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October 27, 2012 4:44:43 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: Within 1 month.

Budget Range: $900-$1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, with the usual internet surfing, YouTube, etc.

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com or Amazon.com

Location: Langhorne, PA

Parts Preferences: Just to save a few bucks and get a better GPU, AMD FX-8320 will do.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: Maybe if you can, fit in the Corsair 500R? :D  And also all the storage I need is a SSD. I will be carrying over my current 1TB drive to this build. And if you can fit in a better GPU than the 7870 I have in my cart now, you are an amazing person!

October 27, 2012 5:10:20 PM

it really does depend on what sort of gaming you will be doing, but the rig in the list below provides enough expand-ability if you want to upgrade at a later date.

(Parts Chosen -- site -- price)
Corsair 500r -- Amazon -- $120
amd 8350 -- newegg - $220
GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 - Amazon -- $134
windows 7 hp 64-bit -- newegg -- $100
gigabyte 2gb 7870 -- amazon -- $260
8gb corsair vengeance ram -- amazon -- $41
Corsair tx 650w power supply -- amazon -- $80
ocz vertex 4 128 gb ssd -- amazon -- $100

total = $1055

i know that went a little over budget but its worth it as it provides upgradeability (if thats even a word) e.g. in the future you could opt for another 7870 providing beast graphics and both the board and power supply would support it.
October 27, 2012 5:38:04 PM

projectlll said:
it really does depend on what sort of gaming you will be doing, but the rig in the list below provides enough expand-ability if you want to upgrade at a later date.

(Parts Chosen -- site -- price)
Corsair 500r -- Amazon -- $120
amd 8350 -- newegg - $220
GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 - Amazon -- $134
windows 7 hp 64-bit -- newegg -- $100
gigabyte 2gb 7870 -- amazon -- $260
8gb corsair vengeance ram -- amazon -- $41
Corsair tx 650w power supply -- amazon -- $80
ocz vertex 4 128 gb ssd -- amazon -- $100

total = $1055

i know that went a little over budget but its worth it as it provides upgradeability (if thats even a word) e.g. in the future you could opt for another 7870 providing beast graphics and both the board and power supply would support it.


Well I will wait because I know someone else can make a better build (sorry!) because I asked for a FX-8320, not 50. The difference between the 2 is simple higher factory clock speeds. And since im OC'ing, that doesn't matter.
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October 28, 2012 8:03:22 PM
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Poltregeist said:
Well I will wait because I know someone else can make a better build (sorry!) because I asked for a FX-8320, not 50. The difference between the 2 is simple higher factory clock speeds. And since im OC'ing, that doesn't matter.


well then in that case you could simply save $40 by getting the 8320 and put that money and another $15 in to upgrade to a 7950.
October 28, 2012 8:47:39 PM

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October 28, 2012 8:49:06 PM

projectlll said:
well then in that case you could simply save $40 by getting the 8320 and put that money and another $15 in to upgrade to a 7950.


I have already done that, and dropped the 128 to a 60GB since it will only be for my OS, and possibly a few games. No more than let's say BF3 and possibly one other. This gave me the money for a 212 EVO and AS5 paste since I really don't trust CM paste too much...
October 28, 2012 10:00:11 PM

Poltregeist said:
Well I will wait because I know someone else can make a better build (sorry!) because I asked for a FX-8320, not 50. The difference between the 2 is simple higher factory clock speeds. And since im OC'ing, that doesn't matter.



Maybe not

The turbo boost of the 8350 is 200 Mhz

The turbo on the 8320 is 600 MHz , and all that may only kick in when fewer cores are loaded
October 28, 2012 10:18:53 PM

Outlander_04 said:
Maybe not

The turbo boost of the 8350 is 200 Mhz

The turbo on the 8320 is 600 MHz , and all that may only kick in when fewer cores are loaded


that doesnt really matter as you can actually change turbo multipliers with amd overdrive software, as the only thing that does change in turbo mode is the multiplier.
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