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I'm building a new gaming computer for around $1000 (could be a little more). I need help deciding what to get. I have a powersupply, case, and cooling, but I need help with the other stuff.

I was thinking that one of these two processors would be good: an Opteron 152 or an Athlon 64 FX-55. Both are around $200 on newegg. Do they OC well (and to what usually)? If those arn't good, what is good in that price range?

I don't know much about selecting a good mobo, so help with that would be great.

Only requirement about memory is that it is under $200 and is atleast 2 GB.

I havn't been following video cards lately, so I don't know whats good. I usually stick with ATI, but if there is a much better card for nVidia that isn't too expensive then that would be fine.

Thank you very much!
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post #2 of 19
Why spend so much for a 13x Opty when a 146/10x or 148/11x is cheeper and should OC just as well.
Personally, the 3700+ have been OCing like crazy and far cheeper!
The prefered ADA3700BNBOX @ $89 are usually the better part# but some have even gotten the ADA3700CFBOX to 3G
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103539

MB, the DFI SLI-DR Expert is on sale...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813136166
    
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I would actually go dual-core IMO. They Opteron 1210 or 165s OC pretty well and they aren't that expensive.
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post #5 of 19
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Originally Posted by beret9987 View Post
I would actually go dual-core IMO. They Opteron 1210 or 165s OC pretty well and they aren't that expensive.
If he goes dualcore, he might need to upgrade his power supply too.

Waupli, what power supply do you have?
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post #6 of 19
PSU is a good point. Although dual core does not draw more power than single core

But yes, what PSU do yuo have? There is $100 budget left in the rig I proposed. Enough for a nice PSU

Also, you can easily get a Core 2 Duo rig for this budget. Keep all I proposed in my previous post, and replace the CPU and mobo with:

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 1.86GHz LGA 775 $182.00
MoBo: GIGABYTE GA-965P-S3 Socket T (LGA 775) Intel P965 Express $115.99

Much better performance than the AMD counterparts.
    
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post #7 of 19
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I don't really need a dual core. My computer is for gaming, so I don't multi-task that much. At most, I'll have xfire, teamspeak, and a game open at once. I thought single cores are better for gaming right now. If a dual core is as good I would go with it.

I have a monitor. Its not great, but I don't need a new one right now.

I have a Logisys 500W powersupply. When I get home I'll check the numbers on it.
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post #8 of 19
Why not go Core 2 Duo? Much better bang for your buck...
post #9 of 19
Ok, updated rig, with Core 2 Duo and a new PSU (yes, you'll need one. Logisys does not strike me as anything good).

Total: $1,037.93

If that's too much, drop one of the hard drives

The Core 2 Duo will blow anything away that AMD has to offer right now, whether single or dual core. The E6300 at stock will give all but the top end FX series a good run, while overclocked it will likely beat all, including the best AMD has to offer (!). The CPU runs at 1.86GHz stock, but easily overclocks beyond 3.0GHz (I've seen 3.5GHz), at which it is a beast.
    
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post #10 of 19
The whole single-core vs dual-core thing is really over IMO. Dual-core is be widely adapted by many developers and more games are starting to support it. And its always nice to have double the cores! I'd get a C2D build right now if you aren't stuck to one brand like I am but AMDs still make great gaming platforms also.
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