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...or if there was another option for the same money that yielded better performance. (ie: overall, not just gaming)

8 Gb ram, replace mobo (or whatever you think is breaking), and get SSD, IMO.
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Save up for a Pro3/3570K combo.
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post #53 of 72
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Originally Posted by Stay Puft View Post

Save up for a Pro3/3570K combo.

No need to save. That falls within the $300 budget since he can go to Microcenter.

$170 for the 3570K
$55 ($40 off combo) Asrock Pro3
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ram of his choice falls within that budget easily even after taxes and gas for the hour trip each way
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Just get a Vishera. You won't be disappointed, and stay in budget easily. You had it right from the start.

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So, there is a microcenter close by (well, an hr drive) I don't see the 8320 listed on their site and I was under the impression that I wanted to avoid the x1xx and go for the x3xx.

As far as the other posts, as I said, this is not all about gaming. I am also fairly limited to my budget and I am using my current hdd, gpu and psu. If you can post an i5 build that meets my requirements, great. Let's keep this focused on my question, not whether I can get 2 more FPS on a game I don't play with a board I don't have and a GPU I'll never own. (not trying to be a dick, but these threads always end up as an AMD/Intel war regarding high end gaming performance. Last I checked, you can use a PC for more than gaming.)

 

For 300 total at a Microcenter you can get an i5 3570K and an Asrock Z77 Pro4-M micro-ATX plus 8 GB RAM within budget inclusive of RAM. Click their CPU and motherboards link on the advertisement and go down one more page to see the AMD stuff, but pricing for the most bang for buck easily leans towards this route.

 

http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/8437a56a#/8437a56a/33

 

You could go slightly cheaper with an AMD combo but the price difference wouldn't be worth the performance drop in general IMO as the i5 would likely hold it's own far longer into an upgrade cycle as well.

 

BTW - CHECK the checkout basket with different combinations of motherboards and cpu. You might get surprised! Even though the advertisement lists some prices, some combos do not net the discount while other combos actually net a price LOWER than advertised in their circular!  Mix and match for best bang for buck vs need IMO. But the i5 3570K with a microcenter will likely be your best bet here.


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you are lucky there is a microcenter by you.
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post #57 of 72
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So, there is a microcenter close by (well, an hr drive) I don't see the 8320 listed on their site and I was under the impression that I wanted to avoid the x1xx and go for the x3xx.


As far as the other posts, as I said, this is not all about gaming. I am also fairly limited to my budget and I am using my current hdd, gpu and psu. If you can post an i5 build that meets my requirements, great. Let's keep this focused on my question, not whether I can get 2 more FPS on a game I don't play with a board I don't have and a GPU I'll never own. (not trying to be a dick, but these threads always end up as an AMD/Intel war regarding high end gaming performance. Last I checked, you can use a PC for more than gaming.)

For 300 total at a Microcenter you can get an i5 3570K and an Asrock Z77 Pro4-M micro-ATX plus 8 GB RAM within budget inclusive of RAM. Click their CPU and motherboards link on the advertisement and go down one more page to see the AMD stuff, but pricing for the most bang for buck easily leans towards this route.

http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/8437a56a#/8437a56a/33

You could go slightly cheaper with an AMD combo but the price difference wouldn't be worth the performance drop in general IMO as the i5 would likely hold it's own far longer into an upgrade cycle as well.

BTW - CHECK the checkout basket with different combinations of motherboards and cpu. You might get surprised! Even though the advertisement lists some prices, some combos do not net the discount while other combos actually net a price LOWER than advertised in their circular!  Mix and match for best bang for buck vs need IMO. But the i5 3570K with a microcenter will likely be your best bet here.

performance drop? the 8320 is (all around, of course they both have different strengths and what not) atleast equal to if not better then the i5 all round. not only that, the better threaded performance would make the AMD to be more likely to last longer in general.
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Well, the Microcenter near me is oos on the 8320. So, that leaves the 6300, 8120 or i5. I may be driving there after work, we'll see........
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This is just for gaming right. Get the i5
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This is just for gaming right. Get the i5


No, it is for everything. For some reason, that's all anyone seems to do with their PC's.......

I am still a bit torn. With the money I save buying AMD, I would be that much closer to an SSD. I need to decide if it is worth getting the i5, but I can't seem to get many opinions that do not evolve around BF3 ;p
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