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Mid - Range AMD Gaming Build

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February 5, 2013 6:03:23 PM

Hello! This is my first AMD build, I've always built intel machines with nvidia GPU's but I thought I'd go for a change this time. This is my entire list: LINK

I was just wondering if everything I have is compatible/I've optimised what I can get, I'm a lot more busy than I used to be these days so I've not had a lot of time to research everything, but any advice would be great!

Many thanks

Jake
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February 5, 2013 6:34:23 PM

very unbalanced.

Only get 8gb RAM. Games use MAX 4gb.
Get an The 8150 is crap. Get an 8320 or drop to a 6300.
Drop the SSD
Cheaper case
Better PSU. Get a 500-600w one from Antec, XFX, Corsair, Seasonic.
All the money saved dump into the GPU.

This will make for a much better gaming rig.
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February 5, 2013 6:57:55 PM

yes^
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February 5, 2013 6:59:53 PM

Definiely use an 83XX , or even the 6300 which will also out game an older 8150

Agree about the RAM . 2 x4 gig is plenty for a gamer .

It should run happily on a 500 watt psu , but you might want more if you have plans to crossfire at some time .

Perhaps you can save enough to fit a 7870 GHz edition into that same budget
February 5, 2013 7:24:56 PM

I'm planning to crossfire at some point in the future, and the reason I went for 16gb of ram is because it will also be used for screen capturing using fraps, and also a lot of ram intensive video and music editing software because my band are under our own label and I do all of the media stuff yadayadayada, but I probably will opt for a cheaper case, I was gonna get this one because I sometimes do lan gaming events but I don't really need a case like that, thanks :) 
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February 5, 2013 8:07:32 PM

Even so the extra RAM will only be useful if the programs you are working with are 64 bit .

Definitely the 8320 or 8350

The 8320 is already more powerful than the older 8150 , but can easily be clocked at 8350 speeds so it is probably your best choice
February 5, 2013 8:38:00 PM

yeah they will be 64 bit :)  and yeah I was unsure about that video card as I've always used nvidia and didn't know much about the AMD models, thankyou!
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February 5, 2013 10:49:10 PM


So. What level of budget are we talking about, Jake?

I suspect if you move a few things around and ease another £50 or £60 into your budget, you may be able to move on up into HD7970 territory if gaming is your primary objective.

The FX8320 will save you £10 over the FX8150, and is a multi-threading monster for your video editing, but the FX6300 will gain you £30 toward that HD7970 .... but you wont have the multithreaded **jam**



February 6, 2013 9:13:50 AM

around £800 is my budget to be honest, and the multi-thread processing would be brilliant, I'd probably just scrap the SSD and get a case that's half the price and then use the money to get the FX8320, that seems plausible to me :) 
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February 6, 2013 10:50:08 AM


Being flexible is always good :D 

And moving up to an HD7990 takes any pressure off the need for a future crossfire ... allowing you to consider motherboards like the Gigabyte 970 -UD3 AM3+ which will save yah even more cash.

February 6, 2013 10:53:11 AM

Thankyou! That's some great advice :D 
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