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Hey guys,

I'm considering an AMD build for when visitors come over and want to game. I've done a little foot work the past two days but there is to much bad or biased information out there. That and people always advising to buy more expensive hardware. This is a second build and I do not care as much about spending another $40 for a bit more oomph if its not really needed to accomplish my goal.

My goal, I just want to run all current games (maybe not Arma 3) at medium to high settings on a 1080p monitor. I also want it to be either itx or matx and keep it very, very reasonable.

The biggest question I have not been able to answer is what cpu. I gathered that games are starting to require at least a 4 core processor so an I3 would be out(?). That's why I'm considering an AMD for this build. If I can lock down the cpu I'm going to use I can probably figure out all the rest fairly easy.

Also any ideas on a video card that is the best bang for the buck that will accomplish my goal?

I'm also not to wrapped up in future proofing so if the price is right I'll go for an older processor and chipset.


Thanks!
Edited by kornedbeefy - 1/8/16 at 7:19pm
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The biggest question I have not been able to answer is what cpu. I gathered that games are starting to require at least a 4 core processor so an I3 would be out(?). That's why I'm considering an AMD for this build. If I can lock down the cpu I'm going to use I can probably figure out all the rest fairly easy.

New ones require 4 threads but not necessarily 4 cores. I use an A8 7600 and it runs most games fairly well. I'm not playing at 60fps, but consistently 30+ in most games I play. If you are wanting something small for travel, you could go this route with a Gigabyte A88XN ITX board and do fairly well. I have this board and also the Asrock A88X-ITX - but I prefer the Gigabyte because the Asrock doesn't give me accurate temperature readings. Since you're going with a discrete GPU, I'd suggest checking out any of the X4 chips from the FM2 socket. However if you can wait a few months, the AM4 stuff may be out then and give you a chance to upgrade to Zen in the future. You could also get a mATX AM3 board and an FX6300, but if for travel I think getting a very compact ITX case will be better (Check out Jonsbo/Cooltek C2 or V3+ ITX)

For video card, I don't know US prices so well but R9 380 seems to offer good bang for buck, it looks like it tops the GTX 960 in a lot of benchmarks and is the same price in my part of the world. Also, Sapphire makes a really compact version of that card.

I'm building a similar system except for my girlfriend. I've already got the A88XN and A8 7600, but now I'm holding out for the Polaris GPU. If I was going to buy right now, I'd get the Sapphire R9 380 Nitro.
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Yes, I was seriously looking at a AM3+ ITX build until I realized there are no AM3+ ITX motherboards. So I was recently looking at AM3+ matx as my backup choice.


What about this?

AMD FX 6300 Black Edition

http://www.microcenter.com/product/401797/FX_6300_Black_Edition_35GHz_Six-Core_Socket_AM3_Boxed_Processor

Asrock 9780M matx
http://www.microcenter.com/product/446608/970M_Pro3_AM3_mATX_AMD_Motherboard

I was also looking at an AMD X4 860K as an option.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113379&cm_re=amd_x4_860k-_-19-113-379-_-Product

Thanks
Edited by kornedbeefy - 1/9/16 at 8:21am
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I was also looking at an AMD X4 860K as an option.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113379&cm_re=amd_x4_860k-_-19-113-379-_-Product
that's AMD's best bang for buck chip. Sounds like it would fit your intended purpose excellently.
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Yes, I was seriously looking at a AM3+ ITX build until I realized there are no AM3+ ITX motherboards. So I was recently looking at AM3+ matx as my backup choice.


What about this?

AMD FX 6300 Black Edition

http://www.microcenter.com/product/401797/FX_6300_Black_Edition_35GHz_Six-Core_Socket_AM3_Boxed_Processor

Asrock 9780M matx
http://www.microcenter.com/product/446608/970M_Pro3_AM3_mATX_AMD_Motherboard

I was also looking at an AMD X4 860K as an option.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113379&cm_re=amd_x4_860k-_-19-113-379-_-Product

Thanks

Anything less than full ATX with AM3+ or FM2+ and you could run into issues with with the motherboard from heat, and power draw. If I was dead set on Micro ATX I would surely get the 860K and an FM2+ board over the 6300 and an AM3+ board.
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Anything less than full ATX with AM3+ or FM2+ and you could run into issues with with the motherboard from heat, and power draw. If I was dead set on Micro ATX I would surely get the 860K and an FM2+ board over the 6300 and an AM3+ board.

I'm running an fx6300 on an asrock 970m pro3 micro atx and temps are under 60ç during prime 95 with just an arctic low profile cooler. My A8 7600 is around 70c on ITX with Silverstone ar06. I think temps will be OK if he has a case with halfway decent airflow.
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If u have ddr3 ram the x4 860 or an used FX? But if you need ram I'd say go for an i3 Skylake and OC the piss out of it.
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But you'd need a Z board to do that, X4 860 + any FM2 board will run him less than half the price of an i3 skylake + Z170
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But you'd need a Z board to do that, X4 860 + any FM2 board will run him less than half the price of an i3 skylake + Z170

i3+cheap Asrock running as fast as a FX vs. a 860 which is as fast as a 955? I honestly don't think it would be that much more plus the performance difference would be huge.
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I'm running an fx6300 on an asrock 970m pro3 micro atx and temps are under 60ç during prime 95 with just an arctic low profile cooler. My A8 7600 is around 70c on ITX with Silverstone ar06. I think temps will be OK if he has a case with halfway decent airflow.


What frequency is the 6300 running at in that board?
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