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January 19, 2014 1:56:01 PM

Hey all, I've been looking to build a pc for some mild to serious gaming along with some After Effects use and such, and I needed some input on the build. Here's the list from PC Parts Picker:

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/hsingh95/saved/3u06

Some games I'd like to be able to play include Battlefield 3/4, BioShock Infinite, etc.
Any and all input (especially on the processor/gpu) is appreciated!

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a b 4 Gaming
January 19, 2014 2:14:00 PM

-You won't need an octa-core processor, it's just a bit excessive. Just get a quad core AMD cpu at the same speed.

-Also your Graphics Card is a bit low end for the games you mentioned. I would recommend a Radeon 7770 or above. I personally have a Radeon 7850 and I love the performance.

-You may also need to bump your Power Supply up to a 500 watt as well just because of some of the power hungry components (GPU, CPU, etc.). Your power supply will also degrade in power output over time so it would eventually die on you.
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January 19, 2014 2:17:08 PM

Will you be playing BF3/4 single player or multiplayer?
In single player, and most other games, the graphics card is all important.
In multiplayer with a large number of participants, the cpu becomes more important.
Most games can use only 2-3 cores, so a fast intel quad is usually better for gaming.
I have yet to see a good benchmark of BF multiplayer showing cpu options.
It is not clear to me if more cores are more useful than faster cores.

My rule of thumb for a balanced gamer is to budget twice the cpu cost for the graphics card.
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January 19, 2014 2:34:07 PM

DonnyTechMaster said:
-You won't need an octa-core processor, it's just a bit excessive. Just get a quad core AMD cpu at the same speed.

-Also your Graphics Card is a bit low end for the games you mentioned. I would recommend a Radeon 7770 or above. I personally have a Radeon 7850 and I love the performance.

-You may also need to bump your Power Supply up to a 500 watt as well just because of some of the power hungry components (GPU, CPU, etc.). Your power supply will also degrade in power output over time so it would eventually die on you.


Okay, taking all this into account, this is what I got:
http://pcpartpicker.com/user/hsingh95/saved/3u06

However, anoori9000's build that they linked seems a little better. Thoughts?
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January 19, 2014 2:36:17 PM

geofelt said:
Will you be playing BF3/4 single player or multiplayer?
In single player, and most other games, the graphics card is all important.
In multiplayer with a large number of participants, the cpu becomes more important.
Most games can use only 2-3 cores, so a fast intel quad is usually better for gaming.
I have yet to see a good benchmark of BF multiplayer showing cpu options.
It is not clear to me if more cores are more useful than faster cores.

My rule of thumb for a balanced gamer is to budget twice the cpu cost for the graphics card.


Mostly single player, but I might dabble in multiplayer from time to time. I only chose the 8-core because I'm also gonna be using programs like Adobe After effects and such.

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a b 4 Gaming
January 19, 2014 4:43:15 PM

hsingh95 said:
geofelt said:
Will you be playing BF3/4 single player or multiplayer?
In single player, and most other games, the graphics card is all important.
In multiplayer with a large number of participants, the cpu becomes more important.
Most games can use only 2-3 cores, so a fast intel quad is usually better for gaming.
I have yet to see a good benchmark of BF multiplayer showing cpu options.
It is not clear to me if more cores are more useful than faster cores.

My rule of thumb for a balanced gamer is to budget twice the cpu cost for the graphics card.


Mostly single player, but I might dabble in multiplayer from time to time. I only chose the 8-core because I'm also gonna be using programs like Adobe After effects and such.



You still won't need an octa-core processor for that unless you plan to have about 5 different adobe after effects windows open at one time. Remember this, more cores generally only equates to better multitasking, but not necessarily better performance.
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January 19, 2014 5:05:41 PM

DonnyTechMaster said:
hsingh95 said:
geofelt said:
Will you be playing BF3/4 single player or multiplayer?
In single player, and most other games, the graphics card is all important.
In multiplayer with a large number of participants, the cpu becomes more important.
Most games can use only 2-3 cores, so a fast intel quad is usually better for gaming.
I have yet to see a good benchmark of BF multiplayer showing cpu options.
It is not clear to me if more cores are more useful than faster cores.

My rule of thumb for a balanced gamer is to budget twice the cpu cost for the graphics card.


Mostly single player, but I might dabble in multiplayer from time to time. I only chose the 8-core because I'm also gonna be using programs like Adobe After effects and such.



You still won't need an octa-core processor for that unless you plan to have about 5 different adobe after effects windows open at one time. Remember this, more cores generally only equates to better multitasking, but not necessarily better performance.


Okay, yeah, that makes sense. Is there a processor that you'd recommend? Here's the updated build:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2E1KG
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