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  1. 2MB New Member

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    This is my first PC build and I don't know much about hardware, I tried reading many posts here and in other sites but I didn't get a definitive answer to my question
    So, I'm on a limited budget ( around 900$ max.) and I need help choosing between

    sapphire HD 7770 vapor-x 1GB OC (around 145 $ in my country)
    http://www.sapphiretech.com/presentation/product/?cid=1&gid=3&sgid=1159&pid=1523&psn=&lid=1&leg=0

    or Sapphire HD 7850 2G OC (around 220 $)
    http://www.sapphiretech.com/presentation/product/?cid=1&gid=3&sgid=1160&pid=1499&psn=&lid=1&leg=0

    and for cpu

    FX 8120 (around 170$)

    or Intel i5 3470 (around 200$)

    I want to run games on the highest quality and HD movies ( I prefer best Performance/Price ratio)
    Any other suggestions are welcomed.

    P.S. what is the best mobo to go for and is a PSU 500W sufficient for this ?

    Thanks in advance.
     
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    7850 and i5 3470 would be the best combo for what you have listed. a 7850 will not run games at the "highest quality" but should provide a good gaming experience. A 7870 or higher is needed at 1080P
     
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    Price of 8320? If its not too much more get that instead. otherwise 3470
     
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    About the PSU, at full load that GPU spends about 200 wats, intel cpu about 80W (FX spends 125 W), the rest adds up to max 70 W (presuming couple of disks) ... with quality 500 W PSU you should be well within the limits.

    BTW, try this http://www.extreme.outervision.com/PSUEngine
     
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    8320 is not available in my market , but 8350 is around 220$
     
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    thanks for the build BarbaricSoul, Ill review the prices in my country for this components
    just a question: I heard that MSI mobos are not good compared to gigabyte, asus and asrock, what do you think?
    and I'm from Egypt by the way.
     
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    Fourstaff , Can't find a link to the article you mentioned
     
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    MSI boards used to be not as good as the others. Totally different now. MSI is making some very good boards these days. Thier socket 1155 boards are some of the best you can get.
     
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    AMD FX-8350 Vishera 4.0GHz (4.2GHz Turbo) Socket around 225$

    MSI 990FXA-GD65V2 Desktop Motherboard - AMD 990FX around 150$

    CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM around 55$

    ASUS GTX660 TI-DC2O-2GD5 GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB around 340$

    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 around 25$

    Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver Not available in my country

    XFX Core Edition PRO550W (P1-550S-XXB9) 550W ATX12 around 72$

    Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB around 72$

    Total 939$

    Well, and also the display screen for around 145$
     
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    Fourstaff Moderator Staff Member

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    Edited :eek:
     
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    I've used three MSI motherboards with the earliest being a skt939 board and they've all been pretty good. They boards never wow'ed me but they always worked well. There was one case where I was stupid and flashed the wrong BIOS to a 975x Platinum Power-Up and they sent a new BIOS chip free of charge or shipping and when that didn't work they RMA'ed the board and I had it back in 2 weeks. So all in all, I've been fairly happy with their motherboards but I've been plenty happy with their support. Unlike ASUS who can make a damn good product but best of luck if you have to do a RMA if/when something goes wrong.
     
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    Don't forget you are going to need an operating system, that's more money you have to spend.
     
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    Just out of curiosity, was anyone planning on putting this in a case or just leaving it spread out on a desk? :laugh:

    If you're having budget issues, you could always take one of the components out and buy it later. In this instance, maybe swap the video card out for something basic. That or memory? I've built most of my computers this way. They just sort of evolve over time. Also, I don't know how well this will work in Egypt, but you could check the For Sale threads.
     
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    Ok, so here is what I think is good
    Intel I3 3220
    Sapphire HD vapor-x 7950 2GB OC
    Gigabyte GA-990FXA-D3 motherboard
    Seagate 1TB
    Corsair vengeance 1*8GB
    CoolerMaster 500W PSU
    Any Suitable Case
    Samsung 23 inches LED

    After a year or so I'll upgrade the CPU
    Is this a good combination or well the I3 bottleneck it

    P.S.I have already given Windows 8 as a gift from the family
     
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    Eh you cant use 990FX motherboard with i3 3220 :eek;

    Get FX4300 instead, and overclock it ab it.

    Also, 2x4Gb 1866 Mhz is better than 1x8Gb
     
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    I would honestly recommend you try grabbing an i5-2500k and a gtx 660. U can get both for around the same price you mentioned in your op price quote.
     

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