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So, my brothers had a crappy PC that got a virus that finally killed it. My dad then asked me to put together a balanced build with at least an 8 threat CPU (which is why I went for the 8320 instead of going for a quad or six core). My brothers and I have been trying to get into PC gaming for awhile, but without the cash we didn't have the chance. So I took the opportunity to try to upgrade the graphics as much as possible.

This is the build I came up with!

CPU- as I said, my dad wanted 8 threads, so that is what he got. They won't be doing anything harder than light video editing and gaming on the system, so this should work fine for them.

CPU cooler- at the time it was close in price to the CM 212 Evo, so I chose the dark rock one due to quieter fan and overall more quality parts. Nothing against the 212 Evo, this was on sale so I jumped on it.

Motherboard- It was the cheapest one that I could find that had enough IO for the case and for the peripherals that my brothers have.

RAM- Cheapest 1600 kit that I could find. I don't think that they will be getting an upgrade any time soon so I felt that 8 gigs would keep them satisfied for awhile.

Storage- Solidly built, good quality, low heat, smooth performance. Dad didn't give me the OK for a hybrid drive or a SSD+hard drive, so this is what they got.

Graphics card- This was the highest end card that I could convince my dad to get within his budget. I looked into the other brands but unfortunately the one that I had wanted to get them (asus or msi, I can't remember) was out of stock everywhere when we bought the parts.

Case- solid quality, decent enough airflow, looks good, USB 3.0, enough said. Only issue was trying to cable manage (shown in the pictures).

Power supply- cheapest good quality power supply that would fit the power consumption with some headroom (so that we get the highest efficiency for the longest time we can).

Edit: Just to clarify, I do know the difference between threads and cores. I just did not want to go with an intel (which is the only consumer brand that has hyperthreading so far as I have seen) quad core eight thread processor because those are much more expensive and would have eaten through my budget. So yes, the 8320 is an 8 core processor, but it is also an 8 thread processor due to lack of hyperthreading.

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  • 60 months ago
  • 4 points

Great build you got there, don't worry about Sapphire it is the manufacturer that AMD uses for testing their products so they know what they are doing. +1

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build, with good parts. I understand he wanted an 8 core but I think a cheaper 6 core would have been more effective and you could have used the money elsewhere, like an SSD, or better Mobo. Still a very nice build DECENT cable managment. Why did you choose to orienteer the CPU fan downwards?

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I put it downwards due to the limitation of the AMD mounting bracket. Due to spacing issues it had to go pointed up or pointed down. So I figured that due to the airflow coming from lower in the case having it pointed towards the top exhaust ports would make the most sense.

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Just a little info on Cores vs Threads... http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/306079-28-what-core-thread

Good parts. SeaSonic is a good brand to have chosen for the PSU. You probably, honestly, didn't even need to go 8 cores for light gaming. The FX6300 probably would have worked just fine. Many games still don't fully utilize multiple cores in a processor efficiently enough to really justify needing 8 cores. Although, video editing will benefit; I can tell you that first hand.

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

For sure! That is why I went with the SeaSonic PSU. Also, I know that a six core would have worked fine (or even a quad core for that matter) but my dad really wanted an eight core. I would have gone with an FX6300 or even the Athalon 860K if given the option so that I could give them an R9 290x or a 970 but unfortunately that did not happen.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Well that 280 should hold strong I imagine.

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Great part selection based on budget and build needs, AMD was a good choice at this price-point. I agree with previous sentiments that a 6300 would have probably been sufficient but it's good to see you sticking to your guns about your preference for an 8-core, it's your build after all! +1 for you sir!

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

what games do you play?

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Impressive! I don't really now AMD cards tough... How's the saphire Radeon?

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

It has been running well so far. A bit of coil whine but nothing too major. Saphire is the manufacturer for the stock AMD cards, there are aftermarket options from ASUS, MSI, EVGA etc. but I didn't think the extra few dollars for a slightly better heat sink would be worth it since they will not be pushing this rig too hard.

  • 60 months ago
  • 0 points

What would be the gtx equivalent? or approximate equivalent?

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

It is slightly faster than the 760 from Nvidia