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August 27, 2014 6:26:19 PM

So I'm not a noobie, I know my way around a computer and hardware just very little experience in building a computer. As to be expected there is an overwhelming amount of information to take in. What I want is a computer that can basically handle any game on max, especially with the new era of games coming out: gta4, battlefield 4, assassins creed unity, destiny, etc next gen gaming and still handle anything else I really throw at it which won't be demanding at all compared to the games. So far what I have put together: btw this is kinda a budget build
Case: CM storm Stryker
CPU: AMD FX8350
GPU: not sure really (hd 7850?)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3
Memory: 8-16 gb of G.SKILL Ripjaws X
HDD: western digital wd5000hhtz
PSU: I haven't the slightest lol

Thanks for looking any help would be greatly appreciated
Trying not to break the bank just best bang for my buck

*EDIT*
I don't really have a set budget just not trying to break the bank probably $800-1000 is around where I feel comfortable.
And resolution I guess 1080p

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a b 4 Gaming
August 27, 2014 6:41:44 PM

You left out some important details such as gaming resolution and budget.
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August 27, 2014 6:45:22 PM

Hamburger79 said:
What I want is a computer that can basically handle any game on max, especially with the new era of games coming out: gta4, battlefield 4, assassins creed unity, destiny, etc next gen gaming and still handle anything else I really throw at it which won't be demanding at all compared to the games. So far what I have put together: btw this is kinda a budget build
Case: CM storm Stryker
CPU: AMD FX8350
GPU: not sure really (hd 7850?)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3
Memory: 8-16 gb of G.SKILL Ripjaws X
HDD: western digital wd5000hhtz
PSU: I haven't the slightest lol

Thanks for looking any help would be greatly appreciated
Trying not to break the bank just best bang for my buck


1. If you're close to a local microcenter wait for the fx8320 to go on sale; it's been on sale for 99.99!! If not, then wait until the fx chips drop in price in September; they all drop like 10-20 dollars. The difference between the 8320 and 8350 is negligible for gaming and if you buy a cpu cooler you can overclock the 8320 to get to the 8350's performance.

2. For gaming you don't need more than 8gb of ram and any increases in frequency over 1600 add a miniscule, minisucle benefit for gaming. Like 0.1% more performance.

3. I have a 7850 1gb and it is good for medium settings at 1080p. You'll need to spend a lot more than a 7850 (the 2gb and 1gb performance is pretty much the same at 1080p) to game at max for all titles. Like 300+. The 7850 is great for medium setting modern gaming though at 1080p.

4. I would get a 500w power supply that is bronze rated or more for efficiency. Below is the rig I put together at the start of 2014; got crazy good discounts due to cyber monday/black friday deals. Bought all of the components+windows 8.1 for 540. Let me know if you have questions.

5. If you're in a state with expensive electricity and will be gaming a lot of hours or using your cpu for 4 years, I would consider getting an intel cpu. The energy difference between AMD and Intel is overblown but it is about 7 bucks/year for most users. If you live in California it is definitely a big consideration. If I were gaming at max settings I would probably go intel. I went AMD because I didn't want to spend much money on my rig and I'm content with medium settings on modern games.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/YB4yK8
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a b 4 Gaming
August 27, 2014 6:51:07 PM

Ok so but this together using the parts you recommended (assuming 7850 = 270X, can't remember for sure but think that was what they were rebranded and came up with a budget of ~670 USD, assuming US since you didnt specify

Made a few changes to get more bang for the buck, the velicoraptor drive isnt worth it, get an SSD and 1TB HDD and you haev more storage and faster boot, 8350->6300 won't effect gaming but save money to throw at GPU, larger PSU for bigger GPU and was able to go upto 280 (so 30 below budget rather then 40 above), if you can spend a little more I would get the 280X, for 1080p they should be good but you can check some benchmarks here
http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2014-vga-charts/benc...

