First full build

I'm trying to build a PC that would mainly be used as htpc but i do like to game occasionally. My budget is $1000. Because of the shipping costs newegg is about $1100 for what i think i want and micro center is about $975 for the same parts (I'm trying to squeeze out every cent i can) and they have in store pickup unless there's any reason i shouldn't buy from there. Okay so this is what I'm thinking


AMD FX 8320 Black Edition 3.5GHz AM3+

Sapphire Technology AMD Radeon HD 7850 - 2 gig
$204.99 w/ mir makes it $189.99 (if it works which is always a hassle)

Corsair XMS3 Series 16GB DDR3-1600 PC3-12800) CL 1
$79.99-$69.99 after Rebate

Corsair Hydro Series H60 High Performance Liquid Cooler

Corsair CX Series CX600M 600 Watt ATX Modular Psu
$79.99- $59.99 after mir

LG 14x Internal Blu-ray Burner WH14NS40

Cooler Master CM Storm Enforcer Mid Tower ATX Gaming case

Pretty set on and unless there's a big difference with Intel. I have a amd phenom 940 x4, gigabyte mobo, and radeon 4870 1/2 gig ddr5 and 4 gigs of ram. But i can play dead space 2, mW 2 on medium settings with no lag in 1080p on a 50 inch plasma. So since most of what i read says i shouldn't really be able to play those games on that i like amd for that (running stock not over clocked).
So any advice or insight would be greatly appreciated.
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  1. big difference with intel is that it consumes much less power and the fact that you are not overclocking and using this for a htpc makes no sense to get a fx chip.

    if you are truely looking for a htpc, either get a intel i3 system or a amd APU system. like this

    if you want to game and use it as a htpc, get this



    psu for both builds

    hard drive for both builds
  2. if you are not overclocking the intel rig, get this
  3. I would game more but cant play current games on my old PC but i would like to over clock the new rig depending on how it runs. I want as much as possible as far as power/performance goes. I want to be able to run the newest games.
  4. get my second rig. if you want to have even better performance (the rig i recommended is where performance per dollar is at its highest), you will have to spend more
  5. You suggesting is by far the biggest help for building a PC ever man thanks so much. Using that i was able to upgrade parts and lower cost! Still leaning toward amd because it benchmarks better for the money.
  6. yes, while using 3x as much power. sure
  7. You're saying both systems under load, Intel would be more efficient? What difference does it make though? That doesn't change the power for dollar ratio...does it
  8. of course intel would be more efficient per watt and per clock. per dollar maybe amd has the upper hand but the platform difference isnt that much apart from each other.

    and when you are using this for a htpc, intel will put out a lot less heat
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