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February 14, 2014 4:45:51 PM

Since mid-January I have been working on a budget $700 gaming build and have been accruing parts for a March 1st build date. I might be able to extend that to $750.

I am down to the last three parts - the CPU, motherboard, and GPU.

Due to buying a PSU too early (it was literally the first thing I ordered...), power-wise I am limited to the GTX 760 and the R9 280x and the latter is too overpriced.

This leaves me to the two hardest decisions, I have about $200 (maybe $250) for the CPU and motherboard, and I have few questions.

1) Is it worth switching up the motherboard to retain the ability to get another GTX 760 and more powerful PSU and SLI 4-5 years from now? Or would it just be better to upgrade the GPU then instead?
2) Is the FX-6300 a good processor?
3) I keep reading that Intel processors are better even if they have less cores. For example, laptop uses a quad-core i7-2670QM, which is a couple years old but still appears to be on par with the hexa-core AMD FX 6300 (http://cpuboss.com/cpus/Intel-Core-i7-2670QM-vs-AMD-FX-...).
4) Assuming I stick with an AMD FX series CPU, would it make more sense to spend the extra $50 to upgrade to an 8-core (e.g., FX-8320 or FX-8350) or to upgrade to an SLI-capable MB (e.g., ASUS M5A99FX PRO R2.0)?

Thanks!

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($94.79 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (Purchased For $76.49)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (Purchased For $59.99)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Rosewill R5 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (Purchased For $49.99)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 550W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (Purchased For $49.99)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer (Purchased For $16.99)
Total: $708.22
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-14 19:17 EST-0500)

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February 14, 2014 5:01:44 PM

Better board with a stronger 8+2 power design and SLI compatible.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($126.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $236.97
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-14 20:00 EST-0500)
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February 14, 2014 5:07:23 PM

Get your cpu and mobo from microcenter.com They will save you at least 40 dollars on your build.
Your cpu/mobo combo you have chosen is for 164 on microcenter http://www.microcenter.com/site/products/amd_bundles.as...

With that extra cash, you can go buy a better gpu. In fact, you can instead get the msi mobo and save even more.(the 970a-g46 is a really good mobo if you do not plan on overclocking too much. That should save you about 70 dollars and you can buy a better gpu, like the 770 gtx. And yes, it is better to upgrade ur mobo along with your cpu later when u upgrade your computer. Also, the 6300 is a great processor and you dont need an 8-core. Spend your money on something that actually makes a HUGE difference.And btw, are you going to buy a os? and wifi adapter?
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February 14, 2014 5:14:54 PM

Intel has better quality processors, but are extremely overpriced. You can buy an fx 6300, for about 110, which is on par with an intel i5, but intel i5 is still 70 dollars more. Save your money with amd. As long as you dont burn your processor, you should be fine. I own the 6300, so this is why i can relate. Oh and btw, nearly all mobo's right now are sli compatible.
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February 14, 2014 6:58:01 PM

I bought Windows 8 from my university for $15. I will be getting a wifi card, but I am not including it in the budget.

The GTX 770 needs more amps than my PSU can give it. The M5A97 and other 970 chipset MBs can only do 16x/4x SLI, which I hear is not good.
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February 14, 2014 6:59:11 PM

The one I posted above will run 2 cards.
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February 14, 2014 7:41:32 PM

leftisthominid said:
I bought Windows 8 from my university for $15. I will be getting a wifi card, but I am not including it in the budget.

The GTX 770 needs more amps than my PSU can give it. The M5A97 and other 970 chipset MBs can only do 16x/4x SLI, which I hear is not good.


http://www.overclock.net/t/819348/16x-16x-vs-16x-4x-gtx...
You only lose about 5% in performance. If you think that u need to pay much more for 5% boost, get the more expensive motherboard. I would save my money and buy a faster gpu, personally. Both motherboards will run both cards. If you plan on sli, you wont notice the difference ( approx 2 fps? ) And remember, if u oc your gpu or cpu just a bit, you should be set

You also stated that the 550w wont be able to run a 770. It actually will if you dont plan on ocing too much. If you sli in the future, then u should upgrade ur psu. if you dont, u should be fine.
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February 14, 2014 8:51:12 PM

RandomUs3er said:
leftisthominid said:
I bought Windows 8 from my university for $15. I will be getting a wifi card, but I am not including it in the budget.

The GTX 770 needs more amps than my PSU can give it. The M5A97 and other 970 chipset MBs can only do 16x/4x SLI, which I hear is not good.


http://www.overclock.net/t/819348/16x-16x-vs-16x-4x-gtx...
You only lose about 5% in performance. If you think that u need to pay much more for 5% boost, get the more expensive motherboard. I would save my money and buy a faster gpu, personally. Both motherboards will run both cards. If you plan on sli, you wont notice the difference ( approx 2 fps? ) And remember, if u oc your gpu or cpu just a bit, you should be set

You also stated that the 550w wont be able to run a 770. It actually will if you dont plan on ocing too much. If you sli in the future, then u should upgrade ur psu. if you dont, u should be fine.


See http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-2004857/rosewill...
My PSU does not have enough amps on the 12V rail.

If I want to go above the GTX 760, I would need to get a new PSU or I would need to go for the HD 7950 or the R9 280x, all of which would break the budget.
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