Build a PC Are these parts compatible?


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The FX-8350 doesn't make much sense unless you're running heavily multithreaded applications and on a bit of a budget. An i5 4670K will perform the same or better than the FX-8350 in games while running much cooler and using less power and only costs $40 more. Or for $20 more you can get the previous generation i5 3570K.

I'd go for this Sapphire 7950 instead, it has a better cooler.

Rest of your parts look fine.


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Well heres the deal with the FX-8350 and AMD being more "Gaming Oriented" as people are saying.

Basically with all next gen consoles, AMD has the Graphics hardware and on the two main competitors for console gaming (Playstation and Xbox) the CPU meaning that in the future, things will be optimized for AMD hardware in general (At least from speculation and from the idea that they would be testing on that).

As for the FX 8350 Processor, comparing it to the I5 Ivy-bridge or Haswell chip basically brings two questions to the table. When your picking games and stuff, many of the games only utilize up to 4 cores (Metro Last Light I believe uses up to 6). Now for straight up gaming only, the i5 can be a better processor based on benchmarks the difference between them can be in a range of up to 5 FPS on the same card (At least from what I read). But again, most games are only utilizing 4 cores so those extra 4 on the FX chip are just sitting around twiddling their thumbs. Now for multi-tasking, highly threaded apps, and gaming, the FX Chip will do an excellent job and overclocks pretty far (Up to 5ghz mostly) and of course with the next AMD steamroller chips coming out on the AM3+ platform, you can always buy another one later to upgrade easily.

Now the advantage of the i5 is that if you only want to straight up only game, have a great overclocker as well, and be a just well rounded processor, then the i5 is a better choice because it will game roughly as well as the i7 and just as well if not better than the FX 8350 and still be on a good budget and performance ratio. Both chips will perform roughly the same and I have an overclocked FX-8350 Chip at 4.7ghz while next to meis my friend using an i5-3570k gaming rig and he loves it just as I love mine. We can overclock them both nicely, they both run very well in games, and they will last a good long while.

Heres a link to the CPU mark performance overall which tests the chips on all levels of performance including single and multi-threaded performance. But for games you just have to look at the games you want to play and their benchmarks to see where it matter the most and if its going to make a difference to you.


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Honestly, the cpu at that price range will result in no more than a 5 FPS differnce at worst case scenario.

and protip, amazon has the 8350 for 195.