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My AMD Budget Build

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February 23, 2013 4:49:37 PM

HI there I got some great build advice from the guys on this board and here is the build I have come up with right at my 1k budget. I cut a few corners but I want to make sure the parts I have a quality so any suggestions in that regard would be greatly appreciated.

I will be using this computer for gaming primarily 4x strategy but I also play RPG's like Dues Ex and Mass Effect and shooting like Left 4 Dead 2 and would like to play DAY-Z when it comes out.a

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Frey
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Frey/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Frey/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($77.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($48.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.14 @ Amazon)
Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($244.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill Challenger-U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VE228H 21.5" Monitor ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $963.58
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-23 13:28 EST-0500)

I have a few questions about this build

Should I downgrade the cpu to a 965 black edition and leave myself open to steam roller upgrade in the future. I know more games are starting to use multiple processors and it looks like ps4 maybe using a 6 core AMD this industry is driven by consoles so should I spend conservatively now and wait to see what AMD has for the next gen?

or

Should I ditch the SSD drive and upgrade the cpu 8350 or possibly intel i5 3570k

or

Should I ditch the HDD to upgrade the cpu and add it later if needed for the additional storage space?

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February 23, 2013 5:05:12 PM

I would say ditch the SSD and get an i5 or a 7950. You trading fast load times for better gameplay, which is worth it in my opinion. If you really want fast boot and load then keep the SSD. Also, get 2 sticks of 4gb for dual channel memory. I can make you a better build. Are you planning on overclocking?
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February 23, 2013 5:39:07 PM

realchaos said:
I would say ditch the SSD and get an i5 or a 7950. You trading fast load times for better gameplay, which is worth it in my opinion. If you really want fast boot and load then keep the SSD. Also, get 2 sticks of 4gb for dual channel memory. I can make you a better build. Are you planning on overclocking?



I have never done any OC before but I was planning on trying it with the 6300. I am really interested in seeing your build idea. Also I see your point about the memory I will remember that when it comes time to order my parts.
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February 23, 2013 6:03:17 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($31.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($133.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.99 @ Compuvest)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($244.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VE228H 21.5" Monitor ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $986.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-23 15:01 EST-0500)
I went with a fx6300 build. I took away your ssd and put in a cpu cooler and a better motherboard for overclocking. 1tb HDD, dual channel memory, better case for cable management, and better psu.
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