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August 23, 2010 3:06:10 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Next 3-4 months

BUDGET RANGE: $500- $600

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States

OVERCLOCKING: Possibly.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: I would like the option, but not a must.
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Hi all,
I am looking to replace most of my computer to make it faster and more up to date. I am not sure how to budget for 500-600 dollars.

Items I have and do NOT need: vid card (GTS 250 1gig will do for now), PSU (550w SLI Cert), Hard Drives (300gig), sound card.

Otherwise, I am looking for a mobo, processor, and RAM. I have the tower already. If the 550w PSU needs upgrading, then I am open to suggestions there too.

Thanks any help!

Awall

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a b B Homebuilt system
August 23, 2010 3:46:12 PM

You mean Mobo + CPU + RAM = $600? In that case -

CPU : $210 Intel Core i5-760

Mobo : $160 ASUS P7P55D-E Pro

RAM : $103 G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB)

Use the leftover cash to SLI that 250 if you wanna.

Or get a much faster system overall, not to mention bragging rights. A bit more expensive though -

CPU : $290 Intel Core i7-930

Mobo : $240 ASUS Rampage III Gene

Or the slightly cheaper - $210 GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R

RAM : $150 CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB)

If you do intend to SLI that 250 of yours, get yourself a 650 Watt PSU from Seasonic, Corsair, Antec, XFX, OCZ in that order of preference.
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August 23, 2010 3:57:37 PM

Awesome. Thanks!

When I SLI, do I need the same exact vid card? Or can it just have the same specs?
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a b B Homebuilt system
August 23, 2010 4:23:49 PM

You only need the same GPU. You can mix and match manufacturers, memory clocks and GPU core clocks - as long as the GPUs are the same. That means a GTS 250 1GB has to go witha GTS 250 1GB. That's it.
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August 23, 2010 4:58:40 PM

Even better. Thanks much!
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a b B Homebuilt system
August 23, 2010 5:19:17 PM

You're welcome.
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August 24, 2010 12:12:57 AM

What if I wanted to go the AMD route? Phenom II x4?
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August 24, 2010 3:54:40 AM

I just reviewed AMD Phenom X4 965 Black Ed. This procie has very good price/performance ratio, and most important, its performance can compare with i7 in several cases, not to mention it has superb performance compared with others in similar series.
It has 3,4 Ghz speed with price as low as $75 which is like a steal. I dunno if the price is currently dropping, though.

Link: http://www.techspot.com/news/35812-amd-phenom-ii-x4-965...


Edit: Whoops, looks like my keyboard was sticky. Yeah I mean $175.
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a b B Homebuilt system
August 24, 2010 7:00:13 AM

andrern2000 said:
I just reviewed AMD Phenom X4 965 Black Ed. This procie has very good price/performance ratio, and most important, its performance can compare with i7 in several cases, not to mention it has superb performance compared with others in similar series. It has 3,4 Ghz speed with price as low as $75
1. The 965 costs $175, not $75!

2. Phenom II 965 vs i7 930 - cpubenchmark. What does this mean? The 930 is the performance choice. The 965 is the Value-for-money choice.

Go with the one that suits your budget.
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August 24, 2010 10:38:55 PM

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August 24, 2010 10:38:58 PM

OOooo, cpubenchmark... Glad you linked that. Thanks again.
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a b B Homebuilt system
August 25, 2010 8:48:45 AM

You're most welcome :) 
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