Anyway to make this Gaming PC even BETTER while staying under $650?

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  1. Xanthe
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  2. brigcaster

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    It does look like a pretty balanced build to me honestly.
     
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    Consider downgrading the processor to an i3 6100. It has a much better price/performance ratio, and you can upgrade to an i5 6500 later on down the line. Get a gold rated Corsair, Silverstone or EVGA PSU with the money you save there
     
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    That's probably the best you can do, if you want to be balanced.
    I'd recommend changing to the RAM to 2x4 because you'll get the benefits of using dual-channel.

    You can (if you want) either get a cheaper CPU and get a better GPU, or vice versa.
     
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    What kind of gaming do you want to do? Is emulation something you want?
     
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    I would love to do that, but I'm pretty sure that most games (Such as GTA V and Fallout 4) require that you have a Quad Core processor. the 3.7 Ghz looks mighty fantastic, however.

    How big of a difference in gaming will it make? I'm looking to play games such as GTA V, Fallout 4, etc. Perhaps some Gamecube emulation too.

    Definitely. Gamecube emulation at the most. I'm not looking for Wii-U or 3DS gaming
     
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    is there a difference with using 1 stick vs 2 sticks?
    i thought the only thing that mattered was the clock speed
     
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    Newer open world games will definately make use of your 6GB of VRAM. Something more powerful than a i5 will be useful only for games like City Skylines, Starcraft 2 and MMOs in general.
     
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    Dual Channel can be faster in certain tasks: http://www.gamersnexus.net/guides/1349-ram-how-dual-channel-works-vs-single-channel/Page-3
    A lot of people just recommend/prefer using two (or four) stick, rather than one (or three) sticks.

    Emulation taxes a bit more on the CPU than the GPU (since your CPU has to emulate the hardware of that system). Your GPU gets utilized once you start bumping up those graphic settings.
    As for GTA V, I know that game uses your CPU quite a bit (due to it being open world and all those NPCs in the world). If you're going to be playing games such as those, you're current setup is fine.
     
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    so, if you use 3 sticks, they don't work in dual channel? 2 of them don't work in dual mode and the other in single channel?
     
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    Unfortunately, no.
    Once you insert a 3rd stick, every RAM stick run in single channel mode, so you'll lose the benefits of dual channel.
     
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    maybe try going amd, it may save a few bucks, thats what i did for a $400 cad build
     
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    You can get dual chanel with 3. As long as both channels have the same amount of memory, you'll get dual channel. Doesn't matter how many sticks, as long as both memory channels have the same amount of memory, it can operate in dual channel.

    If you've got 2x4GB in channel A, and an 8GB in B, that's 8GB in each channel, so it can run dual channel fine.

    http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/boards-and-kits/000005657.html#dual

    Even Intel show it as a valid config. Dual-channel with three DIMMs. Blue slots (one memory channel), have 2x2GB, the other memory channel (black slot) has 4GB, it's a valid config for dual channel as each memory channel has 4GB of memory.

    Intel also support flex mode so with a mistmatch, you can run single and dual at the same time.
     
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    may i recommend getting the thermaltake core P3 case? it makes everything look amazing! i got on on ebay from newegg for $119 new.
     
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    Does AMD have anything that can beat an i5?
     
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    Zen Soon™
     
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    Should be fine for gaming, it is dual core but with hyperthreading it has 4 threads

    As long as you keep that graphics card or better, you should be fine playing them on high settings
    Dolphin will never use more than two cores, so you want to focus on clock speeds for emulation
     
  18. FaTaL_ErRoR

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    The fx-9590 is pretty good.
     
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    honestly zen looks pretty fine, i might start saving to change my a8-5600k
     
  20. sup3rgh0st

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    I have that exact same Graphics card, runs like a dream
     
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