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post #1 of 18
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So my friend is finishing up a build and the only parts he's missing are the CPU/Mobo/PSU (the most important ones, haha). This is going to be a gaming rig, doesn't have a preference for 4 versus 6 core but he wants the most bang for his buck.

Budget: $300 for all three

Parts he already has:
Case: NZXT M59: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-058-_-Product
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-314-_-Product
Hard Drive: Samsung F3 1TB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-185-_-Product
GPU: EVGA Geforce GTX 460: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-591-_-Product
CPU Cooler: ZALMAN CNPS10X: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835118059
Optical Drive: ASUS Burner: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827135221

All suggestions are greatly appreciated.

EDIT: Budget preferred to stick closer to $300 but will go over if it means a huge performance boost.

EDIT2: Does this PSU provide enough juice for OCing? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-016-_-Product
Edited by int3nsee - 3/15/11 at 6:47am
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post #2 of 18
How abt u give try for i5-2500K and , Gigabyte P67A-UD4 or MSI - P67A-GD65 or GD55 ??
setup is worth the price
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post #3 of 18
also i would prefer GTX 560 over GTX 460 .. it will be really gr8 since u r buyin now
or wait for little more and save .. then go for it ..
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post #4 of 18
i5 sandy bridge and mobo can be put together for around $300, leaving $50 to find a good deal on a PSU. For gaming, the i5 sandy slaps the silly out of a 1090T.
     
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Toshiba THNSNH 19nm 256GB 1TB Spinpoint F3 WD RE3 1TB WD RE3 1TB 
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yes CM Seidon 120V SolydK OpenSuse 13.1 
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A10-6800k 4.8GHZ @ 1.375V, 1.2GHZ iGPU Gigabyte GA-F2A85XN-WIFI HD8670D Ripjaws 
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post #5 of 18
Thread Starter 
Personally I wouldn't mind the i5 but it is $220 which would suck up a majority of his budget. An AMD 1090T is only around $190 and a quad is even cheaper which is why I suggested him to go AMD if he wants more for less. I'm thinking either a Phenom 955 or 965 is suitable for his budget right now.

He already has the GTX 460, as with all the components I named. The GTX 560 is a better card than the 460 but doesn't have the same monetary value. Cheapest 560 is hovering around $240-250 while he got the 460 on sale for $120.
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post #6 of 18
ASUS M4A88T-V EVO/USB3 AM3 AMD 880G USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard $109.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131668

hec Zephyr MX-750 750W $69.99 - $7.00 with PSU11MAR code
+ a free mouse
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817339002

AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE 3.2GHz $139.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103808

Grand Total shipped
$314.90

for $20 more you could go with the 965 @ 3.4
or $30 more you could go with the 970 @ 3.5 and it comes with a $10 gift card

I'd go with either the 955 or the 970, the price jump on the 965 is just not worth it to me.
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post #7 of 18
For gaming performance overall, the $120 i3-2100 sandy bridge will out-perform any AMD CPU you can buy at any price in almost every game you can imagine. The i5 sandy's start at $185 and will beat any AMD, at any price in any game.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...t,2859-10.html

For now, the only place AMD is competing is in non-gaming specialized tasks involving lots of cores. Even then, they really only compete down in the $100 and under CPU range. When BD comes out I'm sure this will change, but for now....

Eric
     
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX-8350 990X EVO R2.0 Sparkle GTX460 768MB ballistix tactical 2 x 8GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Toshiiba THNSNH 256GB Enterprise RE3 1TB Asus BD combo drive Artic A30 
OSMonitorMonitorMonitor
Manjaro Linux Samsung 21.5" LCD E2009WFP E2009WFP 
PowerCase
Seasonic G 550W Modular Fractal Design Core 3500 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX-6300, 4.7 GHZ@1.43V GA-970A-UD3P GTX 460 768MB Mixed DIMMs. 2x4GB + 2x8GB @ 1600-8-8-8 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Toshiba THNSNH 19nm 256GB 1TB Spinpoint F3 WD RE3 1TB WD RE3 1TB 
Optical DriveCoolingOSOS
yes CM Seidon 120V SolydK OpenSuse 13.1 
OSOSMonitorMonitor
Linux Mint 9-32 bit // Linux Mint 17-64 bit  Manjaro Xfce Samsung 21.5" HannsG 21.5" sideways! 
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A10-6800k 4.8GHZ @ 1.375V, 1.2GHZ iGPU Gigabyte GA-F2A85XN-WIFI HD8670D Ripjaws 
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post #8 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by mdocod View Post
For gaming performance overall, the $120 i3-2100 sandy bridge will out-perform any AMD CPU you can buy at any price in almost every game you can imagine. The i5 sandy's start at $185 and will beat any AMD, at any price in any game.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...t,2859-10.html

Eric
You cant oc (multiplier) that i3 so he could get rid of the aftermarket cooler and realize he has hit the wall with that chip... or with the 900's there is room to have oc fun.
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post #9 of 18
Didn't realize that the i3 sandy can't even be overclocked by upping the reference clock on the mobo (I guess this feature is disabled on these 1155 mobos?).

