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February 11, 2013 5:04:50 AM

This is a build I put together after a bit of research on eCollegePC:

AMD FX-6300 on stock cooler.
GA-970a-d3
8GB (4gbx2) PC3 10666 DDR3 1333Mhz Memory
500GB 7200RPM 32MB cache Sata3 6gbps
24X LG SATA DVD Drive (GH24NS90)
2gb ATI Radeon HD7870
CoolerMaster HAF 912 case
Corsair 600watt CMPSU-600CX V2 80+ Certified
Wireles B/G/N PCI-Ex Adapter 300mbps

Running Windows 7/Linux dualboot most likely.

My Resolution is 1650x1050

Main uses (in order of importance):
Video Editing/Photoshop
Gaming(Crysis 2, Sonic and All Stars Racing Transformed, Tera Online, Skyrim and a few of my games in PCSX2 emu)


I know building is better, but it isn't an option at this time, I don't have very much free time to learn and put it together this semester. Any suggestions or input? Should I just go with a 7850 or keep that 7870? I don't plan to overclock this at all, like ever.

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February 11, 2013 5:08:57 AM

It's nice.

There's no big problem. I would get it. The 7850 is a beast but of course the 7870 is better.

you won't go wrong with the 7850.
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February 11, 2013 5:18:57 AM

RetroPanda34 said:
This is a build I put together after a bit of research on eCollegePC:

AMD FX-6300 on stock cooler.
GA-970a-d3
8GB (4gbx2) PC3 10666 DDR3 1333Mhz Memory
500GB 7200RPM 32MB cache Sata3 6gbps
24X LG SATA DVD Drive (GH24NS90)
2gb ATI Radeon HD7870
CoolerMaster HAF 912 case
Corsair 600watt CMPSU-600CX V2 80+ Certified
Wireles B/G/N PCI-Ex Adapter 300mbps

Running Windows 7/Linux dualboot most likely.

My Resolution is 1650x1050

Main uses (in order of importance):
Video Editing/Photoshop
Gaming(Crysis 2, Sonic and All Stars Racing Transformed, Tera Online, Skyrim and a few of my games in PCSX2 emu)


I know building is better, but it isn't an option at this time, I don't have very much free time to learn and put it together this semester. Any suggestions or input? Should I just go with a 7850 or keep that 7870? I don't plan to overclock this at all, like ever.


7850 is fine, get an MSI or Asus 2-fan model. And you should overclock it because that's what they are designed to do. As far as the vishera 6300 is good but stock cooler isn't. It will run real hot. You need a hyper 212 (30 bucks) and thermal paste arctic silver 5(5 bucks). With those 2 items you take the vishera to 4.5 with 3 button clicks in bios, and enjoy.
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February 11, 2013 5:19:17 AM

Yeah, I was considering the 7850 just to save a bit of money, it seems the 7870 only offers a marginally better experience.


I was more worried about compatibility with what I chose, I literally know nothing about AMD outside what card is what, so I felt I might have made some mistakes.

@Praxeology
Oh yeah, I was planning on OCing the 7850 if I got it. I didn't specify, I mainly meant the processor.
As for a cooler: What about the Thermaltake TR2-R1?
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February 11, 2013 5:24:39 AM

Just throwing it out there, the hard part of learning is picking parts, which you already have.

It'll only take about three to four hours to put it together - watch a youtube video (I like the ones by Newegg or NCIX) once, then do it again, pausing to complete each step.

It'll save you $500-$1000, and only takes a few hours. Just for consideration.
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February 11, 2013 5:29:04 AM

i trust gigabyte mobos....good call....if you plan to overclock get a z77 series
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February 11, 2013 5:30:36 AM

RetroPanda34 said:
Yeah, I was considering the 7850 just to save a bit of money, it seems the 7870 only offers a marginally better experience.


I was more worried about compatibility with what I chose, I literally know nothing about AMD outside what card is what, so I felt I might have made some mistakes.

