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Buying a new gaming PC

Hey guys,so I want to buy a new gaming PC and I already have some ideas regarding the specs but I'm not sure which one to choose,since I know almost nothing about computers. Before I sart I'll let you know that my last computer broke because of an overvoltage. My CPU,CPU coller and 4gb(2x2) DDR3 RAM survieved,everything else went to the trash. Im planning on using my RAM. I'm not sure about my CPU though. It's a AMD Phenom X4 955. I want to know if I should keep that or upgrade to a better one. I'm a pretty hardcore gamer who plays BF3/BF4,Planetside2,ARMA 3,and I'm planning on buying Star Citizen. Now here are some ideas regarding the new PC:

1st.: AMD FX 6300/16GB RAM/Radeon R9 270X/1TB HDD
2nd: Intel core i5 4570/8GB RAM/GeForce GTX760/1TB HDD
3rd: Same intel CPU/16GB RAM/Radeon R9 270X/1TB HDD
4th: Intel core i5 4430/8GB RAM/Nvidie GTX760/500GB HDD
5th: AMD FX 6300/8GB RAM/GeForce GTX760/1TB HDD
EDIT: I found a 6th version: AMD FX 8350/8GB RAM/Radeon R9 270X/1TB HDD


These are all from Amazon. My other option is to get it built by a shop nearby. I would only choose the second option if my CPU was worth keeping. If so,should I OC it?(I have no idea how to do it,i could ask the shop to do it.) How much will OC shorten the lifespan of a CPU? It's already 2 years old,and I dont want to buy a new CPU after a week. Now if I choose to keep the Phenom,from the money that would have bought me a new CPU,I could buy some SSD.

So basically here are my questions: In case of the Amazon offers is 8GB RAM enough(+ the 4 I have,but im not quiet sure how to put them in.)
I have been reading,and many people say that for a gaming PC the GPU is more important than the CPU. I know the GTX760 is better than the R9 270X.but is it worth the extra money? Is my AMD Phenom good enough,or should I buy an other one? If it's good enough I could buy some SSD,I heard it makes everything much faster. So basically old CPU+SSD or new CPU but without SSD? Is the FX-6300 good enough for me,or maybe should I get a fx 8320-8350? I choose the 8xxx series from AMD I wont have the money for the GTX760. Is it worth getting a more than 4-core CPU at all? I heard not many games uses more than 4 cores,but how about in the future? Is it going to be the same,or will future games utilize all of the cores?

I hope you understand everything I wrote down here,if not feel free to ask. I you have any other suggestions feel free to share it,all suggestions/answers are welcome
EDIT: Thanks for everything,you guys helped me a lot :)
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  1. The 3rd option is definitely the best choice to play Battlefield 3 & 4, ARMA 3 and other high quality demanding games at 60-70+ FPS.

    The Intel processors you stated can't be overclocked as they are locked by the manufacturer. But overclocking can be done by almost anyone. There are many websites that can help you out.

    A SSD is a good choice for gamers.

    It is also highly sensible to have the same model by the same manufacturer to get the most out of it. But you could give it a try, but I wouldn't do it if I was in your shoes.

    I wouldn't say that the GPU is more important but both must go hand in hand to have the best performance.

    The AMD Phenom is not too good of a processor for gaming. Since you are gaming, I recommend a 4th Gen i5 or i7.

    I hope this has solve your problems. Tell me if anything is not suitable for you.
  2. Reuse your 955BE -- Put the extra cash toward a 280X and your SSD.
  3. Wisecracker said:
    Reuse your 955BE -- Put the extra cash toward a 280X and your SSD.




    I wouldn't recommend to reuse the processor as it is an old one that was released in early 2009. An i5-2500K is even better than this processor. He mentioned he will be playing Battlefield, Planetside 2 which all are high quality games. So the processor might not be able to handle it.

    In my opinion, it is not a sensible choice for the processor to run the latest games.

    http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=AMD+Phenom+II+X4+955
  4. Joeteoh99 said:
    The 3rd option is definitely the best choice to play Battlefield 3 & 4, ARMA 3 and other high quality demanding games at 60-70+ FPS.

    The Intel processors you stated can't be overclocked as they are locked by the manufacturer. But overclocking can be done by almost anyone. There are many websites that can help you out.

    A SSD is a good choice for gamers.

    It is also highly sensible to have the same model by the same manufacturer to get the most out of it. But you could give it a try, but I wouldn't do it if I was in your shoes.

    I wouldn't say that the GPU is more important but both must go hand in hand to have the best performance.

    The AMD Phenom is not too good of a processor for gaming. Since you are gaming, I recommend a 4th Gen i5 or i7.

    I hope this has solve your problems. Tell me if anything is not suitable for you.


    You said that the intel processors can't be overclocked. If i decide to OC my Phenom,would intel still be a better choise? Would the Phenom bottleneck the GPU? How abaout the FX series of the AMD? e.g. the FX6300 vs i5 4570? Maybe the intel is stronger against a not OC FX6300 but what about an OC FX 6300 vs i5 4570. Also I added a 6th option I just found,please also take a look at that. It uses the same GPU as the 3rd one,the question is,is the FX 8350 better than the i5 4570?

    Also i read that the GTX760 is better than the R9 270X. So wouldn't the 2nd option be stronger than the 3rd one? Is the 3rd stronger because of the RAM? If I use my +4GB RAM that's left from my old PC,it would give 12GB wouldnt that be enough for gaming?

    "It is also highly sensible to have the same model by the same manufacturer to get the most out of it. But you could give it a try, but I wouldn't do it if I was in your shoes." What do you refer to here?

    Thanks
  5. You can overclock intel processors.. you just need to get the 'k' model, which is 'unlocked'
  6. BF4 is graphic-card dependent, and an OC'd Deneb quad will be an excellent place holder for a future FX- chip.

    That cash is better spent on the graphics card and a small SSD. There is also no real need for 16GB of RAMs...unless your goal is to use 8-10GB on a RAM disk.
  7. Best answer
    You need to have an unlocked processor to overclock it. To know if it is unlocked, it will have a "K".

    The FX is version is still good for gaming and cheaper. But I would personally recommend the Intel processors.

    Although the overclocked AMD will perform better tha. A non-overclock processor, there is certainly no need for gaming in my opinion.

    Excellent, the R9 270X is a decent GPU and will perform well when it goes with the Intel i5-4570. Yup, you read it right, it would better if you could go with the GTX 760.

    It would be highly recommended you don't use two different models of RAM. As it will not perform well. So basically don't use a Corsair 4GB RAM and a Kingston 8GB RAM.

    Hope this can help you have a better understanding.
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