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but only have about $800 to work for the main parts (cpu, memory, board, gpu). should i look for a used c2d like the e8400 or a q6600, q9450. perhaps an i3. to be honest i would really like to go for the i5 2500k. i figure the price difference ain't that big, but i don't know how much a decent 1155 board would cost once they start shipping again. as far as the gpu, maybe a used 4890, 5850. i can always upgrade the card in the future. any recommendations would be appreciated.
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What do you currently have on hand that you can use? You can get some really good new parts with 800 using combo deals on newegg
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well i have an older lian li case, as well as a 600w thermaltake power supply. i have 2 320 blue caviar hard drives.
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Whatever you do, don't buy a dual core. Newer games have already started using 3+ cores and in the future all of them will. If you can find a good deal on a Q9450/Q9550 that would be a good choice. If you want a budget build you can build something around a cheap Phenom II X4 955.

But if you think you can get a hold of some more cash I would seriously consider waiting for the i5-2500K because it will give you much more performance.
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Do you live near a Microcenter?

You can get an i7 950 for $200
http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0346210

Asus Mobo and 6870 (performs better than a 5850) $390
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.598557

GSkill 6GB DDR3 $65
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231223

Total= $655
Edited by PowerTrip - 2/12/11 at 3:27pm
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post #6 of 16
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Whatever you do, don't buy a dual core. Newer games have already started using 3+ cores and in the future all of them will. If you can find a good deal on a Q9450/Q9550 that would be a good choice. If you want a budget build you can build something around a cheap Phenom II X4 955.

But if you think you can get a hold of some more cash I would seriously consider waiting for the i5-2500K because it will give you much more performance.
i am never had a amd build before. is the phenom x4 better for gaming, multitasking, or encoding. thanks for the suggestion
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post #7 of 16
If you want to go the lower cost route: Phenom X4.

Spend a little more: 2500K/P67.

You'll get more performance with the 2500K and little more "future proofing". Since you've already got a case, psu, and hard drives, that leaves you with more money for mobo and GPU. SPeaking of which, I'd say get an AMD 6850 if moderate gaming is indeed your basis for this build. If you think you need more, go with the 6950 or possibly Nvidia GTX 560.
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post #8 of 16
If you need something now.. Maybe you'll have luck finding something used.. Or go with an AMD build..
You can build a 2500k build for around that if you're willing to wait.. (boards will range from 150+)
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post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by PowerTrip View Post
Do you live near a Microcenter?

You can get an i7 950 for $200
http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0346210

Asus Mobo and 6870 (performs better than a 5850) $390
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.598557

GSkill 6GB DDR3 $65
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231223

Total= $655
thanks for the links. unfortunately, i don't live near a microcenter. thanks though
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post #10 of 16
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i am never had a amd build before. is the phenom x4 better for gaming, multitasking, or encoding. thanks for the suggestion
The 2500k will outperform most AMD builds.. But I'm sure you'd be perfectly happy with an AMD rig. Your graphics card will be the biggest factor in gaming.
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