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Hello all. I currently have an AMD Phenon II x4 945. I am thinking about getting a new CPU and Mobo. What Intel CPU would you recommend for under $180 to $200 bucks and a Mobo for about $150 ish that will support SLI as well? I'm doing some hunting, but I figured you guys here at OCN know in the back of your head what might be good for me. Nothing really wrong with my AMD. It runs well, but I'm thinking about giving it as a hand-me-down to my GF and getting either a better AMD or Intel CPU. So any suggestions?
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Eva Red v1
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post #2 of 8
Are you gaming or what?
DD Boxen
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DD Boxen
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Intel Xeon E3-1230 Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z/Gen3 Powercolor 6970 2GB G. Skill 1600mHz Ripjaws 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingCooling
SpinpontF3 1TB, WD 250, and WD320 Lite-On DT Waterblocks DT5Noz Waterblock Swiftech Komodo 6900-1 Waterblock 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
Swiftech MCR-220 Drive radiator Swiftech MCR-220 QP radiator 6xGentle Typhoon AP-15s Archx64 KDE4.5, Windows 7 x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Eyefinity 3-head 5265x1050 OCN Ducky!! MX Blue Switches XFX 750W Black Edition Mountain Mods H2gO 
MouseAudioAudioAudio
Razer Naga Asus Xonar Essence STX Sennheiser 595 Sony STR-DE995 A/V receiver 
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Lian Li Card flash memory reader Asus PCE-N15 Wifi-N card 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD 1055T Gigabyte 790 Sapphire 4850x2 2x2GB 1600mHz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSKeyboard
A few Yes Vista/7 Das Keyboard 
Power
Ugly 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8060 1.2 GHz Something kinda small Qualcomm Adreno core 16GB 
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post #3 of 8
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Yes sir. Doing a bit of gaming.
Eva Red v1
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Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Seagate Barracuda 1TB and WD Caviar 1TB Windows 7 - 64 bit SAMSUNG 27 Inch Razer Anansi gaming 
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Eva Red v1
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Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Seagate Barracuda 1TB and WD Caviar 1TB Windows 7 - 64 bit SAMSUNG 27 Inch Razer Anansi gaming 
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Eva Red v1
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Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Seagate Barracuda 1TB and WD Caviar 1TB Windows 7 - 64 bit SAMSUNG 27 Inch Razer Anansi gaming 
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Eva Red v1
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Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Seagate Barracuda 1TB and WD Caviar 1TB Windows 7 - 64 bit SAMSUNG 27 Inch Razer Anansi gaming 
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post #5 of 8
Based on the budget, a combo of 2500K and a midrange SB board is the way to go but unfortunately all boards have issues and wait for recall. Here is the link shown some numbers between x4 945 and 2500K at stock and the gap will be widen when OC.
post #6 of 8
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Sad thing is i can't even find my AMD processor on that list you provided Linskingdom. But I did check this site:
http://www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html

And the Intel I was looking at was WAY up on the list than my current processor. Im afraid that I wont be able to find a board for that 2500k. I think they are supposed to release a new board in April?
Eva Red v1
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz ASUS P8Z77-M PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z77  2 x - NVIDIA - GeForce GTX 460 1GB G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Seagate Barracuda 1TB and WD Caviar 1TB Windows 7 - 64 bit SAMSUNG 27 Inch Razer Anansi gaming 
PowerCaseMouse
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W Corsair 800D Cyborg RAT 7 
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Eva Red v1
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
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Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Seagate Barracuda 1TB and WD Caviar 1TB Windows 7 - 64 bit SAMSUNG 27 Inch Razer Anansi gaming 
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post #7 of 8
Quote:
Originally Posted by CP2 View Post
Sad thing is i can't even find my AMD processor on that list you provided Linskingdom. But I did check this site:
http://www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html

And the Intel I was looking at was WAY up on the list than my current processor. Im afraid that I wont be able to find a board for that 2500k. I think they are supposed to release a new board in April?
My bad, for some reason I thought your cpu is x955. Yes, it is April.
post #8 of 8
Thread Starter 
Dang it. I wonder if I buy a mobo for this will they send me a new one when it comes out. I can simply buy a 6gb SATA HDD and DVD drive to remedy that...but thats more $$$
Eva Red v1
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz ASUS P8Z77-M PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z77  2 x - NVIDIA - GeForce GTX 460 1GB G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Seagate Barracuda 1TB and WD Caviar 1TB Windows 7 - 64 bit SAMSUNG 27 Inch Razer Anansi gaming 
PowerCaseMouse
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W Corsair 800D Cyborg RAT 7 
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Eva Red v1
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz ASUS P8Z77-M PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z77  2 x - NVIDIA - GeForce GTX 460 1GB G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Seagate Barracuda 1TB and WD Caviar 1TB Windows 7 - 64 bit SAMSUNG 27 Inch Razer Anansi gaming 
PowerCaseMouse
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W Corsair 800D Cyborg RAT 7 
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