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What's the best option if I don't particularly want the absolute best that money can buy.

My build is HERE and I really want a PC that can handle games with relative ease for the next year at least. Since the the dual core I have now has satisfied me for as long as it has, I had a Phenom II X2 for most of my gaming days and only recently got one again.

What's the best option for me? Can someone give me a list of things to upgrade to? I would prefer it to be in the Micro ATX format and I've already got my CPU cooler ready to go.
     
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I'd wait until Bulldozer and then either:

A) Get a Bulldozer if they're good
B) Get an i5 2500k

I'm not anticipating that BD will be competitive with Sandy Bridge, as AMD is still trying to catch up to Intel's last gen i5/i7 processors. It will probably still be a good mid-range bang-for-buck platform though, similar to the Phenom II line.

For specific parts, you'd have to check the respective forums. I know that Asus' P67 series is popular for Sandy Bridge and there's a mATX board in their lineup. I'd wait until BD's release to decide on a board to get for an AM3+ platform though, as there will probably be a lot more options later on.
Edited by Fortunex - 6/18/11 at 7:05pm
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Originally Posted by Fortunex View Post
I'd wait until Bulldozer and then either:

A) Get a Bulldozer if they're good
B) Get an i5 2500k

I'm not anticipating that BD will be competitive with Sandy Bridge, as AMD is still trying to catch up to Intel's last gen i5/i7 processors. It will probably still be a good mid-range bang-for-buck platform though, similar to the Phenom II line.
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