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New FX-8350 Build Under $900

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January 21, 2013 3:48:41 PM

Anyone looking to build a new FX-8350 System can do so for less then $900 and have a very fast gaming rig.

Here are my specs:

I reused my Antec 650W Power Supply and DVD Burner

I purchased everything at a local Micro Center so you can add $70 to your budget if you buy online without taxes.

$99.99 GA-990FXA-UD3 Socket AM3+ 990FX ATX AMD Motherboard
$189.99 FX 8350 4GHz AM3+ Black Edition Boxed Processor
$139.99 Vengeance 16GB DDR3-1866 (PC3-15000) CL9 Quad Channel Desktop Memory Kit (Four 4GB Memory Modules)
$239.99 VCGGTX660XPB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 XLR8 2048MB GDDR5 PCIe 3.0 x16 Video Card
$99.99 Extreme SDSSDX-120G-G25 120GB SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5" Internal Solid State Drive
$39.99 EVO Mid Tower ATX Computer Case

$809.94 + Tax

I love the case because it have a LED blue front intake fan and a total of 4 120mm case fans included!

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January 21, 2013 4:04:52 PM

You are wasting huge money on that 16GB of DDR-1866. It won't make an ounce of difference over a $45 set of 2x4GB of DDR-1600 for gaming.

I'd drop that out and use the difference to upgrade to a Radeon 7950 like this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'm sure a lot of people are going to tell you to go i5 on a new build for this kind of money. I am sure you will be happy with the 8350, but do check out the benchmarks on games you play to see how the 8350 fares against the i5. Microcenter does have a 3570K for the same price and it does win most head-to-head tests.

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January 21, 2013 4:16:51 PM

I agree that i5 would beat the FX8350 in some benchmarks. I put this build together for gaming/productivity. I can't spend the same amount of money for a 4 core CPU when I can get a 8 core CPU.

I also sprung for the 16GB of RAM because of the 8 cores. I don't want any future FSB bottle neck or CPU wait time on RAM. The i5 is 4 core with a typical 8GB of RAM. I wanted to keep the same ratio of Cores to GB of RAM so I went with 16GB. It doesn't make much of a difference for gaming at this point but I also wanted to build for the future and possible OC to 5Ghz a core which would be 40Ghz.

You have very valid points and everyone would build theirs different. I just wanted to through mine out there. :) 
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January 21, 2013 4:29:14 PM

I would say if you can spare a little more spending. Get a 7950 or 670 video card, ram is cheap now so if you go with 16gb no biggie but 8gb is more than enough. Aftermarket cooler for OC. If I had to do it over again, with my build I would go with a full size tower. I have a ton of fans but space is tight and the air is hot.
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January 21, 2013 4:30:04 PM

Actually the 3570K and the 8350 are really neck and neck the 3570K will beat the 8350 on things that are based on 2 or 4 core things but on games like BF3 or Dirt2 that can use more than 4 the 8350 wins for obvious reasons
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January 21, 2013 4:36:40 PM

Are you reusing any HDD because that 120gb SSd will be great for windows and some games but is not enough in this years.

I think that the hd 7870 would be a better choice.
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January 21, 2013 4:43:52 PM

Hotloads said:


I also sprung for the 16GB of RAM because of the 8 cores. I don't want any future FSB bottle neck or CPU wait time on RAM. The i5 is 4 core with a typical 8GB of RAM. I wanted to keep the same ratio of Cores to GB of RAM so I went with 16GB. It doesn't make much of a difference for gaming at this point but I also wanted to build for the future and possible OC to 5Ghz a core which would be 40Ghz.

You have very valid points and everyone would build theirs different. I just wanted to through mine out there. :) 



Well you don't have to spend $140+ tax to get 16GB of RAM! And honestly, you will still be able to buy RAM in the future, so starting with 2x4GB is more than adequate, especially if it gets you a better video card that benefits you today!

1600 is already overspec, 1333 is standard, 1866+ is (IMHO) just a waste of money.







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January 21, 2013 5:08:17 PM

Games are 32 bit programs and cant use more than about 3.4 gig of RAM for the same reason thata 32 bit OS cant . A gamer does not need more than 2 x4 gig of RAM .
AMD does support 1866 MHz but the speed gains over 1600 MHz are marginal

As suggested above spend the money you save on RAM upgrading your graphics card because thats where the biggest performance gains will be made .

Also ignore the low resolution i5/FX benchmarks . The gaming experience will be identical when you play at 1080p resolution and have high image quality settings ... ie where we all want to play
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