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July 16, 2014 2:31:11 PM

i have some hdds, ssds, hyperx 8 gb ram, and an old atx case, and a 550w psu. I want some help finding best "bang for my buck" i want a gpu,cpu, and mobo, and a case maybe . My case is ok. For $400 can you find these 3 or 4 bucks? would i want something like a fx 8320?

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July 16, 2014 2:41:04 PM

Whats your needs. For gaming, video editing, just a pc?
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July 16, 2014 2:55:01 PM

I'd suggest this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Pentium G3258 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor ($69.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($25.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G43 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($101.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 280 3GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $397.94
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

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July 16, 2014 3:12:54 PM

Thanatognomonic said:
I'd suggest this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Pentium G3258 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor ($69.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($25.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G43 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($101.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 280 3GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $397.94
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available



would this cpu be able handle this extreme gpu?
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July 16, 2014 3:13:21 PM

My wife currantly has this set up and runs games on high settings.

The fx4300 and the fx8350 difference is cores one is 2or4 the other 8. And also the power needed to run. The fx8350 will need a more powerful motherboard also.

Mobo msi 970a-g46. $80
600 or 650 power supply $150
Cpu amd fx4300. $100
Graphics gtx 660 2gb $200

A 550 power supply might be enough.
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July 16, 2014 3:13:22 PM

bellbell098 said:
Whats your needs. For gaming, video editing, just a pc?


gaming, entertainment, maybe live streaming
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July 16, 2014 3:17:16 PM

bellbell098 said:
My wife currantly has this set up and runs games on high settings.

The fx4300 and the fx8350 difference is cores one is 2or4 the other 8. And also the power needed to run. The fx8350 will need a more powerful motherboard also.

Mobo msi 970a-g46. $80
600 or 650 power supply $150
Cpu amd fx4300. $100
Graphics gtx 660 2gb $200

A 550 power supply might be enough.


So a the only real difference is cores between the 8 and 6 core fx builds? so would a 6 core fx be fine? would it bottleneck?
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July 16, 2014 3:19:10 PM

When overclocked the Pentium G3258 puts out some amazing performance. It's also incredibly good at over-clocking! (people have gotta 4.8Ghz on air cooling!)
Here's it video comparing it to a i7-4790k (the results are surprising) : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evXpqpNhu_Y

Graphs and a brief talk about the overclockability of the chip starts at 3:30
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July 16, 2014 3:22:58 PM

Oops didnt mean to upvote that. Uhm...
So if your ram is ddr3 then the motherboard i listed will work. Her setup can run planetside 2 ultra settings in 1920x1080 with 40-120 frames.

She has 12gb ram but never exceeds 6. So 8 should be fine.

Im working currantly but. Give me an hour i will get spesifics on her case and parts. We bought her whole setup for.... 750 i think. Something to keep in mind do you have the Operating system, mouse keybourd monitor exc,
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July 16, 2014 3:23:33 PM

Thanatognomonic said:
When overclocked the Pentium G3258 puts out some amazing performance. It's also incredibly good at over-clocking! (people have gotta 4.8Ghz on air cooling!)
Here's it video comparing it to a i7-4790k (the results are surprising) : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evXpqpNhu_Y

Graphs and a brief talk about the overclockability of the chip starts at 3:30


currently, i have an amd a10-5800k, and ik horrible choice. is there a cpu cooler and maybe new motherboard and gpu you could posibly find? what is the best gpu that i can use?
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July 16, 2014 3:25:40 PM

My wifes cpu does bottle-neck a little but that will-not change between the 4300 or the 8300 the multicore processes are better but games use 2 cores so a 8 core processer wont gain performance over a 2 core. Most of the time. What games are you planning-on.
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July 16, 2014 3:27:08 PM

bellbell098 said:
Oops didnt mean to upvote that. Uhm...
So if your ram is ddr3 then the motherboard i listed will work. Her setup can run planetside 2 ultra settings in 1920x1080 with 40-120 frames.

