The Tech Report have updated their system build recommendations for the latter part of 2014, with changes to their system components as well as a reluctant recommendation for Win 8.1 as Win7 is scheduled for EOL in the New Year. The Core i7-5960X did not make it as the i7-5930K reaches similar performance for just over half the price which also means that DDR4 has appeared for the first time, specifically the Crucial 16GB and 32GB DDR4-2133 kits. There is a lot of choice right now when it comes to GPUs; four under $150, five under $250 and four ranging from ~$300 to $630 ensuring that you can find one in your price range. Check out the full array of choices in their update.
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Tech reports article is intel
Tech reports article is intel fanboy !sorry tech report but they
say stay clear of AMD FX but chose shitty AMD A10 cpu for build and intel build is dual core intel wtf!!!
AMDs FX cpus are awesome for price from FX 6300 ON UP and better then a fucking dual core cpu!!!
“AMD also refreshed its FX lineup recently, but the new additions are still based on circa-2012 silicon that’s both power-hungry and uncompetitive overall. Worse, FX-series CPUs are tied to a three-year-old platform that lacks built-in support for PCI Express 3.0, SATA Express, and USB 3.0. Unless you’re a dyed-in-the-wool AMD fan, you’re best off steering clear”
fuck you tech report do a little research instead of just going with intel
Honestly, just gotta’ say
Honestly, just gotta’ say man.
This low end Intel Core i5 760 from 2010 competes with the highest end FX processor to date. Which is hilarious.
But then I can flip on my new Haswell 3.4 dual-core and only lose like 5-15 average FPS, but do so cooler, quieter and much, much much much more efficient.
Also 4400 onboard graphics are nice to have on top of that.
I would pick the Haswell over the highest end FX chip for a gaming system. Maybe the cheapest i5 instead, but either is perfect for gaming really. That’s with a 660 and 8GB playing planetside max’d spare DOF/BLUR/Drop down occlusion a notch or whatever for that nice fat 20+ fps gain and yea, fucking solid performance. Could never do that on my FX chips, but I blame the driver support not the product.
If I were to be putting together a DAW/media work station I would be much more inclined to go all out on the best FX 8 core liquid cooled and that’s that. In that environment you can truly make use of the chips. Sure, you could get a banging new i7, or you know, just buy the rest of the equipment you’ll need for a basic studio instead for the same cost as that single chip.
My two cents.
QUOTE FROM TECH REPORT
QUOTE FROM TECH REPORT ARTICLE CLEARY INTEL FANBOYS
That said, we have made an exception for AMD’s A10-7800 processor, which recent price cuts have turned into a reasonably good deal. While it may not quite match the power efficiency of comparably-priced Intel alternatives, this chip is in the same ballpark, and it offers better integrated graphics performance. That’s worth something.
AMD FX 6300 6 CORE 6 THREAD 70 BUCKS AT MICRO CENTER
YOUR EXCEPTION IS SHITTY CPU DUDES YOUR GETTING GPU IN BUILD WHY GO A10 AND NOT FX DON’T MAKE SENSE
Apologies to Tech Report and
Apologies to Tech Report and Pcper on recent posts!