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Hello Toms gurus need your advice. Building a second rig (just finished amd build) the wife seems to have taken over computer, to got green to build another. Need help with CPU and mobo choice. Light 1st person games Photoshop, PowerPoint, going to oc

Have $450 CPU and mobo. Suggestions please
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    Thats a really generous budget for just the CPU and motherboard. A couple options:
    Phenom II X4 965 BE 3.4GHz and ASUS M4A89TD PRO 890FX motherboard $316 for a CrossfireX option.
    Core i5-760 Lynnfield 2.8GHz and GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD4P P55 motherboard $374 before $15 rebate for a SLI option.
  2. Hmmm cool I have a 1055t now maybe a oc i5 might be fun does gigabyte have a overclock utility like asau mono???
  3. Yup. ET6 and, I believe, another.
  4. Twoboxer said:
    Yup. ET6 and, I believe, another.



    So it's the Gigabyte ET6 utility download??
  5. It's EasyTune 6 and it's on the CD that comes along in the motherboard's accessory pack.


    There is also a Quick Boost utility program that can run within Windows for a bit of mild overclocking - up to 3.3Ghz for a i5-760.
  6. davcon said:



    That comes in way under my 450 budget... is this combo gonna get me a bit more performance than my current amd setup??
  7. miwanuma said:
    That comes in way under my 450 budget... is this combo gonna get me a bit more performance than my current amd setup??

    If you are building a 2nd computer that combo is not too shabby.
    The i5 760 will game much better then the 1055T but that's where it ends your 1055T is better for threaded apps like Photoshop and video encoding and production.
    Really though you could have the best of both worlds just give the wife the set-up you don't prefer she probably won't notice the difference.
    Performance wise i think they are about par when all things are considered.
    I'll give the i5 760 the edge for gaming.Since a 955BE outperforms the 1055T gaming wise.
  8. This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
  9. Eh, do you need RAM?

    IMO:

    Asrock 870 extreme 3 (90$)
    AMD 1055t (200$)

    If you need ram:

    G.skill eco series 1600 4GB kit (98$)

    And if you don't pocket the money for an SSD upgrade later.
  10. sp12 said:
    Eh, do you need RAM?

    IMO:

    Asrock 870 extreme 3 (90$)
    AMD 1055t (200$)

    If you need ram:

    G.skill eco series 1600 4GB kit (98$)

    And if you don't pocket the money for an SSD upgrade later.


    Have, ram (g skill ddr3 pc 1600 ripjaws)
    Gpu 5870
    Case 922 haf
    Psu corsair 750hx
    SSd 64gb Kingston


    Just concentrating on CPU and mobo with the 450 budget
  11. What do you think of this combo...

    Intel Core i7 860 Processor 2.80 GHz 8 MB LGA1156 CPU I7-860BOX
    ASUS P7P55D-E Pro - LGA 1156 - Intel P55 - DDR3 - USB 3.0 SATA 6Gb/s - ATX Motherboard
  12. For 450$ and heavy content creation an Intel 870 or AMD 1055t would be the best choices IMO.
  13. I currently have a 1055t...
  14. Why not a second?
  15. What do you think of this combo...

    Intel Core i7 860 Processor 2.80 GHz 8 MB LGA1156 CPU I7-860BOX
    ASUS P7P55D-E Pro - LGA 1156 - Intel P55 - DDR3 - USB 3.0 SATA 6Gb/s - ATX Motherboard
  16. How about a poll on this?
  17. Narrowed it down to this

    Intel Core i7 Processor i7-930 2.80GHz 8 MB LGA1366 CPU, Retail BX80601930
    or
    Intel Core i7 860 Processor 2.80 GHz 8 MB LGA1156 CPU I7-860BOX

    Motherboards
    ASUS P6T - LGA 1366 - X58 - DDR3 - ATX Motherboard
    or
    ASUS LGA 1366 - Intel X58 - True USB 3.0 & SATA 6Gb/s - ATX Motherboard P6X58D-E
  18. Best answer selected by miwanuma.
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