She has 12gb ram but never exceeds 6. So 8 should be fine.

Im working currantly but. Give me an hour i will get spesifics on her case and parts. We bought her whole setup for.... 750 i think. Something to keep in mind do you have the Operating system, mouse keybourd monitor exc,


I have a pc currently, and my moms work has an old IT closet. I have a gaming mouse, mechanical keyboard (ps/2) monitor, maybe salvage case, have 8gb 1600 ddr3,, couple hdds, and an ssd. i have an amd a10-5800k apu, which i regret. its an ok processor but the built in gpu is trash...Is there any video card and cpu cooler i can get to keep same cpu and use a completely different gpu? the apu runs a little hot.
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July 16, 2014 3:39:07 PM

The CM 212 EVO is a great, cheap and reliable cooler that will work with your processor.
The installation of it is a little fiddly, it took me about 15-20 minutes to install it my first time.

I'd say that the R9 270 would be a good card to pair with the APU.
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July 16, 2014 3:52:28 PM

Thanatognomonic said:
The CM 212 EVO is a great, cheap and reliable cooler that will work with your processor.
The installation of it is a little fiddly, it took me about 15-20 minutes to install it my first time.

I'd say that the R9 270 would be a good card to pair with the APU.


sweet.would the apu and r9 be better, or the over clocked pentium with a 750x ti?
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July 16, 2014 3:58:25 PM

bellbell098 said:
My wifes cpu does bottle-neck a little but that will-not change between the 4300 or the 8300 the multicore processes are better but games use 2 cores so a 8 core processer wont gain performance over a 2 core. Most of the time. What games are you planning-on.


I would play league, dota, killing floor,bf3,dayz. i would like to stream league though
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July 16, 2014 4:09:07 PM

when you say it runs hot. how hot. the stock cooler should keep it in the safe range as long as you dont OC it and the specs of your currant cpu look good but the socket fm2 throws the motherboard i posted out of the question.
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July 16, 2014 4:14:51 PM

tommulvey said:
Thanatognomonic said:
The CM 212 EVO is a great, cheap and reliable cooler that will work with your processor.
The installation of it is a little fiddly, it took me about 15-20 minutes to install it my first time.

I'd say that the R9 270 would be a good card to pair with the APU.


sweet.would the apu and r9 be better, or the over clocked pentium with a 750x ti?


What I put up above would be the optimal (Pentium + R9 280). But if it was between these two the APU/R9 would be the best combination.
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July 16, 2014 4:15:50 PM

bellbell098 said:
when you say it runs hot. how hot. the stock cooler should keep it in the safe range as long as you dont OC it and the specs of your currant cpu look good but the socket fm2 throws the motherboard i posted out of the question.


acciedently said you were best answer... and if i play league my systeam just runs hot. if i want to play gpu heavy games do i keep this apu, overclock the pentium, or go with a 8/6 core cpu?
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July 16, 2014 4:18:16 PM

Thanatognomonic said:
tommulvey said:
Thanatognomonic said:
The CM 212 EVO is a great, cheap and reliable cooler that will work with your processor.
The installation of it is a little fiddly, it took me about 15-20 minutes to install it my first time.

I'd say that the R9 270 would be a good card to pair with the APU.


sweet.would the apu and r9 be better, or the over clocked pentium with a 750x ti?


What I put up above would be the optimal (Pentium + R9 280). But if it was between these two the APU/R9 would be the best combination.


i dont have much knowledge on the radeon series gpu. So my apu now and a high end radeon gpu would be okay? would i be fine in live streaming? what is better for performance and live streaming
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July 16, 2014 4:23:54 PM

This will give you great performance for fairly low price. and your 550 watt should handle it.

MSI 970a-g46 $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
AMD fx6300 $120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?gclid=Cj0KEQ...
EVGA gtx 750ti 2gb $150
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Thermaltake Case $40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This setup allows for SLI if you ever decide to also.
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July 16, 2014 4:33:47 PM

bellbell098 said:
This will give you great performance for fairly low price. and your 550 watt should handle it.

