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Hi all!
Decided to trash the apu idea. Figured out I could get much better for a little more.
Here's what I am thinking....
And questions.....
Fx 6300
Asrock 990fx extreme (or 4, not sure)
Resolution - 1280x1024
So a gpu for that.
Hd 7770.

1) Is the fx a good chip? I'm getting mixed reviews! Please tell me about overclocked performance also please.
2)Please suggest some good ram 8gb. Anything . But the lower the better!
3)In case I get a more res screen later on, does it make sense to get a 7870 now? I can get a twinfrozr for 170$. Or can the 7770 manage to max out most games at my 720p current resolution?
Edited by compgenie - 3/25/13 at 9:17am
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I do not know much about the FX-6300 in terms of performance/oc, but AMD just released a new card to bridge the performance gap between the 7770 and the 7850 which will consequently knock down the price of a 7770. The new card is the 7790 and offers performance relatively close to the 7850 (both being the 1GB versions), and the card should be available relatively soon. $170 for a TF 7870 is a great deal though, it will get you much further performance wise and last you a good deal longer.

As for ram, if you're not going to overclock it any reputable set of ddr3 1600 will do you fine. G.skill ripjaws or corsair sets would be the ones I'd pick up. If you however would like to overclock or mess with speed/timing of your ram and dont want to spend a pretty penny hunt down this set of ram

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147096

It may be hard to find/expensive at this point due to availability but the stuff is wonderful for 60$ or less if you can find it.
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Do you have a PSU already? otherwise a PC without one is a bit hard to turn on
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DDR3 1600 is going to hold your CPU back due to how slow PD's IMC is but with THAT samsung green ram when it comes back into stock you're going to hit 2133 CL9 1.5V no problem biggrin.gif
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very similar to this thread
http://www.overclock.net/t/1374766/how-is-this-fx6300-build

yes the Vishera based FX series are good CPUs. Alot of bang for the buck.
To get the most out of them you will need to overclock them a little. Very easy
and fun. to overclock intel processors you would need the i5 or i7 series (lower
models can be overclocked a little with premium motherboards).

If you have a local Microcenter you can get $40 off motherboard if you buy the FX-6300 from them for $120.

FX-6300 at $130 (online price) is hard to beat in performance/dollar.
MSI R7870 TwinFrozr for $170 is really a good deal. overkill for 1280x1024
resolution. but if you are going to upgrade your monitor down the line it
will be very good for a few years. if not a HD 7750/7770 are sub $100.

AM3+ Motherboard
ASUS M5A99X EVO R2.0, 990X chipset, digi 6+2 VRM $109.99 after $20 rebate @ncix
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=76030&vpn=M5A99X%20EVO%20R2%2E0&manufacture=ASUS&promoid=1323

Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 990FX chipset, 8+2 VRM, $124.99 after $10 rebate @ncix
http://us.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=62403&manufacture=Gigabyte&promoid=1332

ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AM3+ (990X chipset), 4+1 VRM $84.99 @newegg
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157280

(Asus and Gigabyte are really nice. ASRock 970 Extreme3 is best budget board)

Power Supply
XFX Core Edition PRO 550W 80 PLUS BRONZE Active PFC Power Supply $39.99 after $15 rebate (Seaonic S12II)
http://www.overclock.net/t/1373645/newegg-xfx-core-edition-pro-550w-80-plus-bronze-active-pfc-power-supply-39-99-after-15-rebate

[Heatsink]
Thermalright True Spirit 120M $29.95 shipped @ NansGamingGear
http://www.nansgaminggear.net/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=TS-120M

Premium for a mid range system would be
Thermalright True Spirit 140 $39.95 or Macho Rev A $42.95 shipped @ NansGamingGear

[Memor]
Patriot Viper 3 Red DDR3 8GB 1866MHz Dual (2x4GB) Modules PV38G186C9KRD $44.99 + $2.99 shipping
http://www.frys.com/product/7275473
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It might be worth mentioning this deal.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1225048

for only 15 dollars more, you get a extra 2 cores.
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post #7 of 23
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Alanim View Post

It might be worth mentioning this deal.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1225048

for only 15 dollars more, you get a extra 2 cores.
O.O
post #8 of 23
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Heuchler View Post

very similar to this thread
http://www.overclock.net/t/1374766/how-is-this-fx6300-build

yes the Vishera based FX series are good CPUs. Alot of bang for the buck.
To get the most out of them you will need to overclock them a little. Very easy
and fun. to overclock intel processors you would need the i5 or i7 series (lower
models can be overclocked a little with premium motherboards).

