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Hey everyone, whats your recommendation for the best bang for the buck gaming parts for CPU/Motherboard/GPU. I already have case,hdd,ram, and psu.
  • Don't mind buying used.
  • Near a microcenter if needed.
  • Strictly for gaming; Starcraft 2, Diablo 3, Dota 2 (single threaded stuff no BF3).
  • Can up to 250 if needed.

Updated:

So after reading everyone's responses I decided my best bet would be:

GPU: Gtx 260 216 core @ Craigslist or OCN(50-60$)
Motherboard: an 1156 motherboard used or refurb (60-70$)
CPU: I3-560 (90$)

Total so far would be ~210$

Thanks again!
Edited by advntk - 11/1/11 at 9:41pm
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post #2 of 44
$200 for CPU + Mobo + GPU? That's gonna be a bit tough...
 
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post #3 of 44
You forgot to mention what RAM and PSU you already have, as that will narrow down options.
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You forgot to mention what RAM and PSU you already have, as that will narrow down options.
I have a 600 watt ocz modstream-x and a kingston hyper x 1333 4gb DDR3.
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post #5 of 44
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I can possibly go to 250 if that helps? That would be max though unfortunately :[
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This CPU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103988
this Motherborad http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157176
this GPU http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?inv...HX1RUV&cat=VCD
BTW dont expect major FPS
EDIT***** if you can go 250 get a better CPU
 
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post #7 of 44
http://www.microcenter.com/specials/...ndlePROMO.html

If they start doing X4 965/955 deals again, go for that quad core along with one of the free/cheap motherboards.

See if you can snag a GTX 460 or HD 5770/6770 for about 100-120, or an HD 6850 for 140-150.

If you prefer intel, grab an i3 2100 + H61 board for about 140-160 and use the spare change on your GPU.

At least that's what I'd do.

Edit: You can find some HD 5770's for about 85 if you look hard enough through ebay and such. Even on the forums.
Edited by junkman - 11/1/11 at 5:23pm
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http://www.microcenter.com/specials/...ndlePROMO.html

If they start doing X4 965/955 deals again, go for that quad core along with one of the free/cheap motherboards.

See if you can snag a GTX 460 or HD 5770/6770 for about 100-120, or an HD 6850 for 140-150.

If you prefer intel, grab an i3 2100 + H61 board for about 140-160 and use the spare change on your GPU.

At least that's what I'd do.
This is sort of along the lines of what i had in mind but i was left with a dilemna.

What would be better, a phenom II x4 with a decent motherboard that can OC to 3.7-.8 or a i3 2100 which can't be overclocked but will run me the same since its 99 + 60 = 160 for i3 and phenom II x4 955 110 + 90 - 40 = 160 (all at microcenter).

I will most enlikely buy the video card USED from craigslist or on here unless a super good deal comes up.
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Originally Posted by advntk View Post
This is sort of along the lines of what i had in mind but i was left with a dilemna.

What would be better, a phenom II x4 with a decent motherboard that can OC to 3.7-.8 or a i3 2100 which can't be overclocked but will run me the same since its 99 + 60 = 160 for i3 and phenom II x4 955 110 + 90 - 40 = 160 (all at microcenter).

I will most enlikely buy the video card USED from craigslist or on here unless a super good deal comes up.
The Cpus are about equal at stock so i say go for amd
 
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I would personally go with a decent mobo, in case you decide to up grade down the road you will have a good foundation.
    
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