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November 9, 2012 11:35:05 PM

I am looking for opinions for a new build gamer AMD based, can you help me out ? I'm trying to stay around $800. Thanks .

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November 9, 2012 11:37:45 PM

What does that $800 have to include. Just tower, or peripherals like monitor, OS, keyboard/mouse. I take it that's US $.
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November 9, 2012 11:47:17 PM

new tower only
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November 9, 2012 11:50:30 PM

U.S dollars
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November 10, 2012 12:03:50 AM

I'm a bit confused so you only need

Tower
Peripherals does that include components like motherboard cpu ram
OS
Keyboard/Mouse
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November 10, 2012 12:09:13 AM

I am looking for tower,cpu,gpu,memory,cpu cooler,hd,mobo,optical drive,psu.
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November 10, 2012 12:18:33 AM

okay this is what I've come up with for you if you needed some more you could always get a discrete card (I've edited and included a 7850) if you wanted to stretch a little more. Also I went with higher quality ram the 1866 speed ram because apparently the fusion processors respond better with the faster ram.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($124.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A85X-UP4 ATX FM2 Motherboard ($119.60 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $806.02
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-09 21:23 EST-0500)
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November 10, 2012 12:26:12 AM

here is a fx build

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH 990FX R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $861.41
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-09 21:25 EST-0500)
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November 10, 2012 12:36:22 AM

This is an FX build with a 8320 instead of 6300 and only $750

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($174.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Antec Kuhler H2O 620 Liquid CPU Cooler ($58.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($124.62 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.93 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($184.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($35.20 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.00 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $749.70
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-09 21:35 EST-0500)
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November 10, 2012 12:47:59 AM

i like both fx builds bigshootr8 and stickg1 and i also like the quad core shootr8 ,thanks . tough decision .
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November 10, 2012 1:12:09 AM

You could drop the liquid cooler and upgrade to a 7950, or keep the liquid and upgrade to a 7870.
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November 10, 2012 2:30:36 AM

Any reason for excluding Intels? I thought Core I5's outperform AMD's in most games and you could probably squeeze one into your budget especially if you live near a Microcenter. (not trying to start a flame war so please correct me if i'm wrong).
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November 10, 2012 2:56:17 AM

Anyrate, if you live near a Microcenter and are stuck on AMD then:


(Working off of stickg1 list:) 


(MICROCENTER BUNDLE $279) http://www.microcenter.com/site/products/amd_bundles.as...

FX 8350 4GHz AM3+ Black Edition Boxed Processor
ASROCK 990FX Extreme3 AM3+ ATX

Case:Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($35.20 @ NCIX US)
Memory:Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Storage:Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.93 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply:Antec EarthWatts Green 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.00 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive:Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)


Leaves you $325 left in your budget to choose a video card. Microcenter has that CPU with a way cheaper motherboard for $235 and that would leave you $369 ( a few buck more and you can get a hd7970 for $399 at newegg).


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November 10, 2012 4:28:16 AM

Well he specially asked for a AMD build spunks so I didn't include a build. Also if he were to go above what I suggested say with something like a i5 2500k or 3570k he would end up with about 200 dollars more simply because of him adding things like a monitor. Although if he really wanted to get a i5 he probably could squeeze one out of 800 with his budget... but I would leave that to him to decide.
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November 10, 2012 4:33:59 AM

here is a i5 configuration I came up with I didn't go with a ivy bridge cpu because I went with a sandy bridge quite similiar performance and I don't have to pay the premium of a z77 board and I can go with a z68 and a stylish one like the ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z/GEN3 a ROG board :p  That has pci express 3.0 you could go cheaper on the board just what I would go, go big or go home right ;-)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z/GEN3 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($147.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($40.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $855.28
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-10 01:35 EST-0500)
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November 10, 2012 9:53:58 AM

To be honest, apart from fact that the RoG board is nice, I don't see the point of paying a higher cost, for last generation CPU, rather than the latest i5-3570K, that's got up to 10% better overall performance, and lower power consumption, and effectively cheaper.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($132.06 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($207.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $770.04
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-10 06:49 EST-0500)

Even if OP doesn't live near Microcentre, and has to pay $50 more for processor, it still works out better. All acedemic of course, if OP set on AMD.
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November 10, 2012 10:33:57 AM

