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Hey guys I am new to the forums and about to build my wife a custom gaming computer on a budget.

Shes coming from an HP older AMD phenom 9550 quad core with 4 gb of ddr2 ram and an 8800gt. I was wondering if the new socket and Phenom II X4 was a big improvement over the original Phenom. I would like her to be able to play on a higher res screen (full hd) I would like this to be future proof that she would be able to upgrade to bulldozer if by chance it is am3 compliant and use USB 3.0.

Just some background, she plays WOW, The Witcher, Dragon Age, and other RPGs and would like to get into more graphic intense games.

Here are the parts we already have.
4GB (2x2GB) Kingston HyperX Blu DDR3 1600
Corsair A50 cooler
Antec Neo Eco 520c
EVGA gtx260

Here is where I need suggestions on what to buy. This was my planned build
COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119196

Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136320

ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 AM3 AMD 880G SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131646

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103808

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
15% off today only.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827135204

Total amount spent on new parts:
445.71 + 15% off dvd writer

Is there anything I could be doing better or save money on for the same effect? I am new to AMD builds and could use some pointers. Thanks ahead of time!
Edited by bstover17 - 3/2/11 at 11:16am
    
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post #2 of 37
I'm building a budget build for my son and currently have all the parts you have as well except instead of the GTX260 I have a 8800gt and I have the A70 instead of the A50.
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looks good
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Although we are in the AMD side we can't ignore the fact that the new i3-2xxx series has more gaming performance than the phenom II x4 955. If you don't plan to OC the chip i think you should take a look at i3-2120 and a P67 motherboard for about the same price. If OC will be a reality then you can't go wrong with the 955. The bulldozzer platform may not be compatible with AM3 socket, unfortunately...
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so the dual core i3's perform better than the phenom II 955? I guess I will have to look at some benches and see the results.
    
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maybe when they are overclocked and in games that use 2 cores and less , 2010 and lower games , its 2011 now
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unless tom's is lying in their benches, that is what happens

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...t,2859-10.html
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Quote:
Originally Posted by RabbitGT View Post
maybe when they are overclocked and in games that use 2 cores and less , 2010 and lower games , its 2011 now
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/143?vs=146

Take a look at the Crysis Warhead benchmark..should be a pretty decent indicator of how close an i3 is to even a high end AMD chip.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by BlahBlahBlah View Post
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/143?vs=146

Take a look at the Crysis Warhead benchmark..should be a pretty decent indicator of how close an i3 is to even a high end AMD chip.


CRYSIS ONLY USES TWO CORES.
     
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post #10 of 37
Just to clear up one of your statements, bulldoser eill NOT be am3 compatible. It will use an am3+ board so if you want to upgrade from a phenom to a bd later on youll need to wait for the new boards
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