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March 22, 2014 9:21:30 PM

Hello, I am in need of some advice on a computer that I am building. First let me say that, this is my first attempt at putting a computer together, even conceptually. My knowledge of computers and their inner workings is some what limited. (Although I have learned a lot, and I have an open mind). My main goal with this computer is to be able to play games like WoW, ESO, and Titanfall at High-Ultra-Max settings at 40+ FPS (Preferably 60) My budget goal is under $1000 USD (excluding Monitors and Peripherals)*
That being said I really like what I have seen and read about the AMD FX series of Processors and have chosen to build around the AMD FX 6300. Currently what I have is as follows:

CPU: AMD FX 6300 3.5GHz 6-Core
MB: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3
GPU: Gigabyte Geforce GTX 770 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600

Now I have a few questions:
1: The GA-990FXA-UD3 only has PCI-E 2x16** slots and the GTX 770 has PCI-E 3 interface, now from what I know the generation of the PCI-E is how much band-with it allows or something. Will the GTX 770 be able to perform in a PCI-E2 slot? Will it bottleneck?

1b: If I can't use the GTX 770, what is a good alternative for PCI-E2?

2:The GTX 770 has 2GB and is GDDR5. is 2GB enough? Would it be more cost efficient to go to a GDDR3 GPU?

3:Should I stick with the AMD FX 6300 or move up to the 6350 or even the 8300/8350? Or should I switch to a different processor?

4: Is 8GB of Ram enough to play games especially on High-Ultra Settings?

5: Opinions on Cyberpowerpc/Ibuypower (sorry if this has been answered already)

*I have a total of $1400 USD allocated for the PC and Peripherals
**I can't find an AMD AM3+ socket Motherboard that has PCI-E3 slots (not sure one exists)

I know this is long but I appreciate you taking your time to read it. (Hope it's detailed enough)
Thanks in advance! Have a cookie! *Gives Cookie*

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March 23, 2014 12:15:23 AM

Hi Roar, as for the PCI-E issues you do not have to worry at all, the diff between PCIE gen 3 and 2 is really minor and you won't even notice it..we're taking about 1~2 % performance difference here.......not to mention that you must have a cpu that supports pci e 3 along with a pcie gen 3 supporting motherboard and graphics card,,so even if your graphics card and motherboard supports the pcie gen 3 and your cpu doesn't..you will still be running at pcie gen 2


good choice with the RAM...and 8GB is more than enough for gaming at any settings you want


2Gb of gpu memory is great for a single monitor..even if you intend to add a multi monitor system later,,,it will still be efficient memory....and ofc you don't want to go for a GDDR3 gpu

as for the cpu...if your budget won't hold you back, get the 8350


hope this 'll help....good luck with your new build ;) 
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March 23, 2014 6:04:07 AM

merandos said:
Hi Roar, as for the PCI-E issues you do not have to worry at all, the diff between PCIE gen 3 and 2 is really minor and you won't even notice it..we're taking about 1~2 % performance difference here.......not to mention that you must have a cpu that supports pci e 3 along with a pcie gen 3 supporting motherboard and graphics card,,so even if your graphics card and motherboard supports the pcie gen 3 and your cpu doesn't..you will still be running at pcie gen 2


good choice with the RAM...and 8GB is more than enough for gaming at any settings you want

2Gb of gpu memory is great for a single monitor..even if you intend to add a multi monitor system later,,,it will still be efficient memory....and ofc you don't want to go for a GDDR3 gpu

as for the cpu...if your budget won't hold you back, get the 8350


hope this 'll help....good luck with your new build ;) 


How many cores will actually be used if I do go to the FX 8350? Will they be a waste?
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March 26, 2014 2:15:19 AM

All of the cores will be used and no it won't be a waste at all....its just the FX 8350 is *quite* more of a futureproof CPU than the 6350....so unless you're tight on a budget.....go for the 8350

NOTE : the FX 6350 won't hold you back at any game though
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