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February 3, 2013 11:52:28 AM

Hi,

I have a few pieces already purchased for a build I plan to do in the next few weeks. Was wanting some advice on how to proceed.

I have already purchased:
OCZ Vertex 4 128GB SSD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=20-227-...
Thermaltake V3 Black Edition VL80001W2Z
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Antec NEO ECO 620C 620W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That leaves me about $375 for the processor, memory, mobo, and dvd drive

I currently have a Radeon 4830 HD as well as a 250GB hard drive. I was planning on reusing both (I know that the card is old and there isn't a ton of storage).

I play WoW, D3. I do internet browsing.

I do not plan to OC.

Here are the 2 options I have come up with:
Intel Build
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/B5CG
An i5-3470 build with an extra 500GB Hard Drive

AMD Build
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/BdNM
An FX-6300 build with a Radeon 7770 Video Card


WoW plays well on my current machine. D3 struggles a little.

Leaning towards the 6300 build since I can squeeze in a video card.

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February 3, 2013 12:57:11 PM

yeh i think the AMD build you put up will be better, just because it is not held back by the video card

Try and squeeze in a CPU cooler something 15$ range since you will play games.

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February 3, 2013 1:43:41 PM
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Here is what I would go with.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 975 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($82.18 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Xigmatek GAIA SD1283 56.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($154.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $368.10
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-03 10:41 EST-0500)

The Phenom 975 will have no problems running any game that you throw at it plus you could overclock it at least to 4.0GHz. You, then can upgrade to an FX processor later. The reasoning for this is to fit the 7850 in there, over the 7770. There is a big performance jump between the two.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/536?vs=549
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February 3, 2013 2:09:20 PM

Hi cball, appreciate the alternative. Any CPU will be an upgrade compared to my core 2 duo e4300. Its probably been 3 to 4 years since I have done a new build and will probably not be able to upgrade again for that same time frame.

I know that future proofing isn't realistic. Just want to get the most value for my money.

February 3, 2013 2:57:17 PM

Yep. That is right. Future proofing is a myth. To get the most out of your games, the 7850 is the way to go with the 975. Like I said, in 6 months or so (or whenever you get the cash), you can always upgrade the CPU. Games only utilize, at the most, 4 cores right now anyway so you will have no problems with the phenom.
February 3, 2013 5:31:48 PM

cball1311 said:
Yep. That is right. Future proofing is a myth. To get the most out of your games, the 7850 is the way to go with the 975. Like I said, in 6 months or so (or whenever you get the cash), you can always upgrade the CPU. Games only utilize, at the most, 4 cores right now anyway so you will have no problems with the phenom.


wont it be worth for him to get a 6300? or for his price range it wont make a big difference?
February 3, 2013 6:43:58 PM

gussrtk said:
wont it be worth for him to get a 6300? or for his price range it wont make a big difference?


I think that the 6300 would provide no performance increase in games over the 7850 that he could get by getting the 975. He could get the 6300 later. I mean looking at prices, the 7850 (or 7870) would be a lot more later than the 6300.
February 3, 2013 7:21:45 PM

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