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It was right around the time when my graphics card gave in that i decided i need a new pc, I've been doing some research and looking around and figured ill need advice from you guys. Looking at a budget of around R8000 which is about $1000, the cheapest place i found is www.rebeltech.co.za.

8 core or not? I like the idea of having the FX-8120 but don't think its the right choice considering my budget and also the fact that its a gaming rig, so maybe save on the cpu and invest in a better graphics card?

This is what i had in mind

Asus M5A97 R1,113.07


Amd Zambezi / socket AM3+ FX-8120 - 8x cores R2,357.94


Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 / CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B (Corsair Vengence) 4Gb x 2 R591.88


LG GH24NS70, 24x, SATA, OEM, black R166.54


Asus EAH6870 DirectCU R1,938.50


Silverstone Strider Essential 600W - 1 x 24-Pin R676.95


Coolermaster SGC-2000-KKN1 storm series R837.50


Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo R331.88

total = R8013

Tell me what you guys think
Edited by |3rutal1ty - 12/7/11 at 12:37pm
post #2 of 28
8 cores are not used by any game, and are only practical for media encoding and some photo editing applications.

The new AMD's don't offer nearly as much "bang for your buck" as the Intels do in the high end range. The Intels run circles around the AMD's (at least in the budget range your looking at.). The AMD's out on the market right now, are only better value for lower-end gaming PC's.

This isn't just my personal opinion, i can back this with hard numbers. TomsHardware.com has some really good reviews on CPU's. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-overclocking,3077.html

Make sure that RAM fits under the heatsink.

I would prefer the HAF-X case over that Coolmaster case, but your case isn't bad. I guess that's more personal preference.

The power supply will work just fine, but is a bit on a the low side for my tastes. I would go with a bigger power supply to keep my computer "future proof", in case i wanted to upgrade my computer in the future.
Edited by crimsontears809739 - 12/8/11 at 10:19am
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if you hunt around, you might find a decent phenom ii 6 core for a better price, since they're being discontinued
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Guess i'm just in love with the idea of having 8 cores lol, would you say the i5 2500k is better for gaming than the FX-8120 because right now they around the same price.
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If you don't already have an AM3+ board, you should go with an Intel 2500k. I'm no AMD hater, but this CPU is far better than any AMD alternative for gaming at the moment.
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If you don't already have an AM3+ board, you should go with an Intel 2500k. I'm no AMD hater, but this CPU is far better than any AMD alternative for gaming at the moment.

in that case could you suggest a good mid range mobo for the 2500k?
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in that case could you suggest a good mid range mobo for the 2500k?

I would recommend the Gigabyte Z68XP-UD3 or if you wish to go lower, then perhaps the ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3, but this one isn't as good on overclocking.
Edited by Stefy - 12/9/11 at 4:13am
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Def get the 2500k. ASRock extreme-mobos are good and so are Gigabyte UD3's. For RAM I prefer G.skill over corsair, but it's really just a matter of taste. For 2500k/6870 600W is overkill, but a decent 600-700W would have no problem running 2 cards so it's up to you if you want to "futureproof" your psu. I won't say anything about the case, again a matter of taste and that'll do its job. Same goes for cooling, EKL and Arctic make nice aircoolers though. I'd change the gpu to 2gb 6950 if you can afford it though.
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Def get the 2500k. ASRock extreme-mobos are good and so are Gigabyte UD3's. For RAM I prefer G.skill over corsair, but it's really just a matter of taste. For 2500k/6870 600W is overkill, but a decent 600-700W would have no problem running 2 cards so it's up to you if you want to "futureproof" your psu. I won't say anything about the case, again a matter of taste and that'll do its job. Same goes for cooling, EKL and Arctic make nice aircoolers though. I'd change the gpu to 2gb 6950 if you can afford it though.


The website im getting the parts from dont stock ASRock or G-skill lol, im not sure about the psu though I got a bit of time to decide only getting the parts next year January hopefully.
Edited by |3rutal1ty - 12/9/11 at 5:07am
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Def get the 2500k. ASRock extreme-mobos are good and so are Gigabyte UD3's. For RAM I prefer G.skill over corsair, but it's really just a matter of taste. For 2500k/6870 600W is overkill, but a decent 600-700W would have no problem running 2 cards so it's up to you if you want to "futureproof" your psu. I won't say anything about the case, again a matter of taste and that'll do its job. Same goes for cooling, EKL and Arctic make nice aircoolers though. I'd change the gpu to 2gb 6950 if you can afford it though.


The website im getting the parts from dont stock ASRock or G-skill lol, im not sure about the psu though I got a bit of time to decide only getting the parts next year January hopefully.

somehow managed to mess up the quote lol hmmmm weird
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