Hey, I have been designing my new budget gaming build (£550 budget) and have been strugling with choosing my CPU and the motherboard to go with it. Budget for the motherboard and CPU is about £130 ish. Ideas: MSI 770-C45 with a AMD ATHLON II X2 240 around £100 P.S. everyone is saying not to get the core duos' as they are out dated but if I want to upgrade my CPU I will probably upgrade the motherboard as well so I am not to bothered about that so what do you guys think? thanks
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Agreed. And for a cheap system, you can combine it with a Gigabyte GA-G41m-ES2L motherboard - about $70 each, US prices.
Your other option would be to go the AMD route and get a Phenom II Black Edition with an unlocked multiplier which would make for easy overclocking