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#1 Fat Cat

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Posted November 28 2014 - 06:52 PM

So I'm getting the chance to finally upgrade my old desktop this year. I have most of the essential stuff, the only things I really need are a new CPU/motherboard, and probably a new GPU (current one's a Radeon 5870 I think, can't look at the specifics right now).

So yeah I want to be able to run current/upcoming games like FF14, GTAV, and MGS5 at 60FPS with at least medium settings and 1366x768, if possible. The only caveat is that I'm limited to about $400, maybe more if it's necessary. Any help would be great, otherwise I might just get a PS4 and be done with it if it seems like I can't really work with what I have right now.

Edit: What I'm looking at so far with my limited knowledge (sorry for mobile shit)

CPU: http://www.amazon.co...logicaincrem-20

Motherboard: http://m.newegg.com/...D=5961731&SID=0

GPU: http://www.amazon.co...logicaincrem-20

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Posted November 28 2014 - 07:50 PM

If you don't mind AMD cards I have the r9 270x, a bit cheaper than the one you have selected with similar specs and it works like a charm.

 

Also make sure all the components you aren't replacing (mainly RAM and PSU) fit with those new 3 parts, it sucks finding out your ram doesn't fit into your new motherboard.



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Posted November 28 2014 - 08:19 PM

Awesome, that's perfect. And I didn't realize that could be a problem, but I can swing some extra for both if necessary with the savings from the GPU.

Are the mobo and CPU decent enough though? My main concern is getting bottlenecked like with my previous build, so I want to avoid that if possible. Also is 8GB RAM overkill? It's pretty cheap, but if I can cut to 4GB if it's not necessary.

Edit: Misread the post, guess you kind of answered my first question. I'm just concerned since most games "recommend" an i5/quad core, so I'm not sure.

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Posted November 28 2014 - 09:06 PM

Edit: Misread the post, guess you kind of answered my first question. I'm just concerned since most games "recommend" an i5, so I'm not sure.

An i3 is alright, it does the job (especially for a budget) but the price difference between an i3 and an i5 is a bit steep. The newer haswells also run a bit hot so you'd need an aftermarket fan for your cpu as well.



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Posted November 28 2014 - 09:29 PM

Alright, fair enough. I can probably push the budget more and get something like this if it's worth it in the longrun:

http://www.amazon.co...logicaincrem-20

And this mobo, if it's good enough:

http://www.amazon.co...logicaincrem-20

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#6 Edel

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Posted November 29 2014 - 04:48 PM

For budget builds, AMD's FX series isn't bad. I have a 6350, but I hear the 8350  is worth the 30$ extra dollars. 

 

As for motherboards, this is the one I use. Easy overclocking and having UEFI BIOS is awesome. Plus there's leds built into the motherboard that will light up and tell you if there's an issue with your ram, cpu and bootable drive, handy for debugging.


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Posted November 29 2014 - 05:55 PM

For budget builds, AMD's FX series isn't bad. I have a 6350, but I hear the 8350  is worth the 30$ extra dollars. 

 

As for motherboards, this is the one I use. Easy overclocking and having UEFI BIOS is awesome. Plus there's leds built into the motherboard that will light up and tell you if there's an issue with your ram, cpu and bootable drive, handy for debugging.

 

Now that I'm back home, I've actually been looking at the 8320, which is a bit cheaper than the 8350, though it seems to have 3.5MHz compared to >4.0MHz. I'll see about getting that one once I know just how much money I can spend, so thanks for the suggestion. (It's hell of a lot cheaper than an i5 either way)

 

For the mobo I found this guy, which looks like it'll do the job, though I'm not sure how it compares to the one you linked. 

 

It's also hard to tell if these are going to be viable options once the weekend passes. I won't be able to really shop until next week, so hopefully some of these prices stick.


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Posted November 29 2014 - 07:11 PM

Now that I'm back home, I've actually been looking at the 8320, which is a bit cheaper than the 8350, though it seems to have 3.5MHz compared to >4.0MHz. I'll see about getting that one once I know just how much money I can spend, so thanks for the suggestion. (It's hell of a lot cheaper than an i5 either way)

 

For the mobo I found this guy, which looks like it'll do the job, though I'm not sure how it compares to the one you linked. 

 

It's also hard to tell if these are going to be viable options once the weekend passes. I won't be able to really shop until next week, so hopefully some of these prices stick.

 

That's also a good processor, as it's overclockable and has the overdrive. And that does look like another good option for a board, Gigabyte's stuff is pretty solid. You seem to get more USB ports on that one is the only major difference, apart from the debug leds. Seems like a good option.


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Posted December 04 2014 - 05:47 PM

Alright, so tomorrow's the big day, so I went ahead and compiled everything. Let me know if anything looks underpowered or should be upgraded a bit if possible. I have a bit more wiggle room than I thought so I want to make sure I get everything right the first time.

 

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/dxCk8d

 

And the case: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811129191

 

Note that the RAM is a placeholder for now, I have 4GB DDR2 from my old computer. I'll get the Ripjaws if I have extra cash. The HDD and PSU are also from my old build but work fine.


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Posted December 04 2014 - 07:26 PM

2cents on the PSU: Find a different one, at least one that's 80 PLUS certified, and people have some choice words about Logisys. A bad PSU can seriously fuck things up.



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Posted December 04 2014 - 08:02 PM

2cents on the PSU: Find a different one, at least one that's 80 PLUS certified, and people have some choice words about Logisys. A bad PSU can seriously fuck things up.

 

Good catch, last thing I want is a PSU catching fire/shorting my parts. I'm looking at this one instead: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817159125

 

Edit: Though I want to add that I used the PSU for about 3 years straight and never had it act up on me, so I'm probably pretty safe with it. My future build will only require 414W as well, so I should be safe from voltage drops. Ah screw it I'd rather not take the risk.

 

Edit 2: This one seems safer http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817371016


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Posted December 06 2014 - 02:40 PM

Good catch, last thing I want is a PSU catching fire/shorting my parts. I'm looking at this one instead: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817159125

 

Edit: Though I want to add that I used the PSU for about 3 years straight and never had it act up on me, so I'm probably pretty safe with it. My future build will only require 414W as well, so I should be safe from voltage drops. Ah screw it I'd rather not take the risk.

 

Edit 2: This one seems safer http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817371016

http://www.newegg.co...9-111-_-Product

 

Refurbed but 5 year warranty.



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Posted December 06 2014 - 03:52 PM

http://www.newegg.co...9-111-_-Product

 

Refurbed but 5 year warranty.

 

Oh hell yeah, thanks. Unfortunately all of my computer money floated away, but I'll try to get that soon just to have it.


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