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Originally Posted by drnilly007 View Post

Yup you are right but for future reference check with OP gaming needs.

The 770 will play those games well.

The 780 will play more into the future say 2-3 years @1080p. This card will also keep higher frames per second for that monitor.

This is talking max settings and since you have a beefy cpu I'm guessing that's what your aiming for.
I got i7 3770 @4.0ghz but AMD FX-8320 is still damn beefy cpu and if you overclock it, it can be beast of cpu
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post #12 of 13
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Hello im looking to get into pc gaming so im building a pc and i was wondering if anyone could tell me if this would be good for running games?

Welcome to OCN! Lets walk through it.
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CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor (FD8320FRHKBOX)

The FX-8320 is capable of being a good gaming chip, but often requires performance tuning to get there. It performs well in a handful of modern game engines that leverage parallelism well (BF), and performs fine in games that are generally GPU bound (many), however, in CPU bound games like dayZ (Arma2), it won't perform any better than a $75 Pentium G3220 or 3+ year old i3 SandyBridge unless you overclock it. The FX-83XX series, much like the i7 series of chips, don't represent the value sweet spot for gaming because even in modern, well optimized game engines that leverage more cores, the performance scaling is not proportional to the added parallelism. This is a common limitation of real-time workloads.

Having lots of cores is great when you can use them. A lot of popular games don't, and some of the games that don't are badly CPU bound, as such, per-core-CPU performance becomes the primary consideration. This is why, *generally* speaking the i5 is considered the best value gaming CPU. It offers a very good balance of performance in both lightly threaded and heavily threaded workloads and tends to give 90% (or more) of the performance of an i7 in games, for 70% of the price.

On the AMD side, the FX-6300 is the "value sweet spot" for gaming much like the i5, as it will deliver 90% (or more) of the performance of an FX-83X0 at 60-70% of the price as well.
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Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0

This is a well made board but is limited to ~150W of clean power available to the CPU for performance tuning. With this sort of power envelope, overclocking would be limited to ~4.3ghz on an 8 core piledriver, or ~4.7ghz on a 6 core piledriver. On a board like this, given typical budget CPU cooling ~$50 or less, the FX-6300 can actually wind up performing better in many games. Even in BF4, an FX-6300@4.7ghz would perform almost exactly the same as the FX-8320@4.3ghz. If this is your board of choice and you intend to performance tune, consider saving yourself $50 and opting for the FX-6300 instead, it would be a better match.

The GA-970A-UD3P is good for over 200W to the CPU. If you wanted to performance tune an 8-core chip on a budget board, the UD3P is the better value IMO.

If you're not interested in performance tuning, get a Gigabyte GA-B85M-D3H and put an i5-4440, or E3-1220V3, or i5-4570, or i5-4670, or E3-1230V3 on it.
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Memory: G.Skill 8GBXL Main Memory DDR3 8 GB PC1600 CL9 Ram Kit 2x 4 GB

If the 8GBXL kit were $60 it would be a good deal. If it's more than $70, I'd pass.

When buying RAM, it's hard to screw up because pretty much all of it works fine, and performance differences aren't huge. However, as a general guideline for best "value" stick with 2x4GB kits UNDER $85 that conform to the following speeds/timings/voltages OR BETTER: (Newegg has ripjaw Z series 2400-10-12-12@1.65V kits for $85 right now.)

1. 1333-7-7-7@1.35V
2. 1600-9-9-9@1.35V
3. 1600-8-8-8@1.5V
4. 1866-9-10-10@1.5V
5. 2133-10-12-12@1.6V
6. 2400-11-13-13@1.65V

Realistically speaking, all of the above cost about the same ($70-85), because they are actually pretty similar. You could generally run them at any of each-others rated speeds/timings/voltage with successful results though this would vary some depending on the specific ICs in use (the low voltage kits might scale a little differently up high). Sometimes you can get a more "run of the mill" 1600-9-9-9@1.5V kit for $60, which is also fine, but if you're spending more than $70 I think it would be best to get something that conforms to or exceeds the list above.

(note: it's unlikely you'd be running 2400 speeds on the AM3+ platform, but that doesn't mean you can't convert those high speeds into tighter timings with manual adjustments).

I opted for the $60 1600-9-9-9 option for my recent upgrade. It can run nearly any of the speeds/timings listed above but requires more voltage to do it.
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Storage: WD 1TB 3.5 inch Internal Hard Drive - Caviar Blue

Model number matters.

The WD10EALX is an older, slower 2 platter drive.
The WD10EZEX is a newer, faster, single platter drive.

Both are "Caviar Blue" drives. Get the right one wink.gif
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Video Card: Palit Nvidia GeForce GTX 770 Jetstream 4GB GDDR5 Graphics Card

Nothing wrong with the 4GB model. They usually only cost about 10% more. Even if you never use the extra VRAM the 4GB models will have much better resale value if you decide to upgrade this in the next 1-2 years.
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Case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R CC-9011017-WW Windowed Gaming Case

Personal preference IMO. The 300R should work well! Appears to have plenty of room for a long GPU and should be easy enough to work in.
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Power supply: Corsair Builder Series CXM 600W Modular 80 PLUS Bronze Certified

These are cheap for a reason. Avoid. Consider a Seasonic G, or Rosewill Capstone. 450W is fine if you're not performance tuning, go for the 550-650W size class if you intend to overclock.
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I love Corsair to death but I would not put a CX series PSU in a gaming rig. Personally, I don't see the point of anything in that line past the 430 watt version which would do fine for a non-gaming machine. I have one in mine, but no gaming on that PC.

And yes, I am aware that the PSU you have picked out has received great reviews, but still... I personally wouldn't go with CX line for gaming rig.
 
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