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$500 CPU/MOBO/RAM

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I currently have a C2Q Q6600 based system that has been giving me nothing but problems (freezing, hard drive errors, etc). I have decided to replace my CPU/RAM/Motherboard, RMA my current one, and try to sell my whole system (I have 2 x 9800gtx's, so I might just put one in, sell it, and use the other one until I find more money). I am looking to pay around $500 (roughly, but south of $600) for it. I would like an SLI capable board, but it is not an absolute requirement. I'm not sure if I can fit a 920 in my budget, but would love to if possible. A 860 or 750 seemed doable relatively easily. Also, an Intel processor would be preferred.

Any suggestions?


Thanks!


EDIT: I just realized I never said what it was for! I do play games, but am by no means a hardcore gamer (at least not one with a limitless budget!). I don't really do rendering, etc, so the primary use would be gaming.
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  1. i7 920s and 860s cost $200 at Microcenter, i5s cost $150.

    If you don't live near a Microcenter, just go the 1156 option since it's cheaper. All 1156 and 1366 mobos are both Xfire and SLi capable.
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    Core I5 750 $199.99
    EVGA P55 FTW SLI $204.99
    CORSAIR XMS3 4GB DDR3 $89.99

    Since you mentioned that you will be using your rig only for gaming, the 860 will probably increase your FPS slightly. Just buy a decent CPU cooler and overclock the 750 to 3.6-4Ghz.
  3. Bluescreendeath said:
    i7 920s and 860s cost $200 at Microcenter, i5s cost $150.

    If you don't live near a Microcenter, just go the 1156 option since it's cheaper. All 1156 and 1366 mobos are both Xfire and SLi capable.

    Yeah, I wish I had a microcenter near me. :(
  4. quattro04 said:
    Core I5 750 $199.99
    EVGA P55 FTW SLI $204.99
    CORSAIR XMS3 4GB DDR3 $89.99

    Since you mentioned that you will be using your rig only for gaming, the 860 will probably increase your FPS slightly. Just buy a decent CPU cooler and overclock the 750 to 3.6-4Ghz.


    That is one of the things that I seemed to find information for and against, the impact of hyperthreading. Does this impact gaming significantly?

    I am assuming based on the price of that board, it would be a decent board to overclock aswell?

    I have a few hundred dollar giftcard for Best Buy (from returning stuff), and was planning on buying a corsair h50 heatsink from there.

    I am hoping for some decent deals on Newegg tomorrow (the day after xmas).


    Thanks!
  5. Take a look at this. It only benchmarks 2 games but I think it will be similar to other games as well.

    I recommended the EVGA because it has 2 PCI-E slots @ x8 and according to user reviews from newegg, it overclocks superbly.
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