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May 7, 2012 9:39:08 PM

can you guys help me by telling me if all of my stuff is compatible? thanks

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...
other notes: my budget is MAX $1000. primarily for gaming first build im going to install windows 7 ultimate 64-bit
thanks for yalls help in advance :bounce: 

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May 7, 2012 10:56:37 PM

ok could you recomend me a good gaming cpu that will go with my mobo? thanks
with overclocking
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a b B Homebuilt system
May 7, 2012 11:00:28 PM

jagsta21 said:
ok could you recomend me a good gaming cpu that will go with my mobo? thanks


An i3 2100 will perform better in games than the FX 8120.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-fx-pentium-a...
See the i3 2100 near the top of the chart? See the FX 8120 near the middle of the chart?

The best 'Gaming' CPU that will go with that mobo is the FX 4170
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-o...

I recommend getting something like the i5 2400 and a matching mobo.

Do you live anywhere near a microcenter? www.microcenter.com
May 7, 2012 11:05:26 PM

pacioli said:
An i3 2100 will perform better in games than the FX 8120.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-fx-pentium-a...
See the i3 2100 near the top of the chart? See the FX 8120 near the middle of the chart?

The best 'Gaming' CPU that will go with that mobo is the FX 4170
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-o...

I recommend getting something like the i5 2400 and a matching mobo.

ok bro switched to the i5 and a intel mobo look good now?
May 7, 2012 11:16:01 PM

ok bro switched to the i5 and a intel mobo look good now?
by oc alot you mean? and should i get a liquid cooling cpu or is the stock fan ok
and jw with all my cold cathodes do i have enough psu?
May 7, 2012 11:18:46 PM

pacioli said:
An i3 2100 will perform better in games than the FX 8120.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-fx-pentium-a...
See the i3 2100 near the top of the chart? See the FX 8120 near the middle of the chart?

The best 'Gaming' CPU that will go with that mobo is the FX 4170
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-o...

I recommend getting something like the i5 2400 and a matching mobo.

Do you live anywhere near a microcenter? www.microcenter.com


OP: what games do you plan on playing and at what resolution? Some games such as BF 3 multiplayer play better with a quad core or better. If you decide to go intel, go with the i5-2400 (no overclocking) or i5-2500K (overclocking). But if you want to save about $50, you could go ahead with the FX-8120 and overclock it. Put the $50 towards the GPU like a HD7850 or a better PSU as suggested by geekapproved.

I am guessing your budget is $1000 max, but would prefer it as inexpensive as possible without sacrificing too much performance.

a b B Homebuilt system
May 7, 2012 11:18:53 PM

jagsta21 said:
ok bro switched to the i5 and a intel mobo look good now?
by oc alot you mean? and should i get a liquid cooling cpu or is the stock fan ok
and jw with all my cold cathodes do i have enough psu?


The i5 2500K can be OCed to 4.0Ghz on stock cooling easily
With an inexpensive aftermarket cooler you can take it to 4.5 Ghz with no problem. Try the $30 cooler master Hyper 212+.

Also if you have a Micro Center nearby you can save a lot of money on CPUs...
The i5 2500K is $169 there at the moment and comes with a $50 discount on select motherboards...
www.microcenter.com

Also... never skimp on the PSU. It is arguably the most important part of a PC that be from a quality brand. Corsair, Antec, Seasonic and PC Power and Cooling all make great PSU's that will not disappoint.
May 7, 2012 11:26:35 PM

pacioli said:

If you get an i5 2500K or a 3570K you can overclock them by a lot. These demolish the 8120 when OCed.


"demolish"??? I love the use of hyperbole in the forums =)

http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1914/14/

http://www.overclock.net/t/1142647/fx-8120-vs-i5-2500k-...

http://www.overclock.net/t/1210060/fx8120-vs-2500k-benc...

