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How good is my PC going to be:

#11ArkonBladePosted 1/1/2014 10:41:09 PM
John325 posted...
I have a friend who helped me pick out the parts and is going to help me build it, and I'm just wondering just how good this is:

1 x ($419.99) GIGABYTE GV-R928XOC-3GD REV2 Radeon R9 280X 3GB 38
1 x ($199.99) AMD FX-8350 Vishera 4.0GHz (4.2GHz Turbo) Socket A
1 x ($149.99) GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s U
1 x ($119.99) NZXT Phantom PHAN-001BK Black Steel / Plastic Enth
1 x ($99.99) CORSAIR GS series GS700 700W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready
1 x ($89.99) G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR
1 x ($49.99) XIGMATEK Dark Knight II SD1283 Night Hawk Edition
1 x ($19.99) ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X - OEM
1 x ($12.99) Tuniq TX-4 Extreme Performance and Exceptional Rel

Plus a 1 TB hard drive and Windows 7.

Is it better than a PS4/XB1?


I am not a brand loyalist between AMD or Intel but I would have went with the I5 if you are going to spend that much and go abit cheaper on the GPU. AMD is great as well its what I have in my PC. I have a AMD FX-6350. GPU wise I just have a Radeon 7790 because like what others have said any thing above that is extremely over priced because of the whole Bitcoin and litecoin deal.

You can either wait on that to slow down and prices to drop and go with a 7950 which should be just fine if you want a high performance GPU at a decent price. It normally retails about $250. Right now they want almost double that...
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#12The_Count_FooPosted 1/2/2014 12:45:55 AM
I got a 280x when they came out before the price inflation for $300. While it's an awesome card, it's not $400 awesome. Go with a 770 and use the money saved to get an i5 4670k. I also have an 8350 and they are pretty weak until you overclock the nuts off them. So if you're not comfortable overclocking go intel. Make sure to get a z87 motherboard though if you get a 4670k as the k means unlocked for easy overclocking and z87 mobos can achieve higher overclocks. Also 700w on the psu is unnecessary especially if you switch to intel/nvidia. Unless you plan to run dual graphics cards and overclock.
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#13John325(Topic Creator)Posted 1/5/2014 10:37:55 PM
Well, I appreciate the advice, but I had already ordered the parts when I made the topic. I was just curious how good it was. Next time I'll ask first. :p Those ecoin/bitcoin things apparently really messed things up whatever they are. My friend says he mainly chose the parts because he was familiar with them. Would I have been better off just getting a prebuilt, hehe?

Ah well. The parts are starting to arrive now. Live and learn.
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#14AltmadragonPosted 1/5/2014 10:46:46 PM
Yeah don't drop the psu, closer you are to 50% max output the more Efficient.

Never just go for what it is barely enough underload.
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#15PsythikPosted 1/5/2014 10:51:21 PM(edited)
Like everybody else said, for that price you would've been better off with a i5 4670K and a GTX 770. The 770 is on par with the 280x for a $100 less and the 4670K blows the 8350 out of the water for only $35 more. That being said, if you were to get into Bitcoin mining it would make up for your losses.
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#16DerPancakePosted 1/5/2014 10:56:43 PM
Next time you should ask for our advice before buying instead of listening to your friends, your friends are just there for comfort, company and money (when you don't have) not for advice.
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#17Chewybacca34Posted 1/6/2014 2:37:03 AM
The 280x is a great card, but not for 400+ dollars. I picked up my Asus for 300 and the price to performance ratio is awesome. If you're gonna go amd definitely wait for prices to deflate.
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