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post #11 of 24
considering he is going to be using a 7950 and playing cpu intensive games, it would be best to get the best performing cpu you can, and a motherboard that is more budget minded, like the examples above.
post #12 of 24
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Originally Posted by Kuivamaa View Post

On WoW world bosses he will be CPU limited no matter what he runs-a guildmate of mine runs an i7-3960x@3.9Ghz/2x7970 and he drops to single digit framerates at Oondasta. For 25man any halfdecent CPU will do the trick. For simcity I don't really know,I've only seen this benchmark.
Benchmark image (Click to show)

I suppose you don't need a high framerate for such a game but it seems an i3 generally won't cut it.

http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-GA-970A-DS3-AM3-SATA-Motherboard/dp/B0083R9QQG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1364207427&sr=8-1&keywords=970
http://www.amazon.com/AMD-FX-4300-Four-Core-Processor-FD4300WMHKBOX/dp/B009O7YU3S/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1364207723&sr=1-1&keywords=fx-4300

An FX-6300
http://www.amazon.com/AMD-FX-Series-Six-Core-Processor-FD6300WMHKBOX/dp/B009O7YORK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1364207418&sr=8-1&keywords=fx-6300

would be a better choice but that would limit you to a cheaper 770 mobo like this one.

http://www.amazon.com/ASRock-970DE3-U3S3-AMD-DDR3/dp/B007NOWDEM/ref=sr_1_8?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1364207850&sr=1-8&keywords=asrock

I'd also second getting the fx-6300 and a cheap AM3+ mobo.

You wouldn't happen to live near a micro center do you? You might be able to get a good i5-3470 and h77 mobo for about $200.
post #13 of 24
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Originally Posted by Kourin View Post

I'd also second getting the fx-6300 and a cheap AM3+ mobo.

You wouldn't happen to live near a micro center do you? You might be able to get a good i5-3470 and h77 mobo for about $200.

But for 200$ in Micro-Center he could get a FX 8320 and a decent AM3+ motherboard versus Good CPU and cheap ass mobo.
post #14 of 24
here's a decent combo from the newegg.com which should accent all that nicely the board may be alittle under par but it will do well if he's not going to be overclocking or tinkering.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1226399

if that's not what he's looking for here's another option from newegg for around the same price.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1224929
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post #15 of 24
Oh cool, they started carrying the 8320. The i5-3470 stock would beat out the 8320 stock in the games listed, but I'm having difficulty putting together an i5 build for less than $200 anyways so that might not actually be an option.

Separately, I'd just worry about the motherboard having the correct bios to support the fx-vishera processors on an older chipset. It might be wiser to pick up a fx-6300 and a better mobo unless the op has a phenom II handy.

Warmunky's offer is not a bad one considering the games that will be played...
post #16 of 24
Well with a 8320 it does lose out to a 3470 but all you have to do is to OC it to 8350 levels. Simple smile.gif
For 200 bucks best spent is always of course a used LGA1366 platform. I did that because i couldn't withstand paying 300$+ (Local prices) for a FX6300 and a decent ATX board (I hate mATX boards) for underperforming (relatively) hardware in this age. And yes, a decent ATX board with a 3470 is 400$+ (Z77-D3H .. pretty low-end IMO) and i wanted at least Crossfire

So i got a EX58-UD5 and a L5520 which at a touch i can OC to 3.6GHz (Sadly, max) at 1.0-1.1V
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post #17 of 24
Normally I'd suggest that too or a phenom II setup for even less and future upgradeability, but the OP clearly stated that his friend did not want to overclock. If he did however, this would be so much easier...
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Are you near Microcenter? They have 2 locations in NY -- Long Island/Westbury and Yonkers/Westchester County (Wow you 'yorkers have weird city names...)
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AMD Phenom II X4 965 + $10 off w/ promo code EMCXTVW36, ends 3/27 = $94.99 with promo code = $84.99
AsRock 970 Extreme 33 = $84.99 + $7.56 Shipping

Grand total of $187.31 shipped and with Promo code = $177.31 shipped

OR
GIGABYTE GA-78LMT-USB3 = $64.99
AMD FX-6300 = $139.99

Grand total of $204.98

OR
GIGABYTE GA-78LMT-USB3[/UR] = $64.00
AMD FX-4300 = $119.99

Grand total of $184.98

If you want Dirt Cheap
AMD Phenom II X4 965 + $10 off w/ promo code EMCXTVW36, ends 3/27 = $94.99 with promo code = $84.99
GIGABYTE GA-78LMT-USB3 = $64.99
Grand total of $159.98 and with Promo code = $149.98
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post #20 of 24
That 965 BE looks good, but I would pair it with the 970a-ud3.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103727

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128519

A $10 promotion for each one and with the Gigabyte you keep the option of overclocking and/or upgradability. It will handle an FX cpu no problem.
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