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post #11 of 18
The i3 is very powerful for gaming. Check out this thread: http://www.overclock.net/intel-cpus/...e-updated.html. It compares to an i7.

Of course, this changes when you start getting games that will utilize three or more cores.
 
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Originally Posted by JuStIn871 View Post
Core i5 760 Processor Boxed 169.99 Link:http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0341729

Asus P7H55M-Pro 99.99
Link:http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0326528

Total: 269.98
No microcenter near me to pick up i5
post #13 of 18
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Well I think im going to go with the Asus p7 board and i3 550. Forgot I needed the os also so I have to add that in the 300
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Well I think im going to go with the Asus p7 board and i3 550. Forgot I needed the os also so I have to add that in the 300
That is one small budget. I would almost recommend a cheap am3 setup now. Either way you should be okay though, just overclock that I3.
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Doubt they'll need the chip oc'd just for light gaming and school work plus I'm going to have to use the stock heatsink since I don't have anymore cash at the moment.
post #16 of 18
Does it have to be micro ?

Decent board for the price.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157203


$300 with OS, not easy to do.....http://www.ubuntu.com/

nvm. Just board, cpu, & OS for $300 not near as bad as whole system. ubuntu probably wouldn't be great for young gamers.
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Should be enough for gaming. My sig rig plays all my games pretty much maxed out no problems.
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post #18 of 18
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Yeah the budget is for CPU, mobo and os. Not the whole system.
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