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post #11 of 17
GTX 460 or 6850. Usually you can get the 6850 cheaper and it beats the 460 in most areas.
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You can definitely do BCLK OC on H61. My ASUS board allows me to adjust BCLK in BIOS. You can also adjust clock ratio (multipliers) in H61, just not increasing it beyond stock ratio.
My bad then. But still, getting BCLK over 105-107 MHz stable would be a feat. That's where Clarky i3's reign over SB i3's. SB architecture gives 10-20% improvement (in average and with stock speeds) but considering that you can OC a Clarky i3 over 40% of stock speeds, it's a no-brainer. Plus, even from the benches that were run, a stock 540 was not that far away from a 2100. And there is no need to even get an aftermarket cooler, you can easily reach 4 GHz with the stock cooler.

I really wish there was a i3-2100k, or a 2100 with Turbo so you could OC with turbo multipliers like the non-K i5's and i7's. Plus, would be a smart move for Intel to fully get rid of the Clarkdales.
Edited by Starbomba - 10/16/11 at 8:01pm
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Ok, not sure if you need an OS or not, if so this may not work.




Comes out to $620.57 after shipping to my zip code. Not too shabby, i3 540, Sapphire hd6870, 8gb RAM, 1TB Samsung f3, etc. That Rosewill case doesn't look too bad for a $50 case, I might pick one up for my HTPC (currently using a $20 case).

I forgot to add an after market cooler, add the hyper 212+ and you'll be right at $650, and that should OC to 4.0ghz no prob. You could probably get him a phenom II x4 build for around the same price/maybe cheaper with similar GPU, RAM, HD.
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That's not bad, I would save him a little on the PSU, and get a little better GPU, maybe a gtx 460, or hd6850.

Also, I would probably go with this board: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157271

Take the savings and get him a 8GB kit of that RAM.

I would still go i3 540 route over a 2100 if it were for myself.
Edited by anubis1127 - 10/16/11 at 9:05pm
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I'd also get a good but cheaper PSU, i recommend this Antec and this Seasonic PSU's. Both good brands and solid units.

If you're going with a Z68 mobo and a 2100, you'd be wasting a lot of the motherboard capabilities, as those ones are thought to be for the OCer community (meaning you need a 2500k or a 2600k to get the full, true potential from them). I still back up the i3-540 CPU. As you can check on my sig, there are a couple benches comparing this "lowly" CPU to two of Intel's big dogs, and when properly OC'd it keeps up with them, gaming-wise. Plus, 90% of the games are more GPU-dependant, so a better GPU would be a bigger performance boost than a more expensive CPU. Plus, the i3-540 CPU+P55 motherboard combo would be cheaper than your i3-2100+Z68 motherboard combo.

Of course, if you plan to future-proof yourself, you can go with the asrock mobo recommended by anubis1127 and just shell out a bit more for a 2500k + aftermarket cooler.

For GPU, i recommend a GTX 460 or a 6850. They both will greatly outperform a GTS 450, and i have them, so i know they will (my SLI 450's work a bit better than a single 460, but a bit worse than a 560 Ti/6850)

8 GB RAM is a nice add-on, and it's not as expensive, but 4 GB would be OK for gaming.

The whole i3-540 combo with the Antec PSU (shipping is way cheaper than the seasonic) and 6850 (cheaper and better than the GTX 460) will account to $518 shipping included, and that's not discounting $40 from 2 rebates. Hell, you could add the mighty 212 Plus as a cooler to keep the i3 frosty and it'd be only $26 more. This build is $47 cheaper (plus rebates) and it's better than the previous build you had.
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I'm building a similar priced rig here: http://www.overclock.net/intel-gener...-i3-build.html

I'm at $700.89 with the cpu from microcenter and OS, Peripherals and monitor are included.
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