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October 12, 2012 12:10:12 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: Within the month, whenever I hit my $900 budget (which i know i will)

Budget Range: $800-$850 with rebates, yet if you can hit that price before rebates, I LOVE YOU

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Intensive gaming (BF3, Planetside 2, etc.)

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg available, preferably all on the same site plz

Location: City, Langhorne, PA

Parts Preferences: I was thinking an AMD CPU, because Intel would make me have to compromise. Intel suggestions are welcome, but please no i3s.

Overclocking: Maybe, if it fits the budget.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, if it fits the budget.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: LEDs wouldn't hurt around a nice window :p  If It doesn't cost too much.

Why Are You Upgrading: My old HP Pavilion is really falling behind, need a nice system that will last 2 years or more.

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October 12, 2012 2:14:08 AM

How about this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $944.93 before rebates £899.93 after...

Not sure on the capacity/spec of your old hard drive but I would reuse that and your old optical drive until you can get a new hd and ssd.

Like I said before I'm not from the US, so these parts may be cheaper elsewhere, but I consider this build to be alot better than your original plan, have gone a little over budget before rebates but not by much, it will make all the difference compared to building on an amd platform for the sake of $40, you could get a better case but this is where I made the sacrifice, not the CPU..

Let a few others, who may be more familiar with newegg respond to see what they think of this, but looks better to me :) 
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October 12, 2012 2:25:28 AM

Which HP Pavilion are you running? If you always shoot for "optimal" you are going to be upgrading forever.
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October 12, 2012 2:33:59 AM

Deemo13 said:
Which HP Pavilion are you running? If you always shoot for "optimal" you are going to be upgrading forever.


I think he was referring to another completely new build here:

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/373563-15-replaceme...

Which hinted at a FX-4350 upon release and a $60 mobo, didn't sound healthy to me :( 
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October 12, 2012 2:41:11 AM

Hmm. Interesting. I wonder how wel the FX-4350 will do.

You do want a better mobo for that CPU though.
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October 12, 2012 2:54:32 AM

Best answer selected by Poltregeist.
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October 12, 2012 2:55:45 AM

paddys09 said:
How about this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $944.93 before rebates £899.93 after...

Not sure on the capacity/spec of your old hard drive but I would reuse that and your old optical drive until you can get a new hd and ssd.

Like I said before I'm not from the US, so these parts may be cheaper elsewhere, but I consider this build to be alot better than your original plan, have gone a little over budget before rebates but not by much, it will make all the difference compared to building on an amd platform for the sake of $40, you could get a better case but this is where I made the sacrifice, not the CPU..

Let a few others, who may be more familiar with newegg respond to see what they think of this, but looks better to me :) 


Any price cuts you can make? My old HDD is shot and the external drive I have is mostly taken up...and I already saved money by switching to the XFX HD 7950. $275 with rebate :D 
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October 12, 2012 3:33:27 AM

paddys09 said:
How about this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $944.93 before rebates £899.93 after...

Not sure on the capacity/spec of your old hard drive but I would reuse that and your old optical drive until you can get a new hd and ssd.

Like I said before I'm not from the US, so these parts may be cheaper elsewhere, but I consider this build to be alot better than your original
plan, have gone a little over budget before rebates but not by much, it will make all the difference compared to building on an amd platform for the sake of $40, you could get a better case but this is where I made the sacrifice, not the CPU..


Let a few others, who may be more familiar with newegg respond to see what they think of this, but looks better to me :) 


Maybe a slightly less expensive mobo? Ik that it is good quality, but maybe a slight step down?
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October 12, 2012 3:44:16 AM

Not really without sacrificing performance, as for the hard drive have a look at craigslist (think that's the American version of gumtree) or eBay for something 2nd hand to hold you over...

Obviously wait for Vishera to be released hopefully at the end of the month, but my guess and going by the rumors, I don't think it will surpass Intel for gaming...

If they have improved it you'll probably save money there and you can get the extreme4 for AM3+ which is cheaper...

My main concern is, if it hasn't improved enough if you go to crossfire the 7950 in the future that you may run into problems...or even as a single card

Intel just seems like a safer option, I would love to be proven wrong though, not long until we find out :) 

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October 12, 2012 3:50:27 AM

You could save some money on a mobo, but IMO it has the best price to performance ratio out there at the moment, usually boards with those features cost a lot more... and your not really going to save that much, most of the decent boards are $90+ and your just losing too many of the good features to justify it...



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October 12, 2012 10:02:16 AM

paddys09 said:
Not really without sacrificing performance, as for the hard drive have a look at craigslist (think that's the American version of gumtree) or eBay for something 2nd hand to hold you over...

Obviously wait for Vishera to be released hopefully at the end of the month, but my guess and going by the rumors, I don't think it will surpass Intel for gaming...

If they have improved it you'll probably save money there and you can get the extreme4 for AM3+ which is cheaper...

My main concern is, if it hasn't improved enough if you go to crossfire the 7950 in the future that you may run into problems...or even as a single card

Intel just seems like a safer option, I would love to be proven wrong though, not long until we find out :) 


I was able to fit a 1.5TB HDD in once I switched from an XFX 7950 to a slightly less expensive XFX 7850. Without rebates, it's $960. With, It evens out just barely over $900 :) 
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October 12, 2012 6:06:54 PM

I would go for the 7870 it shoudn't be that much more expensive and has a decent bit more performance...

I was going to suggest getting a cheaper card, the 7870 performs really well @ 1080p, you'll be getting 60fps on most games.
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