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May 20, 2014 2:20:10 PM

Hey folks. I am looking to upgrade my current rig.

The rig:

Mobo: Ga-970a-ud3 AM3+

CPU: Phenom II x4 965 BE

GPU: XFX Radeon HD 6870

PSU: PC Power and Cooling Silencer MK II 750w High performance 80PLUS silver

G.Skill Sniper Series 8 GB (2 x 4GB)

So after doing some research and working with a $600 budget I have decided to go with AMD again. So here is my new build I'm thinking of:

GPU: Radeon R9 790
(Would like to go with MSI)

CPU: FX-8320 Vishera 3.5GHz

I am aware I can get an intel set up for roughly the same money. AMD hasn't steered me wrong yet though and from my understanding the difference isn't gonna be exactly huge. If I were to go with that set up I would have to use a lower graphics card and a low end Motherboard.

I game and those vary from mmos to fps. However I'm looking for more practicality since I'm planning on making this my families main desktop and the 8320 will come in handy.

I think I need to make sure my BIOS is up to date first before moving with the FX-8320 but the mobo should be able to handle the upgrade; bought it for this reason.

I do not plan to OC anything at this time. Nor anytime soon.

A few questions then:

Will my Power Supply be able to handle the upgrade?

Is there something I potentially missed?

What would be some thoughts on using the FX-6300 or 6350?

Thanks all. If I missed a detail you need lemme know!

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May 20, 2014 2:28:38 PM

Your power supply should have plenty of power to run that setup. I'm using a 600W unit from PC P&C to run 2 HD7850's and a FX-9370. I assume you meant to type "R9 290"?
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May 20, 2014 2:33:18 PM

If it's going to be your family's main desktop, and you game MMOs a lot, Intel would be a definite recommendation. The 8320 is binned lower, therefore it's safe to assume it's lower quality and may not last as long. I would highly recommend the Intel route. Something like this is good quality, and will give you better gaming performance in general, especially in MMOs, and better everyday computing performance:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H97 PRO4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($89.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB DirectCU II Video Card ($319.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $594.96
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-20 17:31 EDT-0400)


Your PSU is definitely able to handle this upgrade :) 
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May 20, 2014 3:49:30 PM

Interesting set up. Will have to consider something like that.

And yes. I meant R9 290 lots of numbers all in my head haha.
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May 21, 2014 7:02:50 AM

Sounds good lol I was about to ask how you got a GPU from 5 years in the future :p 

And while the 290 + 8320 would give a bit better overall gaming performance, you'll be better off in CPU-intensive games like BF4, MMOs, etc. and every day computer stuff will give you a better overall experience. Just something to consider :) 

If you were strictly doing only gaming excluding MMOs the 8320 + 290 would definitely be the way to go
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