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A better answer is: why the heck would you choosing between those two options when neither is cost-efficient for gaming?

And if it comes right down to it, the i3-3240 is clearly superior, as it will be cheaper, and thus allow you to buy a better video card.

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Nothing is wrong with an unlocked multiplier. I was encouraging not getting the i3 because of it's lack of OC potential, among other things.

I just misinterpreted what you were saying, sorry bout that.


Looks like I'm gonna get the AMD FX-8320. They were both around $150 from Tiger Direct. I'm going to try and do most of my shopping there as they are located close by.

Thanks!
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Stock for stock, the i3-3240 will edge out the FX-8320 in single threaded applications and the FX-8320 will handily beat the i3-3240 in multithreaded applications. However, the FX-8320 is unlocked therefore it can be overclocked to exceed the overall performance of the i3. Piledriver would be the better purchase
Edited by Bruennis - 1/27/13 at 5:31pm
post #14 of 37
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Originally Posted by MisterFred View Post

A better answer is: why the heck would you choosing between those two options when neither is cost-efficient for gaming?

And if it comes right down to it, the i3-3240 is clearly superior, as it will be cheaper, and thus allow you to buy a better video card.

If you tell us what country you live in, I'll help out with a build. But first:

What games will you be playing?
On what monitor?
For the (tower) parts the budget does not cover - GPU, HDD, etc, what do you have already?
Will you do anything with the computer that is important that is not gaming?
The only thing I like about this post. And the funny thing is it does not matter since the OP said he is fine with the GPU he has.
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A better answer is: why the heck would you choosing between those two options when neither is cost-efficient for gaming?

And if it comes right down to it, the i3-3240 is clearly superior, as it will be cheaper, and thus allow you to buy a better video card.

If you tell us what country you live in, I'll help out with a build. But first:

What games will you be playing?
On what monitor?
For the (tower) parts the budget does not cover - GPU, HDD, etc, what do you have already?
Will you do anything with the computer that is important that is not gaming?

You don't read the OP but you keep repeating the same BS in every thread rolleyes.gif
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A better answer is: why the heck would you choosing between those two options when neither is cost-efficient for gaming?

And if it comes right down to it, the i3-3240 is clearly superior, as it will be cheaper, and thus allow you to buy a better video card.

If you tell us what country you live in, I'll help out with a build. But first:

What games will you be playing?
On what monitor?
For the (tower) parts the budget does not cover - GPU, HDD, etc, what do you have already?
Will you do anything with the computer that is important that is not gaming?

I smell a fan boy. thumb.gif
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These guys can poo-poo my suggestions all they want, but you don't need to spend on an 8320. Assuming you're still stuck with the 450 as a video card, you'd be better off getting a different processor and either pocketing the difference or saving it for a future video card upgrade.

Personally, I think you ought to go for an fx-6300 + associated other equipment, but it appears you've already purchased an fx-8320?
    
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These guys can poo-poo my suggestions all they want, but you don't need to spend on an 8320. Assuming you're still stuck with the 450 as a video card, you'd be better off getting a different processor and either pocketing the difference or saving it for a future video card upgrade.

Personally, I think you ought to go for an fx-6300 + associated other equipment, but it appears you've already purchased an fx-8320?

No I haven't made any purchases yet. I just want to start a new build that I can use what components I already have and upgrade those said components when I have the cash. I plan on upgrading GPU and other components when I have the money.

It looks to me like the AM3+ socket allows for future upgrades. I want something that will be a work in progress. An AM3+ motherboard with room to expand is what I'm looking for next.
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post #19 of 37
FX-8320 and Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD5

If I were building an AMD system these two components would be the core of my setup
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No I haven't made any purchases yet. I just want to start a new build that I can use what components I already have and upgrade those said components when I have the cash. I plan on upgrading GPU and other components when I have the money.

It looks to me like the AM3+ socket allows for future upgrades. I want something that will be a work in progress. An AM3+ motherboard with room to expand is what I'm looking for next.

Picking a platform for the next several years on the basis of the possible re-use of one component is just silly. Motherboards just aren't expensive enough to warrant that kind of weight. Not unless you blow money one one that's needlessly expensive.

That said, you mentioned earlier that you overclock for fun (meaning: for the inherent joy of it, NOT solely to increase software performance). Given that, I suggest you get an AM3+ system anyway. It's the best solution for you that's available right now.

And you should always get the best option to you right now when computing. "Future-proofing" or trying to plan upgrades that might take place years later is just not smart when shopping for components.

Anyway, on to the recommendations:
FX-6300 ($125 after promo code)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113286

Gigabyte 970a-ud3 ($105) A good overclocking mobo that won't break the bank.
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=62402&vpn=GA%2D970A%2DUD3&manufacture=Gigabyte&promoid=1187

Kingston HyperX 2x4gb 1600mhz RAM ($37)
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=78421&vpn=KHX16C9B1BK2%2F8X&manufacture=Others&promoid=1026

CPU Cooler: HR-02 Macho ($40) (Also available at nan's gaming gear - no I have no idea why Thermalright made them their NA distributor, but they did.) This is not only a quiet cooler, but an excellent performer. Closer to the high end of air coolers than the lower end, despite the price.
http://www.amazon.com/Macho-BW-Support-Socket-Driver/dp/B008YTUN38/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1359312776&sr=8-2&keywords=hr-02+macho

Case: Depends on if you want something that just works, or a "noise-reducing" case.
Just works, Bit Fenix Outlaw ($50)
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=63255&vpn=BFC%2DOLW%2D100%2DKKN1%2DRP&manufacture=BitFenix&promoid=1395
Noise-reducing, Fractal Design R4 ($96)
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=75051&vpn=FD%2DCA%2DDEF%2DR4%2DTI&manufacture=Fractal%20Design

That system should be as good for gaming as an fx-8320 system once you overclock it (2 more cores won't help gaming). And it's only about $30 more expensive than a locked i5 system would be, so you're only paying $30 for the fun of overclocking (but you really do NEED to overclock the fx-chips to match locked i5 performance).

Any spare monies should be saved for future peripherals upgrade (<3 Mionix Naos mice), monitor upgrade, GPU upgrade, or just stick the extra in your pocket and take a girl out to a nice restaurant.
Edited by MisterFred - 1/27/13 at 11:09am
    
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