is of about £100 right now, and by getting the 8320 I'd be be saving only £30, and since I'm on a budget... Basically not gonna happen. I did manage to fit in the i5-4670K with the GTX 770 by saving up on the motherboard.
Is this ASUS Z87-A any good? Would SLI + Overclocking on it be a viable option in the foreseeable future?


IF you want budget but a killer rig. Get a FX6300 and a 760. Or get a 770.

a 760 will pretty much max everything out. a 770 will blow everything out of the water


Sounds good.. What about the R9 290? Good choice or overkill? Because where I'm living the reference model is the same price as the 770 (can't wait for non-reference to restock though as I'll be traveling in 8 days...)


Dont quote me but i believe the r9 290 are having heat and fan issues. I wouldnt trust that in my rig. Get nVidia


Yeah, so I've heard =/ I guess I'll be going 770 then... There's also the option to get the R9 280x Toxic, is it any better than the 770? I'm tending towards the Nvidia card because I can get the 3 freebies, but if performance is better I might go AMD...

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a b 4 Gaming
January 1, 2014 6:17:54 PM
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i would stay with a fx-8350+770 (or you could even go with a 280x instead)

the 280x toxic (which is overclocked) encroaches on stock gtx780 performance. perhaps worth going with this
January 1, 2014 6:30:29 PM

ssddx said:
i would stay with a fx-8350+770 (or you could even go with a 280x instead)

the 280x toxic (which is overclocked) encroaches on stock gtx780 performance. perhaps worth going with this


Awesome. Will the Seasonic 620W PSU be able to hold the 280x alright?
a b 4 Gaming
January 1, 2014 8:14:18 PM

@100% load it (your system with a normal non-toxic 280x) would draw about 505w (not counting o/c cpu or o/c gpu) and you have a 620 so you "should" be okay since you will not come anywhere close to full load draw. however personally i'd like a larger buffer zone and since its a new build you may want to upgrade to a larger psu. its not that much of an increase in price to do so and would be well worthwhile.

the power numbers on the overclocked "toxic" version look a little harsh so this is doubly true for that card.
http://www.anandtech.com/show/7406/the-sapphire-r9-280x...

i would get at least a 650w however my personal suggestion would be a 750w from antec, corsair, xfx or seasonic. the prices arent all that bad so it should be within budget.
January 1, 2014 8:39:20 PM

ssddx said:
@100% load it (your system with a normal non-toxic 280x) would draw about 505w (not counting o/c cpu or o/c gpu) and you have a 620 so you "should" be okay since you will not come anywhere close to full load draw. however personally i'd like a larger buffer zone and since its a new build you may want to upgrade to a larger psu. its not that much of an increase in price to do so and would be well worthwhile.

the power numbers on the overclocked "toxic" version look a little harsh so this is doubly true for that card.
http://www.anandtech.com/show/7406/the-sapphire-r9-280x...

i would get at least a 650w however my personal suggestion would be a 750w from antec, corsair, xfx or seasonic. the prices arent all that bad so it should be within budget.


Hum... Would I be okay with this?
a b 4 Gaming
January 1, 2014 9:01:19 PM

xfx core edition 750w?

yeah, that would work perfectly fine.
January 1, 2014 10:47:57 PM

ssddx said:
xfx core edition 750w?

yeah, that would work perfectly fine.


Alrighty then! Thanks for all the help, guys!
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