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post #1 of 13
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Ok, so I have decided on making a mid end build for gaming, and i have tought of the following 3 rigs, could you help me decide and/or give other ideas?
Rig 1
CPU-AMD PHENOM II X4 965 QUAD BLACK EDT 3.4GHZ AM3-120 euros
MOBO-M5A78L LE-70 euros
GFX-ENGTX550 DirectCu or RADEON HD6770 DC

Rig 2
CPU-AMD FX-Series FX-8120-150 euros
MOBO-M5A78L LE-70 euros
GFX-ENGTX550 DirectCu or RADEON HD6770 DC

Rig 3
CPU- INTEL Core i3 2120-130 euros
MOBO-P8H61-M LX-50 euros
GFX-ENGTX550 DirectCu or RADEON HD6770 DC



I am also interested in overclocking, and I know i wont be able to do that with the i3. I haven't oc'd a rig since the days i had my pentium 4 3ghz ht. Damn i loved that processor (sentimental value)
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I'd choose rig 3 but change some things. First, get a Z68 motherboard since H61 doesn't support overclocking. I'd also aim for a GTX 460/6870/560 Ti.
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Originally Posted by Osea23 View Post

I'd choose rig 3 but change some things. First, get a Z68 motherboard since H61 doesn't support overclocking. I'd also aim for a GTX 460/6870/560 Ti.
Core i3 can't overclock so getting a z68 would be pointless. i would get an asus M5A97 and the amd Phenom ii 960t. this way you have a chance of unlocking to a 6 core, and have alot of overclocking head room. the M5A97 is only a bit more expensive, but has a lot of better features than the other mobo you have listed
post #4 of 13
Well i'm assuming he'll upgrade to an overclockable CPU later on. Which is cheaper? Upgrading from i3 2100 and H67 board to overclocking CPU+Mobo or just from an overclocking CPU? And there isn't a 100% of unlocking to 6core.
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Well i'm assuming he'll upgrade to an overclockable CPU later on. Which is cheaper? Upgrading from i3 2100 and H67 board to overclocking CPU+Mobo or just from an overclocking CPU? And there isn't a 100% of unlocking to 6core.

Here is an additional thought on overclocking....

Why would you want to buy a processor and overclock it, when you can buy a processor that is faster than said overclocked processor for cheaper? My point is...

i3 2120 > Phenom II and FX line of processors. Even when you heavily overclock the Phenom II and FX processors the lowly Core i3 still keeps pace with them and beats them in some cases! My suggestion would be to purchase the i3 2120 but get a Z77 board, this will allow you to, at a later point, upgrade to a Core i5 or Core i7 Sandybridge or Ivybridge processor with out any other major changes.

an additional route would be to get a P67 or Z68 board, as they are a little cheaper than a Z77, and that will allow you to upgrade to a higher end Sandybridge processor.

P.s. You can't really overclock the i3, but you can still future proof with the above suggested boards.
    
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Mhmmmm plus intel doesn't bottleneck.
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Be aware that the M5A78L LE has no 125W TDP processor support and is incompatible with both the processors you selected (noting that there is a misaccuracy in that this 3+1 phase power VRM board is rated for 125W TDP, although it shares the same structure as the -M LE/LX boards and M4A boards that use the same VRM design but are properly rated without 125W TDP support; this board should max with a 95W TDP support; attempting to run 125W TDP processors on it will probably result in highly unreliable operation).


Edited by xd_1771 - 5/14/12 at 10:29pm
post #8 of 13
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Okok, and what about the grafics card, any toughts on that?
post #9 of 13
Well...a 5770/6770/550Ti won't max a game like BF3. I'll need a video card budget, your screen resolution, your power supply model, and what games you'll be playing.
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I guess the Intel setup..because the mobo/cpu choice for AMD is fail.
If it was say..m4a79xtd-evo and a 960T...I'd say AMD.
 
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