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Poll Results: best $100-150 cpu for unleashing gaming potential of gtx570?

 
  • 63% (48)
    Phenom x4 960T
  • 7% (6)
    Phenom x4 980BE
  • 5% (4)
    fx-4100
  • 23% (18)
    i3
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Make sure your mobo is good for overclocking, I chose not to listen and fried my mobo, now my whole pc is useless. Just saying.......
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Thank you guys for your continued advice, glad I came back and read before actually buying.
So I'm steadily searching for a the separate pieces, best I've found are $120 for used 960T's and ~$70 for the refurbished ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 board, pushing my price range limits but if it's worth it in the long run...

Be patient in your search.... the last two 960T's that I've bought recently, I've paid quite a bit less than $120.... wink.gif
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Make sure your mobo is good for overclocking, I chose not to listen and fried my mobo, now my whole pc is useless. Just saying.......

Sorry to hear that ;(
Was it the NF 980 in your sig? I have 2 of them and would be curious to know what you were running that X6v (voltages ,speed etc.) at when it failed and if it is the VRMs that failed. Also, if it was a vrm failure, were you using anything to cool them when it failed? Any info would be much appreciated, I'm just trying to avoid the same situation.
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post #64 of 123
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Sorry to hear that ;(
Was it the NF 980 in your sig? I have 2 of them and would be curious to know what you were running that X6v (voltages ,speed etc.) at when it failed and if it is the VRMs that failed. Also, if it was a vrm failure, were you using anything to cool them when it failed? Any info would be much appreciated, I'm just trying to avoid the same situation.

At 1.47 the vrm went bad pretty damn fast. Other than that everything except p95 was styable at a 4.1 oc with my 1090T, games and browsing and the like didn't crash, but once I increased the voltage p95 seemed to be pretty stable but fried the motherboard. I was not using anything in particular to cool the vrms, I knew the board was bad for oc'ing from a while back but decided to try anyway.
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Thanks for the prompt reply!
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i5-3570(K) at least.... don't settle for a i3.
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If all you care about is gaming then the i3 will outclass everything else in most games. Borderlands 2 is the only game I can think of that makes enough use of multithreading to overcome the massive IPC deficit. Its basically 2:1 when you're talking about FX chips.

Stock vs Stock the i3 will destroy any competition, and once you throw in overclocking, well...

$120 960T + $100-$150 for an overclockable board + $50 for a decent CPU cooler = $270-$320


But oh wait...

$180 i5 3470 + $80 Z77A-G41 = $260 = More gaming performance than any CPU AMD even makes.
    
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If all you care about is gaming then the i3 will outclass everything else in most games. Borderlands 2 is the only game I can think of that makes enough use of multithreading to overcome the massive IPC deficit. Its basically 2:1 when you're talking about FX chips.
Stock vs Stock the i3 will destroy any competition, and once you throw in overclocking, well...
$120 960T + $100-$150 for an overclockable board + $50 for a decent CPU cooler = $270-$320
But oh wait...
$180 i5 3470 + $80 Z77A-G41 = $260 = More gaming performance than any CPU AMD even makes.
Oh but wait. you left out a cpu cooler as intel is usually hotter(im just throwing stuff out here) itll still cost 50 for a decent cooler. making it 260-310... basically 10 bucks...


On topic. OP im selling my rig... cpu ram mobo and cooler.225 for it all.

And GPU. but thatll make it 300.
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Oh but wait. you left out a cpu cooler as intel is usually hotter(im just throwing stuff out here) itll still cost 50 for a decent cooler. making it 260-310... basically 10 bucks...
On topic. OP im selling my rig... cpu ram mobo and cooler.225 for it all.
And GPU. but thatll make it 300.


45nm vs 22nm. The i5 3470 consumes significantly less power while being significantly faster.
    
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