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So, after examining my PC at home (the really crappy HP one, I found out that it's worse than I found out,) I've decided to simply scrap upgrading and just start anew. Using http://www.logicalincrements.com/, I'm going to make a PC somewhere around the "great" tier, if not, just make the PC straight from the site itself. Any thoughts?

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If that's the tier and price range you're looking for, then this is what I would suggest: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/shade4211/saved/#view=Tqnv6h

Now the contentious choice here is the AMD APU instead of a similarly priced Intel, and there's a very good reason for it; many new titles coming out will not run on dual core CPU's, and at that price, you're looking at a dual core i3 at best. That's the only reason I suggest the AMD chip. Everything else is pretty standard, and will rock WoT and any other game at 1080p at very good settings.

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2 hours ago, Shade421 said:

If that's the tier and price range you're looking for, then this is what I would suggest: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/shade4211/saved/#view=Tqnv6h

Now the contentious choice here is the AMD APU instead of a similarly priced Intel, and there's a very good reason for it; many new titles coming out will not run on dual core CPU's, and at that price, you're looking at a dual core i3 at best. That's the only reason I suggest the AMD chip. Everything else is pretty standard, and will rock WoT and any other game at 1080p at very good settings.

You do realize i3's have HT? Games not running on that chip would be very strange. AMD CPUs are just too shitty at games to seriously recommend them. Especially in WoT, which needs single-core performance. 

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For a build in his price range, the AMD APU is the way to go. i3's right now in the US market are far less available and noticeably more expensive than the APU's, and all the ones I found in stock right now on reputable sites were socket 1151, meaning much more expensive memory and motherboards. Yes, an i3 would give marginally better performance in WoT specifically, but if you compare benchmarks between i3's and the 7850K, the APU beats it everywhere. For less money. 

As for being a dual core, I have never used an i3 in anything, I went straight from 8 core AMD's to an i7, so I stand corrected there; new titles will recognize an i3 as a quad core. I still can't recommend building a rig on that platform in this price range, however. If you wanted to spend a couple hundred more, than yes, Intel would be the way to go without question.

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13 hours ago, Shade421 said:

For a build in his price range, the AMD APU is the way to go. i3's right now in the US market are far less available and noticeably more expensive than the APU's, and all the ones I found in stock right now on reputable sites were socket 1151, meaning much more expensive memory and motherboards. Yes, an i3 would give marginally better performance in WoT specifically, but if you compare benchmarks between i3's and the 7850K, the APU beats it everywhere. For less money. 

As for being a dual core, I have never used an i3 in anything, I went straight from 8 core AMD's to an i7, so I stand corrected there; new titles will recognize an i3 as a quad core. I still can't recommend building a rig on that platform in this price range, however. If you wanted to spend a couple hundred more, than yes, Intel would be the way to go without question.

I like your build, only other thing i'd suggest is to consider adding a moderately-sized SSD as a boot drive.  My experience is this does make quite a difference to load and response times for applications you really care about.  Something like this (http://pcpartpicker.com/part/samsung-internal-hard-drive-mzn5e250bw) adds less than $100 for a 250GB drive from a reputable manufacturer.

I've also used some of the AMD chips for more "budget" builds lately and have been pleased with the results, so I think you won't go wrong with this.  Intel is better in an abstract sense, but you have to be willing to spend quite a bit more money before you get to the Intel parts where the difference is meaningful.

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SSD is definitely a good addition to this, I use one as well and the difference is night and day as far as open and closing programs, loading times in games, and start up speed. Wanted to keep it under $600 though.

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