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Need some help building a system!

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October 6, 2012 8:30:56 PM

Hey guys. I haven't upgraded my PC in quite a few years. I'm currently running an Asus Crosshair motherboard, X2 6400+ BE CPU, Radeon HD 4850 video card, and 4 GB of DDR2 memory. I know... It's ancient. Have your laughs haha. I just bought a nice HD LED smart TV and I would like to be able to run HDMI cable from the output on a video card to my TV to watch HD movies. Unfortunately, my video card doesn't even have an HDMI output. I don't play very graphical intensive games anymore, but if I made the upgrade, I would probably get back into it. I am basically looking to upgrade the motherboard, CPU, video card and RAM. I've been out of the loop for a long time, but I'm thinking of sticking with an AMD system, just because of the price factor. Just finishing college, it's tough right now. I was looking at the FX-8120 CPU and maybe a Radeon 7850 video card. Any suggestions on whether this would be a good setup for me, or if it would be more than I need? If so, what motherboard should I go with? And I'm assuming I'd need DDR3 memory? I'd like to try keep each component in the $100-$200 range, but I'm open to all advice! Please help me out guys! Thanks.

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a b U Graphics card
October 6, 2012 9:24:16 PM

Could you please fill this out?

In any case, should your budget be about $850 check my build out here:

And if you need a build more than that, check out my $1000-1100 build here:

the FX-8120 is probably the worse choice just because almost all Sandy Bridge/Ivy Bridge chips mop the floor with it. Expecially in gaming. The 7850 is decent but I think with optimization you can do better.
October 6, 2012 9:53:33 PM

Approximate Purchase Date:
Within the next month.

Budget Range:
$100-$200 per component.

System Usage from Most to Least Important:
Internet browsing, gaming, streaming HD movies to TV.

Parts Not Required:
Monitor, speakers, HDD, CD Drive, power supply, case, wireless card.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:
No preference.


Parts Preferences:
HDMI output with solid HD video streaming to my TV, running newer games on high graphics.

Probably not, but maybe a slight overclock.

SLI or Crossfire:

Monitor Resolution:
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October 6, 2012 9:57:10 PM

So if I wanted to go with an AMD CPU, which one should I choose? Or is it not even worth it?
a b U Graphics card
October 7, 2012 2:22:32 AM

AMD route isn't even worth it at this point:
i5 2500K vs FX-8150

Intel wins out almost every time. And with that said check out my build guide. Again, the $850 or $1000 would probably fit you.
October 7, 2012 3:40:03 AM

Trinity APUs may be worth checking if he's on a budget.

@Bedwards923 - Please give us your total budget, not budget per component since.. that doesn't really help. :p 
a b U Graphics card
October 7, 2012 3:44:03 AM

^ I don't think he was though, his budget seems pretty large?
October 7, 2012 3:48:34 AM

I'm gonna say $600-700.
October 7, 2012 3:51:15 AM

^I would say that's pretty tight.
October 7, 2012 4:15:33 AM

Oh, I missed that.
Yeah, an Intel build would be good for now.
a b U Graphics card
October 7, 2012 6:37:54 PM

No problem! Good luck!