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Hey guys, I'm building myself a PC, if anyone's curious, here's the set up.

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B75-D3V CPU: INTEL CORE I5-3470 3.2G 6M LGA1155 BOX (I don't need overclocking, if I'll need a better CPU, I'll buy it later) RAM: DDR3 Corsair Vengeance Low Profile Black 8GB (2x4GB) 1600MHz CL9 1.5V PSU: PSU Corsair CX600 V2 600W ATX, 80 PLUS, Builder Series HDD: Seagate Barracuda 3.5'' 500GB SATA3 7200RPM 16MB CASE: THERMALTAKE V4 BLACK EDITION MID TOWER

My selected motherboard can run a two-way CrossFireX, so I was wondering which option is better? Two 7770's or one 7850, or perhaps you can offer anything better? I'm a bit short on cash at the moment, so the CrossFire thing seems to be a bit better. Side question, will a 600W PSU handle two graphics cards?

Thank you for your time.

asked Aug 13 '12 at 09:30

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edited Aug 13 '12 at 09:57

For CrossFireX you would probably need an 850w or better.

answered Aug 13 '12 at 09:39

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Just out of curiosity, do you just not feel comfortable overclocking? And imo, I would go with the 7850. The 7770's are alright but the 7850 should last you enough time until you can possibly get another 7850. I have the 560ti and it has done nothing but wonders for me, especially for the price.

answered Aug 13 '12 at 10:54

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Yes, I feel very insecure with this stuff, as this is my first build. Maybe further down the road, like at my third build, I'd go with overclocking.

answered Aug 13 '12 at 11:00

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Well just to let you know, you can probably find a place or a friend to overclock it for you. But Don't do anything you aren't comfortable with or you might mess something up. Btw this is probably a stupid quetion but this build is a gaming rig right?

answered Aug 13 '12 at 11:08

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Please comment instead of commenting in the form of an answers.

(Aug 13 '12 at 11:46) Tim Fontana Tim%20Fontana's gravatar image

Yes, I'll probably do "Let's plays" of various MMO's and play higher-end games (without recording those).

answered Aug 13 '12 at 11:43

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Please comment instead of commenting in the form of an answers.

(Aug 13 '12 at 11:46) Tim Fontana Tim%20Fontana's gravatar image

Okay, sorry, I'm new to this rather odd system.

(Aug 13 '12 at 12:08) VaidasB VaidasB's gravatar image

then I suggest you spend the extra 15 dollars for the 3570. especially since you dont plan to overclock. Also, get the 7850.

answered Aug 13 '12 at 12:52

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I would get the single 7850, because there are still lots of apps and games that don't take advantage of Crossfire.

I'm curious why you are choosing Intel? Since this is a budget build, it is usually much cheaper to get a comparable system on the AMD side.

I could easily build you a setup if you email me your responses (catchatyou@gmail.com) to these questions:
What is you budget?
What are your primary uses (gaming, video editing...)?
Do you really care if the CPU is AMD or do you need Intel?

answered Aug 15 '12 at 07:36

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I agree with the AMD build usually being cheaper than an Intel build.

(Aug 15 '12 at 07:55) SuperZeoX SuperZeoX's gravatar image

Well, I'd rather keep this discussion public, as options do matter. I don't really know why I went with Intel, probably because I couldn't find anything I liked on AMD. I wouldn't be against using AMD in any way. (Tho I feel no difference in which I would use, right now my PC's use both AMD and Intel, I'm satisfied with both) Hmm, my budget, something around 1000USD would be nice. My intended use, high end games and Let's Plays of MMO's (the high end gaming part is just for myself). At this point processing power doesn't matter that much as I will probably get a capture card for my PC instead of using software. Just as long as it can run the game smoothly.

(Aug 15 '12 at 10:06) VaidasB VaidasB's gravatar image

I want to respect your wish, so I am going to list all of the parts here:
AMD FX-6200 $160 (I own this CPU)
AMD FX-8150 $190 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103960

Asus M5A97 $95 (I own the M5A97 Evo which is currently out of stock)
Asus Sabertooth 990FX $180
Asus M5A99FX PRO $160

AMD Performance Edition 8GB $55

WD Caviar Black 1TB $110
Seagate Barracuda 1TB $100
Seagate Barracuda 2TB $120

Corsair 650W $110
Corsair 750W $145 (good for future proofing and Crossfire)

Computer Cases:
NZXT Phantom 410 Black $100
NZXT Phantom 410 White $100
Rosewill Blackhawk $90
Rosewill Challenger $50

XFX 7850 $230
Asus 7850 $260
XFX 7870 $270

The following are optional
SSD Boot Drive (get bootup times ~15-20 seconds!)
OCZ 60GB $60
Intel 330 series 60GB $60
Samsung 830 series 64GB $90 (I own this one)

CPU Heatsink:
CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO $35

Okay, final thoughs. I didn't include the operating system cost in this. From this configuration, you can build a computer for as little as $800, or as much as $1185. From my experience, the FX-6200 CPU has been fantastic for me, and I would personally spend more money on the better graphics card. I would also take advantage of having a boot SSD so that I can get fast bootup times, and I can dump all of my data on the HDD. I love the functionality and design of the NZTX cases, but if it comes down to cost, the Rosewill Challenger seems to be a great case. The two more expensive motherboards have better chipsets that allow for SLI, but since you're using AMD graphics, the lower end motherboard will allow for Crossfire. You can never go wrong with buying the Hyper 212 EVO CPU cooler since it's only $35, but it all boils down to what your budget is.

Remember, you don't have to use the parts that I've listed, but I just wanted to give you the parts that I would use if I had $1000 to spend. If you have any questions, I'll try to get back to you, but school is hectic, and I can't make any promises. Now time to write my essay due tomorrow morning...

(Aug 15 '12 at 23:03) catchatyou catchatyou's gravatar image

Thanks for the set up, but I did a fair amount of reading on the FX6200 and intel i5 2500 and applied some gaming knowledge. Most games are not programmed to use more than three cores, so a six core processor is a bit of an overkill, unless I'm doing some multitasking. Also, intel is much faster and provides better framerates with the 7850 than even a FX81500 (which looks like it's even better than the 6200m at least statistically). Overall, my previous set up is that expensive and seems to be more effective.

(Aug 16 '12 at 11:37) VaidasB VaidasB's gravatar image

The only reason why you read so much about "faildozer" is because AMD way overhyped it. I personally think that it's much better than most people on the Internet seem to give it credit to.

The wonderful thing about technology is that you can pick what you want. I recommend AMD, but Intel is another great option. There is no right or wrong answer. I am 100% content with my setup, and I can record 1080p gameplay quite smoothly with it.

(Aug 16 '12 at 17:44) catchatyou catchatyou's gravatar image

Exactly. Just because the 2500k and the 2600k are better in most situations, it doesnt nessecarily mean you have to get them over the AMD CPU. The Bulldozer architecture was overhyped but it is good for its price. I love Intel but you can't give AMD trash unless its about overhyping their products.

(Aug 16 '12 at 17:48) SuperZeoX SuperZeoX's gravatar image
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