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post #11 of 25
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The bare bones (Case, PSU, CPU, RAM, Mobo, HDD, DVD) would hopefully be around 600 NZ.

The GPU Im looking at is either a 5770 or 6770... Or maybe giving him my old 4890 if the PSU was right.
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With that kind of GPU power unless hes only playing WoW or another dual threaded MMO than a 955 or 965 would be good enough (even then it would be fine save high pop areas and maybe struggle a bit in raids).

I would go for a 955, in the states they're $120 with $10 gift card on newegg or you can get an OEM C3 stepping for $113 shipped off Superbiiz.

The SB chip is going to be overkill here, unless he does a lot of rendering/encoding.
    
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Well if you go AM3 then make sure you get an AM3+ motherboard, that way you will be able to get bulldozer. The 955be is a great chip, and oc's very well, but AM3 is a dieing format with AM3+ coming out very soon.
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More cores doestn mean more performance, IMO when the SB I3 2120K drops that will be the best gaming proc ever, it has the fastest architecture, games only need 2 cores, it is cool so it can OC like a champ, and SB just wins (it even beats intel and AMD six cores)
games use more then 2 cores, i dont know why people keep saying that.......
for instance:
my laptop has 2 cores that are maxed out in GTA IV and BC2. in both those games i have fps trouble... bc2 on low has the same fps as high... if i had a quad i would not have this problem.
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More cores doestn mean more performance, IMO when the SB I3 2120K drops that will be the best gaming proc ever, it has the fastest architecture, games only need 2 cores, it is cool so it can OC like a champ, and SB just wins (it even beats intel and AMD six cores)
Please don't spread misinformation
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More cores doestn mean more performance,
    
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With that kind of GPU power unless hes only playing WoW or another dual threaded MMO than a 955 or 965 would be good enough (even then it would be fine save high pop areas and maybe struggle a bit in raids).

I would go for a 955, in the states they're $120 with $10 gift card on newegg or you can get an OEM C3 stepping for $113 shipped off Superbiiz.

The SB chip is going to be overkill here, unless he does a lot of rendering/encoding.
But with that kind of GPU would a Athlon II quad do roughly the same?
post #18 of 25
Probably, there isn't really much of a difference between a Phenom II and a Athlon II (clock for clock). You could get lucky and unlock the L3 on the Athlon II as well.

What kind of games does your friend play and is this just a "good enough for today" build with no plans/desire/need for future upgrades using the same platform?


Edit: The vast majority of games are dual threaded - an x2 or x3 will perform the same as an x4 or x6 in those titles. In games that can use 4 cores obviously an x4 will perform better than an x2/x3. There are only like 3 or 4 games that can take advantage of more than 4 cores. Assuming we're talking about clock for clock within the same chip architecture family.
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Get a decent Sandy and you'll be good to go.
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Get a decent Sandy and you'll be good to go.
Troll life is poor heh? what are your trying to achieve?
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