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December 25, 2012 10:49:48 PM

Hello everyone. I'm new to Tom's Hardware Forums. I'm also new to building computers. So if anyone out there can tell me if my components are compatible and any suggestions would be great.

So here the specifications. I don't really want to spend more than $1000.


Case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Power Supply: CORSAIR CX Series CX750 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Motherboard: ASUS SABERTOOTH 990FX R2.0 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Processor: AMD FX-8120 Zambezi 3.1GHz Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor FD8120FRGUBOX

Video Card: ASUS GTX660-DC2O-2GD5 GeForce GTX 660 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Disc Burner: Iomega USB SuperSlim DVD Portable Writer Model 34427


I'm missing a SSD and/or a HDD for this build so I need suggestions for that

This can all be found on newegg.com if you want to see some of the specifications for this.

Anyone's help would be well appreciated


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December 25, 2012 11:10:07 PM

Its all compatible (and indeed, 750 watts is more than you need - the 500ish watt Corsair would be enough for that build). Skip the 8120 if you can help it though - even if you want to go AMD stick with the newer X3XX processors. IE FX-8320 is usually your best bet (just overclock to equal or beat the FX-8350). FX-6300 is often the best value among AMD processors.
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December 25, 2012 11:12:41 PM

TrevorWalsh said:
Hello everyone. I'm new to Tom's Hardware Forums. I'm also new to building computers. So if anyone out there can tell me if my components are compatible and any suggestions would be great.

So here the specifications. I don't really want to spend more than $1000.


Case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Power Supply: CORSAIR CX Series CX750 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Motherboard: ASUS SABERTOOTH 990FX R2.0 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Processor: AMD FX-8120 Zambezi 3.1GHz Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor FD8120FRGUBOX

Video Card: ASUS GTX660-DC2O-2GD5 GeForce GTX 660 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Disc Burner: Iomega USB SuperSlim DVD Portable Writer Model 34427


I'm missing a SSD and/or a HDD for this build so I need suggestions for that

This can all be found on newegg.com if you want to see some of the specifications for this.

Anyone's help would be well appreciated


What are you doing with this computer? I really don't see the point of getting a Bulldozer CPU it was crap and got beaten out by the older Phenom II it was suppose to be replacing. If you have to go AMD atleast go with the newer Piledriver.
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December 26, 2012 11:27:23 AM

rds1220 said:
What are you doing with this computer? I really don't see the point of getting a Bulldozer CPU it was crap and got beaten out by the older Phenom II it was suppose to be replacing. If you have to go AMD atleast go with the newer Piledriver.
I guess i did go a bit over board with the processor. Again, i'm new to computer building. It was almost inevitable that i would pick something stupid in my computer
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December 26, 2012 11:40:12 AM

jacobsta811 said:
Its all compatible (and indeed, 750 watts is more than you need - the 500ish watt Corsair would be enough for that build). Skip the 8120 if you can help it though - even if you want to go AMD stick with the newer X3XX processors. IE FX-8320 is usually your best bet (just overclock to equal or beat the FX-8350). FX-6300 is often the best value among AMD processors.
I'm thinking that the FX-8320 is a better way to go than the FX-6300 (Again, i'm just guessing here). But what are the differences between the 2. Why is one better than the other. I noticed that the 8320 had a better L2 Cache, and a 32 nm Vishera 125W, but are there any cons with going with the 8320 instead of the 6300?
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December 26, 2012 12:48:15 PM

6300 is a 3 module/6 core Piledriver part.
8320 is a 4 module/8 core Piledriver part.
8320 is no question faster in multithreaded loads. It is just a matter of price - 6300 is often priced against the I3-3220 where it is quite a bit better in anything at all threaded (does lose single threaded). 8320 or 8350 are often priced high enough to get an i5 where they generally lose except in *very* threaded loads like Virtual Machines, Video Rendering, etc.
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December 26, 2012 12:59:52 PM

This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
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January 6, 2013 2:28:32 PM

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