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#1 HappyAirplane

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Posted 30 November 2014 - 12:23 PM

Building my first pc, need a good graphics card in the $200-$250 range. Rest of the parts are as follows:
16 gb corsair vengeance RAM
AMD FX6300 3.5 ghz 6 cores
AMD gigabyte motherboard

Already have hard drives, optical drives, other shit. Just need the GPU.
Also my friend told me to just get a 600 watt power supply but I feel like that's not enough so some advice on that would be nice too.

Thanks in advance.

Edited by HappyAirplane, 30 November 2014 - 12:24 PM.


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Posted 30 November 2014 - 12:43 PM

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#3 AnalAvenger

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Posted 30 November 2014 - 01:05 PM

600 watt is plenty for your FX-6300 and a $250 GPU.
I'll link you to both an Nvidia and an AMD card, just so you can decide for yourself.

AMD R9 280X: http://www.tigerdire...AQ&gclsrc=aw.ds

Nvidia GTX 760: http://www.tigerdire...AQ&gclsrc=aw.ds

Not to sound like a fanboy, but you should really go with the 280X here. I tried looking for a $250 Nvidia GPU, but the 770 was ~$300. The 280X has performance better than the 760, and more on-level with the 770.
280X vs. 760: http://www.hwcompare...radeon-r9-280x/
280X vs. 770: http://www.hwcompare...radeon-r9-280x/

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Posted 30 November 2014 - 01:12 PM

View PostAnalAvenger, on 30 November 2014 - 01:05 PM, said:

600 watt is plenty for your FX-6300 and a $250 GPU.
I'll link you to both an Nvidia and an AMD card, just so you can decide for yourself.

AMD R9 280X: http://www.tigerdire...38;gclsrc=aw.ds

Nvidia GTX 760: http://www.tigerdire...38;gclsrc=aw.ds

Not to sound like a fanboy, but you should really go with the 280X here. I tried looking for a $250 Nvidia GPU, but the 770 was ~$300. The 280X has performance better than the 760, and more on-level with the 770.
280X vs. 760: http://www.hwcompare...radeon-r9-280x/
280X vs. 770: http://www.hwcompare...radeon-r9-280x/
Cool thanks, I did look at the R9 before hand but wasn't sure if it was ACTUALLY as good as it looked. Now what confuses me is everywhere I look I can only find ones with 3gb of memory(was originally going to just order everything off amazon because its already in my cart) so should I just order it from the site you found it on?

Edited by HappyAirplane, 30 November 2014 - 01:16 PM.


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Posted 30 November 2014 - 03:29 PM

View PostHappyAirplane, on 30 November 2014 - 01:12 PM, said:

Cool thanks, I did look at the R9 before hand but wasn't sure if it was ACTUALLY as good as it looked. Now what confuses me is everywhere I look I can only find ones with 3gb of memory(was originally going to just order everything off amazon because its already in my cart) so should I just order it from the site you found it on?
Yeah, TigerDirect is a pretty reliable place, also rather popular. I ordered a few of my parts from them, no issues. The GPU also comes with 3 free games, part of an AMD promotion.

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Posted 07 December 2014 - 12:25 AM

View PostAnalAvenger, on 30 November 2014 - 03:29 PM, said:

3 free games
Name one AMD promotion from a online retailer that DOESN'T come with a free game. :)

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Posted 07 December 2014 - 09:08 PM

View Postsudoku173, on 07 December 2014 - 12:25 AM, said:

Name one AMD promotion from a online retailer that DOESN'T come with a free game. :)
I got like $10 off my r9 270x and didn't get a free game. Does that count?

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Posted 08 December 2014 - 09:56 AM

View PostHappyAirplane, on 30 November 2014 - 12:23 PM, said:

Building my first pc, need a good graphics card in the $200-$250 range. Rest of the parts are as follows:
16 gb corsair vengeance RAM
AMD FX6300 3.5 ghz 6 cores
AMD gigabyte motherboard

Already have hard drives, optical drives, other shit. Just need the GPU.
Also my friend told me to just get a 600 watt power supply but I feel like that's not enough so some advice on that would be nice too.

Thanks in advance.

Just saying, for only gaming the i3 4130 makes much more sense. It has higher single core performance than the 6300 and has an upgrade path to the i5 4690k, which looks like it will be the last gaming processor anyone will ever need. For anything else like video editing, the 6300 does fare a little better which is where I think the FX line has found it's niche (many cores for little monies).

Although you probably have all of that stuff bought already.

Edited by sciifer, 08 December 2014 - 09:56 AM.


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Posted 11 December 2014 - 09:52 AM

The 280x performs about the same as a 770, but almost always comes with 3gb's of VRAM.

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Posted 23 January 2015 - 06:24 AM

GTX 960. Came out yesterday, perfect fro you.

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Posted 23 January 2015 - 09:47 PM

View Postsciifer, on 08 December 2014 - 09:56 AM, said:

Just saying, for only gaming the i3 4130 makes much more sense. It has higher single core performance than the 6300 and has an upgrade path to the i5 4690k, which looks like it will be the last gaming processor anyone will ever need. For anything else like video editing, the 6300 does fare a little better which is where I think the FX line has found it's niche (many cores for little monies).

Although you probably have all of that stuff bought already.
Sorry this is an old post, but I can't let this bad advice slide. Please go for the AMD CPU. An i3 processor isn't worth it, and dual cores are on their way out. Upgrading your CPU is a waste of money, and AMD is always better price to performance wise if your build is under $1,200. You will lose like 2 to 5 fps maximum on your average game and 10 fps on a few select games for going with an AMD processor. It's honestly not worth it. It's not worth it to buy a dual core processor, it's just not. Basically his advice is bad, and it is more worth it to buy AMD as opposed to Intel when planning to build a PC that costs less than $1,200.

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