Need help with a $1,000 AMD Build

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#1 Posted by killertrumpet92 (440 posts) -

So Tax time has come and with it come the funds to build a new rig. My old rig with an 8800gts is all outdated and in need of an upgrade, so I will be needing everything except for the monitor and m/kb. Now after looking through all of my options I have decided to go with a full AMD build so that I can get the most bang for my buck.

I would like to keep this build under $1000, so could someone give me a list of the best parts for my build?

Edit: Just wanted to note that I will be needing the os so be sure to include that in the final price. Thanks!

#2 Posted by MonsieurX (30870 posts) -
Why bother going AMD?
#3 Posted by ionusX (25716 posts) -

Why bother going AMD?MonsieurX
better gpu

TC aight here we go:

AMD fx-8350 piledriver $160

coolermaster hyper 212+ $35

8gb g.skill ripjaw ddr3 ram $40

AMD 990FX chipset motherboard $80 - 100

1tb or 500gb HDD approx. $70

SATA dvd-rom $24

windows 7 64-bit OEM $100

corsair 650 watt PSU $60

amd hd 7970ghz ed. $---

case with w/e is left or case & SSD $---

#4 Posted by killertrumpet92 (440 posts) -

[QUOTE="MonsieurX"]Why bother going AMD?ionusX

better gpu

TC aight here we go:

AMD fx-8350 piledriver $160

coolermaster hyper 212+ $35

8gb g.skill ripjaw ddr3 ram $40

AMD 990FX chipset motherboard $80 - 100

1tb or 500gb HDD approx. $70

SATA dvd-rom $24

windows 7 64-bit OEM $100

corsair 650 watt PSU $60

amd hd 7970ghz ed. $---

case with w/e is left or case & SSD $---

I just looked all those parts up on New Egg and the total came up to around $1200. Would I be able to find better prices on Amazon or another site? I would really like to stay under $1K. Also there is a Microcenter store that is 2 1/2 hours away from me in Chicago, would it be worth the drive up there for parts?

#5 Posted by blaznwiipspman1 (6070 posts) -

[QUOTE="MonsieurX"]Why bother going AMD?ionusX

better gpu

TC aight here we go:

AMD fx-8350 piledriver $160

coolermaster hyper 212+ $35

8gb g.skill ripjaw ddr3 ram $40

AMD 990FX chipset motherboard $80 - 100

1tb or 500gb HDD approx. $70

SATA dvd-rom $24

windows 7 64-bit OEM $100

corsair 650 watt PSU $60

amd hd 7970ghz ed. $---

case with w/e is left or case & SSD $---

pretty tight to fit a 7970 in a $1000 build. The cheapest would be around $1100. The fx-8320 is around $180, not $160 as you claim. Then a 7970 costs around $400. 7950 would fit his budget better.

#6 Posted by BPoole96 (22803 posts) -

Case: Coolermaster HAF 912

Mobo: AsRock 970 Extreme4

CPU: FX-8150 Zambezi

GPU: MSI 7950 Twin Frozr

PSU: Corsair CX600

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB 1600Mhz

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB

CPU Cooler: Coolermaster Hyper 212

OS: Windows 7 64-Bit

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#7 Posted by killertrumpet92 (440 posts) -

Case: Coolermaster HAF 912

Mobo: AsRock 970 Extreme4

CPU: FX-8150 Zambezi

GPU: MSI 7950 Twin Frozr

PSU: Corsair CX600

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB 1600Mhz

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB

CPU Cooler: Coolermaster Hyper 212

OS: Windows 7 64-Bit

BPoole96

That looks like a great build, unless anyone can find a better set of parts I think I'll go with that. Thanks.

#8 Posted by BPoole96 (22803 posts) -

[QUOTE="BPoole96"]

Case: Coolermaster HAF 912

Mobo: AsRock 970 Extreme4

CPU: FX-8150 Zambezi

GPU: MSI 7950 Twin Frozr

PSU: Corsair CX600

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB 1600Mhz

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB

CPU Cooler: Coolermaster Hyper 212

OS: Windows 7 64-Bit

killertrumpet92

That looks like a great build, unless anyone can find a better set of parts I think I'll go with that. Thanks.

