Hello! I need help with my first build it will be for general gaming and media usage. There will be times where i will want to push the limits of the graphics with games and times where i will be processing RAW photographs whilst doing other tasks such as listening to music or watching a movie. I know very basics of computers but i would consider myself tech savvy. i know some people who can with basics but i need help on specific hardware. THANKS!
I will use the guide that was in the sticky
Approximate Purchase Date: within the month?
Budget Range: $800 goal absolutely sub $1000 but in reality as cheap as i can go while still getting what i want
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: where most reliable and cheapest
Parts Preferences: most reliable and cheapest
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe down the road
Monitor Resolution: not sure yet will depend on the TV/monitor i get
The biggest problem with the FX is that it relies too much on Windows and is based on such aging architecture that it's hard to recommend it. Where AMD's problems lie is that they've been dragging out the AM3 socket past the point of usefulness and it just couldn't handle the newer CPU instructions. Until Pile Driver is out - that's supposed to use a new socket (AM4, something else) - until then it's pretty much Intel all the way. Whether or not it beats Sandy / Ivy Bridge with the new socket remains to be seen.