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Default Going to build a new computer need advice - 02-08-2014, 20:27 | posts: 10 | Location: I'd Rather be elsewhere

I'm going from a lga1156 which I wish I had never purchased. I used to stick with AMD, thought I'd try my hand at intel, the prices, sockets, and performance ratios were too confusing. So anyway all that aside, I'm building it for gaming. I'm happy with the rest of the hardware I have and would probably transfer it over. SSD HDD Sound Card Video Card are all good enough for my needs. So I need help with motherboard and processor options. I'm on a budget but if I buy one part at a time, not too strict. What socket, should I go with? Cpu? Also how many cores should I have (realistically) to play games and be happy? Or should I just stick with what I have for now? ** broke my own rule ** Din't mention what my budget was. I'd like to spend around 75-150 for cpu, likewise or less for motherboard.

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Default 03-23-2014, 14:36 | posts: 11 | Location: New York

quad core afcors, i have i5 2500k lga1155 @4.2ghz for 3 years now and it is amazing for gaming and everything else, amd is definitely a good choice if u r on a budget i had great experience with them, do ur research on benchmarks prices cost/performance
   
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Default 03-23-2014, 15:25 | posts: 16,579 | Location: US East Coast

If going with AMD, on such a budget for CPU. The FX-6300 or FX-6350. An AMD quad core on the AM3+ socket would be pointless since they're not really any cheaper...but are a bit slower.

As for the motherboard, such a tight budget could be problematic as the better boards exceed $150.

These are the best AMD motherboards I'm seeing in the $150 price range...
GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3
ASUS M5A99FX PRO R2.0

I'd opt for the Asus board myself.


If you want to go quad-core to save some money and don't plan to upgrade again for a while.... The Athlon X4 760

For motherboard...
ASUS A88X-PLUS
MSI A88X-G45 GAMING (buy a network adapter if you choose this board as the "Killer NIC" sucks)
ASRock FM2A88X Extreme6+


I would recommend the FX-6300 or FX-6350.....but those are all the best options for your budget. In either case, I'd opt for Asus boards.



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Default 03-24-2014, 02:19 | posts: 2,881 | Location: Evans Ga,USA

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I'm building it for gaming.
Socket 1150...nuff said....
   
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Default 03-24-2014, 08:01 | posts: 795 | Location: Leiden

Not really much of an upgrade if you go AMD on a budget.
   
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Default 03-24-2014, 08:54 | posts: 10,721 | Location: Woking

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Not really much of an upgrade if you go AMD on a budget.
Agreed. I dont think switching to AMD from what you have would benefit you. It would only be worth it if you went intel skt 1150, otherwise stick with what you have. I've had my 2600k for just over 3 years now and its still going great and competes nicely with Haswell. CPU's just dont move on in performance like they used too!
   
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Default 04-15-2014, 06:17 | posts: 391 | Location: Chicago

Get urself a am3+ motherboard....asus 990fx evo can be had for 150, a fx 8320 was just on sale at micro center the last few weeks for $99 dollars, thats a steal for an 8 core cpu. But nothing will affect your gaming performance more then a gpu upgrade or aka videocard. Dont know much about your current setup but the 8320 is a monster
   
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Default 04-20-2014, 02:18 | posts: 10 | Location: I'd Rather be elsewhere

Thanks all! Have been away for awhile. Much appreciated, sorry I didn't get back sooner. Also sorry to waste your time, although someone else may find it useful. (I hope) I have decided to stick with what I have until it ages a bit more.
   
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Default 04-20-2014, 03:09 | posts: 16,579 | Location: US East Coast

Nothing wrong with that at all.

Skylake, the successor of Broadwell, would be a good upgrade if you can hold out that long.... Only a 1.5 to 2 year wait.


   
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Default 05-01-2014, 17:21 | posts: 11

If it were me I'd squeeze the 8320 in there... find it for a good price
   
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Default 05-13-2014, 15:57 | posts: 1,088 | Location: Midlands/UK

i can vouch for the AMD FX6core 6300 Black Edition,

@4.3Ghz it eats through any game i have thrown at it and have installed the most cpu intensive games i have e.g. gta4, ac4 and well any multi-threaded games really

its not the coolest but even @4.3Ghz it only needs 1.4v so with good cooling you can easily reach 5Ghz no problem, max voltage is 1.55v,

with my ram too i get better scores on aida64 tests than the i5 650 HT and even better memory performance than the i7 990x, sure single threaded performance is slower but not noticeable in real world usage

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Default 05-13-2014, 16:09 | posts: 364

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i can vouch for the AMD FX6core 6300 Black Edition,

@4.3Ghz it eats through any game i have thrown at it and have installed the most cpu intensive games i have e.g. gta4, ac4 and well any multi-threaded games really

its not the coolest but even @4.3Ghz it only needs 1.4v so with good cooling you can easily reach 5Ghz no problem, max voltage is 1.55v,

with my ram too i get better scores on aida64 tests than the i5 650 HT and even better memory performance than the i7 990x, sure single threaded performance is slower but not noticeable in real world usage

you sir have my old setup pretty much ( i had an FX6300 and the M5A97 R2.0- only my mobo was the LE version) I miss my FX 6300... it was beast! definitely a hell of a lot better for gaming than my A10 6800K i have now...

to the OP:

If your gonna go amd on a budget, get the FX 8xxxx Processor OR get an FX6300 (the FX6300 is a strong Price vs Performance contender) The only reason my FX6300 is no longer with me, is that i had a serious Watercooler leak while i was out one day and my system decided to keep running even tho it was overheating. when it was running, it killed pretty much EVERY game with my 660 Ti... one small problem tho, i had a problem with Core Parking under w7 in my early ownership of my FX6300.. was was fixed in a few minutes!

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Default 05-13-2014, 19:28 | posts: 1,088 | Location: Midlands/UK

i have sorted the core parking problem in both windows 7 and windows 8.1 now the system and most importantly games are fluid

also windows 8.1 had quite a big lag problem when i had my q6600 now it is nice snappy

still not as good as windows 7 though lol
   
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