I would like to know what you guys think of my choices here. I just rebuilt my system and was limited to $175 total. I upgraded the board, memory CPU, and CPU cooler. I got it all for under $180.
ASROCK 880GM-LE FX, 4gb Kingston HyperX DDR3 PC 1600, Athlon II X2 260, CoolerMaster Hyper212 Plus, Powercolor HD 5670 1gb PCIE, Dynex 500 PSU, Windows 7 x64. HPS2032, 4 120mm case fans.
First boot in the bios H/W monitor reads MB temp 30C/ CPU temp 31C.
Idle in windows is CPU 29-30C full load 34-35 .
Played MW3 for 2 hrs with @ high settings no problems. I haven't even tweaked it yet.
Gonna run some bench marks this weekend.
Well I did some reasearch before I commited and the stores I shopped at had the intel chips higher and those in my price range were under the 3ghz range. I got the board, ram and cooler from newegg, the cpu came from amazon because newegg discontinued it. I am happy with it and can't wait to see how much horse power I can get out of it. I haven't found anything on OCing this board yet. I have read that this chip (Athlon II x2 260) can each close to 4 ghz.
One thing that puzzles me is that I read on Wiki that the 880g chipset is supposed to run hybrid crossfire with such graphics cards like my HD5670. That is one reason I chose this board. I enable the OB GPU in the bios and win 7 says there is a problem and it can't start the OB GPU. I can deal with not having it, but it would be nice to get a bit of a boost in the graphics section even though the HD 5670 takes everything I throw at it. any insight on this would be welcome.