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Hey guys! I'm going to be building my very first custom PC in the next week or so. I've spent countless hours researching parts and trying to find what will best suit me. I am a gamer, and I wish to play games such as Battlefield 3, Crysis 3, Arma II, Guild Wars 2, and Planetside 2 on max settings at 1080p with at least 45+ Average FPS. I also will be recording, editing, and rendering gameplay videos and uploading them to YouTube. I will soon be getting into 3D modeling as well, considering I want to enter the study of video game design.

After doing all of my research, I have come up with this build: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/DBEo

I feel that the FX 8350 is the best price/performance processor out right now, and it definitely can handle everything I'm going to throw at it. I know an i7 is the ultimate CPU for hyper-threading and all this mumbo jumbo. But the 8350 has shown benchmarks that really contest i7's in various programs. For $100+ extra dollars, it really isn't worth it to me. Plus, my budget is only around $1200, so that would really push it over the limit.

In terms of gaming performance, the 8350 really doesn't show much of a difference paired up against an i5 3570k. Yeah the i5 wins in most gaming benchmarks, but it's only by around 5-10 FPS. Like I'm really going to notice a 5 FPS difference in game?

I would really appreciate it if you guys could leave any final suggestions or comments on my build! I'm open to all advice! I'm just counting down the days till I start ordering these parts biggrin.gif

Thanks in advance guys! smile.gif


(PS. The 7950 I'm getting comes with a bundle where you get Crysis 3 and Bioshock Infinite for free. I'm selling the Bioshock Infinite code to my friend for $40 and I'm saving $60 on Crysis 3! thumb.gif So I'm basically getting a 7950 for $250 biggrin.gif)
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You should be able to find a 2tb hard drive for a tad bit more. (man ever since the flood prices on hard drives have been terrible)

Everything else looks good. Great choice of PSU.
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OP you could go for a FX-8320. has unlocked multiplier. manually overclock to the highest possible clocks with voltage tweaking. 4.5 ghz should be quite easy.

http://www.amazon.com/AMD-FX-8320-Eight-Core-Processor-FD8320FRHKBOX/dp/B009O7YU56/

also the ASROCK 970 extreme 4 can be had for USD 100. why do you want to spend a lot more on 990fx chipset motherboard. supports CF.

http://www.amazon.com/ASRock-MB-970EX4-970-CrossFireX-Motherboard/dp/B0058HUQJ0/

http://www.asrock.com/mb/AMD/970%20Extreme4/?cat=Specifications
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I'd like to know too, because i will be using my grants on a new computer for school and i need one like this... yeah and school.. but more of gaming.
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I would lose the 8350 and go with an 8320. Also the ram and SSD are a bit overkill- some cost savings are possible with cheaper models there too.

One thing with FX's is you really need a good motherboard (which you've got- though you might wanna bump up to a Sabretooth) and cooling (Hyper 212 might not cut it if you overclock). My 2 cents.
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Looks like a very solid build.
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One thing with FX's is you really need a good motherboard (which you've got- though you might wanna bump up to a Sabretooth) and cooling (Hyper 212 might not cut it if you overclock). My 2 cents.

I second this. Getting the best MoBo you can right out of the gate is the best idea. It will also help you get high stable OC's. The Sabertooth is awesome and worth the money, in fact, it is my next upgrade. As for the cooling, for that CPU I would suggest looking into a closed loop water cooler such as the Corsair H100i or the H80i depending on how much room you want it to take up in the case and benchmarking for cooling performance. That chip runs hot because it is a 125W chip, but it can be OC'd like a beast and it is not too hard. It is a sin not to OC that AMD CPU.

Take that fourty bucks your friend is giving you for Bioshock and put it towards a Sabertooth and I think that you will be happier with the build overall. Cheers.
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I would lose the 8350 and go with an 8320. Also the ram and SSD are a bit overkill- some cost savings are possible with cheaper models there too.

One thing with FX's is you really need a good motherboard (which you've got- though you might wanna bump up to a Sabretooth) and cooling (Hyper 212 might not cut it if you overclock). My 2 cents.
How are the RAM and SSD overkill?

I don't plan on OCing too much with this 8350. The Hyper 212 EVO will do a great job for just a mild overclock to like 4.5 GHz. Plus I don't need an FX board because I don't plan on EVER running SLI/Crossfire. Too many problems with dual gpu set ups.

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I second this. Getting the best MoBo you can right out of the gate is the best idea. It will also help you get high stable OC's. The Sabertooth is awesome and worth the money, in fact, it is my next upgrade. As for the cooling, for that CPU I would suggest looking into a closed loop water cooler such as the Corsair H100i or the H80i depending on how much room you want it to take up in the case and benchmarking for cooling performance. That chip runs hot because it is a 125W chip, but it can be OC'd like a beast and it is not too hard. It is a sin not to OC that AMD CPU.

Take that fourty bucks your friend is giving you for Bioshock and put it towards a Sabertooth and I think that you will be happier with the build overall. Cheers.
Like I stated above, I don't plan on going for super high overclocks with this, just mild ones. And I don't even plan on OCing it at all when I first get it, considering this is my first build. I will just OC my 7950 GPU. For my needs don't you think the CPU Cooler and MoBo are enough? The ASUS M5A99X EVO R2.0 overclocks pretty well as well..
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How are the RAM and SSD overkill?

I don't plan on OCing too much with this 8350. The Hyper 212 EVO will do a great job for just a mild overclock to like 4.5 GHz. Plus I don't need an FX board because I don't plan on EVER running SLI/Crossfire. Too many problems with dual gpu set ups.
Like I stated above, I don't plan on going for super high overclocks with this, just mild ones. And I don't even plan on OCing it at all when I first get it, considering this is my first build. I will just OC my 7950 GPU. For my needs don't you think the CPU Cooler and MoBo are enough? The ASUS M5A99X EVO R2.0 overclocks pretty well as well..

My bad. I must not have read your post thouroughly. In that case, then that cooler and MoBo set up will be great. I used the M5A99X EVO in a friends build and it is a great MoBo. The 212 EVO is also a great CPU cooler and will support a mild OC on that CPU.
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