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January 10, 2013 4:28:36 AM


Hello,
I'm building a pc to use as my entertainment center and work station. I will run Windows8 64bit. I'll be using it for gaming, video editing and music recording and I like movies or music on when I work. I use the latest pro versions of Adobe Premiere, Final Cut, Reason, ProTunes, Guitar Rig, to name a few. I want it to run any game or program with out a problem.

I already have a new 2tb sata hdd, a used (and full) 500gb ide hdd and a used 400w psu (is this enough power?) and all peripherals.

Parts List from PCPartPicker
CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-D3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($86.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($217.86 @ Newegg)
Total: $558.83
I know I need a case and an optical drive, but I'll just get the cheapest ones I can find.

Questions
1: Where can I trim (proc?) and where should I bulk up(mobo?)?
2: Is it worth it to spend a little extra and get a small ssd to run the system of?
3: Do I need/can you suggest a cooling system/psu? I plan on logging a lot of hours on this machine, so I want to be covered.

Thanks

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January 10, 2013 4:31:56 AM

Stock cooling would be fine.

Get a PSU from Antec, XFX Corsair, Seasonic.

I would recommend an i5 3470 and a h77 motherboard instead.
January 10, 2013 4:51:33 AM

ginopas said:
Hello,
I'm building a pc to use as my entertainment center and work station. I will run Windows8 64bit. I'll be using it for gaming, video editing and music recording and I like movies or music on when I work. I use the latest pro versions of Adobe Premiere, Final Cut, Reason, ProTunes, Guitar Rig, to name a few. I want it to run any game or program with out a problem.

I already have a new 2tb sata hdd, a used (and full) 500gb ide hdd and a used 400w psu (is this enough power?) and all peripherals.

Parts List from PCPartPicker
CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-D3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($86.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($217.86 @ Newegg)
Total: $558.83
I know I need a case and an optical drive, but I'll just get the cheapest ones I can find.

Questions
1: Where can I trim (proc?) and where should I bulk up(mobo?)?
2: Is it worth it to spend a little extra and get a small ssd to run the system of?
3: Do I need/can you suggest a cooling system/psu? I plan on logging a lot of hours on this machine, so I want to be covered.

Thanks


First, you made a very good choice of a 7850 2 gb for the tasks you perform but if you have more budget or you do not want to compromise (playing graphic intensive games in full HD 1080p and antianalysing set to high) you always have a 7970 3 gb card or a Gtx 680 Ti......

Next, sorry but your PSU IS not enough .....select a good branded PSU (my opinion :Crosair) of minimum 600w or preferably higher.

And last but not the least, I would go with tiny voices. I am guessing that you have chose the CPU for the '8core' factor.This is the mistake most people perform.
That CPU is not an ideal 8 core. Every 2 cores share resources in that processer.
You should go with an i5 2500k ( if you plan to overclock ) , i5 3470 (if you do not like overclocking) and if you are reluctant on AMD BUY THE 6-CORE 1055T edition. Best of luck.
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January 10, 2013 1:07:37 PM

SPEED94 said:
First, you made a very good choice of a 7850 2 gb for the tasks you perform but if you have more budget or you do not want to compromise (playing graphic intensive games in full HD 1080p and antianalysing set to high) you always have a 7970 3 gb card or a Gtx 680 Ti......

Next, sorry but your PSU IS not enough .....select a good branded PSU (my opinion :Crosair) of minimum 600w or preferably higher.

And last but not the least, I would go with tiny voices. I am guessing that you have chose the CPU for the '8core' factor.This is the mistake most people perform.
That CPU is not an ideal 8 core. Every 2 cores share resources in that processer.
You should go with an i5 2500k ( if you plan to overclock ) , i5 3470 (if you do not like overclocking) and if you are reluctant on AMD BUY THE 6-CORE 1055T edition. Best of luck.


Dude, why would he get a 2500k when he could get a 3570k? Always get the newest tech. Also, the 1055T is ancient by current standards. If he wants a more budget AMD CPU he would want an fx 6300.

600 watts is more than enough. Most people run an i5 3570k and a 7870 on a 500w PSU and have no problems. For this build I would recommend getting a corsair cx500.

.......There is no such card as a 680 ti.

All in all, get an i5 3470 (if no overclocking) or an i5 3570k (if overclocking). Get a corsair cx500 PSU and get any HD7850 you like. You will be able to play modern games on high settings and run all your programs without issue.
January 10, 2013 1:24:35 PM

If workstation if primary use and your programs are multithreaded then the FX may outperform an i5
January 10, 2013 2:35:18 PM

tiny voices said:
Dude, why would he get a 2500k when he could get a 3570k? Always get the newest tech. Also, the 1055T is ancient by current standards. If he wants a more budget AMD CPU he would want an fx 6300.

600 watts is more than enough. Most people run an i5 3570k and a 7870 on a 500w PSU and have no problems. For this build I would recommend getting a corsair cx500.

.......There is no such card as a 680 ti.

All in all, get an i5 3470 (if no overclocking) or an i5 3570k (if overclocking). Get a corsair cx500 PSU and get any HD7850 you like. You will be able to play modern games on high settings and run all your programs without issue.


well my personal experience says that it is always safe to go with a 600+ w psu for a future proof pc. ANd that about the video card.....i mistakenly typed 'ti'

January 10, 2013 2:48:26 PM

I would stick with the AMD CPU and go for a asus sabertooth 990fx motherboard for stability.

Also definately worth getting a SSD in my opinion.
January 10, 2013 5:48:43 PM

Thanks for your help. I have to ask those that suggest the i5, why go with the 3470's 3.2GHz rather than the FX-8350's 4.0GHz?
Also, I have 16gb DDR3 1600. Would I be better off with less, but faster Ram, say 8gb DDR3 2133, which is the fastest my mobo can handle?
January 10, 2013 7:42:41 PM

So the updated parts list is as follows;

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH 990FX R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($85.25 @ Amazon)
Storage: Sandisk 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($88.98 @ Mac Mall)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: MSI TC- (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($22.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Diablotek 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($29.98 @ Newegg)
Other: dvd burner ($16.99)
Total: $804.16

This puts me over budget by $200. Is there anywhere I'm overdoing it? From this week of reading reviews and forums and such I think I have a good MoBo,CPU,GPU combination. And I'm more concerned with having a good solid machine for the next few years.
Thanks again.
January 10, 2013 7:54:58 PM

Also, I'm surprised no one suggested an Nvidia gpu. Are they not as good anymore?
Thanks
January 10, 2013 8:09:39 PM

Yes, you are overdoing it with the 8350 and Sabretooth. Go for 8320 and a way cheaper mobo. That won't save you 200 but it's something.
January 10, 2013 9:15:33 PM

ginopas said:
Also, I'm surprised no one suggested an Nvidia gpu. Are they not as good anymore?
Thanks


For the money AMD currently has better offerings.
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