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Which gpu/cpu combo will give me the best fps in games?

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September 19, 2012 5:06:58 PM

Gonna be building my first pc soon. Having trouble deciding which gpu/cpu combo to go with. Should I get a phenom x4 965 BE and 7950/660ti or an i5 3450 and 7870? I'm looking for recommendations based PURELY on in-game performance and which will give me the best fps when playing games on ultra/near max settings. Unfortunately, I can't really give any guidelines based on which games I'll be playing. I'll be playing anything from Minecraft and League of Legends to Battlefield 3 (multiplayer, of course).

I've heard that when building a gaming pc, skimp on the processor before the video card, so long as there is no bottleneck. Of course, I hardly call the 965 skimping. I feel it will meet my needs just fine. Sure an i5 is probably better, but I think the phenom also provides amazing bang for your bucks, especially considering its low price at 90 dollars on NCIX and that it will let me grab a beefier gpu as well.

Needless to say, right now I am partial to the phenom, but in the end its all gonna come down to which cpu and gpu will give me better fps.
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September 19, 2012 5:17:36 PM

give me the following

1: location
2: budget
3: parts not needed
4: overclocking?
5: crossfire or sli later on?
6: parts not needed

ill get you something sorted out
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September 19, 2012 5:29:18 PM

TheBigTroll said:
give me the followi
1: location
2: budget
3: parts not needed
4: overclocking?
5: crossfire or sli later on?
6: parts not needed

ill get you something sorted out


1. florida
2. low 900s
3. I don't need a monitor, keyboard, or mouse.
4. If I get a phenom, I will probably be overclocking. If I go intel, I'll probably stick with stock speeds.
5. I will not be going crossfire/sli. Maybe down the road, but I intend to upgrade to Haswell before that, which will require a new mobo anyways. So might as not well waste extra money on a high end motherboard right now.
6. I DO need an operating system.
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September 19, 2012 8:58:04 PM

TheBigTroll said:
not worth it to upgrade to haswell. if you do want to, id suggest getting a i3 2100

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/hWIJ


Thank you! Looks pretty good.....How necessary is an ssd though? Does it serve any purpose other than faster boot times?
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September 19, 2012 9:13:41 PM

It's a luxury, not a necessity. You get faster boot times and apps open faster. But, you don't get a difference in performance in games. If you really want one, then the Cyber Monday/Newegg sales on the SSDs will be insane.
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September 19, 2012 9:47:24 PM

obsama1 said:
It's a luxury, not a necessity. You get faster boot times and apps open faster. But, you don't get a difference in performance in games. If you really want one, then the Cyber Monday/Newegg sales on the SSDs will be insane.


Thanks for the tip. If its just a luxury and won't actually increase gaming performance, I don't feel the need to get one, not yet anyways. Like I said, I'm pretty much just looking for a statement of which of the two combinations I listed is better. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate advice and suggestions for different parts, but I have more or less made up my mind that I want one of these two builds.

Also, I'm not saying I will never get an ssd. If I can find a really fantastic deal on cyber monday, I just may go for it. But for now, I'm looking to put my money into gpu/cpu.
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September 19, 2012 9:57:18 PM

Low $900's............ you can build a pretty mean gamer for that money and you just seem to be pissing money away on lower performing processors........ why ? screw haswell.

what's your monitor and resolution/what is the opsys ? and is it 32 or 64bit ?
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September 19, 2012 10:46:22 PM

swifty_morgan said:
Low $900's............ you can build a pretty mean gamer for that money and you just seem to be pissing money away on lower performing processors........ why ? screw haswell.

what's your monitor and resolution/what is the opsys ? and is it 32 or 64bit ?


Monitor res is 1080p and the operating I'll be getting is Windows 7 64 bit. Keep in mind that the operating system will be a part of the 900 dollars, so I technically have 800 dollars for the parts themselves. I probably should have mentioned that.

And yeah, I know the 965 is a "lower performing" processor, but like I said, it would let me get a better graphics card.

But like I said, I am basically just looking for a simple yes or no on one of the two combinations I listed. Which one will give me better fps when I'm gaming?
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September 19, 2012 10:52:23 PM

Alright, you got it. NO to both because I can spend your money better!
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September 20, 2012 1:52:22 AM

swifty_morgan said:
Alright, you got it. NO to both because I can spend your money better!


ok, cool. Any suggestions? :) 
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September 20, 2012 4:50:24 PM

Well, any other thoughts?
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September 20, 2012 7:21:07 PM

nope
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