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Hello everyone! My MoBo for my OEM PC recent crapped out, and now I have the opportunity to build my very first PC.I will be reusing the case, HDD, optical drive, GPU, and RAM. My budget is $320 for extra parts. My main issue is deciding between these two options:

Option 1 ($250 shipped):
-i3 2100
-H61 mATX Mobo
-New PSU

Option 2 ($180 shipped):
-Reuse Athlon II X4 630
-OC it to 3.2GHz or slightly more on stock cooler; eventually get a new cooler and OC it further
-New MoBo
-New PSU
-New Case (thus allowing much better cooling vs OEM case w/ one 80mm fan)

Which option would seem practical? I game often (Metro 2033, GTA IV, Source games, etc.), but would getting an i3 2100 really be worth the extra money (+$70)?
Edited by AbdullahG - 2/7/12 at 7:02pm
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post #2 of 8
I'd say yes. Going i3 will put you in an 1155 socket for future upgrades.
--Alex
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you should be able to get a decent p67 or even a z68 motherboard with that budget.
Edited by rdr09 - 2/7/12 at 6:12pm
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post #4 of 8
Quote:
Originally Posted by AbdullahG View Post

-New PSU

What's the rating of your current PSU? And why are you assuming an i3 (115W) needs more power than an overclocked X4-630 (>170W)?
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The current PSU is a 250W OEM since my old one died (OCZ 600W).
I have to get a new one, and I'll only be running one GPU (HD 6750).
Wasn't assuming the i3 will consume more power than the Athlon II, just forgot to include PSU in the 2nd option; my bad.
Edited by AbdullahG - 2/7/12 at 6:59pm
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post #6 of 8
Since you play Metro 2033, here's an interesting chart showing for that game that GPU performance is more important than CPU. Picking A Sub-$200 Gaming CPU: Benchmark Results: Metro 2033. Although you won't be always playing Metro 2033, if you look on the benchmarks for Skyrim, then the i3 gets 30-40% higher FPS than your X4.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by AbdullahG View Post

The current PSU is a 250W OEM since my old one died (OCZ 600W).
I have to get a new one, and I'll only be running one GPU (HD 6750).
Wasn't assuming the i3 will consume more power than the Athlon II, just forgot to include PSU in the 2nd option; my bad.

You might not require a 600W psu if you see an amazing deal around 500W +/- 50W for dirt cheap for a good one don't hesitate. 450-600 will run quite a bit especially if you aren't looking at the really heavy stuff.
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post #8 of 8
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Thanks guys!
I'll go with the i3 2100 path.
+REP
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Seagate 750GB 7200RPM Arctic Cooling ACFZ13 92MM CPU Cooler Windows 7  Dell S2440L 24" LED Monitor 
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