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PC for Next Gen Gaming (GTA 5, Witcher 3, Shadow of Mordor etc)

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July 2, 2014 12:27:06 PM

I've decided to take my gaming to the next level and purchase a gaming PC sometime later this year. Would this setup be good for gaming at 1080p on one moniter, running AAA next gen games such as The Witcher 3. If you have any recommendations do tell!

PCS MAELSTROM T900 BLACK GAMING CASE
AMD FX-8350 Eight Core CPU (4.00GHz/8MB CACHE/AM3+)
ASUS® M5A97 LE R2.0 (DDR3, USB3.0, 6Gb/s)
8GB KINGSTON HYPER-X FURY DUAL-DDR3 1600MHz (1 x 8GB)
3GB NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 780
120GB KINGSTON V300 SSD
1TB 3.5" SATA-III 6GB/s HDD 7200RPM 32MB CACHE
CORSAIR 750W RM SERIES™ MODULAR 80 PLUS® GOLD, ULTRA QUIET (£89)
Corsair H55 Hydro Series High Performance CPU Cooler (£39)
July 2, 2014 12:28:12 PM

Dont go with AMD i made that mistake :( 
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July 2, 2014 12:29:25 PM

Mustangrock12 said:
Dont go with AMD i made that mistake :( 


How come?
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July 2, 2014 12:31:58 PM

It runs very hot and Intel's equivalent is way better. i would get a 4770k it costs a little more but its way better trust me.
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July 2, 2014 12:34:18 PM

Mustangrock12 said:
It runs very hot and Intel's equivalent is way better. i would get a 4770k it costs a little more but its way better trust me.


Does the fact that the FX-8350 has 8 cores make any difference
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July 2, 2014 12:34:49 PM

Mustangrock12 said:
It runs very hot and Intel's equivalent is way better. i would get a 4770k it costs a little more but its way better trust me.


If you want to go Intel, stick with the i5-4690k, the i7 CPUs are not worth it for gaming. Also, I wouldn't say $145 is a small difference.
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July 2, 2014 12:35:57 PM

hermitkrab105 said:
Mustangrock12 said:
It runs very hot and Intel's equivalent is way better. i would get a 4770k it costs a little more but its way better trust me.


Does the fact that the FX-8350 has 8 cores make any difference


Not in most games. It's still able to run all modern games very easily though.
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July 2, 2014 12:36:26 PM

i found it at a microcenter for like 10-25 bucks more ?
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July 2, 2014 12:40:36 PM

Eduello said:
hermitkrab105 said:
Mustangrock12 said:
It runs very hot and Intel's equivalent is way better. i would get a 4770k it costs a little more but its way better trust me.


Does the fact that the FX-8350 has 8 cores make any difference


Not in most games. It's still able to run all modern games very easily though.

Cool, I'll go for the FX-8350, it fits with the recommended specs for shadow of mordor (even though they look hugely inflated).
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July 2, 2014 12:47:44 PM

@hermitkrab105: In that case I have some additional recommendations:
1. Change that motherboard, it doesn't have a very good thermal design. This would be a lot better: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-ga...
2. That PSU isn't great, I would recommend a 600W+ PSU from XFX, Seasonic, or Corsair (AX, TX, and HX units only).

EDIT: Getting a 2x4GB kit of RAM might also be a good idea since it will run in dual channel mode.
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July 2, 2014 12:50:27 PM

You probably want to avoid the 8350 and go with a 4690k instead. It is generally superior in almost all gaming scenarios. If you were instead making a POV-Ray render machine that also happened to game, maybe it might make sense, but if the primary purpose is gaming then Intel is generally teh way to go.
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July 2, 2014 12:58:00 PM

There are several Ivy-Bridge and Haswell i5 sku's near the same price that I would consider before going with the power hog, brute force architecture that AMD uses. Gaming benchmarks show that just about any modern non-k sku i5 can hold it's own against even heavily overclocked octocore FX-8xxx cpu's. While using little more than half the power.

But with the 8350 you at least have bragging rights to more cores, clock speed, L2 and L3 cache. :) 
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July 2, 2014 1:13:15 PM

Eduello said:
@hermitkrab105: In that case I have some additional recommendations:
1. Change that motherboard, it doesn't have a very good thermal design. This would be a lot better: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-ga...
2. That PSU isn't great, I would recommend a 600W+ PSU from XFX, Seasonic, or Corsair (AX, TX, and HX units only).

EDIT: Getting a 2x4GB kit of RAM might also be a good idea since it will run in dual channel mode.


Thanks for the advice, I'll definitely consider it when I purchase the parts
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July 2, 2014 1:15:00 PM

Jeffs0418 said:
There are several Ivy-Bridge and Haswell i5 sku's near the same price that I would consider before going with the power hog, brute force architecture that AMD uses. Gaming benchmarks show that just about any modern non-k sku i5 can hold it's own against even heavily overclocked octocore FX-8xxx cpu's. While using little more than half the power.

But with the 8350 you at least have bragging rights to more clock speed,L2 and L3 cache. :) 


Yeah, the 8350 certainly looks like a beast on paper. My reason for choosing the 8350 is due to it fitting with Shadow of Mordor's recommended specs
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July 2, 2014 4:16:31 PM

hermitkrab105 said:
Yeah, the 8350 certainly looks like a beast on paper. My reason for choosing the 8350 is due to it fitting with Shadow of Mordor's recommended specs


That's the problem, the marketing speak looks great but then you sit it down with some supposed 'next gen' games like watch dogs which recommended an 8 core or an i7-3770 or higher and you notice the AMD just barely squeak by an i5-3550 which runs at only 3.3 Ghz. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/watch-dogs-pc-perfo...

Something like the 4690k will run at 3.5Ghz natively, and when overclocked should scale much nicer with the better single thread performance for games, and since it's a generation newer than the 3550 in that test it's slightly faster (only marginally) per clock already.

The 8350 is not a good choice for a rig primarily designed for gaming.

I'll quote a nice paragraph from that article I linked:

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When it comes to gaming, we rarely see the FX-8350 outperform a Core i3.







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