MSI 970a-g46 $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
AMD fx6300 $120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
EVGA gtx 660 2gb $210
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Thermaltake Case $40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This setup allows for SLI if you ever decide to also.


so i can overlock this, and it is better then my current apu?
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July 16, 2014 4:45:24 PM

bellbell098 said:
if you want to overclock you got to go with a better MoBo probably double the price.

heres a good link if you wanted to build a pc from the ground up
http://www.maximumpc.com/build_pc_recommended_builds_ap...


ill probably wont overclock. but out of the three, what is best

amd a10-5800k with a high radeon gpu
amd fx with some 660ti or 750ti (high gefeorce chipset)
or
overclocked pentium g2385 with a high gpu


sorry for all the questions :p 
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July 16, 2014 4:55:29 PM

It's better asking now then regretting later!

The FX-6300/FX-8320 overclocked or the pentium G2358 overclocked will bring you the best results. The 8320 will give you the most performance, but it will be the costliest AND a 550W power supply may not be enough if you overclock.
I have the 660ti in my own rig and it performs great. If you can get one cheaper than a R9 270x then i'd do that. If an R9 280 is cheaper then get that. It has THE BEST performance out of the 3.
All in all, if you can afford it, buying the FX-8320/R9 280, 660ti or R9 270x will brag you the best results. I would suggest going with AMD due to mantle.
If you don't overclock, then the FX-8320 will work fine with your 550W PSU, IF the PSU is good quality.
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July 16, 2014 4:58:56 PM

Thanatognomonic said:
It's better asking now then regretting later!

The FX-6300/FX-8320 overclocked or the pentium G2358 overclocked will bring you the best results. The 8320 will give you the most performance, but it will be the costliest AND a 550W power supply may not be enough if you overclock.
I have the 660ti in my own rig and it performs great. If you can get one cheaper than a R9 270x then i'd do that. If an R9 280 is cheaper then get that. It has THE BEST performance out of the 3.
All in all, if you can afford it, buying the FX-8320/R9 280, 660ti or R9 270x will brag you the best results. I would suggest going with AMD due to mantle.
If you don't overclock, then the FX-8320 will work fine with your 550W PSU, IF the PSU is good quality.


thanks! ill try to get the 8 core, if not 6.will probably be able to spen 450 on this stuff aswell. Is the 770 or 660 better? is there a real reason to pay more?

edit: my friend has a 500w psu with the 8 core amd fx (not sure which one) and a gefeorce card, and has no problems
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July 16, 2014 5:01:36 PM

If i were you and wanted a good PC from fresh i would do this build.

Case $40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Motherboard $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Power Supply $65
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU $120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Cooler $80 (way over kill i have this for my 17 3770k OC to 4.2 and tems are about 70c)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU $150
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?gclid=Cj0KEQ...
Ram $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Optical Drive (DVD/CD) $25
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

TOTAL 790

This does not allow for your CPU to be overclocked but does allow for nvidia SLI


you said you have HDD, SSD, RAM, and you Powersupply at 550watt should be ok. so take off $295

at about $500 now and if you go with the stock cooler your at $415. and if you got a opticl drive already your down to $390
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July 16, 2014 5:02:46 PM

tommulvey said:
Thanatognomonic said:
It's better asking now then regretting later!

The FX-6300/FX-8320 overclocked or the pentium G2358 overclocked will bring you the best results. The 8320 will give you the most performance, but it will be the costliest AND a 550W power supply may not be enough if you overclock.
I have the 660ti in my own rig and it performs great. If you can get one cheaper than a R9 270x then i'd do that. If an R9 280 is cheaper then get that. It has THE BEST performance out of the 3.
All in all, if you can afford it, buying the FX-8320/R9 280, 660ti or R9 270x will brag you the best results. I would suggest going with AMD due to mantle.
If you don't overclock, then the FX-8320 will work fine with your 550W PSU, IF the PSU is good quality.


