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November 5, 2011 5:06:03 PM

So I have done it before I went with an Intel last time. Now I am considering a AMD the AMD FX-8120. I don't want to put too much money into it so I think the 200$ will last me a good amount of time with this CPU? Good idea? if you have suggestions for the same price please help me out.

My motherboard I'll prob buy is GIGABYTE GA-990XA because at 150$ it doesn't look bad and it fits with the CPU and I really want the 4 RAM slots? Good idea? if you have suggestions for the same price please help me out.

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November 5, 2011 5:08:30 PM

What purpose?
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November 5, 2011 5:11:44 PM

Its for gaming, and I was thinking of getting a 6950 card or a 560 ti.
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November 5, 2011 5:51:22 PM

i5-2500K is better for gaming. If you want AMD then get a Phenom II.
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November 5, 2011 6:12:24 PM

No a good idea .. get 2500k
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November 5, 2011 6:18:34 PM

NOPE. I have the 8150 and it barely, but does, beat my i7 that i previously upgraded from. I almost have the same MObo too. i went with the 990FXA-ud7 tho (one or two steps up) and i must say that the i5-2500k is Very nice for gaming and very solid... but for 200 bucks its hard to beat the performance of the AMD side of things break down and get the 8150. its the only one of the chain good for the OC and Gaming performance.
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November 5, 2011 7:46:20 PM

Do not go for amd. The 2500k is just over 200 and is much better and it has insane overclocking abilities. As for the motherboard you can get a p67 or z68 (depending on what you are using it for) for $150.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

P67

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Z68

Those are two combo deals for around 350.

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/292313-30-tomshardwar...

The 4th post is a pretty good description between p67 and the z68.
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November 5, 2011 7:51:34 PM

both of those Mobos are pretty crappy ... check if u have microcenter close by they have killer deals .. damn I should ask them to pay me a buck every time I mention them on the forum .. anyways submit ur total budget .. parts u need and what do u need them for e.g. gaming, watching movies .. etc
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November 5, 2011 8:39:26 PM

madchemist83 said:
both of those Mobos are pretty crappy ... check if u have microcenter close by they have killer deals .. damn I should ask them to pay me a buck every time I mention them on the forum .. anyways submit ur total budget .. parts u need and what do u need them for e.g. gaming, watching movies .. etc


Declaring something to be crap is not beneficial to anyone. If you have a problem with a suggested component please back it up with some actual evidence, suggest something else, explain the difference, and tell why one is better than the other. That being said, I agree, it would be much easier to decide if we knew what you want from the system, what components you have, and your budget.
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November 5, 2011 8:54:44 PM

Sorry don't have time explaining every component
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November 5, 2011 8:56:25 PM

I would suggest particular parts when op comes up with response though
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November 5, 2011 11:12:32 PM

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD FX-8120 Zambezi
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-P67A
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-990XA
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GTX 560 Ti FPB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ram
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I don't really know what power supply that would be helpful if you guys can help on that.

Hard drives are really up atm so idk bout getting that atm.

Case suggestions would help.

And my budget is around $800 , I could go a little over.

EDITED: I forgot to say am sorry for taking so long to reply but I was a little busy, I apologize on that part. Also I do have a micro center near by, and I am willing to look there for deals.
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November 5, 2011 11:26:03 PM

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November 6, 2011 4:05:56 AM

Oh well with microcenter it changes everything .. they have 2500k for 180 green ones .. take it .. depending on ur location they have a choice of P67 and Z68 mobos that together with that CPU get u extra $60 off.
I would go for HD 6950 and that HIS is a nice one .. also Sapphire Dirt 3.
RAM only get 2 sticks - 2x4Gb plenty if u plan to put a non-standard cooler on ur CPU ( which I think u should) then go for low profile RAM
with case is a personal preference and matter of how much money u have to spend on it
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November 6, 2011 4:34:06 PM

Ok i got the z68 with the 2500k and the motherboard was 60$ off also with a 15$ rebate so i bascially got it for 80$. I also got 2 corsaire vengence 8 gb total, and ill prob get the 6950 in a week or 2. and for a card

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... this ones cheaper here

And for a power supply what W would you reccomend and i might get some more ram in the future.
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November 6, 2011 6:38:28 PM

get video card off of amazon they have no taxes and shipping is free.
I assume u will not CF in the future .. then good 600W PSu will work
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November 6, 2011 6:39:13 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You would probably be fine with 600, but if wanna upgrade in the future you can keep the power supply. It also may seem a bit pricey, but corsair is a great company for customer service, and they make great products. I have purchased cheap power supplies in the past and they are definitely not worth it because you are just going to end up replacing it. Considering it is the one thing in your computer that can ruin every other component in a split second without warning I suggest investing a bit more money to buy a good one.
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November 7, 2011 1:20:25 AM

rezten said:
Do not go for amd. The 2500k is just over 200 and is much better and it has insane overclocking abilities. As for the motherboard you can get a p67 or z68 (depending on what you are using it for) for $150.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

P67

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Z68

Those are two combo deals for around 350.

