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Need a good chip+mobo combo for new build..

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March 24, 2009 10:10:11 PM

Hi, im building a rig for the first time and so far i have a 9800gt, cm-690 case, 650EA PSU, and the ram etc etc. I need to know what the best price/performance chip and mobo is around $300..any help appreciated greatly
March 24, 2009 10:15:33 PM

What are you planning on doing with this build? Do you have a preference between Intel/AMD? What type of RAM do you have? Providing more information will make it a lot easier to provide meaningful advice.
March 24, 2009 10:16:40 PM

This is for a gaming build? Choose the CPU you want and then get a motherboard to match. $200 CPU / $100 MB is a rough estimate of what each would cost.
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March 24, 2009 10:54:59 PM

shortstuff_mt said:
What are you planning on doing with this build? Do you have a preference between Intel/AMD? What type of RAM do you have? Providing more information will make it a lot easier to provide meaningful advice.


Im wanting to make a gaming pc, but the i7 is over my budget. I have 4g ddr3 ram. I was leaning toward the phenom x3 720, since its am3 and can use the ram and it looks affordable. As far as the gaming, only wanting to use a single video card, no sli or anything..
March 24, 2009 11:50:03 PM

You can get by with 790GX type motherboard with some overclocking at around $130.00. The 790FX is better for overclocking, they are costing around $180. They the AM3 motherboards at newegg.com.
March 25, 2009 12:22:06 AM


Thanks for the advice guys. I hope when i get the build it will be future proof for a while atleast..Im running a phenom 9600 2.3 right now...the tlb one. :(  Whatever i get should be an upgrade i guess.. Good little machine but i want more power..hehe.
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