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My buddy is building a new PC and has the money now. He wants to spend $300 and no more on it. He has everything but the CPU and Mobo. The "plan" was to build a i5 2300 - $185 with a $100 gigabyte, or asus board. Then poof bye bye sandy bridge. My alternative solution was to get an i5 760 for $205 and a $100 board because he is ready to buy now but I am not sure if this is smart knowing that 1156 is going to die soon. Also this system will NEVER be OC'd.

Opinions? Ideas? Alternative solutions?


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If he is never going to overclock, there is really little to no reason to buy a high end board other than quality. If he is willing to wait a few months, go with the 1155 as it will be easier to upgrade in the future, if he wants something now, an i5 760 is a great bang for the $$. The 1156 are still strong performers, and clock for clock, he probably won't notice the difference in performance as it will be most noticeable in the synthetic benchmarks
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Originally Posted by appleg33k85 View Post
If he is never going to overclock, there is really little to no reason to buy a high end board other than quality. If he is willing to wait a few months, go with the 1155 as it will be easier to upgrade in the future, if he wants something now, an i5 760 is a great bang for the $$. The 1156 are still strong performers, and clock for clock, he probably won't notice the difference in performance as it will be most noticeable in the synthetic benchmarks
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If he is never going to overclock, there is really little to no reason to buy a high end board other than quality. If he is willing to wait a few months, go with the 1155 as it will be easier to upgrade in the future, if he wants something now, an i5 760 is a great bang for the $$. The 1156 are still strong performers, and clock for clock, he probably won't notice the difference in performance as it will be most noticeable in the synthetic benchmarks
What about upgrading down the road? He plans on keeping this system for 6+ years. I am afraid that if he goes 1156 he wont be able to upgrade in the future and be stuck with what he's got
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Tell him to get $100 more and get the same mobo and cpu in my sig. For normal tasks, an i7 is more than enough. The 950 is $200 at microcenter and the mobo is $190 at newegg.
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Tell him to get $100 more and get the same mobo and cpu in my sig. For normal tasks, an i7 is more than enough. The 950 is $200 at microcenter and the mobo is $190 at newegg.
He already has a kit of dual channel ram for it, and does not want to spend $100 more.
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Originally Posted by killeraxemannic View Post
He already has a kit of dual channel ram for it, and does not want to spend $100 more.
But the additional $100 will be a major upgrade. Also, he can just buy another stick of ram to make it tripple channel. However, if he does not want to spend a penny more than any AMD Phenom II configuration will suit him
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