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August 25, 2014 1:18:34 PM

Hey guys, I'm relatively new to PC building. I've done a lot of research though and this is the build I've come up with:

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/dapperseb/saved/LfgFf7

Any suggestions on what I can do to save money without losing performance or to make it better? My budget is $1200 but I'd prefer to be on the lesser side of that. I'm going to be using it for mostly gaming, but everything else as well. Watching videos, going on the web, etc. Just general PC use with a focus on maximizing my gaming performance.

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August 25, 2014 1:21:18 PM

Get a Fx 8350 with a Hyper 212 Evo .
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August 25, 2014 1:28:01 PM

+1 to the fx 8350. It's on sale right now for a nice price.

As for the rest of the system, I mitigated the budget around to fit better parts and what not.

Got a gigabyte 970a ud3p. It's still a good overclocker, doesn't support a strong multicard set up, but it's still a good board. If you want a setup that'll support a stronger multicard system, I suggest looking at the MSI 970 gaming.

GPU, went with a marginally cheaper card. If you want to go with something cheaper and slightly better (http://pcpartpicker.com/part/club-3d-video-card-cgaxr92...) <<

Went with a xfx 650w. higher quality and more room for overclocking and what not.

Got rid of the LAN card, you don't need it as the one integrated should be able to do everything you need already.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.99 @ TigerDirect)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($69.30 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($53.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Superclocked ACX Video Card ($229.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor ($158.99 @ B&H)
Keyboard: Logitech K120 Wired Standard Keyboard ($10.82 @ B&H)
Total: $1038.01
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August 25, 2014 1:49:52 PM

That looks great! Now should I go with the liquid cooler I had initially selected or the one that Alexdiaz selected?
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August 25, 2014 1:53:15 PM

No doubt the 212 evo is cheaper. The h100i is a better cooler. The 212 will be quieter I believe, but either one works fine. The H100i will be able to support slightly higher voltages when you're overclocking, so you'll be able to get a slightly higher overclock.
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August 26, 2014 8:24:59 AM

So I just went to purchase the CPU that was suggested and the website was giving me issues, leading a customer sales rep to tell me that it has been discontinued from the site and the nearest store that has it would cost more in gas than it's worth to get there. Any other suggestions? I'm open to a slightly more expensive one if necessary to maintain or improve performance.
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August 26, 2014 11:03:05 AM

If you want to stay with AMD's fx 83xx series, I recommend getting a fx 8320 if you're overclocking. It's just a lower clocked 8350 and potentially can achieve the same overclocks as the 8350 given equal or maybe a bit more voltages depending luck of the chip.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($144.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($78.30 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($53.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Superclocked ACX Video Card ($229.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor ($158.99 @ B&H)
Keyboard: Logitech K120 Wired Standard Keyboard ($10.82 @ B&H)
Total: $1017.02

If you want to switch over to intel, you could get a i5 4460 and H97 motherboard, will be around the same price as the fx 8350 now that the prices went up. Going with an overclocking intel at this price would sacrifice a little on parts of the system that may affect performance. Though One thing you could do if you want to go intel's route, you could spend on the system itself excluding the cooler and run on stock cooler for a littlebit until you have a bit extra to spend and buy the aftermarket cooler to mitigate the budget a little bit to go this route. Otherwise, the fx 8320 might be the better choice if you want an overclocking chip.
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