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February 6, 2014 8:13:24 AM

Hello!

I purchased a stock computer (I am a newbie) back around '07-08 probably and have never really purchased any new parts for my computer but games are becoming more demanding now and I figure I should upgrade at least some. I was wondering if this CPU + Motherboard addition would be okay/good with my current parts.

CPU: AMD-FX8320 (thinking of buying)
Mobo: ASUS M5A99FX PRO R2.0 (thinking of buying) (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008B6ONXK/ref=oh_deta...)
GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 (purchased last week)
PSU: Corsair CX750M (purchased last week)
RAM: Corsair Vengeance (2x4 GB, 1600 MHz) (will probably get since my current RAM is DDR2)
Monitor: ASUS VG248QE (1920x1080)

My budget for purchasing a new CPU+Motherboard is ~$300 but I am flexible if need be. I feel I need to upgrade my CPU regardless though because it is holding back my GPU (and in turn, need to upgrade my mobo because of that... and then my RAM because of that too... RIP wallet).

Any suggestions would be nice if that CPU+Mobo does not seem good. :) 
Thanks!

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February 6, 2014 8:22:41 AM

Nope. You've got a good thing going there. Keep in mind that the top end Intel i5's are more powerful than their AMD counterparts, but they come at a premium. And you really can't go wrong with an Asus motherboard. Great products. If you can fit it in your budget go for Intel. If not, what you've picked will suffice.

Good luck
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February 6, 2014 8:57:17 AM

clayofthe757 said:
Nope. You've got a good thing going there. Keep in mind that the top end Intel i5's are more powerful than their AMD counterparts, but they come at a premium. And you really can't go wrong with an Asus motherboard. Great products. If you can fit it in your budget go for Intel. If not, what you've picked will suffice.

Good luck


Thanks for the answer, and yes I looked into Intel CPUs but sadly I think every Quad-Core (or higher) CPU with a good speed is over $210 unless I missed a good Intel CPU + Motherboard combination. I am currently trying to save as much as possible without giving up too much performance since I know I will need to buy new RAM and possibly even a bigger case if cables get too clunky in there.
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February 6, 2014 9:06:47 AM

Don't think of using an AMD chip as a crux. They are good products. The 8320 will keep you up to speed for a good while, and (since it is unlocked) you can overclock it when you feel it's lagging. Be careful with cooling solutions with that.

Don't worry about the size of the case and cabling. Get some zip ties and open a clear path for one-way airflow. It'll be fine.

If you're considering something more expensive than that Corsair Vengeance 1600, you're wasting your time. Get those sticks and they'll show you their power. Excellent things, those.

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February 6, 2014 9:53:21 AM

clayofthe757 said:
Don't think of using an AMD chip as a crux. They are good products. The 8320 will keep you up to speed for a good while, and (since it is unlocked) you can overclock it when you feel it's lagging. Be careful with cooling solutions with that.

Don't worry about the size of the case and cabling. Get some zip ties and open a clear path for one-way airflow. It'll be fine.

If you're considering something more expensive than that Corsair Vengeance 1600, you're wasting your time. Get those sticks and they'll show you their power. Excellent things, those.

Best


Alright thank you so much! I think I will purchase the FX8320 and the ASUS Mobo in the next hour. I have a couple of zip-ties already used and some spare ones on hand. My case is stock from HP I believe and very old. The dimensions are roughly 15.6" x 6.5" x 14.7", even then I should not get a new case after purchasing the Mobo/CPU?
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February 6, 2014 10:35:05 AM

Clay is correct, all those parts will make a nice p.c., BUT will that motherboard FIT in the case. You haven't told us what that old PC is, and most "stock" computers use a microATX board. Post the brand and model and we can advise if that mobo will fit, or you might be able to tell just by looking at it.
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February 6, 2014 12:02:18 PM

nostall said:
Clay is correct, all those parts will make a nice p.c., BUT will that motherboard FIT in the case. You haven't told us what that old PC is, and most "stock" computers use a microATX board. Post the brand and model and we can advise if that mobo will fit, or you might be able to tell just by looking at it.


Hello,
I believe this is the model and brand of my stock computer (without the extra parts that I purchased obviously):
HP Pavilion a6535c
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?cc=us&lc=en...

