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Ok, i am currently planning on upgrading the core of my system to an AMD based build, but i have a $300 budget and not alot of info to go on, and is further complicated by the fact i need to purchase the AMD bracket for my H50. The upgrades i am looking at so far are:

GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3 AM3+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128519

G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231417

AMD Phenom II X4 960T
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103995

If you have any better suggestions i request that you keep the following in mind:
quad core processor or better with a strong preference for BE (will be overclocking)
Motherboard must be ATX and have at least 2 physical PCI-E x16 slots and be good for overclocking
8GB of Ram (no getting around this i must have 8GB)
Cannot break $285 (need to reserve the remainder for the AMD bracket)

Thank you for your time

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You do realize that with $300 you can go to a 2500k based build? Any reason why you haven't considered that?

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You do realize that with $300 you can go to a 2500k based build? Any reason why you haven't considered that?

Because a 2500k is $200 itself and a board that has what i want on it that isnt crap is another $100, leaving nothing for the ram. Besides, i want to give AMD a shot.

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You do realize that with $300 you can go to a 2500k based build? Any reason why you haven't considered that?
na he is right you wont get a Gen3 Motherboard and a RAM but will get a solid overclockable motherboard thumb.gif
Something like
2500k 200$
Biostar TZ68K+ 80$ and 15$ MIR
or for motherboards you have
ASRock P67 PRO3 (B3) 105$ Shipped Great overclocker i wuld highly recommend it
or
ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 105$ shipped you cant overclock as much as the P67 pro but you get a Z68 chipset and a Gen3 PCie (i wont recommend this in this case but its a option for you redface.gif)

anyways teh config that you have in mind, its great just a minor change
replace the RAM with a cheaper and a better option
G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 15% off w/ promo code EMCNGHG96, ends 3/29 $39.95
and for motherboard its good but you are getting it cheaper
HERE biggrin.gif

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na he is right you wont get a Gen3 Motherboard and a RAM but will get a solid overclockable motherboard thumb.gif
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2500k 200$
Biostar TZ68K+ 80$ and 15$ MIR
or for motherboards you have
ASRock P67 PRO3 (B3) 105$ Shipped Great overclocker i wuld highly recommend it
or
ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 105$ shipped you cant overclock as much as the P67 pro but you get a Z68 chipset and a Gen3 PCie (i wont recommend this in this case but its a option for you redface.gif)
anyways teh config that you have in mind, its great just a minor change
replace the RAM with a cheaper and a better option
G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 15% off w/ promo code EMCNGHG96, ends 3/29 $39.95
and for motherboard its good but you are getting it cheaper
HERE biggrin.gif
Hope that helped thumb.gif

Yeah going to LGA 1155 is a bit out of my reach, but as for the second part i like what i see thanks! +rep

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Yeah going to LGA 1155 is a bit out of my reach, but as for the second part i like what i see thanks! +rep

I saw someone selling a 2550K for $150 the other day, 8GB of RAM is $30 and you can get a decent mobo for $120. If not, Microcenter has a 2500k for $180 + $50 off a motherboard... don't tell me you can't do that. Not to mention there are tons of bundle deals out there. Check out slickdeals.net if you're on a budget. If you want it, you can get it, but you must put some work into it (if not, then stick to your AMD, but it's possible to go 1155!)

actually, that was a microcenter deal:

https://www.overclock.net/t/1231080/microcenter-intel-core-i5-2550k-processor-149-99

See... you can totally do it...

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I saw someone selling a 2550K for $150 the other day, 8GB of RAM is $30 and you can get a decent mobo for $120. If not, Microcenter has a 2500k for $180 + $50 off a motherboard... don't tell me you can't do that. Not to mention there are tons of bundle deals out there. Check out slickdeals.net if you're on a budget. If you want it, you can get it, but you must put some work into it (if not, then stick to your AMD, but it's possible to go 1155!)
actually, that was a microcenter deal:
https://www.overclock.net/t/1231080/microcenter-intel-core-i5-2550k-processor-149-99
See... you can totally do it...

the problem with that is the nearest microcenter is ~150 miles away, and getting any new processor from them requires that i drive all the way up there and all the way back, negating the savings through fuel costs

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i like the 960T factor..Umm..I would NOT recommend the AsRock "pro" boards..They're 4+1 phase..yeah..they have solid caps..I have 2 dead ones..One of them took out my cpu+psu+itself+my backup mobo(One I'm on now) Asrock has cheap chokes..and crappy support.Asus replaced my mobo..AsRock did not.
Mobos for Zosma http://www.geeks.com/products_sc.asp?cat=1220

Mobos for 2500K http://www.geeks.com/products_sc.asp?cat=1263

RAM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147096&nm_mc=OTC-Froogle&cm_mmc=OTC-Froogle-_-Memory+%28Desktop+Memory%29-_-SAMSUNG-_-20147096

You plan on OCing..get an 8+1-2 phase board wink.gif

That board Tarun linked is good..but..Gigabytes don't clock as well as Asus..IMO

Oh..and Geeks is good for used motherboards..try to make sure they have IO shield..if possible ph34r-smiley.gif
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Because a 2500k is $200 itself and a board that has what i want on it that isnt crap is another $100, leaving nothing for the ram. Besides, i want to give AMD a shot.

some stores do a price match. fry is one. but if you really want to stick with amd with that budget i recommend the 960T like what Schmuckley said.

check out the ocn market. got my mobo from there.

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i like the 960T factor..Umm..I would NOT recommend the AsRock "pro" boards..They're 4+1 phase..yeah..they have solid caps..I have 2 dead ones..One of them took out my cpu+psu+itself+my backup mobo(One I'm on now) Asrock has cheap chokes..and crappy support.Asus replaced my mobo..AsRock did not.
Mobos for Zosma http://www.geeks.com/products_sc.asp?cat=1220
Mobos for 2500K http://www.geeks.com/products_sc.asp?cat=1263
RAM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147096&nm_mc=OTC-Froogle&cm_mmc=OTC-Froogle-_-Memory+%28Desktop+Memory%29-_-SAMSUNG-_-20147096
You plan on OCing..get an 8+1-2 phase board wink.gif
That board Tarun linked is good..but..Gigabytes don't clock as well as Asus..IMO
Oh..and Geeks is good for used motherboards..try to make sure they have IO shield..if possible ph34r-smiley.gif
the 960T is fine and the Pro series motherboard is for Intel not AMD buddy and its have a 6+4 Phases motherboard rolleyes.gif and in AMD motherboard the Gigabyte is just the right one for him the asus motherboards in that price range for all either 4+2
, Or 6+2 Phases motherboards whereas the gigabyte is a 8+2 Phases motherboard and i admit the Asus makes the best motherboards but for that priceit s a pretty good motherboard and has a good VFM in my suggestion redface.gif


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