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#1 Magdalena

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Posted 20 February 2014 - 10:06 PM

Looking to upgrade the motherboard, processor, video card, and memory. Outside of general use, the computer will be used more for gaming. The more research I've done the more unsure I am at what I want. I'm use to AMD but am not against Intel. My budget stands at around $600-$700. Curious as to opinions on what would be the best choices.



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Posted 20 February 2014 - 10:27 PM

Add to that a new power supply unit PSU  your old 1 may not be big enough.



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Posted 20 February 2014 - 10:48 PM

Right now I have a 500W

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817342010



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Posted 21 February 2014 - 07:55 AM

You're also going to need a copy of Windows to comply with the license, unless you have a full, boxed retail copy that doesn't say OEM or System Builder on it.  What kind of games are you playing?

 

Here's an idea:

 

Motherboard:  MSI 970A-G46 AM3+ AMD 970 - This is a basic AMD 900 series motherboard.  If you think you will use Crossfire or SLI, you may want to consider a 990FX based board.  $79

 

CPU:  AMD FX-8320 Vishera 3.5GHz - You could get the 8350, but the price increase isn't worth it.  $159

 

RAM:  Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - Plenty of RAM.  $76

 

OS:  Windows 8 64-bit OEM - You need this to comply with the license, you can also skip over all the "Metro" tile stuff and go straight to the desktop with little fuss.  $99

 

PSU:  CORSAIR CXM series CX600M 600W - You need this for most higher-end graphics cards.  $79

 

Graphics Card:  SAPPHIRE DUAL-X OC 100355OC-2L Radeon HD 7850 2GB - This was last generation but it is faster than the R7 260X.  Other cards faster than the 260X include the 7870 and 660.  Unfortunately, after you spend money on the other components, you don't have much left over to get a high-end GPU.  If you're willing to go a few dollars past your budget, I would suggest the EVGA 02G-P4-2660-KR GeForce GTX 660 2GB.  $169

 

Total:  $666 (If you get the EVGA GTX 660, it will be $706)


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Posted 26 February 2014 - 10:14 PM

Thank you for that btw.

Quick question though. What is the standind opinion of the upcoming Kaveri systems?


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Posted 28 February 2014 - 07:42 AM

The Kaveri APU is less powerful than the FX systems, especially the FX-6000 and FX-8000 series even though the Kaveri uses a more up-to-date architecture.  This is because the FX processors have more resources at hand.  The Kaveri is good if you are wanting a fairly standard home office PC that has a decent graphics processor built-in.  If you believe you are going to get a dedicated graphics card, like the one I listed above, an APU is largely pointless as their CPU portion is weaker than FX and the GPU portion is weaker than a lower mid-range dedicated Radeon or GeForce card.


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Posted 07 March 2014 - 06:33 PM

DJB is right. I run an fx8320 myself. The fx series are geared towards gamers, but you are required to use a dedicated gpu as there is no integrated graphics. If you decide to go AMD, and get an fx series cpu. I highly recommend that you get an aftermarket cooler also, as AMD likes to run a bit hot. AMD gives you great bang for the buck, i love my AMD rig, but intel will most of the time give you better gaming performance!

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