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Okay, so im getting money soon and im looking to upgrade my system. My budget is $325, im looking to get a motherboard, cpu and graphics card. I've had a few ideas i just cant decide on what to get, and need some help. The parts im looking at: source newegg

1st: $325
I3 540
Biostar T5 EX
Sapphire 6850

2nd: $310
I3 540
Biostar T5 EX
Referb. GTX460

3rd: #318
X4 960T
GA-970A-UD3
Referb. GTS 450

4th: $289
Micro Center Special CPU X4 830
GA-970A-UD3
Sapphire 6850

or any combo you can think of that is better than what got
Thanks in advance for your comments or input thumb.gif
Edited by spinnizle - 2/11/12 at 4:31pm
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I vote Gigabyte, Biostar always seemed sketchy, but never really heard anything either way.

If its for gaming, get the 6850, it performs pretty impressively thumb.gif
     
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so r u saying my 4th rig i dont know what you r geting at and yes it is a gaming rig also ill be OCing all the rigs unless i get like a i3 2100 or something idk so much options i cant decide
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so r u saying my 4th rig i dont know what you r geting at

I guess that works. I was just saying out of the combinations you offered, those would be the pieces I would pick. I'd rather have i3, but it might be too expensive.
     
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i say:
960T
http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=M4A79XTD-EVO-PB-R&cat=MBB this motherboard
and pump the rest into whatever videocard you want biggrin.gif
I just tried an 1156 build ..got that mobo from the egg..if you order it..you may get the one with the missing power buttons wth.gif
the chip i got was bad frown.gif so i had to rma it all sad-smiley-002.gif
i still want to do it..but i'm thinking cheap cpu for boints and some kind of video upgrade atm
Edited by Schmuckley - 2/11/12 at 5:34pm
 
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i say:
960T
http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=M4A79XTD-EVO-PB-R&cat=MBB this motherboard
and pump the rest into whatever videocard you want biggrin.gif

This.
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bump id like a little more insight on other ppls opinions coz im thinking more of a Intel build yes it would be more fun to try to unlock and oc that 960t build to the max but it still gets owned buy the i3s and im kind drifting towards the 540 coz in the proformance marks there within a few % of each other and i can oc that 540 to 4.5 ghz so idk what that would get me in games and benches but im assuming it going to be a grand margin its a gaming rig mostly i don't do really anything else other than news and movies so idk ppl let me know im melting from all this thinking what will benefit me most : im also think of a i3 2100 / cheap 1155 mobo and a 6850
Edited by spinnizle - 2/11/12 at 10:22pm
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If you're leaning towards an Intel build, go for it! A second-gen i3 will set you back about $125. Then, find an H61/H67 motherboard that you like (there's a huge selection to choose from at Newegg) - those run around $60-$80. Asus and Gigabyte tend to have better brand reputation. With the second-gen i3's, you don't need the P and Z chipsets since the processor can't be overclocked. Assuming that you will be gaming, the GTX 460 and HD 6850 are both solid performers that run about neck to neck. Depending on the cost of your motherboard, you may need to chip in a little extra but it's worth the investment. Remember to keep a look out for CPU/mobo deals! thumb.gif
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