The i5-2500K is a good choice. Now get a good GPU and PSU to pair with it. The HD6870 is rock solid, but if you have the funds maybe go for a HD7850?
a b B Homebuilt system
May 7, 2012 11:29:12 PM

maui67 said:
"demolish"??? I love the use of hyperbole in the forums =)


How about... "It will send the 8120 running home with it's tail between it's legs"...?

no no no... I can do this...
"It will produce much greater gaming benchmark numbers than the 8120,"
"so high in fact that the 8120 will feel like running home with it's tail between it's legs."

The reality is that most games are not limited by the processor... Most modern CPUs can handle today's games without having a noticeable difference

In my opinion the best combo would be an i3 2120 and the most expensive GPU you can afford.

Although your experience would not be very different with an FX 4170 and a high end GPU.

May 7, 2012 11:29:48 PM

maui67 said:
"demolish"??? I love the use of hyperbole in the forums =)

http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1914/14/

http://www.overclock.net/t/1142647/fx-8120-vs-i5-2500k-...

http://www.overclock.net/t/1210060/fx8120-vs-2500k-benc...

The i5-2500K is a good choice. Now get a good GPU and PSU to pair with it. The HD6870 is rock solid, but if you have the funds maybe go for a HD7850?

does http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
and http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... not suffice?
if i overclock the cpu will the stock i5 fan keep it cool enough?
a b B Homebuilt system
May 7, 2012 11:33:48 PM

If you OC the i5 to 4.0 Ghz you will be fine with the stock cooling.

Those are great solutions. Johnny Guru would be proud of that PSU choice... LOL
May 7, 2012 11:35:31 PM

ok thanks guys so im ready to purchase and build? :) 
May 7, 2012 11:37:35 PM

jagsta21 said:
does http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
and http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... not suffice?
if i overclock the cpu will the stock i5 fan keep it cool enough?


Again, need to know at what resolution you plan to game at in order to recommend a GPU? The HD6870 is a rock solid choice.

IMHO OCZ makes OK PSUs. I would recommend:
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

May 7, 2012 11:47:30 PM

maui67 said:
Again, need to know at what resolution you plan to game at in order to recommend a GPU? The HD6870 is a rock solid choice.

IMHO OCZ makes OK PSUs. I would recommend:
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

in between mid/max to max
and im getting close to my budget guys
May 8, 2012 12:01:08 AM

Ok, I didn't want to have to do this because pacioli will probably rip me a new one...lol!
I have an alternate build for you to get you back in budget:
AMD FX-8120 Zambezi 3.1GHz Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor - $160
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819103961

G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR - $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231460

COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN2 CM690 II Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650M 650W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Semi Modular High Performance Power Supply - $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard - $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813157280

XFX Double D FX-785A-CDFC Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - $270
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814150609

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 - $30
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835103065

~ $780 (not counting shipping or rebates or combo deals(if any))
May 8, 2012 12:15:16 AM

the ram link u gave me was out of stock/deactivated and new link secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=19273752
let me list some of the games i play and we can build from there
runescape
skyrim (not on my current pc(cant lol) ive tried but bought it and loveee it (play on my friends pc))
minecraft
tf2
im not that hard core thats about all i play for now with this build i was planning on starting to play mw3 and other games like that
i also run 3 monitors not all the same size but all of my resolutions are all messed up
and jw if thers a big diff in in hdd and ssd
i just want her to run anything i throw at her on atleast med-max
ok check my list and see what you think $851.56 including shipping
a b B Homebuilt system
May 8, 2012 3:45:46 PM

maui67 said:
Ok, I didn't want to have to do this because pacioli will probably rip me a new one...lol!
I have an alternate build for you to get you back in budget:
AMD FX-8120 Zambezi 3.1GHz Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor - $160
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819103961


It's not that I think the FX-8120 is a bad proc it's just that it's kinda 'meh'.
The negatives outweigh the positives.
Positives:
It handles up to 8 threads for those programs that use more threads.
It plays games at playable framerates when paired with the right GPU.

Negatives
The 8120 performs fewer operations per cycle than the i3
Per core performance is much much less hampering single threaded programs (like games)
Even the $70 dual core Pentium G620 outperforms the FX-8120 in gaming benchmarks.
The power consumption of the 8120 is 3-4 times that of the i3 2120
The i3 2120 costs $45 less.

