Originally Posted by karthik316_1999
Quite frankly, things are getting a little too complicated than expected..
Being on a budget, i'm unable to afford a good mobo for the sandy bridge i3.
Took the path to 955be considering the 4 cores.But I hope everyone agrees that buying the 955be sans intention of OC'ing is foolishness. Even after making up my mind to OC it, again problem comes of not being able to afford a suitable 6+1 phase vrm mobo ! (I definetly would hate to see any component of my PC hot to the touch)
At this juncture, would anyone advise me to settle with a phenom II x4 840 (110 US $) & an Asus M4A78LT-M LE (66 US $) for a total of 175 US $ ?
My suggestion is to go for the M5A78L-M LX if you must have an MATX board. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131728
This will give you the latest chipset and BIOS, and give you get the best options as far as using the newest/fastest memory and you are ready for the next generation of processors. This doesn't mean that you can or should run out and buy the BD 8 core. There is going to be a whole family of these new AMD processors (4-6-8core), and you might as well have the option of upgrading to one in a year or two. The only reason I can see to get the M4 rather than the M5 is that the M4 has an IDE drive. If you must have this then you can either get the M4, or get the M5 and a $10 adapter for your old drive- which is exactly what I did.
As for the CPU, I am going to buck the trend of advice here and suggest that you go with the 555. If your intention is to game for cheap, this is probably your best option for cheapski. It is "only" 2 cores, (possibility of unlocking all 4) but you have the L3 cache and the ability to clock this thing up to 4 Ghz for sure. You can take the $30 you save over buying a 955 and throw it towards getting some really nice memory or something.Edited by Jagged_Steel - 8/13/11 at 12:27pm