Was looking to build a gaming system with a budget of around $900 not including monitor, mouse, keyboard. All i really have my mind set on is an intel i5 cpu. Looking for some direction. Was looking to buy from one place.
for that budget i definetly agree to support an AMD build with a good GPU such as a GTX 4601gb or a 5850 or even 5770 if you are at 1680x1050 but if your at higher resulutions get a beter GPU
mosox's rig is really good
i have an AMD PHenom II X4 965 and I have no issues about it....save the $ get it and hey if u want to upgrade ur mobo in the future to an AM3+ ur old AM3 CPU will work in it. whereas lga 1156 is an obsolete technology when Sandy Bridge comes out
The average optimal number of CPU cores suggested by the test results is 2.75, showing a clear trend towards at least three CPU cores.The question of whether the CPU or GPU is most important is easily answered. If you don't have a multi-core CPU, then upgrade it. If you have a dual-core CPU at around 3 GHz, then invest your money into a graphics card, as most games are GPU-limited. This is not something that will change with new DirectX 11 games.