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two AMD FX 8350 build options, need help choosing!!

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 
Hi there, so I recently returned my doo doo computer I had got from Ibuypower mad.gif and got my money back which was a total of $1600. Now I am looking to custom build my own computer. I have two different options, both of them are using the AMD FX 8350, but both are pretty different.



So here is option 1

Arctic Silver 5 Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound Paste 3.5g - Artic Silver
$8.23
Bitfenix Recon Internet Connected 5.25" 5 Channel PC Fan Controller - Bitfenix
$39.80
Asus Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-Ray Drive (BC-12B1ST) - Asus
$56.23
AMD FD8350FRHKBOX FX-8350 FX-Series 8 Core Processor Black Edition AM3 - AMD
$194.55
Logisys Dual 12" Cold Cathode Kit - Red - Logisys
$8.79
Cooler Master MegaFlow 200mm Red LED Computer Case Fan (R4-LUS-07AR-GP) - Cooler Master USA, Inc.
$15.35
Sapphire Radeon Vapor-X HD 7970 GHZ OC 6GB DDR5 DL-DVI-I / SL-DVI-D / HDMI / Dual Mini DP PCI-Express Graphics 11197-05-40G - SAPPHIRE
$599.99
Samsung MZ-7TD250BW 840 Series Solid State Drive (SSD) 250 GB Sata 2.5-Inch - Samsung
$170.55
Cooler Master HAF 922 - Mid Tower Computer Case with High Airflow and USB 3.0 - Cooler Master USA, Inc.
$89.99
Corsair Vengeance Red 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 2133 MHz (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory (CMZ8GX3M2A2133C11R) - Corsair
WD VelociRaptor 500 GB Workstation Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, 10000 RPM, SATA III, 64 MB Cache - WD5000HHTZ - Western Digital
$143.42
ASUS(PCE-N15) maximum performance Wireless-N Network Adapter ( 300Mbps Transmit / 300Mbps Receive) with PCI-E interface, Include Full Height and Low Profile bracket, WPS button Support - Asus
$26.99
Cooler Master Seidon 120M Liquid CPU Water Cooling System with Copper Heatsink and 120mm Radiator - 1 Fan - Cooler Master
$58.99
ASUS DDR3 1800 AM3 Motherboards Sabertooth 990FX/GEN3 R2.0
$216.99
PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W High Performance 80PLUS Silver SLI CrossFire ready Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom
$109.99

Total $1738.87

And here is option 2

AMD FD8350FRHKBOX FX-8350 FX-Series 8 Core Processor Black Edition AM3 - AMD
$194.55
Arctic Silver 5 Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound Paste 3.5g - Artic Silver
$8.23
Corsair Vengeance Red 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 2133 MHz (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory (CMZ8GX3M2A2133C11R) - Corsair
$79.99
WD VelociRaptor 500 GB Workstation Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, 10000 RPM, SATA III, 64 MB Cache - WD5000HHTZ - Western Digital
$143.42
ASUS(PCE-N15) maximum performance Wireless-N Network Adapter ( 300Mbps Transmit / 300Mbps Receive) with PCI-E interface, Include Full Height and Low Profile bracket, WPS button Support - Asus
$26.99
Cooler Master Seidon 120M Liquid CPU Water Cooling System with Copper Heatsink and 120mm Radiator - 1 Fan - Cooler Master
$58.99
Cooler Master HAF 912 - Mid Tower Computer Case with High Airflow Design (RC-912-KKN1) - Coolermaster
$55.94
EVGA EVGA GeForce GTX TITAN SuperClocked 6GB GDDR5 384bit, Dual-Link DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI,DP, SLI Ready Graphics Card Graphics Cards 06G-P4-2791-KR - EVGA thumb.gif
$967.10
ASUS DDR3 1800 AM3 Motherboards Sabertooth 990FX/GEN3 R2.0
$216.99
PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W High Performance 80PLUS Silver SLI CrossFire ready Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom
$109.99

Total $1863.19

So you can see the cheaper build has more stuff with it, the second build would have a GTX Titan with less things. So tell me what you guys think I should pick from or switch out! biggrin.gif
post #2 of 7
I would go with the Titan build. thumb.gif You will be investing in newer technology, which hopefully doesn't lose value quickly. Titan will still be the top single GPU for at least the next year. The 7970 is almost at the ends of its life cycle. I think it will replaced at the end of this year. After that, value will lower up to 100$, depending on the performance of the newer cards.

Also, not sure if that ram will run on the system, since it is above the supported frequency. I am not sure since I don't have much experience. You can pick up a 1600 8GB kit, used, on the OCN Marketplace for around 30-50$. (Ram prices are going up redface.gif)
post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 
Thanks for pointing out the RAM problem! I knew that I saw somewhere the limit on the board was like 1866mhz but I totally forgot! I am leaning towards the Titan build because I know I could keep that graphics card for a long time.
post #4 of 7
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Originally Posted by Steve1300 View Post

Thanks for pointing out the RAM problem! I knew that I saw somewhere the limit on the board was like 1866mhz but I totally forgot! I am leaning towards the Titan build because I know I could keep that graphics card for a long time.

With the money saved you could get a 212+. and it would go great with the Arctic TIM. Also, that hard drive is pretty fast for a conventional hard drive.... but you can pick up a Caviar Black 1TB for around 70-99, which is still fast. Save some money and later upgrade to an SSD. Use the SSD as a boot drive and to keep a few applications, and the conventional hard drive for games. The hard drive speed won't make much difference in games. The SDD might load some games faster but not by much. Also, with the OS on an SSD, there are less skips the hard drive will have to make to read your games. Just a recommendation. thumb.gif
post #5 of 7
If you plan to add a second GPU later, go titan. If not, the 7970 is good. Btw, at what resolution are you going to play?

RAM

And what mistermenphis22 suggests is good. thumb.gif
Edited by Grmadness - 5/13/13 at 9:28pm
   
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post #6 of 7
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I have Crysis 3, Arma 2, Bioshock Infinite, Far Cry 3, GTA 4 (I plan on getting heavy ENB mods) Skyrim (heavy mods) and Sleeping Dogs. I did have a regular ol 7970 and it couldn't handle the games I modded very well. GTA 4 with mods is no joke, you need something really good to play it with a ENB!
post #7 of 7
The Titan will certainly be faster, although you could also future-proof yourself later on by getting the 7970, and then adding another 7970 for less money once the 8xxx series of AMD cards finally hits the market. If you don't want to deal with CF/SLI, then the Titan is as good as it gets, as I'm sure you know.

Unless you have some particular need for the Raptor, I'd go with a 120GB SSD and a 1TB ordinary HDD instead. You'd have a lot more storage, and the SSD boots and loads programs faster than a Raptor, or even one of Seagate's hybrid drives.

Either one of those rigs is going to be quite fast. To be honest, if I were going to spend that much money at once, I think I'd go for the Titan and the SSD/HDD setup I just mentioned.
     
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