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Poll Results: Build Option

 
  • 57% (4)
    1) Build a 63XX with a good graphics card and call it a day
  • 28% (2)
    2) Build a 760k with R series graphics.
  • 0% (0)
    3) Build a 6800k and save more money for later.
  • 14% (1)
    4) Skate by with a 370k/5400k and good graphics, mandatory upgrade in January.
7 Total Votes  
post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 
Hey guys,

After a long desktop hiatus, I will finally be able to build my own computer and I was targeting Black Friday / Cyber Monday as potential buy dates in hopes that my money will be able to stretch further. December 2nd purchase date is pushing it as is because I do need a computer, the sooner the better. I have been looking into what is currently out, and what is coming up, and I am in somewhat of a crossroads as to what I should do. With Kaveri set for retail on 1/14/14, I am trying to figure out what I should build now and if I should make my build in such a way that I can easily swap out for a Kaveri in January, or just build something good now and not expect to swap anything for a year or more. Base assumptions: Budget is looking at around 800-840ish max, will need a full ground up desktop, 24+'' monitor, and backlit keyboard, no OS, and the system must be overclockable by 1/14/14. The desktop will be used for general home use and start back at casual gaming (Rift - which has a very weird engine from what I have heard). A special note, my birthday is right before the Kaveri release date, so I could ask for the Kaveri as my present. However this would still be a complete waste of money because my wife would be buying it (with my money), but it would be much easier for her to understand a birthday present than building a brand new computer and having to buy another expensive part a month later... however, never underestimate the wife factor... My biggest concern is having an outdated system and/or wasting money. Any direction on how to best approach this or just words of wisdom would be great.


Options I have thought of so far:
1) Build a 63XX with a good graphics card and call it a day.
2) Build a 760k with R series graphics. This would be able to swap out for Kaveri in January, but also is a good enough build to hold out for longer if necessary for later Kaveri releases.
3) Build a 6800k and save more money for later. This deals with unknows better since I am not sure which Kaveri will be the flagship and what models will be able to pair up with which graphic cards.
4) Build a cheap a** 370k/5400k or something with a Kaveri ready graphics card. Toss the processor in January


Here is a sample of a build I came up with for option #2. This seems like the most flexible option to me at the moment.
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/222pF


Thanks in advance!
Edited by Nixem - 11/14/13 at 9:04pm
    
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I like your sample build but only thing i would change would be the psu you can find far better units for around the same price smile.gif
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If i were you i would go with something like this.http://pcpartpicker.com/p/22z6t If you wanted to you could just hold off one the CPU cooler till when you needed one. Hope this helps! Good Luck! thumb.gif
-Stronger Processor
-AM3+ board
-8gb Ram
-Bigger HDD
-Stronger Graphics
-Case with a window!
-Corsair psu
post #4 of 6
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Ah, good call on the cooler reduction. Really once I think about it, it probably isn't worth getting a cooler at all because that's an easy add later. Just focus more on hardware. I appreciate the responses. Here is a slight update, to my original post. A little over budget but I could swing it for a 280x,

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/22Gcg


I like that build dish, I'm still torn between am3+ and fm2+, the 63xx series is kinda a personal favorite of mine since I just helped a friend build one. But I just feel like I would be missing out if I didn't go fm2+.
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Nixem View Post

Ah, good call on the cooler reduction. Really once I think about it, it probably isn't worth getting a cooler at all because that's an easy add later. Just focus more on hardware. I appreciate the responses. Here is a slight update, to my original post. A little over budget but I could swing it for a 280x,

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/22Gcg


I like that build dish, I'm still torn between am3+ and fm2+, the 63xx series is kinda a personal favorite of mine since I just helped a friend build one. But I just feel like I would be missing out if I didn't go fm2+.

Personally i don't think you'll be missing much. Also I could be wrong but i believe that the 760k would bottle neck a 280x. At your price range there isn't a reason not to go Am3+ is my main argument. You get so much more for your money in my opinion.
post #6 of 6
that cpu bottlenecks the R9 280X at stock and a poor quality psu


get this

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/22OYF
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/22OYF/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/22OYF/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($117.97 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Kingston Black Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Mac Mall)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($299.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Thermaltake Level 10 GTS ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 650W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($18.48 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Acer G246HLAbd 60Hz 24.0" Monitor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $843.37
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-15 15:24 EST-0500)
Edited by PontiacGTX - 11/15/13 at 12:24pm
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