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February 1, 2013 7:27:39 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: this week

Budget Range: $2,000.00-$2,100.00 Total

System Usage from Most to Least Important:Gaming

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: Everything Except mouse, keyboard, monitor Etc.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes Windows 7

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Location: City, State/Region, Country - Ocala, Florida U.S.A

Parts Preferences: I perfer AMD processors, EVGA/Nvida graphics

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Old Rig is about phased out had for years ready to upgrade!

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February 1, 2013 7:45:38 PM

$2K rig - you shouldn't even be considering AMD. Their high end CPUs aren't like they used to be - the quality has declined drastically. Bulldozer is a step in the right direction but they have a long way to go before catching to Intel.

Here's what I would suggest:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($157.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($383.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($383.98 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($179.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: NZXT HALE 90 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1969.71
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-01 16:45 EST-0500)
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February 1, 2013 8:01:58 PM

if you insist on AMD (and the 8-core piledriver isn't too far behind an I5), you can go with something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-C14 CPU Cooler ($80.25 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 990FX Extreme3 ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard ($134.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: OCZ Agility 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.95 @ Mac Connection)
Storage: Toshiba 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($349.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($349.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill Line ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHOS104-06 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Drive ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Zalman MZ215ED 21.5" Monitor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Zalman MZ215ED 21.5" Monitor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Zalman MZ215ED 21.5" Monitor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Keyboard: Gigabyte Force K3 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($27.99 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Logitech B100 Wired Optical Mouse ($5.49 @ Mac Mall)
Total: $1897.53
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-01 17:01 EST-0500)
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February 1, 2013 8:06:04 PM

ScrewySqrl said:
if you insist on AMD (and the 8-core piledriver isn't too far behind an I5), you can go with something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-C14 CPU Cooler ($80.25 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 990FX Extreme3 ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard ($134.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: OCZ Agility 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.95 @ Mac Connection)
Storage: Toshiba 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($349.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($349.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill Line ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHOS104-06 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Drive ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Zalman MZ215ED 21.5" Monitor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Zalman MZ215ED 21.5" Monitor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Zalman MZ215ED 21.5" Monitor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Keyboard: Gigabyte Force K3 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($27.99 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Logitech B100 Wired Optical Mouse ($5.49 @ Mac Mall)
Total: $1897.53
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-01 17:01 EST-0500)


OP already has monitor and peripherals so those three would be needlessly purchased. I also wouldn't skimp on the case or power supply on a build of this caliber.
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February 1, 2013 8:18:03 PM

Don't know why many people still say AMD sucks, guess they are still in the phase of the "faildozer" era.

The new AMD CPUs are pretty great for a gaming build and a workstation build, a much better overall CPU than the i5 3570k.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4et7kDGSRfc
example.

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February 1, 2013 8:26:23 PM

boulbox said:
Don't know why many people still say AMD sucks, guess they are still in the phase of the "faildozer" era.

The new AMD CPUs are pretty great for a gaming build and a workstation build, a much better overall CPU than the i5 3570k.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4et7kDGSRfc
example.


The "Faildozer" era still stings - a lot, and it nearly tanked AMD in the CPU world. Believe me if Intel made a line of CPUs that were that bad they'd most likely never hear the end of it. :lol: 

If you insist on AMD then do this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Professional ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($179.47 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($424.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($424.98 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($179.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic X Series 1050W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($191.82 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1995.16
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-01 17:38 EST-0500)
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February 1, 2013 8:32:58 PM

Here is my a build to my liking (and hopefully yours).

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Phanteks PH-TC14PE_BL 78.1 CFM CPU Cooler ($85.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI 990FXA-GD65V2 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($122.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Mushkin Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($212.95 @ Mac Connection)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($369.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($369.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced ATX Full Tower Case ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($122.75 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1859.57
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-01 17:32 EST-0500)
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February 1, 2013 8:33:41 PM

Nothing wrong with piledriver cpus for gaming
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February 1, 2013 8:36:22 PM

g-unit1111 said:
The "Faildozer" era still stings - a lot, and it nearly tanked AMD in the CPU world. Believe me if Intel made a line of CPUs that were that bad they'd most likely never hear the end of it. :lol: 


true, that's pretty much why a lot of people converted to becoming intel fanboys because all they heard was complaining about the FX series

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.73 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($139.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Kingston XMP Blu Red Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($226.99 @ Mac Mall)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($386.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($101.93 @ Mac Connection)
Power Supply: Kingwin Lazer Platinum 750W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($135.62 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1599.15
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-01 17:34 EST-0500)

16GB ram not even needed but i just put in there so you do not have to worry if there is a sudden game that uses a lot of ram/ you wanting to do video editing in the future

win7 pro not needed, put in there just because if you wanted to use more than 16GB of ram, just downgrade it to save money.