I have been looking into the NZXT 410 Phantom case that I can get for $70 if needed but if the ventilation/space in my current stock case is alright then maybe I will not get it.
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February 6, 2014 1:40:29 PM

FTurnips said:
nostall said:
Clay is correct, all those parts will make a nice p.c., BUT will that motherboard FIT in the case. You haven't told us what that old PC is, and most "stock" computers use a microATX board. Post the brand and model and we can advise if that mobo will fit, or you might be able to tell just by looking at it.


Hello,
I believe this is the model and brand of my stock computer (without the extra parts that I purchased obviously):
HP Pavilion a6535c
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?cc=us&lc=en...

I have been looking into the NZXT 410 Phantom case that I can get for $70 if needed but if the ventilation/space in my current stock case is alright then maybe I will not get it.


The good news first: the NZXT case is a winner with really good airflow and plenty of space.
The bad news: The motherboard above will not fit into your HP case. That case will only accept a microATX board and that chipset (990x) does not come on microATX, at least not that I found.
So, unfortunately for your budget, you might have to plan on the new case; And what the hell, you deserve it !!! Afterall, when it is all built and done with it will be a new computer. (Oh yeah, gotta add a hard drive: If on a budget then get the least expensive 1 or 2TB SATA HDD you can find. You can use your old HDD, but it will have to be re-formatted and a new installation of the OS will have to be done.
If you want to save a little money, consider this CPU:
AMD FX-6300 Vishera 3.5GHz (4.1GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 95W Six-Core Desktop Processor FD6300WMHKBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Don't know where you live, but here is a link (if it works) to the same thing in the UK:
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/amd-cpu-fd6300wmhkbox
My wife's PC is running this CPU and it is quite fast.

One last thing: Don't know if you have ever built a computer before, but if you haven't and you don't have someone with experience to help you there are many guides out there for doing it. Here is one from Tom's forums:
http://www.tomshardware.com/faq/id-1657114/step-step-gu...
You also search at www.maximumpc.com They have a lot of info also.
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February 6, 2014 2:01:08 PM

nostall said:
FTurnips said:
nostall said:
Clay is correct, all those parts will make a nice p.c., BUT will that motherboard FIT in the case. You haven't told us what that old PC is, and most "stock" computers use a microATX board. Post the brand and model and we can advise if that mobo will fit, or you might be able to tell just by looking at it.


Hello,
I believe this is the model and brand of my stock computer (without the extra parts that I purchased obviously):
HP Pavilion a6535c
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?cc=us&lc=en...

I have been looking into the NZXT 410 Phantom case that I can get for $70 if needed but if the ventilation/space in my current stock case is alright then maybe I will not get it.


The good news first: the NZXT case is a winner with really good airflow and plenty of space.
The bad news: The motherboard above will not fit into your HP case. That case will only accept a microATX board and that chipset (990x) does not come on microATX, at least not that I found.
So, unfortunately for your budget, you might have to plan on the new case; And what the hell, you deserve it !!! Afterall, when it is all built and done with it will be a new computer. (Oh yeah, gotta add a hard drive: If on a budget then get the least expensive 1 or 2TB SATA HDD you can find. You can use your old HDD, but it will have to be re-formatted and a new installation of the OS will have to be done.
If you want to save a little money, consider this CPU:
AMD FX-6300 Vishera 3.5GHz (4.1GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 95W Six-Core Desktop Processor FD6300WMHKBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Don't know where you live, but here is a link (if it works) to the same thing in the UK:
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/amd-cpu-fd6300wmhkbox
My wife's PC is running this CPU and it is quite fast.

One last thing: Don't know if you have ever built a computer before, but if you haven't and you don't have someone with experience to help you there are many guides out there for doing it. Here is one from Tom's forums:
http://www.tomshardware.com/faq/id-1657114/step-step-gu...
You also search at www.maximumpc.com They have a lot of info also.


Thank you so much for the in-depth information! Yes if that is the situation then I will certainly purchase the NZXT case as it is on sale at Microcenter (I live in the US). It is alright, I am not that saddened with the fact that I have to purchase a new computer case because upgrading my GPU in turn led to having to buy a new CPU which means a new mobo, etc, so I am practically buying a new computer and the space right now currently is somewhat cramped anyways.

