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Im gonna be building an overclockable budget rig with a budget of $500-$600. Here are my preliminary choices.

Core i3 540 or Phenom II X2 555 BE
Kingston 2x2GB DDR3 1333
Sapphire HD 5670 1GB DDR3
WD 500GB Blue
Antec True Power New 550W
Antec 300
CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Plus


Uses will be multiple online games simultaneously running at around 12 hrs a day and other 3d games.

Thanks in Advance
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post #2 of 14
To the rescue:

i3 2100: 125

asus p8h67-m pro: 115 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131711

xfx 550w psu: 70

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814131374 Powercolor 6850: 155

Cooler master haf 912: 55

Samsung spinpoint f3 1tb: 60

4 gigs of mushkin 1.5v 1333mhz ram: 32 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820146740

with the i3 2100 there's really no need for the 212+ because of the inability to overclock. That being said, the chip is no slouch and will mop the floor with the ph II x2 chips.

total: 611.93

you could downgrade the motherboard slightly if your budget is airtight at 600.

edit: just noticed that 6850 comes with a shogun 2 code if you buy this combo which costs the same http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814131374

edit2: if you use this combo deal you get another 15 off which puts you down to 594 never underestimate the power of the combo. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.686638
Edited by xPrestonn - 7/23/11 at 11:12pm
    
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post #3 of 14
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I was also thinking bout the 2100. How does it compare with the overclocked 540?

Whats the difference bet the h67 and h61. Its probable savings

Thanks for the input
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post #4 of 14
h61 = cheaper but no sata 6gb/s. not really a big deal if you're on a budget IMO.

and the 2100 will perform neck and neck with an overclocked 540 unless it's an extremely high overclock. the pro for the 2100 is that it consumes far less power than an overclocked 540
    
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post #5 of 14
I like this PSU better, and it is on sale.
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post #6 of 14
I recently did a budget build for my friend for just under $500 using the Phenom x2 555 and it comfortably unlocked to an x4 (it was just so easy flicking the switch on the mobo) then overclocked to 4.2 just upping the multiplyer, i also used a sapphire 6770 and an Asus mATX board with core unlocking inside the Thermaltake V3 case with the included 450W PSU.

Was easy to build and ran like a charm.

If you're gaming i would reccomend the phenom over the i3 as the extra 2 cores will give you substantially higher frame rates in essentially every modern games.

In older single threaded games obviously not but who cares it's an older game and you'll probably get a few thousand frames anyway
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I don't think you should ever plan a build around the possibility of a chip unlocking. If it does then that's just icing on the cake. But if it doesn't you built your build around the fact that it's as fast 'as is' without the unlock.

I was considering buying the 6950 and unlocking but if it didn't then I would have been stuck with an inferior card when I had the chance and money to buy a better one. Always go for getting it right first time.
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I have to agree with the AMD argument this time, when you're on a budget, AMD is the way to go! My rig cost just under £650, that's reasonable.
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Originally Posted by Eskanasi View Post
I don't think you should ever plan a build around the possibility of a chip unlocking. If it does then that's just icing on the cake. But if it doesn't you built your build around the fact that it's as fast 'as is' without the unlock.

I was considering buying the 6950 and unlocking but if it didn't then I would have been stuck with an inferior card when I had the chance and money to buy a better one. Always go for getting it right first time.
When i built this rig it shocked the hell out of me when i just flicked the switch and turned it back on and it worked, the performance increase in everything was increased by at least 3 fold it was absolutely beautiful
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post #10 of 14
I'd also go with AMD with a budget like that. Grab an AMD 970 board (budget oriented) and a 955. The am3+ gives you the option of upgrading to bulldozer later on, if you need the performance boost.
    
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