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This is my first ever build and it is on a tight budget. Being so, I really only considered AMD because they are very cheap compared to Intel. However, I am wondering what exactly I could get from my Budget if I did switch. I virtually know nothing about these processors.

My requirements are:
Quad-Core
4GB Ram
If NVidia GPU, SLI capable/If ATI GPU, Crossfire capable (for upgrades)
No more than $450 shipped, $350 without GPU.

What I don't need:
Disk Drive
PSU (I have a Modular Thermaltake coming in the mail)
USB3.0
Monitor, Mouse, Keyboard
Case

Basically, what is the fastest, best performing Intel system you can get at this price range? How would it compare to the system in my sig? I prefer to order from Amazon/Newegg.
Edited by leafan101 - 8/11/11 at 8:31pm
    
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so cpu, cooler, board, and gpu ? do you have an hdd with windows installed ? you may have to do a fresh install. what are you using the pc for ? gaming ? school work ? home theater ?

it's gonna be tough to find you a board/cpu i think you'd be happy with without severely limiting your gpu i think....
Edited by King Who Dat - 8/11/11 at 8:35pm
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Originally Posted by leafan101 View Post
This is my first ever build and it is on a tight budget. Being so, I really only considered AMD because they are very cheap compared to Intel. However, I am wondering what exactly I could get from my Budget if I did switch. I virtually know nothing about these processors.

My requirements are:
Quad-Core
4GB Ram
If NVidia GPU, SLI capable/If ATI GPU, Crossfire capable (for upgrades)
No more than $450 shipped,

What I don't need:
Disk Drive
PSU (I have a Modular Thermaltake coming in the mail)
USB3.0
Monitor, Mouse, Keyboard
Case

Basically, what is the fastest, best performing Intel system you can get at this price range? How would it compare to the system in my sig? I prefer to order from Amazon/Newegg.
I would go with a 9xx series AMD board, and the CPU of your choice. You could build it for $450, sell the quad and get the new chip when you have the money. As for intel, you could build an 1155, but If I were to buy intel I wold wait for the 2011 socket.
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Sorry, this will be a recreational PC. Some gaming but don't need super high resolution (my monitor is 1620x1050. I do need an HD and I know that will cost me about $50-$60 but I don't need an OS.

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I would go with a 9xx series AMD board, and the CPU of your choice. You could build it for $450, sell the quad and get the new chip when you have the money. As for intel, you could build an 1155, but If I were to buy intel I wold wait for the 2011 socket.
That was the original plan but I just wanted to explore the options. Problem is, the GPU I want (550TI EVGA B-Stock) is a hundred dollars and I can't find any AM3+ Motherboards that support SLI. Anything I can do about that (like a mod or something)?
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Sorry, this will be a recreational PC. Some gaming but don't need super high resolution (my monitor is 1620x1050. I do need an HD and I know that will cost me about $50-$60 but I don't need an OS.
I would get an amd 68xx if you want some gaming.
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I would get an amd 68xx if you want some gaming.
Let me put it this way, I just got off a round of MW2 played on my laptop's 9300mGS. I buy one, maybe two new games a year and spend about 60 hours each on them. I think a 550TI will do me fine for about a year or two.
    
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If you go with Sandy Bridge, the onboard GPU probably will run on par, if not better, than a GPU that you can get for $100 so at first you can just use that instead of getting a GPU. So, I'd say, get an i5-2500K, the cheapest 1333Mhz ram you can find (like this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231425), and a cheap z68 motherboard from brands like asrock, foxconn and biostar, and you are set. If you shop around and/or get open box items you can even do it within your budget.
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You mean dual-core, right? What is the cheapest quad-core Sandy Bridge? I can save money on the GPU by going B-stock.
    
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Sorry, this will be a recreational PC. Some gaming but don't need super high resolution (my monitor is 1620x1050. I do need an HD and I know that will cost me about $50-$60 but I don't need an OS.



That was the original plan but I just wanted to explore the options. Problem is, the GPU I want (550TI EVGA B-Stock) is a hundred dollars and I can't find any AM3+ Motherboards that support SLI. Anything I can do about that (like a mod or something)?

You can't find any AM3+ that support SLI

Any 900 series board can ?
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