With all this money left over, i would actually change the GPU into a 7970, get a stronger PSU(850W) and get a 1440p monitor
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February 1, 2013 8:37:43 PM

cball1311 said:
Here is my a build to my liking (and hopefully yours).

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Phanteks PH-TC14PE_BL 78.1 CFM CPU Cooler ($85.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI 990FXA-GD65V2 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($122.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Mushkin Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($212.95 @ Mac Connection)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($369.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($369.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced ATX Full Tower Case ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($122.75 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1859.57
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-01 17:32 EST-0500)



MSI 670s are known to be overvolt, just saying
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February 1, 2013 8:42:28 PM

boulbox said:
MSI 670s are known to be overvolt, just saying


The EVGA 670 FTW is a good way to go too, if the OP is worried about overvolting. I have my EVGA 560s volted at 1.05v at 1000MHz, max temps around 70C playing Sleeping Dogs, no worries here (on a 750W Corsair PSU).
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February 1, 2013 9:20:48 PM

You asked for an AMD monster right?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Crosshair V Formula-Z ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($229.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Gaming Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($483.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($483.98 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom (Black/Green) ATX Full Tower Case ($132.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $2185.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-01 18:29 EST-0500)
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February 1, 2013 9:32:44 PM

3570Ks are so boring. Kudos to you for picking AMD. Just make sure you water-cool that thing.
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February 1, 2013 9:35:29 PM

hollocron said:
3570Ks are so boring. Kudos to you for picking AMD. Just make sure you water-cool that thing.


I know what you mean! Intel is so mainstream haha. when i tell my friends i have amd there like HOYLHOKJHOJAHOJA. im like YEA IM DIFFERENT haha
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February 1, 2013 9:42:07 PM

If you plan on doing any overclocking, get faster RAM. I see a lot of people posting DDR3-1600. You'll get better overclock results with an AMD build going with as fast of RAM as your motherboard will support...usually DDR3-2133.
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February 1, 2013 10:02:39 PM

Nothing wrong with AMD, its refreshing! I remember Intel have dedicated special alogrithms in Cinebench that made Intel CPU score higher than the competition. We need to support the little guys!
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February 1, 2013 10:08:26 PM

Amd is refreshing its like a glass of cold water when your thirsty haha. Yea amd cpus are hated and bashed too much IMO
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February 1, 2013 10:32:18 PM

Amen!
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February 2, 2013 12:15:50 AM

Beebelbrox said:
If you plan on doing any overclocking, get faster RAM. I see a lot of people posting DDR3-1600. You'll get better overclock results with an AMD build going with as fast of RAM as your motherboard will support...usually DDR3-2133.


Not true with unlocked multipliers. The FSB frequency is untouched.
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February 2, 2013 12:45:10 AM

boulbox said:
true, that's pretty much why a lot of people converted to becoming intel fanboys because all they heard was complaining about the FX series

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.73 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($139.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Kingston XMP Blu Red Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($226.99 @ Mac Mall)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($386.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($101.93 @ Mac Connection)
Power Supply: Kingwin Lazer Platinum 750W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($135.62 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1599.15
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-01 17:34 EST-0500)

16GB ram not even needed but i just put in there so you do not have to worry if there is a sudden game that uses a lot of ram/ you wanting to do video editing in the future

win7 pro not needed, put in there just because if you wanted to use more than 16GB of ram, just downgrade it to save money.

With all this money left over, i would actually change the GPU into a 7970, get a stronger PSU(850W) and get a 1440p monitor




/shrug they converted cause intels have been better for a long while.

I agree with your build advice though, if he insists on an amd processor high end crossfire/sli is a big mistake.


A single gtx 670 would be ideal simply because of tom's own results have showing that "AMD's graphics architectures are more dependent on a strong processor than Nvidia's", have no illusions though under cpu bound situations like far cry 3 and skyrim etc you will be giving up about 26%+ performance in comparison to a i5/i7.
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