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I am looking to upgrade, I will be reusing my power supply and case and I was wondering if I got the best I could for my money. Intel and Nvidia are not an option as they are too expensive. I tried my best to balance things out but I have not been keeping up with hardware news since, well since I built this rig. Any input will be appreciated.

Budget is 750 though the picture is a bit over I will not go higher than 800

Thanks all!

Edit: I am thinking money could prolly be saved on the board. I am kinda dead set on the CPU though unless evidence is provided, just trying to get the best for my bucks is all.


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well personally i think its a wonderful rig. now nvidia and intel guys will try and sway you. honestly they are correct to try. Now the overall build of it seems good for that price. luckily you already have a case and psu. A while back we built my buddy a desktop with intel i5-2500k and an nvidia gpu comparable to that hd6870. if you want i can throw some stuff together
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Whats the main purpose of the rig your building?

I got a 7870 for $199 a few months ago and that card is absolutely amazing! It will run circles around the 6870. http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/Catalyst_12.11_Performance/5.html

Also budget wise the 3570k and Z77 board are around the same price range in what you are looking at.
I picked up a 3570k for $169 and Asrock Z77 extreme mobo for $94 at Microcenter.
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I compromised an intel cpu with a 2gb gpu so you can have plenty of vram for your games. I know its only a 128bit but should run better than the 6870.

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Originally Posted by Macnemarion View Post

I am looking to upgrade, I will be reusing my power supply and case and I was wondering if I got the best I could for my money. Intel and Nvidia are not an option as they are too expensive. I tried my best to balance things out but I have not been keeping up with hardware news since, well since I built this rig. Any input will be appreciated.

Budget is 750 though the picture is a bit over I will not go higher than 800

Thanks all!

Edit: I am thinking money could prolly be saved on the board. I am kinda dead set on the CPU though unless evidence is provided, just trying to get the best for my bucks is all.



i would go the 8320 as the only difference out of box is clock speed and there both unlocked anyway save yourself the 30-40$!! also if its just a gaming rig i'd cut back even further on cpu and invest heavily into a better gpu something in the 7000 series as previously stated 7870's you can pick up for the extra 30$ you saved in cpu...Also $99 on an SSD would be well invested for OS as after getting my first SSD (paid 190$!) on my current build i would NEVER go back to just standard HDD for OS...thumb.gif
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These are the alterations that I made to the shopping cart and to tell the truth I might have to make even more alterations when I get the money because some of those deals might have come and went at that point.

I want the 8 cores because I want to get into streaming on twitch and making YouTube videos and if I multi-core encode then that should lead to a shorter production cycle.

I ended up changing out the cpu and gpu based on the above suggestions (thanks btw) , I am assuming that is should be pretty easy to get this 8320 up to 8350 speeds?

I dropped the HDD because i would not be able to afford the 7870 without it , so i will just reuse what i got for the time being. I really hope HDD make it back down to pre-tsunami prices.

The board is essentially the same except it a cheaper BIOstar version, 990FX will allow be expand later for x-fire support later if I chose to anyway.

anyway here it is

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nice and yeah its easy to overclock to 8350 speeds without changing a heap. see how you go with 8320 speeds you may not even need to OC it biggrin.gifthumb.gif
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go with the 3560k build, intel runs better per ghz (and ivy bridge is a big step up per ghz from sandy) and i got my 3570k to 4.2 ghz stable barely touching the voltage, but my board is known for needing more voltage than other z77 boards
also op, is your hdd sata or ide?
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post #9 of 11
do you live anywhere near a microcenter? the 8350 is $189 the 8320 is $159! they have some smoking deals on cpu / motherboard combos too.

http://www.microcenter.com/site/products/amd_bundles.aspx

anything else buy from the egg.
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Sata drive, and no the only place I can get parts around here are privately owned places and they charge out the ass for em.

I am really wary about they intel build because i want 8 cores, and to get 8 cores I need an i7 and I can't afford one right now.
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