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post #11 of 17
The FX chip runs hotter is harder to OC, consumes a LOT more power (seriously, it consumes like 50% more power than the 2500k), it runs slower than the 2500k in games, runs a LOT slower than the 2500k in Multi-GPU games,

You can get get the FX and get worse performance than the Intel which you probably need to top up just abit more for.

OR

you can wait for the Intel chips to get back in stock or move to another store which should have them, and get it with the Asrock Extreme3 Gen3.

Budget wise. In the first post you posted:

Gigabyte mobo - 189.00
FX 6100- 169.00

= 358.00

ASRock Extreme3 Gen3 z68 (OB, grab it now before its gone) - $115
Core i5 2500k - $220
Total Cost = $345

And as mentioned, 6 rubbish cores will lose to 4 good cores. Plus games will only use 4 cores most of the time. Which means : 4 rubbish cores vs 4 good cores.

An Extreme3 and a 2500k will be the best route to go for.
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Also, if you happen to have a Microcenter nearby, you can grab a combo for dirt freaking cheap! 2500k is $180 at MC, and if you buy the board there too at the same time, you can grab an Asus P8P67 for $60. That's $240 for the combo for an i5 2500k + board (assuming you have a MC nearby).
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post #13 of 17
If i were you id go for a 2500k an msi/asrock/asus mobo with 8 or 4 gb ram. and difinatly a 560ti wich you can also sli later in the future thumb.gif
post #14 of 17
EDIT- OP, I missed the post where you decided to go with the i5-2500k, you can ignore most of this then unless you want to revert to your budget AM3 build. smile.gif

Here's my recommendations:

1) Don't go crossfire. There have been a bunch of reviews about it underperforming on AM3/AM3+ rigs. If there is a single GPU in nearly the same price range as your projected crossfire/sli performance, you should always do that. There are many better options for the $200 range. NCIX.us has a 6950 1gb for $209 that will probably beat 6770 CF without any of the studdering/CF support issues.
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=64182&vpn=R6950%20Twin%20Frozr%20III%201G%2FOC&manufacture=MSI%2FMicroStar&promoid=1365

2) I would pick the AM3 690T as your processor. Newegg has it with a promo code right now for $110 FS.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103995&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-N82E16819103995-_-na-_-na&PID=3891137
There's a chance it will unlock to a 6 core, but regardless it's a great overclocking cpu.

3) I would probably scale back on your motherboard as well, theres a potential to save alot of money there.
Edited by BinaryDemon - 1/5/12 at 7:58am
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post #15 of 17
i3 is now beating the FX...

Next will be Pentium is beating the FX / PD.

Just go single card like 6870 or 6950 or 560Ti.
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post #16 of 17
or you could get 2X sapphire HD6850. I currently have 2 of these cards and it blows a 6950 and a 560ti out of the water. bad part is no upgrade options from there but they will be good for a couple years to come. They are $139 a piece with $10 rebate per card so its a pretty good route to go. I love my cards and they do me good.

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post #17 of 17
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go with this and for graphic card there is a choice u have
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it has 2 GB Vram and factory clocked by 80mhz were as
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this card is 70Mhz factory clocked but has 1 GB Vram
if u want to cut down u can cut down on ur motherboard to
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