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/292313-30-tomshardwar...

The 4th post is a pretty good description between p67 and the z68.



I got my i5-2500k from Microcenter for 179.99 just a week ago!! :sol: 
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November 7, 2011 1:35:18 AM

It's gold rated vs bronze and has better build quality. U can also try pc power and cooling mk II not sure if they have 600 w
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November 7, 2011 2:54:48 AM

Gold vs Bronze is not worth it at all...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/80_PLUS

Basically it just means that gold has a 5 percent better energy efficiency. As far as brand differences I can only offer my experience and that is Corsair is an awesome company to work with as far as customer support, warranty(5 years), and product reliability. I really wish people would stop saying component x is of better quality than y and not explain themselves.
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November 7, 2011 2:56:49 AM

esabin said:
I got my i5-2500k from Microcenter for 179.99 just a week ago!! :sol: 


I am so jealous. I don't have a Microcenter anywhere near me so I had to buy my 2500k off amazon for 220 +tax :( 
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November 7, 2011 3:30:32 AM

Alright time for some overkill... I was very curious as the actual saving that there would be from getting a gold over bronze psu so time for the math.

savings = Energy (kW) x Efficiency (%) x hours per year used x Electricity cost per KWH

Lets just say you are using 400 watts, the gold is five percent better, you use your computer six hours a day, and my electricity costs are 6.83 cents per KWH (Kilo watt hour).

400/1000 * .05 * 6 * 365 * .0683 = 2.99

The gold would save me less than three dollars a year and I probably do not use my computer that much anyways. So in conclusion by all means buy the gold if you plan on having that power supply for for 10+ years :p 
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November 7, 2011 4:38:03 AM

Better efficiency means psu looses less power as heat therefore it's more stable. U should read specific reviews on legit sites not wikipedia.
If u want explanations why not do some research first. Fps power supplies used in major gaming events and considered one of the best. Corsair might be "awesome" for it's customers service but it's quality of product we are talking about. And some of their psus are not that good.there is a reason gold rated cost more as it's better build quality.
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November 7, 2011 6:16:40 AM

madchemist83 said:
Better efficiency means psu looses less power as heat therefore it's more stable. U should read specific reviews on legit sites not wikipedia.
If u want explanations why not do some research first. Fps power supplies used in major gaming events and considered one of the best. Corsair might be "awesome" for it's customers service but it's quality of product we are talking about. And some of their psus are not that good.there is a reason gold rated cost more as it's better build quality.


You really are not that bright are you? I never said anything against fps. I simply stated I was happy with what I got from corsair and why. You are kind of right about the efficiency, but efficiency is actually output/input. Whatever the left over percentage was lost to heat. The rating system has nothing to do with specific reviews it is a system with specific values so it does not matter where you get the table. And yes no doubt the gold is more efficient but the question was why is it worth it. Obviously it is not worth it for me as you can see in my last post, but it may be for others depending on the said variables. And please would you give me a link to look at to prove what you are saying about the psu I recommended being poor quality.
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November 7, 2011 7:27:29 AM

I never said ur psu is of bad quality .. just that gold IN MY OPINION is better it's up to OP to decide and not u.
anyways calm down man .. what's ur problem?
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November 7, 2011 3:31:17 PM

You are my problem. You keep saying this is better than that and you do not give any reasoning.
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November 7, 2011 4:20:53 PM

i just did .. get a life
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November 7, 2011 11:50:27 PM

madchemist83 said:
i just did .. get a life


Ok i just snagged a wd cavier black 1tb from best buy for 120$ considering the prices else where i think that is cheap, and ill put some thought into the PSU. SO that's about all i need to get the PSU and the video card, thanks so much for the help guys.I really do appreciate it.
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November 8, 2011 12:18:31 AM

No problem. let us know which one u'll end up picking
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November 26, 2011 4:26:46 AM

Best answer selected by babalol.
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