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post #1 of 16
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Hey guys, I was browsing the internet and bumped into this awesome computer forum and decided to ask the knowledgeable folks here to help me out on a summer build I am planning to do very soon!

I currently have a slow dual-core that is not cutting it for Bad Company 2 and Flight Simulator X as well as other tasks and upcoming games.

Right now I have about ~$500 to spend on a new CPU, motherboard and RAM. I am looking to maximize performance within my budget. I am impartial with regards to Intel or AMD but would like to stay as close as possible to my budget.

The more future proof the setup I can get the better, my upgrade cycle is about two years for the CPU, motherboard and RAM.

So, I ask you guys, what is going to give me the best bang for my buck!
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post #2 of 16
go 1366 for best results on intel 1156 is good too if you are trying to save money.
prob would just get 2x1gb of good memory, those games will not use more
make sure you have a 64bit os
get a good quality mainboard , there are alot of good ones for the i7 so it may come down to features or looks...

a good setup i like for great performance and price LGA1156
130$ GA-H57M-USB3
200$ i5 750
64$ 2GB (1gbx2) memory gskill

total 400$ish after shipping.

unfortunately unless you go used or something like that you wont get a real nice rig for 1366, which would best "future proof" you. ganna cost about 600$ or so to do it right. someone else may have something for you
Edited by aCe_eXtreME - 6/8/10 at 7:00pm
    
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post #3 of 16
For best bang for the buck, I reccommend going with a i5 750 which is the LGA 1156 platform from Intel, or going with a Phenom II X4 from AMD. For a graphics card, I recommend going with the ATI 5850. nVidia has the 470 and 480 offerings but those are expensive for the performance they offer.
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post #4 of 16
What kind of videocard do you have?
I would get this processor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-851-_-Product
This Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-235-_-Product
And this ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-260-_-Product
All of it comes to 410 without tax and shipping.
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post #5 of 16
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I already have an ATI 5870 and Corsair 750-Watt PSU. So I got $500 to spend on the CPU, MOBO and RAM alone.

Anyways, I was building wishlists on Newegg and an LGA-1336 setup is gonna run me at least $660 which is a good bit more than I want to spend. Unless I can score a good combo deal or something LGA-1336 seems like too much! I can't believe how expensive LGA-1336 MOBO's still are.

One thing that concerns me about the i5 Quads is the lack of hyperthreading and low clock speeds. I don't know how overclockable the chip that I happen to get will be so that is a bit worrisome.

The AMD 1055T is very attractive too, but again, I'm worried about how it compares to i5's and i7's (LGA-1156).
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post #6 of 16
The 1055T is about on-par with the i5 750, at least for gaming. For other things that take advantage of the cores, the six core is faster. It is also more future-proof.
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post #7 of 16
According to this, 4ghz is a pretty common overclock for the i5-750, with at least a few 4.2-4.4ghz. As for HyperThreading, you won't notice a difference in gaming, but it will perform a bit worse than an i7 in video encoding... I believe the i7 860 does video encoding ~25% faster than the i5 750, though that's with a small (5%) clockspeed jump as well.

For most people, the loss of hyperthreading on a quad core isn't a deal breaker, and for that matter quite a few i7 920/930 overclockers disable HT for a faster overclock, as that's more useful for gaming.
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MCP-350 Windows 7 64bit Samsung SyncMaster SA300 23" Filco Majestouch "Otaku" Tenkeyless 
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post #8 of 16
I would recommend the i5 750 and Gigabyte UD3P Combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.408495

G.Skill 4GB DDR3 1600 Cas 7 @1.35v
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231321

Scythe Mugen 2 Rev. B
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835185142

Total = ~$502 Shipped

With this setup you should have no problem Overclocking to 4Ghz.

EDIT:
Here's a similar setup with a different choice of DDR3 2000 RAM which comes out to $505
UD3P and A-DATA RAM
Core i5 750 and Mugen 2
Edited by PowerTrip - 6/8/10 at 10:32pm
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post #9 of 16
I'd lean towards the GSkill over that A-Data memory... I've never cared for A-Data, and you could likely loosen the timings on the GSkill to hit the same speed.
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MCP-350 Windows 7 64bit Samsung SyncMaster SA300 23" Filco Majestouch "Otaku" Tenkeyless 
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post #10 of 16
definatly go AMD. May not have hyperthreading but with 6 cores it doesnt really matter unless youre doing video encoding. With just gaming, the amd 1055t will last you atleast two years, just need to buy another 5870 and run crossfire to keep up with times. CPU 200. Fantastic mobo http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130274.
And ram, 1000 for 1600mhz 4gb. Should be find for your setup.

If anything drop the mobo to a cheaper one then get 200mhz ram for $140. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820211440
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