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Hi guys,

Recently, I have decided that I am not going to wait any longer. I was hanging out for the ps3 to do a bit of gaming, and while I can wait. I figured instead of going out and wasting money on a console now, I'd build a moderate gaming pc for gaming. I do prefer and use Mac for my home, but this pc will act as music, media storage, media backup & also first and foremost gaming, so that I may enjoy games on both pc and then ps4 when it comes out, for games that are better suited to consoles & exclusives.

Since I already own a pc, I don't see a need in going out and buying the biggest, best & prettiest components, I just want to build a powerful pc that can handle all the games. I understand that AMD's price to performance ratio beats intel.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not broke, or anything but I want to be smart with this build, not just go overkill because I can afford it, because quite frankly I can. That's why it's hard for me, because I don't know where to start.

I'm building this PC in a corsair 400r, and was looking to start doing research on the motherboard and cpu right away and kick this build off, in terms of the gaming cpu and socket for AMD, what is it?
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Hi guys,

Recently, I have decided that I am not going to wait any longer. I was hanging out for the ps3 to do a bit of gaming, and while I can wait. I figured instead of going out and wasting money on a console now, I'd build a moderate gaming pc for gaming. I do prefer and use Mac for my home, but this pc will act as music, media storage, media backup & also first and foremost gaming, so that I may enjoy games on both pc and then ps4 when it comes out, for games that are better suited to consoles & exclusives.

Since I already own a pc, I don't see a need in going out and buying the biggest, best & prettiest components, I just want to build a powerful pc that can handle all the games. I understand that AMD's price to performance ratio beats intel.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not broke, or anything but I want to be smart with this build, not just go overkill because I can afford it, because quite frankly I can. That's why it's hard for me, because I don't know where to start.

I'm building this PC in a corsair 400r, and was looking to start doing research on the motherboard and cpu right away and kick this build off, in terms of the gaming cpu and socket for AMD, what is it?

Well it all comes down to budget but you will need the following:

AMD am3+ socket motherboard, preferably 990x chipset in ATX size (mATX or ITX just looks silly in a ATX case)
An amd am3+ socker CPU, something like the FX 8350 or the fx8120
 
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H212 W7 21.5 Sidewinder x4/Lenovo with Trackpoint 
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What you buy depends on what you play. First of all, if you're not a fan of overclocking, AMD is frequently NOT superior when it comes to price performance. That is incorrect.

If you play some of the few games that require very high single-threaded performance (SC2 is the biggie that comes to mind), you will get some sort of Intel processor, depending on budget.

If you want decent quad-core performance (game dependent) and desire playing around with overclocking, you will get an fx-63X0 ($130) & some acceptable mobo (970-ud3? - $110) & some sort of after-market cooler ($30-50).

If you want decent quad-core performance and don't want to overclock, you'll go Intel, grabbing a cheap B85 mobo (~$65) and a locked i5 ($190-210).

If you add up the above, you'll note that a Haswell quad-core will be about the same or cheaper than an fx-6350 setup.

if you want a dirt-cheap system that is just a basic gamer (LoL , etc), you'll likely get an Intel dual-core ($125ish for CPU + mobo).
    
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