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Looking to build a new gaming machine with an existing GPU

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May 31, 2014 4:37:37 PM

Hello!

I was initially going to ask advice on CPU upgrade, but it looks like I would need to do pretty much a complete overhaul since my motherboard still has a AM3 socket.

I am looking to replace my motherboard, cpu, and ram. I am happy with my graphics card (and I obviously have cpu cooler, optical drive,etc), so I want to build my machine around it. I am running with a 650W PSU and I have not had any problems with it, so I'm hoping it will be okay for this new machine as well. I live in the US so Newegg, Amazon, TigerDirect, or any other US base companies are fair game.

My graphics card is Asus Radeon HD 7870 , and I don't plan on doing anythign crazy so I'm looking for the cheapest setup that won't bottleneck my GPU. Any advice would be much appreciated.

Thanks!

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May 31, 2014 4:54:01 PM

4670K and a Z87/Z97 motherboard are good options.

A cheaper route would be going with the FX 8320 and a AM3+ motherboard.
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May 31, 2014 5:03:06 PM

Intel route:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($228.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty Z97 Killer ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($139.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $438.95
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-31 20:31 EDT-0400)

AMD Route A:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 990FX Killer ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $324.97
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-31 23:37 EDT-0400)

AMD Route B:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $254.97
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-31 20:04 EDT-0400)

All great options, get whichever one you can afford.
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May 31, 2014 5:27:04 PM

http://sites.amd.com/us/documents/amd_fx_performance_tu... the most important thing to take from the guide is that the best speed for your cpu-nb is the speed your ram is running at plus 1 sticks speed.

Never skimp on the motherboard. The better voltage differential from a 990 chipset makes a large gaming performance increase for the fx chip.
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May 31, 2014 8:26:40 PM

i would go for the i5, is better for gaming
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