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PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/NqMhvK
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/NqMhvK/by_merchant/

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper TX3 54.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($16.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($72.00 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital VelociRaptor 500GB 3.5" 10000RPM Internal Hard Drive ($128.00 @ Amazon)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 270X 2GB Double Dissipation Video Card ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $666.94
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-27 21:41 EDT-0400

Better bang for buck
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/qgjzXL
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/qgjzXL/by_merchant/

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.98 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper TX3 54.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($16.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($72.00 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V200 Series 64GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Hitachi Ultrastar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($46.00 @ Amazon)
Video Card: HIS Radeon R9 280 3GB IceQ OC Video Card ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA 600B 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $637.92
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-27 21:48 EDT-0400
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August 27, 2014 7:18:59 PM

SU11YBEAR has valid points in all he has pointed out especially concerning the velociraptor and cpu. 6300 will work pretty good especially if you can up the gpu some that will benefit you more. The other comment about waiting a couple weeks to buy cpu is also true price cuts should be coming in the next 2 weeks to some AMD cpus as reported on this site. 280 or 280X gpu will keep you happy for awhile or a GTX760. For memory I went from CL8 1600 to 2133 CL9 and could tell a noticeable difference and I initially just changed that and couple months later saved for gpu upgrade. Here is the GSkill memory that I'm running and if so chose can get it to better timings if want to play with it. Thier's an article about it on this site. http://www.newegg.com/global/ie/Product/Product.aspx?It...
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August 27, 2014 7:31:33 PM

If you are tight on money I'd skip the SSD since actual gaming performance won't be helped.

Whatever you do, wait until the fx prices go down in September; I think they are going down on September 1st. If you are super patient, wait until black friday/cyber monday or at the very least buy your parts using pcpartpicker and buy them when they are at their low point.

The general ratio between cpu and gpu dollars seems to be about 1:3. The cpu is not that important for gaming--relative to the gpu. If you want "max settings" in modern games I'd push you towards intel if you are going to play cpu-bound games. I say this even as somebody biased towards AMD! :) 
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August 27, 2014 8:02:43 PM

You all have given me a lot to look at thank you very much! I honestly didn't think I would get such quick responses!
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August 27, 2014 8:09:05 PM

Glad to help and you're most welcome hope it helps you make a good informed decision and will bring you hours of fun.
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a c 789 4 Gaming
August 27, 2014 8:27:23 PM

For your budget, including OS -

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Trident X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($86.98 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($53.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 280X 3GB DirectCU II Video Card ($308.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Micro Center) - the StormStryker is too pricey for this build.
Power Supply: XFX TS 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($21.11 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $960.98
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August 27, 2014 8:31:58 PM

SU11YBEAR said:
Ok so but this together using the parts you recommended (assuming 7850 = 270X, can't remember for sure but think that was what they were rebranded and came up with a budget of ~670 USD, assuming US since you didnt specify

Made a few changes to get more bang for the buck, the velicoraptor drive isnt worth it, get an SSD and 1TB HDD and you haev more storage and faster boot, 8350->6300 won't effect gaming but save money to throw at GPU, larger PSU for bigger GPU and was able to go upto 280 (so 30 below budget rather then 40 above), if you can spend a little more I would get the 280X, for 1080p they should be good but you can check some benchmarks here
http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2014-vga-charts/benc...

Original
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/NqMhvK
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/NqMhvK/by_merchant/

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper TX3 54.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($16.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($72.00 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital VelociRaptor 500GB 3.5" 10000RPM Internal Hard Drive ($128.00 @ Amazon)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 270X 2GB Double Dissipation Video Card ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $666.94
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-27 21:41 EDT-0400

Better bang for buck
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/qgjzXL
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/qgjzXL/by_merchant/

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.98 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper TX3 54.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($16.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($72.00 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V200 Series 64GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Hitachi Ultrastar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($46.00 @ Amazon)
Video Card: HIS Radeon R9 280 3GB IceQ OC Video Card ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA 600B 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $637.92
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-27 21:48 EDT-0400


Awesome website! And budget $800-1000. Would you expect that set up to handle most games and the upcoming games on fairly maxed settings?
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August 27, 2014 8:33:29 PM

i7Baby said:
For your budget, including OS -

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Trident X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($86.98 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($53.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 280X 3GB DirectCU II Video Card ($308.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Micro Center) - the StormStryker is too pricey for this build.
Power Supply: XFX TS 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($21.11 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $960.98


Thank you very much! Would you imagine the set up would handle the games at high/max settings with relative ease?
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August 28, 2014 4:59:20 AM

Yeah the build i7baby posted should do well in current and future games. It's pretty close to what I have only real difference is GPU I have 7970 which is what they rebranded the 280X to be and can run anything out there currently on max settings at 60+ fps.
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