@Praxeology
Oh yeah, I was planning on OCing the 7850 if I got it. I didn't specify, I mainly meant the processor.
As for a cooler: What about the Thermaltake TR2-R1?


I would shoot for a coolermaster/zalman/zigmatek in the 30-50$ price range. If you don't get a decent heatsink you bottleneck that 6300 because it wants to be overclocked.
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February 11, 2013 5:31:47 AM

ARICH5 said:
i trust gigabyte mobos....good call....if you plan to overclock get a z77 series



This is an AMD Gigabyte and I would say it's better to trust reviews over a brand.
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February 11, 2013 5:35:20 AM

Well, then I'll have to install the heatsink myself, as that is all that's offered in air coolers for AMD builds oddly.(intel builds have several, I don't see the logic...) How hot will it run at stock speeds without one for a few days you think?
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February 11, 2013 5:35:41 AM

Praxeology said:
This is an AMD Gigabyte and I would say it's better to trust reviews over a brand.



hmm please explain? i had a amd gigabyte on my old athlon 5600x2...had no problems
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February 11, 2013 5:37:31 AM

Just get the gigabyte.
It's pretty good.
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February 11, 2013 5:39:25 AM

RetroPanda34 said:
Well, then I'll have to install the heatsink myself, as that is all that's offered in air coolers for AMD builds oddly. How hot will it run at stock speeds without one for a few days you think?


Well, I run an AMD 965 Phenom II @ 4.2 on a stock heatsink with no thermal paste and I run 65-70C in long skyrim gaming sessions, which is way to hot but been going well enough for a year and a half now. So couple of days is no problem, this hardware can take a beating for a long time. But for a clean, lasting system, get a cooler/thermal paste @ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... as soon as you can. I would upgrade for proper system but my rig is old; I hope it burns soon so I have an excuse to rebuild.
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February 11, 2013 5:40:29 AM

From what I read, I'm sticking to that Gigabyte, it should suit me fine for my needs I believe.
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February 11, 2013 5:43:35 AM

ARICH5 said:
hmm please explain? i had a amd gigabyte on my old athlon 5600x2...had no problems


I don't care about what motherboard you had I care about current comparisons, not brand name once again.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... This gigabyte mob has a 41percent 5 star

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... This msi mob has 51percent 5 star, and it also is MSI which overclocks very stably with their OC genie bios.
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February 11, 2013 5:44:19 AM

RetroPanda34 said:
From what I read, I'm sticking to that Gigabyte, it should suit me fine for my needs I believe.


Whatever works for you, they will both get the job done provided you get functioning hardware.
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February 11, 2013 5:45:27 AM

and did you read about the doa mobos and hard as f@@k rma's?

stick with gigglebite
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February 11, 2013 5:46:52 AM

If I'm going to OC my processor, might I just go for a Corsair H60 water cooler? It is very hot here, even with AC it is around 30C in my room most of the time.

@ARICH5 No actually I didn't. On the GA-970a-d3? Most of the reviews seemed positive, though I suspect not everyone who reviews on Newegg waits long or enough or knows what they're talking about.
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February 11, 2013 5:47:42 AM

ARICH5 said:
and did you read about the doa mobos and hard as f@@k rma's?


Neither board is great, but the MSI is a better choice. At any rate we can simply agree to disagree.
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February 11, 2013 5:48:18 AM

RetroPanda34 said:
If I'm going to OC my processor, might I just go for a Corsair H60 water cooler? It is very hot here, even with AC it is around 30C in my room most of the time.


I would just get a hyper212 personally, but an h60 will do the same job for another 30$
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February 11, 2013 5:48:38 AM

hmm water cooling is not my specialty...your right...if your gonna be pushing that cpu to consatnt 90F temps...might be something to look into
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February 11, 2013 5:50:46 AM

Praxeology said:
I would just get a hyper212 personally, but an h60 will do the same job for another 30$

If it is over kill, I'll skip it. I just know it gets extremely hot here half the year and my AC barely puts a dent in my room temp.
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February 11, 2013 5:53:04 AM

ya

channeling micheal clark duncan....r.i.p.
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