I just realized I forgot to include an optical drive but those only cost like $15-20. I currently use an MSI 6950 Twin Frozr and added cooling is great. My card stays ~10C cooler than my buddies' 6950.

#9 Posted by killertrumpet92 (440 posts) -

[QUOTE="killertrumpet92"]

[QUOTE="BPoole96"]

Case: Coolermaster HAF 912

Mobo: AsRock 970 Extreme4

CPU: FX-8150 Zambezi

GPU: MSI 7950 Twin Frozr

PSU: Corsair CX600

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB 1600Mhz

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB

CPU Cooler: Coolermaster Hyper 212

OS: Windows 7 64-Bit

BPoole96

That looks like a great build, unless anyone can find a better set of parts I think I'll go with that. Thanks.

I just realized I forgot to include an optical drive but those only cost like $15-20. I currently use an MSI 6950 Twin Frozr and added cooling is great. My card stays ~10C cooler than my buddies' 6950.

Its cool, I had actually just bought a new cd/dvd burner for my old build a few months back so I can just move it over to the new one.

#10 Posted by Snaptrap (2186 posts) -

I just looked all those parts up on New Egg and the total came up to around $1200. Would I be able to find better prices on Amazon or another site? I would really like to stay under $1K. Also there is a Microcenter store that is 2 1/2 hours away from me in Chicago, would it be worth the drive up there for parts?

killertrumpet92

You can probably shave off the cost if you buy from a store that price matches. In Canada I use Shopbot for computer components and then have a local store price match.

#11 Posted by killertrumpet92 (440 posts) -

[QUOTE="killertrumpet92"]I just looked all those parts up on New Egg and the total came up to around $1200. Would I be able to find better prices on Amazon or another site? I would really like to stay under $1K. Also there is a Microcenter store that is 2 1/2 hours away from me in Chicago, would it be worth the drive up there for parts?

Snaptrap

You can probably shave off the cost if you buy from a store that price matches. In Canada I use Shopbot for computer components and then have a local store price match.

Ill keep that in mind, Thanks.

#12 Posted by Plagueless (2569 posts) -

[QUOTE="BPoole96"]

Case: Coolermaster HAF 912

Mobo: AsRock 970 Extreme4

CPU: FX-8150 Zambezi

GPU: MSI 7950 Twin Frozr

PSU: Corsair CX600

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB 1600Mhz

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB

CPU Cooler: Coolermaster Hyper 212

OS: Windows 7 64-Bit

killertrumpet92

That looks like a great build, unless anyone can find a better set of parts I think I'll go with that. Thanks.

I would step the CPU up to the FX-8350. Going with a last-gen CPU will hurt you down the road, especially with AMD.
#13 Posted by blaznwiipspman1 (6070 posts) -

[QUOTE="killertrumpet92"]

[QUOTE="BPoole96"]

Case: Coolermaster HAF 912

Mobo: AsRock 970 Extreme4

CPU: FX-8150 Zambezi

GPU: MSI 7950 Twin Frozr

PSU: Corsair CX600

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB 1600Mhz

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB

CPU Cooler: Coolermaster Hyper 212

OS: Windows 7 64-Bit

Plagueless

That looks like a great build, unless anyone can find a better set of parts I think I'll go with that. Thanks.

I would step the CPU up to the FX-8350. Going with a last-gen CPU will hurt you down the road, especially with AMD.

yeah, I would go with an fx-8320 instead of the fx-8150 and then overclock it as far as it can go. I would also recommend an intel build over the AMD build since its not much more expensive. Anyhow the fx-8320 will last as long as an i5 will, maybe longer since it is an octa core cpu and games are being designed to take advantages of more and more cores. Don't get the fx-8150, get the fx-8320, it is the same price but is based on AMD's newer architecture which performs slightly better. Just make sure to overclock the cpu as far as it can go.

