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January 14, 2013 10:40:07 AM

I am planning on building a PC for under $700 that can handle Minecraft at a high frame rate (60+) while recording. Also I will be editing in Sony Vegas, Adobe After Effects, and Cinema 4D and will be rendering in real-time for playback while editing. I will be using 3 monitors, 1 being 1080p HD. What I need to know is:

1. Is this PC good enough to do the above?
2. Will the hardware actually fit in the case?
3. Do I need a CPU cooler in addition to the heatsink and fan that is included with the processor?
4. Is everything actually compatible with each other?
5. Do I need more fans? (the case comes with 1, but their is 4 extra fan mounts.)
6. Any input you have. (anything you see wrong or that is not recommended.)

Thank you and here is the info.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($169.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Essentials 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($119.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($154.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($50.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $690.90

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January 14, 2013 11:10:47 AM

I would replace FX with i5 3470 and a H77 Mobo.
Replacing will not affect price but will increase performance in Games & Softwares alot

In that FX you can just Brag about cores.
However i5 3470 beats FX series in everything.


i5 3470 is in the Top than any FX CPU


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January 14, 2013 1:24:01 PM

7850 cannot be crossfired with any trinity APU.
besides choosing a trinity build for a $700 budget is insanity anyways
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January 14, 2013 3:43:48 PM

OK i admit it
Trinity APU cannot crossfire with grafix card other than HD6*** series
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January 14, 2013 7:56:17 PM

Basically,

1: Yes, but you could do a bit better. I'd go for a Xeon

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

That is basically an Ivy Bridge i7 without the overclocking and integrated graphics.

2: Yes

3: A CPU cooler would replace the one that comes with the CPU. It is designed to cope with the CPU at stock settings in a standard ATX case so you're fine unless you overclock or want something quieter.

4: Yes, it should be OK. The RAM you have there is quad channel though. Most CPU's are designed for dual channel RAM. That one included.

5: In a word, no. You should be fine like that, CPU/GPU/PSU fans speed up when they need to and even if they do overheat, they will usually shut off before doing serious damage.

6: I would move down to 16GB of dual channel RAM and go for the Xeon with a H77 board. You should just about be able to cram it into the build. If not, you could always get a cheaper GPU. I think it would be worth is considering you usage.

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January 14, 2013 8:13:30 PM

Sumukh_Bhagat said:
I would replace FX with i5 3470 and a H77 Mobo.
Replacing will not affect price but will increase performance in Games & Softwares alot

In that FX you can just Brag about cores.
However i5 3470 beats FX series in everything.


i5 3470 is in the Top than any FX CPU

http://media.bestofmicro.com/Z/W/364172/original/res_app_after_effects.png


Thank you for your help, I have decided to choose the AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor instead of the i5 3470 so I wouldn't have to change my motherboard. Also this video persuaded me further:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eu8Sekdb-IE
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January 14, 2013 8:26:11 PM

jmsellars1 said:
Basically,

1: Yes, but you could do a bit better. I'd go for a Xeon

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

That is basically an Ivy Bridge i7 without the overclocking and integrated graphics.

2: Yes

3: A CPU cooler would replace the one that comes with the CPU. It is designed to cope with the CPU at stock settings in a standard ATX case so you're fine unless you overclock or want something quieter.

4: Yes, it should be OK. The RAM you have there is quad channel though. Most CPU's are designed for dual channel RAM. That one included.

5: In a word, no. You should be fine like that, CPU/GPU/PSU fans speed up when they need to and even if they do overheat, they will usually shut off before doing serious damage.

6: I would move down to 16GB of dual channel RAM and go for the Xeon with a H77 board. You should just about be able to cram it into the build. If not, you could always get a cheaper GPU. I think it would be worth is considering you usage.


Hi, I'm going to have to stick with the FX-8350 because I am already over my budget. Also, what are the disadvantages / side-effects of having quad channel RAM in a dual channel CPU / Motherboard. Thank you for all you're help. Your the first to answer all my questions.

Final Product:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Essentials 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($119.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($154.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $709.90
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January 14, 2013 8:26:24 PM

Best answer selected by steelteal.
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January 14, 2013 9:06:13 PM

Well the RAM might not be compatible for a start. If it is, it may not run to its full potential. There's no way to tell without trying it but generally it is better to get something you know is the correct specs beforehand.
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January 15, 2013 12:13:57 AM

your setup is quite unbalanced. you probably should have spent more on the gpu rather than the cpu.
the general rule of thumb is that the gpu should be twice as expensive as the cpu.
so in my opinion you should have dropped down to fx-6300 and upgraded to 7950
but congrats on your new build anyways
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January 15, 2013 6:00:36 AM

That's for a gaming build, he's playing Minecraft and video editing. It's not too bad.
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