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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Bloodburgers, 17 Jun 2013.

  1. Bloodburgers

    Bloodburgers Minimodder

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    Hi there peoples earlier in the month my long serving DFI motherboard went on up to the great big Fab i the sky leaving me pcless.

    After much deliberation i have decided to rebuild rather than limp on with an old 775 setup.

    I have nearly decided on the basis of my system and have got these products in mind.

    1) ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 Socket AM3+ 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard
    2) AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz Socket AM3+ 14MB Cache Retail Boxed Processor
    3) Crucial 8GB DDR3 1600MHz Ballistix Tactical Tracer

    In all comes in at £261.30 ex vat. (will buy through work) £313.56 inc vat.

    I had set myself a £300 budget for inc vat. If anyone knows of a way to squeeze more performance out of my spondoolage i would be grateful of your suggestions.

    As always thanks in advance.
     
  2. AlienwareAndy

    AlienwareAndy What's a Dremel?

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    I think you're going to be hard pushed to get the price down lower than that tbh.

    The Sabertooth is a very high end board though, so if you're not thinking of overclocking then consider something like the Asrock 990FX Extreme3.

    If you do have overclocking in mind then prepare yourself for a pretty hefty cooling solution.
     
  3. Teelzebub

    Teelzebub Up yours GOD,Whats best served cold

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    You could sell the old CPU, Ram and cooler on the market place that will give a bit more money to play with
     
  4. Bloodburgers

    Bloodburgers Minimodder

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    I will be selling in the Marketplace but in all honesty that has already been accounted for in my budget. My other option for the Motherboard was the Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3.

    I was under the assumption AMD weren't planning on changing their socket anytime soon so it would see me through a new cpu if needs be.
     
  5. Parge

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  6. Bloodburgers

    Bloodburgers Minimodder

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    Sadly we buy from ebuyer so if i want my 20% off i have to go with them.
     
  7. Parge

    Parge the worst Super Moderator

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    Ok, all from ebuyer:

    3570K £180
    Asus P8Z77-V LX - £85 (or Asus P8Z77-M Z77 for £87)
    Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR3 8GB - £45

    Total Cost: £310
     
  8. Parge

    Parge the worst Super Moderator

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    Or AMD Build

    AMD FX - 8120 - £124
    MSI 990FXA-GD65 £101 (or Gigabyte UD3 for a tenner more)
    Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR3 8GB - £45
    Corsair Hydro H40 - £35

    Total Cost - £305

    I've included the H40 with the AMD build because you are going to need it to get the most out of the 8120.
     
  9. Bloodburgers

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    Thanks Parge.


    The reason i was looking at AMD was because i see intel changing their socket every 5 seconds and if i decide to change cpu i thought the mobo would certainly be able to keep up if i upgrade in a year or so.
     
  10. Parge

    Parge the worst Super Moderator

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    Yeah, they do love a good socket change. In fairness with the above Intel builds there isn't loads of places you can go (3570k - 3770k) so you do have more chance of being able to upgrade with the AMD build. That said, its not guaranteed (AFAIK we don't know what socket the next AMD CPU will fit), and it still might not be faster than the 3570K.
     
  11. Bloodburgers

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    I see you like msi boards never used one myself always stuck with asus ir gigabyte usually. I am really torn. Lol
     
  12. Parge

    Parge the worst Super Moderator

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    My personal favourite is Asus, but it just so happens that the MSI boards fit the price point in this instance.

    If it was me, I'd go Intel 3570k and Asus P8Z77-M.

    Faster. Lower TDP (and thus noise levels), and great overclockers.
     
  13. Bloodburgers

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    Ok well i thank you for you for your help. I am sure whatever option i go for will be a substantial leap from my old quad setup. so just need to bite the bullet.

    Merci et Deja entendu
     
  14. Bloodburgers

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    Just to let people know I have opted to go for the following;

    AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz Socket AM3+ 16MB Cache Retail Boxed Processor

    ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 Socket AM3+ 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard

    Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1866Mhz Memory Kit CL9 1.5V

    Corsair Hydro Series H40 Hydro.

    I would just like to say thank you to everyone for their advice on this matter and I look forward to fragging you soon. ;-)
     
  15. mrbungle

    mrbungle Undercooked chicken giver

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    For the AMD route glad to see you didn't cheapen out on the motherboard, the saber is deffo the one to go for.

    Think the h40 will meets its match though if you decide to clock lol
     
  16. Parge

    Parge the worst Super Moderator

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    Very nice! All of those systems are beastly so you won't be dissappointed. It'll also be a HUGE upgrade from S775.

    Yep, make sure you stick a good fan on the H40 - I'd go with a Gentle Typhoon 1850 if I were you.
     
  17. Bloodburgers

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    Thanks guys.

    I don't believe in skimping on the motherboard as i know it doesn't pay dividends in the long run.

    I cant imagine that i will be overclocking anytime soon to be honest. I have a number of Noctua Fans that can be connected to the rad so shouldn't be a problem. I was really looking for a more efficient cooling solution than pure air. It will also be good because i have heard rumours that installing big air coolers to this board can be an issue if you are also using hi profile ram due to the motherboards cooling blocks.

    As it will be my first foray into liquid cooling it will be interesting i am sure. i will be sure to post some pics as soon as i have the system built.

    Thanks all again.
     
  18. Bloodburgers

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    So probably worth mentioning goods received but have found out the h40 does not work with am3+ so installing stock cooler until i can get hold of ebuyer to organise rma. A little miffed the build goes on.
     
  19. mrbungle

    mrbungle Undercooked chicken giver

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    It should fit, what's going wrong?
     
  20. Bloodburgers

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    The clip that should hold the pump section to the motherboard isn't right too short by about a cm. Tho box and instructions have no mention of am3+ support. I believe the term is arg!!!
     

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