If you have a local Microcenter you can get $40 off motherboard if you buy the FX-6300 from them for $120.

FX-6300 at $130 (online price) is hard to beat in performance/dollar.
MSI R7870 TwinFrozr for $170 is really a good deal. overkill for 1280x1024
resolution. but if you are going to upgrade your monitor down the line it
will be very good for a few years. if not a HD 7750/7770 are sub $100.

AM3+ Motherboard
ASUS M5A99X EVO R2.0, 990X chipset, digi 6+2 VRM $109.99 after $20 rebate @ncix
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=76030&vpn=M5A99X%20EVO%20R2%2E0&manufacture=ASUS&promoid=1323

Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 990FX chipset, 8+2 VRM, $124.99 after $10 rebate @ncix
http://us.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=62403&manufacture=Gigabyte&promoid=1332

ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AM3+ (990X chipset), 4+1 VRM $84.99 @newegg
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157280

(Asus and Gigabyte are really nice. ASRock 970 Extreme3 is best budget board)

Power Supply
XFX Core Edition PRO 550W 80 PLUS BRONZE Active PFC Power Supply $39.99 after $15 rebate (Seaonic S12II)
http://www.overclock.net/t/1373645/newegg-xfx-core-edition-pro-550w-80-plus-bronze-active-pfc-power-supply-39-99-after-15-rebate

[Heatsink]
Thermalright True Spirit 120M $29.95 shipped @ NansGamingGear
http://www.nansgaminggear.net/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=TS-120M

Premium for a mid range system would be
Thermalright True Spirit 140 $39.95 or Macho Rev A $42.95 shipped @ NansGamingGear

[Memor]
Patriot Viper 3 Red DDR3 8GB 1866MHz Dual (2x4GB) Modules PV38G186C9KRD $44.99 + $2.99 shipping
http://www.frys.com/product/7275473
Thanks a lot buddy! Could you guys tell me about a few more good deals? I need to get as much bang for the buck as possible!
post #9 of 23
biggest bang for the buck in Video Cards

Powercolor 7870 PCS+ MYST (TAHITI LE) with 2 free games - $209 [no rebate] @newegg
http://www.overclock.net/t/1374985/newegg-powercolor-7870-pcs-myst-tahiti-le-with-2-free-games-209-no-rebate

includes codes for Bioshock Infinite and Tomb Raider

The special edition is based on a cut down version of the Radeon 7950/7970 (Tahiti chip). Much
faster than the normal HD 7870. Should have been named HD 7930. Sapphire also makes a card
based on these chips called Sapphire 7870 XT. The overclock very easily to HD 7950 speed.
They use a little more power than their 7870 cousins.

Reviews

PowerColor PCS+ Radeon HD 7870 (Tahiti LE) 2GB Myst Video Card Review
http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/5120/powercolor_pcs_radeon_hd_7870_tahiti_le_2gb_myst_video_card_review/index.html

PowerColor PCS+ HD 7870 Myst Edition Review
http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/powercolor_hd7870_myst/

Tahiti LE, Tested: PowerColor's HD7870 PCS+ Myst Edition
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/tahiti-le-7870-7930-benchmark,3401.html









AMD motherboard Deals [updated 3/25/2013]
http://www.overclock.net/t/1369005/amd-motherboard-sale-round-up


GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3 (970 chipset) 8+2 VRM, SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 94.49 after promo code 'EMCXTVW88' (limited time)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=13-128-519&Tpk=N82E16813128519


CLC & HSF Deals [updated 3/25/2013]
http://www.overclock.net/t/1367897/clc-sale-round-up

ZALMAN CNPS10X OPTIMA $22.99 after $10 rebate @ newegg (but I would spend the extra cash and go with True Spirit 120M)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118099

Thermalright True Spirit 140 $39.95 (comes with a very nice $15 140mm PWM fan TY-140).
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post #10 of 23
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So is this an excellent cooler?http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835709019
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