You guys keep picking out HUGE corsair sticks of RAM. They might not even work with the Hyper 212 Evo because of those tall heatsinks. Especially the Corsair Dominator picked out a couple of posts up. Get the low pro Corsair Vengeance or get some Crucial. Especially if going with an FX chip and you want to overclock you will likely be messing with the FSB and Corsair RAM has a hard time budging from its stock speeds.
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November 10, 2012 10:45:21 AM

stickg1 said:
You guys keep picking out HUGE corsair sticks of RAM. They might not even work with the Hyper 212 Evo because of those tall heatsinks. Especially the Corsair Dominator picked out a couple of posts up. Get the low pro Corsair Vengeance or get some Crucial. Especially if going with an FX chip and you want to overclock you will likely be messing with the FSB and Corsair RAM has a hard time budging from its stock speeds.


No. That IS the low profile CML version. Partpicker don't make it clear, by just listing all as "Vengeance", silly really. (or perhaps Corsair could help, by giving CML a different name.)
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November 10, 2012 10:52:54 AM

Ah okay, good pick then.
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November 10, 2012 6:53:47 PM

Yea I totally forgot about the low profile ram. I'll redo the AMD builds then but I'm just pointing out the i5 system you made Mal isn't as cheap as you posted even with the microcenter cpu. Also going with 550watts only gives him 50 watts over the minimum which is why I went with the 650 by corsair to give him some breathing room for overclocking if he so decided. I don't care if it only uses x amount of watts it suggests a certain amount something goes wrong with the card and you talk to a tech support person and you tell them how big your psu was arguing wattage and efficiency probably won't work.

And the reason I went with the i5 cpu was because I wouldn't have to get the z77 chipset and because the i5 can be overclocked a bit higher and runs a bit cooler.

And if you look at the specs for both 100 mhz doesn't equate to 10 percent. But going with the more current series isn't a bad way to go.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($132.06 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($94.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($207.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $829.53
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-10 15:51 EST-0500)
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November 10, 2012 6:58:21 PM

FX Build with lower profile ram

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH 990FX R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($94.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $858.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-10 15:56 EST-0500)

A10 build with lower profile

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($124.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A85X-UP4 ATX FM2 Motherboard ($119.60 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($94.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $803.52
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-10 15:58 EST-0500)


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November 10, 2012 8:48:49 PM

The i5 and FX6300 are reasonably comparable. From what I've heard, the A10 is great, for light gaming, on it's own, but is fairly rubbish when linked with seperate GPU.
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November 10, 2012 8:57:26 PM

Yeah the A10 is sweet if you plan on using the integrated GPU. Otherwise if you put a powerful discrete GPU in the same system it's an FX-4300 without an L3 cache. I rather just have an FX-4300, but considering the FX-6300 is $10 more and comes with 2 more cores (1 more module) it's kind of a no-brainer.

Secondly the FX-6300 you listed is great, you can cut some costs though and upgrade it to a FX-8320/FX-8350 fairly easily. Or upgrade to a 7870/7950. Get a $30 RAM kit and a cheaper motherboard. The Sabertooth R2.0 is great with that chip but unless you have an elaborate water loop you will get just as good of an overclock from a much cheaper 990FXA-UD3 from Gigabyte. The Hyper 212 Evo will create a thermal wall that even an awesome motherboard wont help you overcome without better cooling.
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November 10, 2012 9:07:01 PM

Well I suggested the sabertooth board because they are probably the most stable boards you can get for the AMD AM3+ boards. 11x customer choice award for the sabertooth which is crazy. But yea like I said I wouldn't get the sabertooth based on overclocking I would get it for the simple fact of stability and how they are built. If you were going for overclocking a Asus crosshair board would do or a high end gigabyte 990fx chip.

I agree with the a10 I just wanted to give him a option for something that was cheap because 800 dollars doesn't always give you many options. And I placed the card in to push him close to 800.

Also, the reason why I didn't move up to the 8000 series was because 8 cores isn't utilized in many programs let alone the 6 you would get from the 6300 but as you said the difference price wise between the 4 core and the 6 core is very small.

And yes the i5 over all the other choices most certainly if you can. But if he wants a AMD let him get a AMD.
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November 21, 2012 5:25:30 AM

Best answer selected by scott24.
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