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June 3, 2014 1:24:08 PM

Hello there, I want to build my own pc

case: bitfenix comrade
mobo: 990fxa-ud3
cpu: ?
gpu: r9 270 asus cu ii
xfx power supply 550w
hdd: wd 1tb
ram: g.skill ripjaws x cl7 1600mhz 2x4gb

I wanted to know if I could buy a fx 8320 but without buying an aftermarket cooler or a fx 6300...
Would it be ok without oc'ing or would it be better if I would go with the 95watt cpu?

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June 3, 2014 1:27:17 PM

Both cards can be overclocked fine. They are both fine without overclocking, as well. AMD FX CPUs usually will always need an aftermarket CPU cooler, due to lots of heat radiating from the CPU, and the power draw.
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June 3, 2014 1:30:00 PM

bfitzpatrick said:
Both cards can be overclocked fine. They are both fine without overclocking, as well. AMD FX CPUs usually will always need an aftermarket CPU cooler, due to lots of heat radiating from the CPU, and the power draw.


Yes but the fx 6300 is a 95watt cpu and the fx 8320 a 125watt, I don't really care about the 30$ more if the 8320 will hold the system longer but I don't want to buy a aftermarket cooler and I want to do a crossfire when the r9 270 isn't enough anymore to play games on high so I won't have to buy one better gpu...

I could go with a i5 4440 and a cheap mobo, it would be fine too but the mobo wouldn't be that good, I won't be able to o.c. in the future and I won't be able to do a crossfire, but the i5 would be cooler
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June 3, 2014 1:33:54 PM

You don't necessarily need a CPU cooler, as you can always get one later. Really, now it is down to your personal preference. If you want the overall better CPU, go with the 8320.
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June 3, 2014 1:34:35 PM

The 8320 won't bottleneck the system when you decide to run a crossfire. You can just get it now and add on an aftermarket cooler down the line.
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June 3, 2014 1:36:18 PM

no matter what/over clock you will need an aftermarket cooler....... amd or intel..............

by the time the 270 "needs" to be cross-fired there will be a better single card option that will make more sense.

I would get the 8320. can get one for $139 at tigerdirect right now.

the intel with a cheap motherboard.......... over clock won't be the same as with an asus high end board but I wouldn't worry about it. get some really fast ram and boost that.
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June 3, 2014 1:37:15 PM

bfitzpatrick said:
You don't necessarily need a CPU cooler, as you can always get one later. Really, now it is down to your personal preference. If you want the overall better CPU, go with the 8320.


Yeah, I just asked because I have seen in many threads people saying that the cpu is very hot, and sometimes the computer is turning off because of the heat (like my laptop, I have a fx 2-core)

swifty_morgan said:
no matter what/over clock you will need an aftermarket cooler....... amd or intel..............

by the time the 270 "needs" to be cross-fired there will be a better single card option that will make more sense.

I would get the 8320. can get one for $139 at tigerdirect right now.

the intel with a cheap motherboard.......... over clock won't be the same as with an asus high end board but I wouldn't worry about it. get some really fast ram and boost that.


Which gpu would you advise me to buy, the r9 270 is 163 euros in my country (I live in greece so I can't buy something from america too high taxes)
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June 3, 2014 1:38:23 PM

When you are ready to overclock, get a CPU cooler.
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June 3, 2014 1:46:12 PM

Would there be a big difference between fx 8320 and fx 6300? and will a fx 6300 bottleneck the crossfire?
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June 3, 2014 1:48:46 PM

i don't shop in your country. would get lost if i tried. sorry.
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June 3, 2014 1:50:13 PM

I could not recommend AMD right now. AM3+ is now a dead platform. There is no upgrade path beyond the FX 8320. What is your budget for this system?
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June 3, 2014 1:52:11 PM

logainofhades said:
I could not recommend AMD right now. AM3+ is now a dead platform. There is no upgrade path beyond the FX 8320. What is your budget for this system?


totally agree with you, but the intel cpus are expensive so I will have to buy a cheap mobo...
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June 3, 2014 1:53:33 PM

Intel doesn't need an expensive motherboard, unless you overclock or are running multi card setups. We can probably come up with something pretty close in Euros for you. PCpartpicker has a German selection. It is usually the most reliable one when looking up parts in Europe.
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June 3, 2014 1:59:07 PM

logainofhades said:
Intel doesn't need an expensive motherboard, unless you overclock or are running multi card setups. We can probably come up with something pretty close in Euros for you. PCpartpicker has a German selection. It is usually the most reliable one when looking up parts in Europe.