#14 Posted by kraken2109 (13127 posts) -

[QUOTE="BPoole96"]

Case: Coolermaster HAF 912

Mobo: AsRock 970 Extreme4

CPU: FX-8150 Zambezi

GPU: MSI 7950 Twin Frozr

PSU: Corsair CX600

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB 1600Mhz

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB

CPU Cooler: Coolermaster Hyper 212

OS: Windows 7 64-Bit

killertrumpet92

That looks like a great build, unless anyone can find a better set of parts I think I'll go with that. Thanks.

I'd pick a different case, HAF are ugly, but obviously case is a more personal thing.
#15 Posted by BPoole96 (22803 posts) -

[QUOTE="killertrumpet92"]

[QUOTE="BPoole96"]

Case: Coolermaster HAF 912

Mobo: AsRock 970 Extreme4

CPU: FX-8150 Zambezi

GPU: MSI 7950 Twin Frozr

PSU: Corsair CX600

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB 1600Mhz

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB

CPU Cooler: Coolermaster Hyper 212

OS: Windows 7 64-Bit

kraken2109

That looks like a great build, unless anyone can find a better set of parts I think I'll go with that. Thanks.

I'd pick a different case, HAF are ugly, but obviously case is a more personal thing.

I chose that one because it is a pretty good case and isn't that expensive. I had an Antec case that was $100 but that put me above the $1000 mark

#16 Posted by killertrumpet92 (440 posts) -

[QUOTE="Plagueless"][QUOTE="killertrumpet92"]

That looks like a great build, unless anyone can find a better set of parts I think I'll go with that. Thanks.

blaznwiipspman1

I would step the CPU up to the FX-8350. Going with a last-gen CPU will hurt you down the road, especially with AMD.

yeah, I would go with an fx-8320 instead of the fx-8150 and then overclock it as far as it can go. I would also recommend an intel build over the AMD build since its not much more expensive. Anyhow the fx-8320 will last as long as an i5 will, maybe longer since it is an octa core cpu and games are being designed to take advantages of more and more cores. Don't get the fx-8150, get the fx-8320, it is the same price but is based on AMD's newer architecture which performs slightly better. Just make sure to overclock the cpu as far as it can go.

Thanks for the advise, I'll get the Fx-8320.

#17 Posted by DieselCat18 (2960 posts) -

[QUOTE="kraken2109"][QUOTE="killertrumpet92"]

That looks like a great build, unless anyone can find a better set of parts I think I'll go with that. Thanks.

BPoole96

I'd pick a different case, HAF are ugly, but obviously case is a more personal thing.

I chose that one because it is a pretty good case and isn't that expensive. I had an Antec case that was $100 but that put me above the $1000 mark

The Cm HAF 912 is a good case that would give him very good cooling, cable mgmt and some room to expand a bit.

If he wanted to save a few bucks, Newegg has a special on this case (Rosewill Challenger) that would work well also http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147153

But I think the CM case would serve all around better. Also I would look for a bit better PS, That Corsair model isn't the best for a gaming machine, so a few extra dollars in that area might be wise. Last the FX-8320 I believe is the same price as the FX-8150 ... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113285

Over all a good AMD build for the money.

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#18 Posted by taylor888 (2232 posts) -
Yo, I'll give you some advice. Just wait a few months until the new GPU chipsets are released and just use your current GPU in your new rig until then...I'm sure it won't kill you.
#19 Posted by osirisx3 (1895 posts) -

would wait on the gpu for the 8000 series

#20 Posted by ShadowDeathX (10695 posts) -
Why not just get Windows 8 over Windows 7? It's cheaper.
#21 Posted by killertrumpet92 (440 posts) -

Why not just get Windows 8 over Windows 7? It's cheaper.ShadowDeathX

I wanted to get 7 because Ive heard that there have been some problems playing vista/xp era games on Windows 8. The metro UI doesnt seem as bad as everyone makes it out to be, so if I could find it ALOT cheaper, I would get it over 7.

#22 Posted by ShadowDeathX (10695 posts) -

[QUOTE="ShadowDeathX"]Why not just get Windows 8 over Windows 7? It's cheaper.killertrumpet92

I wanted to get 7 because Ive heard that there have been some problems playing vista/xp era games on Windows 8. The metro UI doesnt seem as bad as everyone makes it out to be, so if I could find it ALOT cheaper, I would get it over 7.

