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I want something that can max out Bad Company 2 and Flight Simulator X as well as upcoming games like Crysis 2 and Battlefield 3. I want minimum two years life out of these components. I want something that is going to run future games at least two years into the future.

It is also my goal to overclock the CPU to at least 4.00GHz. That being said, I'm worried if the i5-750 can make it that far.

My budget is ~$500 for the MOBO, CPU and RAM, being a poor college student the cheaper the better but if something is worth the extra cost I will go for it.

So far I have picked the following components, but still need help determining if Core i5 is for me and if so, what components are best:

MOBO: Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD3 - $130

CPU: Intel Core i5-750 2.66GHz - $200

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) - $110

Total: $440 + Shipping
Edited by JohnQ - 6/9/10 at 9:52am
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You still need a gpu
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post #3 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by MaCnRYdER View Post
You still need a gpu
I assume he has one...
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2x Kingston HyperX 3K RAID 0 Seagate USB 3.0 External Drive Thermalright Venomous X Windows 10 Pro x64 
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post #4 of 19
$200 for an i7-930 if you live near a microcenter

http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0331303
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post #5 of 19
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Unlucky me but, the nearest Microcenter is about 600miles away...

I already have an ATI 5870 and Corsair 750-Watt ready to go and crying to be used!!!
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In my opinion it is a mistake to buy hardware in order to "future-proof". First of all, the idea of "future-proofing" is self-defeating, because we never know when something will come along that will bring your "future proof" hardware to its knees.

This is what I do: I buy what's hot at a certain moment, and go with it until its performance does not satisfy me anymore. So far, it hasn't happened whatsoever with my CPU, for instance.

For example, when I bought my E8400 in October 2008, everyone was already saying "oh, you better go with a Quad, games will start using Quads and Duals will get raped".

Guess what, my E8400 has been serving me so well, I don't think of upgrading it anytime soon, why? Because it simply gives the performance I need. And I honestly believe it will still be a long time before some game comes that makes it look like a snail.

Yes, I know some of you will say "but there a re some games already that run faster with a quad". Yes, that is true, but the word to focus on here is "faster". Which simply means that it quicker than something, it doesn't automatically make something become slow.

I have full confidence that my CPU will carry me through Crysis 2 and other hot games with no problems, and I expect to keep it at least half way through 2011.

My E8400 is fast. But there are faster CPUs.

Good enough for me.

2 years ago everyone told me "go with a Quad, future proof yourself".

Apparently, my E8400 is "future proof enough".
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post #7 of 19
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Bad Company 2 killed my poor E8400 at 3.6GHz. It just won't run smooth at maxed out settings. Hence why I am looking to upgrade.
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post #8 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by JohnQ View Post
Bad Company 2 killed my poor E8400 at 3.6GHz. It just won't run smooth at maxed out settings. Hence why I am looking to upgrade.
I'm not saying I don't believe you, but in my case, BC2 ran pretty fine with my setup.

I had an average of 60FPS with dips going to 40 in some intense fights. That's why I never complained. Same thing happend with GTA 4, I had great performance considering the countless reports of crap framerates with better hardware than mine.
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post #9 of 19
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Yes, but your E8400 made it to 4GHz! Mine didn't! I'm not about to go cherry picking for E0 E8400's and hope it does 4GHz! Trust me, my E8400 has served me well since July 08', but it is time to upgrade!
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post #10 of 19
what res do you play at mate?
    
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