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I'm trying to throw a system together for cheap. I have everything but CPU/mobo. I'm thinking about going with the micro center i3-3225/ga-z77-ds3h deal for $190.

Anything better for under $200?

Also, I'm pretty sure this comp I'm reconstructing has a pretty good lga775 processor in it but it's lapped so I can't tell. The board is dead and I can't find a decent 775 replacement so I figured I'd bring into 2013 with 1155. If someone can point me to a nice cheap lga775 board that's a good overclocker please do.

This comp will be used for general use and very light gaming (sims 3).

Thanks!
Edited by DBEAU - 3/8/13 at 1:30pm
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I should mention that I plan on going without a discreet GPU for a little while so the hd4000 chip sounds good.
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Why not an APU?
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I should mention that I plan on going without a discreet GPU for a little while so the hd4000 chip sounds good.

HD4000 will overclock very well and game very decently and grab the Pro4 even. I ran the Pro3 for months with a 3770K without a problem
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If you can spring for the A10-5800K with this Gigabyte FM2 mobo, the 7660D would do much better than the Intel counterpart. Plus, you can overclock the CPU too thumb.gif.
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Oops! I meant an i3-3225... im a clown
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Another reason why I might want to stick with the 1155 platform is because when I retire my 2600k I could toss it in this new comp.

I don't know if I want to lean towards the A10 because of the GPU because I will eventually throw a discreet card in this system.

Is the CPU in the A10 better than the i3-3225?
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post #8 of 18
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Originally Posted by DBEAU View Post

Another reason why I might want to stick with the 1155 platform is because when I retire my 2600k I could toss it in this new comp.

I don't know if I want to lean towards the A10 because of the GPU because I will eventually throw a discreet card in this system.

Is the CPU in the A10 better than the i3-3225?

The A10 stock is on par in some tests and trails the i3 in others, but not by much.

This is a good read.

Review of the A10-5800K.
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post #9 of 18
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I think if the A10 combo was cheaper I'd go for it but price being an issue it's hard to justify.
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post #10 of 18
I think the A10 is a better buy if you're going for integrated graphics for the time being. The A10 5800k will OC like a champ, and if you add 2133mhz+ ram it will SCREAM passed the i3. The i3 doesn't have much OC headroom.

And even more so, if you picked up a cheap 6670 1gb DDR5 GPU for about $80, you can run hybrid crossfire.

I personally find the A10 5800k to have more versatility thank the i3.
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