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I use this computer ALL the time. It is very quick for all of my day-to-day tasks like schoolwork and light video editing. When it comes to games, the MSI Radeon R7 260X doesn't offer much, but is able to play games like Portal 2 on all HIGH settings, and Minecraft at almost MAX settings (no Anti-aliasing). All other games will definitely run, however, the settings may be medium-high on some games, but more likely low-medium. Overall, it has served me well for this past year, but it is about time I upgrade a few things... I think I'm getting a Radeon R9 290!

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  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

I would hold off on springing for the 290, as the 300 series is hopefully just around the corner. Otherwise, the GTX 960 should show up around CES

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm with awepicness here, i would hold out.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

how many frames are you getting on minecraft fancy graphics and 8 render distance?

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

#2 pencils FTW

A 290 would be a nice upgrade.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

All due respect, that 700 watt PSU is a bit overkill for your current setup, but adding in an R9 290 (and maybe a CPU upgrade too) would definitely eat up that extra juice, as would some overclocking.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

With a VRM like that of the G43, a small upgrade to a FX-6300 or 8320 would probably be safer and yield a more noticeable benefit than trying to OC a FX-4300.

A R9 290 would be nice, but it would be skirting the boundaries of what the FX-4300 is capable of without bottleneck.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd have to 2nd the chip upgrade rather than the OC. I am running the G46 (it has VRM heatsinks) and it runs fine with a 125w 8120 on it. So, even without the heatsinks (and from some of the other builds I've seen here) you could probably go FX6300 at least. As far as the 290 goes... IMO, you might think about going to an FX8320 or 8350.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

You should probably get familiarized with OCN's AMD board VRM database. The 970A-G43 and G46 definitely fall among the worse-ranked boards on there. A heatsink does not instantly negate the inherent risks of a low phase count, low-quality (probably D-PAK given the fact that there are so many MOSFETs per phase) VRM; it does help with dissipating heat, which is better than nothing though. OC on these boards isn't the greatest idea.

For the G43, he could also buy some cheap stick-on copper heatsinks for the MOSFETs just to be safe thermally.

It says to avoid OC, but FX-8350 should [probably] be fine at stock.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

I never said I overclocked my 8120, nor to OC his. I haven't OC'd mine on my G46 board for the very reason you just mentioned (the low phase count VRM [didn't find that out until after I got the board, now I know why it was on sale so long when I got it]) and I was relating my experience with my board over the last 1 1/2 years I've been running it. Basically what I said was that if he wants more CPU speed and plans to keep the G43, he'd be better off going to a faster chip than trying to OC on a board series that doesn't seem to handle more than stock clocks very well. As beepic117 said, the 8320e would also be an option (although it's Turbo Boost speed is the same as the 8320, so peak load power consumption would probably be close) to put less stress on the VRMs. If he has the money, a better solution, if he plans to OC at some point, is to replace the CPU / board combo with something a lot faster and more robust to complement the 290.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry if that came across as condescending or overly critical. OCN's VRM database is like, the one stop shop for all your AMD VRM info needs, and Sin's VRM list is the Intel equivalent. They have everything!

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd try an 8320e instead of an 8320, it uses a lot less power so it won't put as much stress on the VRMs

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

May I ask, how is the MSI 970A-G43 doing in terms of temperature? I've read a lot that it has poor heat spreading and so it tends to overheat even with no OC.

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