so for example, fx 6300 and the 990fxa would be like a h81-hds glan audio mobo and an intel i5 4440 cpu...

so in this case would the i5 be better than the fx 6300? or maybe even better than the fx 8320? but in the future if I want to o.c. (which I don't really like because the stability of the system is lost) I will need to buy a better mobo... that's the problem
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June 3, 2014 2:06:56 PM

You really don't need to overclock the i5. It is already pretty powerful on its own. The FX 6300 @ 4.7ghz cannot even catch my i5 3570 at stock. Even an i3 4130/4150 can beat an FX 6300, unless you give it a healthy overclock. FX 6300 and the board you are looking at would be about €205.40, where as an i5 4440 and a B85 pro 4 would be about €219.12, using PCpartpicker. To even come close to the performance of the i5, you would need aftermarket cooling as well, making the price closer to €238.73.
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June 3, 2014 2:15:04 PM

logainofhades said:
You really don't need to overclock the i5. It is already pretty powerful on its own. The FX 6300 @ 4.7ghz cannot even catch my i5 3570 at stock. Even an i3 4130/4150 can beat an FX 6300, unless you give it a healthy overclock. FX 6300 and the board you are looking at would be about €205.40, where as an i5 4440 and a B85 pro 4 would be about €219.12, using PCpartpicker. To even come close to the performance of the i5, you would need aftermarket cooling as well, making the price closer to €238.73.


Could you suggest me a nice cheap mobo + i5 4440 (the b85 pro4 is good enough?)

EDIT: Just suggest me a cheap mobo :p 
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June 3, 2014 2:16:54 PM

AMD builds are usually budget builds where you give a little bit more to the gpu than you do the cpu. The 8320 can surpass a stock i5 with a good overclock. But if you don't want to overclock the cpu, your money would be best spent on an i5.
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June 3, 2014 2:22:26 PM

I forgot to mention again, I will need a mobo on which I will be able to do a crossfire with 2 r9 270
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June 3, 2014 2:27:03 PM

logainofhades said:
Cheapest Intel board that will give you proper support for CF or SLI.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (€97.23 @ Hardwareversand)
Total: €97.23
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-03 23:23 CEST+0200)


Nice, these all changes will get 30 euros of my budget, but I guess this mobo will be good for a nice o.c too in the future... it's 101 euros in my country so no big difference...

EDIT: Maybe better going for a cheap mobo and spend more money and get a r9 280 gpu, so I will not need to do a crossfire...
if you could suggest me a very cheap and nice mobo it would be nice... sorry for the trouble and thanks for all your help
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June 3, 2014 2:31:18 PM

OCmyJob said:
bfitzpatrick said:
Both cards can be overclocked fine. They are both fine without overclocking, as well. AMD FX CPUs usually will always need an aftermarket CPU cooler, due to lots of heat radiating from the CPU, and the power draw.


Yes but the fx 6300 is a 95watt cpu and the fx 8320 a 125watt, I don't really care about the 30$ more if the 8320 will hold the system longer but I don't want to buy a aftermarket cooler and I want to do a crossfire when the r9 270 isn't enough anymore to play games on high so I won't have to buy one better gpu...

I could go with a i5 4440 and a cheap mobo, it would be fine too but the mobo wouldn't be that good, I won't be able to o.c. in the future and I won't be able to do a crossfire, but the i5 would be cooler


The 6300 is a 95 watt cpu at stock settings. Once its overclocked you can throw that 95 watt rating right out the window. Once its overclocked to 4.0 GHz it is a 125 watt cpu just like a 6350.
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June 3, 2014 4:38:35 PM

OCmyJob said:
logainofhades said:
Cheapest Intel board that will give you proper support for CF or SLI.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (€97.23 @ Hardwareversand)
Total: €97.23
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-03 23:23 CEST+0200)


Nice, these all changes will get 30 euros of my budget, but I guess this mobo will be good for a nice o.c too in the future... it's 101 euros in my country so no big difference...

EDIT: Maybe better going for a cheap mobo and spend more money and get a r9 280 gpu, so I will not need to do a crossfire...
if you could suggest me a very cheap and nice mobo it would be nice... sorry for the trouble and thanks for all your help


The B85 pro4 will work just fine for you, unless you can find an H97 pro4 somewhere, so you can have future Broadwell support.
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