I forgot to mention that I have replaced my Vista with Windows 8.0 about half a year ago, does this mean I still have to get a new HDD? It is a SATA connection and the space I can live with so after all my wallet suffering I would not like to have to purchase a new hard drive but if I do then I suppose I have no choice.

Thanks for linking the FX-6300, I have looked at it but ended up going with the FX-8320 as I was willing to spend an extra $30 or so but not anymore than that on a CPU upgrade. This is my first time disassembling and assembling a computer but so far the process is not that difficult as I imagined! I already have replaced the HP computer's PSU and GPU with my list in the first post but I figure those and the RAM will be the easiest. I do have some tech-friends that would help me if I needed help but I will certainly look at that website for assistance with installing a mobo+cpu. Odds are the rest of my parts will come in tomorrow and I will build my pc then and hopefully not explode.
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February 6, 2014 2:10:23 PM

FTurnips said:
nostall said:
FTurnips said:
nostall said:
Clay is correct, all those parts will make a nice p.c., BUT will that motherboard FIT in the case. You haven't told us what that old PC is, and most "stock" computers use a microATX board. Post the brand and model and we can advise if that mobo will fit, or you might be able to tell just by looking at it.


Hello,
I believe this is the model and brand of my stock computer (without the extra parts that I purchased obviously):
HP Pavilion a6535c
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?cc=us&lc=en...

I have been looking into the NZXT 410 Phantom case that I can get for $70 if needed but if the ventilation/space in my current stock case is alright then maybe I will not get it.


The good news first: the NZXT case is a winner with really good airflow and plenty of space.
The bad news: The motherboard above will not fit into your HP case. That case will only accept a microATX board and that chipset (990x) does not come on microATX, at least not that I found.
So, unfortunately for your budget, you might have to plan on the new case; And what the hell, you deserve it !!! Afterall, when it is all built and done with it will be a new computer. (Oh yeah, gotta add a hard drive: If on a budget then get the least expensive 1 or 2TB SATA HDD you can find. You can use your old HDD, but it will have to be re-formatted and a new installation of the OS will have to be done.
If you want to save a little money, consider this CPU:
AMD FX-6300 Vishera 3.5GHz (4.1GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 95W Six-Core Desktop Processor FD6300WMHKBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Don't know where you live, but here is a link (if it works) to the same thing in the UK:
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/amd-cpu-fd6300wmhkbox
My wife's PC is running this CPU and it is quite fast.

One last thing: Don't know if you have ever built a computer before, but if you haven't and you don't have someone with experience to help you there are many guides out there for doing it. Here is one from Tom's forums:
http://www.tomshardware.com/faq/id-1657114/step-step-gu...
You also search at www.maximumpc.com They have a lot of info also.


Thank you so much for the in-depth information! Yes if that is the situation then I will certainly purchase the NZXT case as it is on sale at Microcenter (I live in the US). It is alright, I am not that saddened with the fact that I have to purchase a new computer case because upgrading my GPU in turn led to having to buy a new CPU which means a new mobo, etc, so I am practically buying a new computer and the space right now currently is somewhat cramped anyways.

I forgot to mention that I have replaced my Vista with Windows 8.0 about half a year ago, does this mean I still have to get a new HDD? It is a SATA connection and the space I can live with so after all my wallet suffering I would not like to have to purchase a new hard drive but if I do then I suppose I have no choice.

Thanks for linking the FX-6300, I have looked at it but ended up going with the FX-8320 as I was willing to spend an extra $30 or so but not anymore than that on a CPU upgrade. This is my first time disassembling and assembling a computer but so far the process is not that difficult as I imagined! I already have replaced the HP computer's PSU and GPU with my list in the first post but I figure those and the RAM will be the easiest. I do have some tech-friends that would help me if I needed help but I will certainly look at that website for assistance with installing a mobo+cpu. Odds are the rest of my parts will come in tomorrow and I will build my pc then and hopefully not explode.


You should be able to re-install W8 on the old hard drive and Yes the hard drive in your older computer will work in the new one. The reason for reformatting the drive is that all the drivers and components will be new/different/changed and Windows will not recognize them nor work with them; thus another install. Your new mobo will come with all the drivers to get it up and running once you have reinstalled Windows: sometimes you have to phone Microsoft to activate the new insstall because of the change in equipment, but I have never had to do that.
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