Depends on your vender. Newegg has some combo specials for around $100 that may work fine for you. But many of those use ddr2 which actually costs more now than ddr3. I would pay a little more for a ddr3 combo. Am3 is cheaper overall. I saw a new unopened 250 regor for only $50 on my local craigslist today. You can get a ddr3 board for around $65-70 at newegg with onboard video, such as the 785 chipset boards.
The Intel socket 1156 i5 series of cpus all do very well....; depending on your chosen resolution, the video card is nearly 75-80% of the framerate performance equation...
Example: at 2560x1600 in game XYZ, an Intel $1000 6 core Extreme Edition cpu cranks out 50 fps, limited by the video card. The $200 i5 cpu cranks out....49.5 fps, still for the most part limited by the video card....(Very little processor scaling at 1080P or above....; at 1024x768, the story is very different) YOu decide if the extra 2 cores, 200 Mhz, and $800 cpu cost was worth it.
Without knowing the rest of your system setup, this could be difficult. But in all likelyhood, a core i5 should be enough. A phenom II 955 could be enough also. But so could an Athlon IIx3. It depends on the rest of your system. For example, if you are running triple SLI GTX 580s, the i5 would hold you back even. But if for example, you were running a GTS450, the Athlon IIx3 would not be the limiting factor, the GPU would be.
Great, now my head is spinning. I believe I want the best resolution as I plan on connecting to my 42'' tv. I plan on getting a nice single video card unless doubling it up is necessary. 4 Gigs ram, i dunno what else you may need to know.
When you say onboard video, are you talking about not needing a video card? If so, could onboard video cards handle the lastest games? I want optimized power, not just the minimum. I just wanted to make it clear I didn't want to buy parts just for bragging rights or for high-powered games that aren't out now.
You can get an i3-550 for $115 if $185 is too much for you liking. The primary difference between the i3 & i5 is Turbo Boost in the i5 which allows the CPU to overclock itself a little bit for demanding tasks. The i3-550 is more powerful than my C2D E6600 in my HTPC which is still capable of playing current games.
Thanks, jaguarskx & friends. Could you go ahead and point me out a motherboard suitable in the same category? If the cpu need different motherboard then its no big deal, I can just match one up myself.
Also, (Not trying to throw anyone's advice under the bus ) if your trying to go for the best bang for a buck and 130-185$ isn't doing it for ya, I went with the Athlon II x3 445 for 77$. Seems to sit nice and pretty with the i3 and is about half the price if i remember correctly (Or close to). And it has more upgrade paths and can go on the new AM3+ mobos whenever they start popping up...
Just a suggestion .
Also can second the 5770 if you don't mind turning the graphics down just a bit . I like the single slot XFX version (You get a great waranty and its only a singe slot), but that HIS only costs 100...
Haha yep. The i5 dual cores were a flop. They are about as powerful as a i3 and are priced at what the quad core i5 are. If you want a dual core, then go with the i3 (Or the Athlon II x3). If you want a quad core, then go with the Phenom II x4 965. The Phenom is just a stitch slower than the i5 750/760, and the i5 is still priced at 200$.
And no. Games CAN take advantage of more than 2 cores, but the benefit is usually small between fast duals and quad since the third (And maybe fourth core) are used for the small calculations. If you on a budget, then its not worth the money (In my opinion) to go quad core today (He said he wanted something that would do stuff now, he would be upgrading later. Exactly what I did ). I'm not sure how long it will take before dual cores are what they were to single cores back when they were new... But its not right now (In gaming at least).
Well I went ahead and got the AMD 965 x4 ULTRA BLACK PHENOM DEATHRAY ULTIMATE EDITION or whatever it was called. I'm very happy with my new computer, I've been wanting to build one since.... 1996 and wish I would have back then as it would have been funner. I got my tower out of the trash, http://www.thermaltakeusa.com/Product.aspx?C=1277&ID=14... , who would throw this away? Nothing is wrong with it whatsoever and it came with a high end power supply. I matched it to the ASUS M4A88TD which I dunno about. Got a deal on a recertified 1 TB HD at microcenter. www.microcenter.com ,check out their refurbs and overstock prices. Anyway thanks again all. You all deserve best answers