thanks! ill try to get the 8 core, if not 6.will probably be able to spen 450 on this stuff aswell. Is the 770 or 660 better? is there a real reason to pay more?

edit: my friend has a 500w psu with the 8 core amd fx (not sure which one) and a gefeorce card, and has no problems


now the problem with the 8 core is that MoBo has issues with throttling the CPU down cause of heat. i would stick with a 6core to keep the price and heat down.

also the 660 does have better stats vs the 750 but to keep down price go with 750. and google is a great asset to compare. just search google for benchmark tests or blank vs blank for side by side comparison.
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July 16, 2014 5:17:11 PM

bellbell098 said:
If i were you and wanted a good PC from fresh i would do this build.

Case $40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Motherboard $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Power Supply $65
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU $120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Cooler $80 (way over kill i have this for my 17 3770k OC to 4.2 and tems are about 70c)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU $150
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?gclid=Cj0KEQ...
Ram $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Optical Drive (DVD/CD) $25
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

TOTAL 790

This does not allow for your CPU to be overclocked but does allow for nvidia SLI


you said you have HDD, SSD, RAM, and you Powersupply at 550watt should be ok. so take off $295

at about $500 now and if you go with the stock cooler your at $415. and if you got a opticl drive already your down to $390


dont need cooler, in think i will stick to my case, and buy fans. psu fine. dont even use my optical drive. thanks :D . ill go with 6 core and probably use gpu you sent me. or maybe ill keep apu and just get a 660 and buy a better cpu cooler
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July 16, 2014 5:20:03 PM

tommulvey said:
bellbell098 said:
If i were you and wanted a good PC from fresh i would do this build.

Case $40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Motherboard $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Power Supply $65
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU $120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Cooler $80 (way over kill i have this for my 17 3770k OC to 4.2 and tems are about 70c)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU $150
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?gclid=Cj0KEQ...
Ram $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Optical Drive (DVD/CD) $25
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

TOTAL 790

This does not allow for your CPU to be overclocked but does allow for nvidia SLI


you said you have HDD, SSD, RAM, and you Powersupply at 550watt should be ok. so take off $295

at about $500 now and if you go with the stock cooler your at $415. and if you got a opticl drive already your down to $390


dont need cooler, in think i will stick to my case, and buy fans. psu fine. dont even use my optical drive. thanks :D . ill go with 6 core and probably use gpu you sent me. or maybe ill keep apu and just get a 660 and buy a better cpu cooler


just remember the MoBo I show will not take you currant CPUs fx2 socket and make sure the motherboard will fit on the rails of your currant case.
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July 16, 2014 5:28:01 PM

bellbell098 said:
tommulvey said:
bellbell098 said:
If i were you and wanted a good PC from fresh i would do this build.

Case $40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Motherboard $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Power Supply $65
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU $120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Cooler $80 (way over kill i have this for my 17 3770k OC to 4.2 and tems are about 70c)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU $150
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?gclid=Cj0KEQ...
Ram $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Optical Drive (DVD/CD) $25
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

TOTAL 790

This does not allow for your CPU to be overclocked but does allow for nvidia SLI


you said you have HDD, SSD, RAM, and you Powersupply at 550watt should be ok. so take off $295

at about $500 now and if you go with the stock cooler your at $415. and if you got a opticl drive already your down to $390


dont need cooler, in think i will stick to my case, and buy fans. psu fine. dont even use my optical drive. thanks :D . ill go with 6 core and probably use gpu you sent me. or maybe ill keep apu and just get a 660 and buy a better cpu cooler


just remember the MoBo I show will not take you currant CPUs fx2 socket and make sure the motherboard will fit on the rails of your currant case.


yep, for right now i think i will just buy a 660 ti card, and later on buy a better cpu and maybe psu if needed. the 660 will be fine in my current mobo, and i dont really need to overclock.
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/78xTpg
just gonna aim for a quieter cooler system :D 
thanks for all the help
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