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September 20, 2012 2:32:50 AM

Hi all, im building a new pc after using my current one for 4 1/2 years and was wondering if you can shed some light on the parts i picked out. i already have a case that i got for free so i wont be needing one of those. i have a budget of 700$ so if you can help find better parts that my current build, would be much appreciated. thanks in advance

cpu: AMD FX-8120 Zambezi 3.1GHz

motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AM3+ AMD 970

gpu: MSI R7850 PE 2GD5/OC Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 OR a EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 2GB 256-bit GDDR5. i cant decide on which one to get. some people say they perform on almost the same and some say the 560 is better than the 7850 and vice versa.

ram: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

psu: Thermaltake TR2 RX 750W Bronze

hdd: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM

those are the parts i picked out, with a little help from my cousin. thanks again

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September 20, 2012 12:29:05 PM

Unless you want to add a 2nd graphics card for SLi/crossfire, you don't need anything like 750w, and preferably not Thermaltake. Need to decide other things, before PSU. Have you a particular loyalty to AMD? You could do a lot better, for similar cost, with Intel, especially if you didn't necessarily want overclocking. If you did want OC, Intel would be a little bit more expensive, but SO much better.
As to between GTX560Ti, and HD7850, generally the HD7850 wins. Across MOST games it has the lead + it's more up to date. There are a few individual games, where the 560Ti holds it's own, noteably BF3. Even there, it only has a slight lead, and is behind in most other games.
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September 20, 2012 2:14:49 PM

It seems good. The 7850 is decidedly superior. I would advice an Intel CPU for a gaming system.
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September 20, 2012 4:34:01 PM

I'd definitely ditch the FX-8120 and Vengeance RAM. For that price I'd get something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($192.97 @ CompUSA)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($60.96 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($205.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $715.36
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-20 12:33 EDT-0400)
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September 20, 2012 5:33:36 PM

+1 That would be a great build. Don't know if OP actually needs 1TB hard drive, but he could just "up" to that. OP has got "a case". Would be good to know what it was, to ensure OK.
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September 20, 2012 5:39:43 PM

malbluff said:
+1 That would be a great build. Don't know if OP actually needs 1TB hard drive, but he could just "up" to that. OP has got "a case". Would be good to know what it was, to ensure OK.


Oh I didn't see that. That's true - on a $700 build every dollar counts so spend it wisely. :lol: 
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September 20, 2012 10:59:45 PM

thanks for the responses, i'm not loyal to amd or anything. just picked those out since they seemed great for the price. i dont need a dvd drive, since im using the one from my brothers computer (already checked. it's compatible) sorry i didnt link my case. it's a thermaltake armor (older version) it's a full tower and it was free. the games i'm mostly going to be playing are gw2, borderlands 2, skyrim and assassins creed 3 when it comes. do you know what setting it would run those games on (i'm switching the cpu to the one you linked and same thing about the psu) thanks again
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September 20, 2012 11:05:21 PM

I'd guess high-ultra on the 7850.
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September 20, 2012 11:28:18 PM

great! thanks for the help! much appreciated
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September 21, 2012 12:18:30 AM

Might be worth considering the GTX660Ti. Better in some of most popular games (eg BF3, Shogun, Portal), plus you get free Borderlands 2, most places.
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September 21, 2012 2:39:32 AM

malbluff said:
Might be worth considering the GTX660Ti. Better in some of most popular games (eg BF3, Shogun, Portal), plus you get free Borderlands 2, most places.


Radeon 7950 is better than the 660TI for the same price.
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September 21, 2012 11:40:50 AM

g-unit1111 said:
Radeon 7950 is better than the 660TI for the same price.

Certainly agree HD7950 is better OVERALL, for, at least, similar price. Just making the point that, if OP is particularly keen on certain games, GTX660Ti is worth considering; plus, most come with Borderlands 2, which is, in effect, a discount (assuming you want BL2)
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September 21, 2012 4:11:27 PM

malbluff said:
Certainly agree HD7950 is better OVERALL, for, at least, similar price. Just making the point that, if OP is particularly keen on certain games, GTX660Ti is worth considering; plus, most come with Borderlands 2, which is, in effect, a discount (assuming you want BL2)


Can't argue with free Borderlands. :lol: 
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