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is this good for an average gamer?


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#1 CalusBlade

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Posted 25 November 2015 - 11:52 PM

I'm debating if I should buy a new computer. My current computer is a little over 3 years old. Below is my specs for my current computer.

GA-A75-UD4H (Socket M2)
AMD A8-3870 APU with radeon 6550d
12 GB Ram DDR3 1600mhz
750 watt PSU (yes this was an over kill)


Now the computer I'm planning on building cost $919 and the specs are below:

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.00 GHz Eight-Core AM3+ CPU 8MB L2 Cache & Turbo Core Technology [+40]

HDD: 2TB (2TBx1) SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Drive)

MEMORY: 8GB (4GBx2) DDR3/2133MHz Dual Channel Memory (ADATA XPG V3)

MOTHERBOARD: GIGABYTE 970A-DS3P AMD 970 ATX w/ Ultra Durable 4 Classic, On/Off Charge, GbLAN, 2 PCIe x16, 3 PCIe x1, 2 PCI

POWERSUPPLY: 600 Watts

VIDEO: AMD Radeon R9 270X 2GB GDDR5 PCIe 3.0 x16 Video Card

What do you guys think? Should I hold for another year or buy a new one.


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Posted 26 November 2015 - 10:13 PM

Intel cpus have much better single thread and gaming performance. Instead, I would purchase the following:http://pcpartpicker.com/p/v3DZNG
Reuse your old psu.

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#3 CalusBlade

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Posted 27 November 2015 - 11:32 AM

Intel cpus have much better single thread and gaming performance. Instead, I would purchase the following:http://pcpartpicker.com/p/v3DZNG
Reuse your old psu.

 

If I build my own computer, will I need to config the bios? (power setting for CPU/GPU, some of stuff in bios I don't understand).



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Posted 27 November 2015 - 12:49 PM

All configurations will be thoroughly outlined in the motherboard manual.


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#5 CalusBlade

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Posted 28 November 2015 - 11:04 PM

All configurations will be thoroughly outlined in the motherboard manual.

 

what I mean is, will it automatically set it to default settings so I won't need to do it myself (aside form boot up form CD and stuff like that).



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Posted 29 November 2015 - 08:48 PM

Yes, you are correct.

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Posted 30 November 2015 - 07:45 AM

I would suggest going to the Skylake platform if your budget allows for it, otherwise, the AMD build is good and will work for gaming.  Most games utilize the GPU much more heavily than the CPU, so if you have a solid graphics card, you should be set.  Keep in mind that AMD is planning on releasing their Zen CPU's in 2016 and they may not be backwards compatible with AM3+ motherboards,

 

Don't forget to budget for the OS.  If you are using a System Builder/OEM version, it is tied to your motherboard.  Full, boxed retail copies of Windows can be moved between PC's.

 

If your current PC is running fine and you aren't having any performance issues right now with what you do, you may want to hold off for a little while.  This will give the Skylake CPU's and motherboards a little time to come down in price and, possibly, Zen to be released.


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