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February 13, 2012 7:12:14 AM

AMD FX-8120 Zambezi 3.1GHz Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

is the core i will be using my question is what motherboard should i go with?

ASUS Sabertooth 990FX AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Any other tips or thoughts would be welcome as well :) 

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February 13, 2012 7:20:38 AM

If the system is for gaming, going with intel and the i5 is a lot better than the bulldozer 8 core because games can't use the cores effectively.

The 8 core is really only good in video editing and rendering.
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February 13, 2012 7:25:05 AM

well that's disappointing :( 

do you recommend anything? I haven't dealt with building a PC in years so I am not up on my PC knowledge.
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February 13, 2012 7:32:53 AM

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

a motherboard like this, you can get a better one if you spend a bit more but this is cheap and is a full board.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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February 13, 2012 7:35:07 AM

Ok thats still in my price rage :) 

ASRock make solid Mobos? I have never used anything else but asus.
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February 13, 2012 7:43:35 AM

Ill stick with the one you linked first. It has the 3.0 PCI's.

Now those PCIs can be fitted with any ATI video card correct?
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February 13, 2012 7:45:25 AM

yes
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February 13, 2012 7:46:05 AM

Awesome thank you very much for the help! Very Thankful!
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February 13, 2012 7:47:24 AM

Best answer selected by Bazeleel.
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February 13, 2012 7:49:40 AM

no problem :) 
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February 13, 2012 7:50:52 AM

Last question lol what is a good ATI card lol I have used Nvidea for ever and ATI confuses me.
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February 13, 2012 7:55:46 AM

Well the new 7950 is probably good for the high end but is a bit pricy. The AMD gpu line up is pretty good right now and they have a card for just about any price that is good.
heres a good article about all the price points.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...

you should start a new thread in the graphics section tho since this thread will probably get closed soon.
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February 13, 2012 8:13:28 AM

+1 on the 2500k CPU. Unless your on a real budget and go AMD 955BE and overclock. Asus motherboard for sure. Asrock is actually amde by Asus, it's their budget line. As for the video card, Radeon 6950 2GB version is a great card. A little pricy approaching $300 but a great gaming card and 2GB to boot so it's future proof. It's a good value compared to the $600 super gaming cards we are used to. Otherwise a 6870 for under $200 is a best buy.

As for brands I prefer to stick with Gigabyte, Asus, XFX, etc... on video cards. I stay away from budget brands like powercolor, sapphire, diamond, etc... I've had my share of problems with these brands and usually stick to gigabyte or asus. XFX is overpriced based on warranty.

Also don't forget a quality powersupply. When in doubt an Antec TruePower with 5 year warranty is a great power supply. I've never seen one die in over 15 years. I owned a computer shop and stocked Antec exclusively so I've seen a lot of them in operation. I also recommend an aftermarket CPU cooler. Check frostytech.com and make a decision based on their reviews and what available where your ordering from.

Need a cheap case, I like the Zalman Z6 plus. Comes with all the fans, cable management, SSD slot, rotated HHD installation, all for around $60 or so. I don't see any difference between the Zalman and a $120 Antec.

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