Windows 8 is awesome. Do get it over 7.
#23 Posted by GummiRaccoon (13630 posts) -

[QUOTE="BPoole96"]

Case: Coolermaster HAF 912

Mobo: AsRock 970 Extreme4

CPU: FX-8150 Zambezi

GPU: MSI 7950 Twin Frozr

PSU: Corsair CX600

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB 1600Mhz

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB

CPU Cooler: Coolermaster Hyper 212

OS: Windows 7 64-Bit

killertrumpet92

That looks like a great build, unless anyone can find a better set of parts I think I'll go with that. Thanks.

Do not get an 8150, only get x3xx series

#24 Posted by killertrumpet92 (440 posts) -

[QUOTE="killertrumpet92"]

[QUOTE="ShadowDeathX"]Why not just get Windows 8 over Windows 7? It's cheaper.ShadowDeathX

I wanted to get 7 because Ive heard that there have been some problems playing vista/xp era games on Windows 8. The metro UI doesnt seem as bad as everyone makes it out to be, so if I could find it ALOT cheaper, I would get it over 7.

Windows 8 is awesome. Do get it over 7.

Have you personally had any problems playing older games on it? I am all for Windows 8, I just don't want to be left with some broken games that I cant play.

#25 Posted by GummiRaccoon (13630 posts) -

[QUOTE="killertrumpet92"]

[QUOTE="ShadowDeathX"]Why not just get Windows 8 over Windows 7? It's cheaper.ShadowDeathX

I wanted to get 7 because Ive heard that there have been some problems playing vista/xp era games on Windows 8. The metro UI doesnt seem as bad as everyone makes it out to be, so if I could find it ALOT cheaper, I would get it over 7.

Windows 8 is awesome. Do get it over 7.

You spelled awful wrong.

#26 Posted by ShadowDeathX (10695 posts) -

[QUOTE="ShadowDeathX"][QUOTE="killertrumpet92"]

I wanted to get 7 because Ive heard that there have been some problems playing vista/xp era games on Windows 8. The metro UI doesnt seem as bad as everyone makes it out to be, so if I could find it ALOT cheaper, I would get it over 7.

killertrumpet92

Windows 8 is awesome. Do get it over 7.

Have you personally had any problems playing older games on it? I am all for Windows 8, I just don't want to be left with some broken games that I cant play.

No. No problems here.
#27 Posted by killertrumpet92 (440 posts) -

[QUOTE="killertrumpet92"]

[QUOTE="ShadowDeathX"] Windows 8 is awesome. Do get it over 7.ShadowDeathX

Have you personally had any problems playing older games on it? I am all for Windows 8, I just don't want to be left with some broken games that I cant play.

No. No problems here.

Allright thanks, I'll look into Windows 8 a little more before I purchase my parts.

#28 Posted by marcthpro (7927 posts) -

Hi TC didn't you mention you live near a micro center ? if it not too far drive there often unbeatble CPU / MOBO combo deal as last time i checked some combo deal from newegg.com they where still 50$ behind This place Deal for a mobo / cpu of same quality
http://microcenter.com/site/products/amd_bundles.aspx

however it hard to beat newegg.com for Power supply & GPU deal after MIR & IR But Fry's worth a look too sometime according friend's don't live there so i can only rely on wut i read on the net lol

Window 8 is just an awful more complex User Interface (UI) but it kind of the same as Window 7 Expect few game even with new Driver Run with less FPS like up to 1-2FPS less in some title anyhow some game like Indie Game Released on Steam might have issue With Window 8 as I read in my game hub's but there probably problem soon fixed's On Dev's end

Window 8 Doesn't have a Start menu and that a Heresy but it can be Fix With Free Solution's To Get it Back Altought it might have some bug at least it there only advatange of window 8 so far is that if there some cool window's application you want for $$$ and Much Faster bootime for SSD and that you can disable / enable lot of service's without reboot the OS

http://www.sitepoint.com/windows-8-review-3/

so far since in lot of benchmark window 8's is like missing Performance and metro app forced's im not recommending window 8 : might be better with window 9 better luck next time Microsoft :P