Well... That still leaves the i5-2500K. Reports are that this thing is 4.5-5GHZ capable with decent cooling. At those speeds, it would make OCed phenoms look even worse.
     
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX-8350 990X EVO R2.0 Sparkle GTX460 768MB ballistix tactical 2 x 8GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Toshiiba THNSNH 256GB Enterprise RE3 1TB Asus BD combo drive Artic A30 
OSMonitorMonitorMonitor
Manjaro Linux Samsung 21.5" LCD E2009WFP E2009WFP 
PowerCase
Seasonic G 550W Modular Fractal Design Core 3500 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX-6300, 4.7 GHZ@1.43V GA-970A-UD3P GTX 460 768MB Mixed DIMMs. 2x4GB + 2x8GB @ 1600-8-8-8 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Toshiba THNSNH 19nm 256GB 1TB Spinpoint F3 WD RE3 1TB WD RE3 1TB 
Optical DriveCoolingOSOS
yes CM Seidon 120V SolydK OpenSuse 13.1 
OSOSMonitorMonitor
Linux Mint 9-32 bit // Linux Mint 17-64 bit  Manjaro Xfce Samsung 21.5" HannsG 21.5" sideways! 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Sticky ATNG Rosewill Green 630W NZXT Gamma Basic Microsoft corded 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
A10-6800k 4.8GHZ @ 1.375V, 1.2GHZ iGPU Gigabyte GA-F2A85XN-WIFI HD8670D Ripjaws 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Seagate ST1000DM003 Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Zalman CNPS5X Linux Mint 15 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
LG IPS224V-PN Logitec K360 FSP 400W Aurum S 80+ gold Prodigy 
Mouse
logitec M235 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX-8350 990X EVO R2.0 Sparkle GTX460 768MB ballistix tactical 2 x 8GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Toshiiba THNSNH 256GB Enterprise RE3 1TB Asus BD combo drive Artic A30 
OSMonitorMonitorMonitor
Manjaro Linux Samsung 21.5" LCD E2009WFP E2009WFP 
PowerCase
Seasonic G 550W Modular Fractal Design Core 3500 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX-6300, 4.7 GHZ@1.43V GA-970A-UD3P GTX 460 768MB Mixed DIMMs. 2x4GB + 2x8GB @ 1600-8-8-8 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Toshiba THNSNH 19nm 256GB 1TB Spinpoint F3 WD RE3 1TB WD RE3 1TB 
Optical DriveCoolingOSOS
yes CM Seidon 120V SolydK OpenSuse 13.1 
OSOSMonitorMonitor
Linux Mint 9-32 bit // Linux Mint 17-64 bit  Manjaro Xfce Samsung 21.5" HannsG 21.5" sideways! 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Sticky ATNG Rosewill Green 630W NZXT Gamma Basic Microsoft corded 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
A10-6800k 4.8GHZ @ 1.375V, 1.2GHZ iGPU Gigabyte GA-F2A85XN-WIFI HD8670D Ripjaws 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Seagate ST1000DM003 Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Zalman CNPS5X Linux Mint 15 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
LG IPS224V-PN Logitec K360 FSP 400W Aurum S 80+ gold Prodigy 
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logitec M235 
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post #10 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by mdocod View Post
Didn't realize that the i3 sandy can't even be overclocked by upping the reference clock on the mobo (I guess this feature is disabled on these 1155 mobos?).

Well... That still leaves the i5-2500K. Reports are that this thing is 4.5-5GHZ capable with decent cooling. At those speeds, it would make OCed phenoms look even worse.

at $220 it leaves $80 in budget for a mobo and psu... things you usually don't want to cheap out on.
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Hyper 212+ p/p Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium OEM Vizio XVT472SV 1920x1080 Logitech K120 
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Hyper 212+ p/p Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium OEM Vizio XVT472SV 1920x1080 Logitech K120 
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