Like I said the i3 2120 paired with a Radeon 7850 or a GTX 560TI would really hit the sweet spot for performance/value. With that price difference you could get a GTX 560 Ti 448 core. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ideally an i5 2400 would be the best pairing with those cards though. With the i5 2400 you would see a negligible difference in performance between it and the top of the line $1000 extreme processors from Intel in gaming benchmarks.
May 8, 2012 5:32:37 PM

pacioli said:
It's not that I think the FX-8120 is a bad proc it's just that it's kinda 'meh'.
The negatives outweigh the positives.
Positives:
It handles up to 8 threads for those programs that use more threads.
It plays games at playable framerates when paired with the right GPU.

Negatives
The 8120 performs fewer operations per cycle than the i3
Per core performance is much much less hampering single threaded programs (like games)
Even the $70 dual core Pentium G620 outperforms the FX-8120 in gaming benchmarks.
The power consumption of the 8120 is 3-4 times that of the i3 2120
The i3 2120 costs $45 less.

Like I said the i3 2120 paired with a Radeon 7850 or a GTX 560TI would really hit the sweet spot for performance/value. With that price difference you could get a GTX 560 Ti 448 core. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ideally an i5 2400 would be the best pairing with those cards though. With the i5 2400 you would see a negligible difference in performance between it and the top of the line $1000 extreme processors from Intel in gaming benchmarks.


Agreed, the i5-2400 would be an excellent choice if the OP does not have any plans to overclock. I think it is a better choice than the i3-2120. The i3 is a great little processor, but there are enough current games (BF3 multiplayer) that could use the quad cores. I think the i5 is worth the extra bucks....or the FX-8120 =)
May 8, 2012 5:46:09 PM

jagsta21 said:
the ram link u gave me was out of stock/deactivated and new link secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=19273752
let me list some of the games i play and we can build from there
runescape
skyrim (not on my current pc(cant lol) ive tried but bought it and loveee it (play on my friends pc))
minecraft
tf2
im not that hard core thats about all i play for now with this build i was planning on starting to play mw3 and other games like that
i also run 3 monitors not all the same size but all of my resolutions are all messed up
and jw if thers a big diff in in hdd and ssd
i just want her to run anything i throw at her on atleast med-max
ok check my list and see what you think $851.56 including shipping


Sorry about the link. It was one I had saved from last week and should have checked it before posting.

I looked at your build and looks good to me. You could trim a little cost on the RAM. 16GB is a bit excessive, 8GB would more than suffice your needs.

Also, if you are using 3 non-identical monitors then I suggest getting an HD7850 at least. Eyefinity 2.0 handles mismatched monitors a lot better than previous versions. Take a look at this article: http://www.neoseeker.com/Articles/Hardware/Roundups/AMD...
May 8, 2012 8:05:09 PM

ok guys ive gotten it down to 2 builds this 1
secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=19273752

and

secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=24062787
cant decide :/  btw my best friend made the 24062787 for me and maui67 i was going to run a minecraft server on about 7 gigs of ram but i decided to get a host
May 8, 2012 11:42:11 PM

jagsta21 said:
ok guys ive gotten it down to 2 builds this 1
secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=19273752

and

secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=24062787
cant decide :/  btw my best friend made the 24062787 for me and maui67 i was going to run a minecraft server on about 7 gigs of ram but i decided to get a host


I think either build would be great, hard to pick but if it were me I would go with the one with the better GPU (HD7850). Only thing I would change is to try and get 1866MHz (or at least 1600MHz) RAM on the AMD build.
May 10, 2012 1:07:40 AM

if i swap the amd builds gpu onto the intel will it work?
a b B Homebuilt system
May 10, 2012 3:21:02 PM

jagsta21 said:
if i swap the amd builds gpu onto the intel will it work?

Yeah it will work... It is all about the budget
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