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My poor old Inspiron 1520 just can't cut it anymore and it is struggling to do GTA now. The 2.0 Core2 Duo and 256mb Nvidia 8600M GT ... yeah.

I'm trying to be as budget conscious as possible and the i5 / i7 are just way out of my league for price.

What I would like ...
- 4 or 6 core - would I be able to upgrade to a 12 core when they come out?
- Overclocking ability (should be a given ...)
- Virtualization Technology - real biggie
- Ability to support >16gb of ram would be nice
- Start with 4 or 8 GB of RAM

This is going to be a budget build - I already have Case, Optical drive.

Will need in addition to motherboard / CPU
- RAM (Know nothing about timings)
- Video Card
- Anything else i missed?

Thanks!
    
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So whats your budget?

i5 is very reasonable.
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I feel more comfortable with Intel ... but I'm not sure i can afford it.

I'd like to get a decent Motherboard / CPU / Memory / Video Card for under $400
    
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post #4 of 11
not sure where you live but check it out . . .

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboB...t=Combo.722553

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150545

you can use on board video and not buy the gpu. save some $$$, then buy a more capable one in the future.
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That's a tight budget, you can get a AMD x4 955 for ~$110, mobo for $70 for a cheap MSI, 8GB of RAM for $60 and it would leave you with a little money for a video card
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post #7 of 11
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At this point pretty much anything would be an improvement over my 8600m-gt and core 2 duo.

I don't want to MAX out GTA4, just be able to play it.

I didn't realize how cheap DDR3 was ... I may end up trying to shoot for 8 gigs.

Any suggestions on a power supply?
    
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Would 550 be enough to power that CPU, video card, 16GB of RAM and a HD?
    
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MOBO/RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.747830
CPU: (use promo code) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103856
CPU Cooler: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835103100
GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127518
HD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822145533
PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817182199

Thtat's $588 shipped. It's a great build for what it sounds like you are looking for.
     
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