Budget Gaming Rig: What takes precedence?

I just have a few questions for a budget gaming rig build. I have just enough money to spend a little extra for one part...

What should take precedence? Consider that I don't mind playing games on lower settings as long at it runs smoothly.

Processor: Should I spend my money on more cores or faster processor speed?

Possible choices:
AMD Athlon II X3 445 Rana 3.1GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache
AMD Phenom II X2 560 Black Edition Callisto 3.3GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache


Motherboard: Should I spend more money on a nice motherboard with stuff like SATA 6 and USB 3.0 with the intent of upgrading the rest of the parts in a year or two?

Possible Choices:
ASRock M3A770DE AM3 AMD 770 ATX


Video Card: Should I spend more money on a better video card?

Possible Choices:
ASUS ENGTX460 DirectCU TOP/2DI/768MD5 GeForce GTX 460
SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5
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  1. First of all tell us your budget !!

    Get the AMD phenom x2 (newer technology + unlocked multiplyer)
    but if you can get AMD phenom x4 955 ( my opinion, depending on your budget)

    Get this mobo:
    GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H AM3 AMD 890GX HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard Was: $139.99 Now: $134.99
    ( USB 3.0, SATA 6Gb/s + CF capable at x8,x8 mode.)

    Get the HD 6850.......

    And again please tell us your budget.
  2. +1 to what Dave says =D
  3. My budget was $500, but I now have $600 to spend.

    I only have enough to spend extra on one, maybe two components.

    So I'm asking, what's more important to spend the extra money on, a better processor, motherboard, or video card.

    For me right now, I'm thinking (greatest to least in importance)...
    #1: Video Card
    #2: Processor
    #3: Motherboard

    Of the choices I have listed the first choice is the one I will likely be getting with my budget, the second choice is the one I could get with the extra money I have.
  4. Ummmm with 600, do you need windows? you can probably get something better then this with 600....

    Mobos, once you get a good one.... your set....

    CPUs if you really don't mind about not having a, if this makes sense, a lowlevel higher end cpu..... then sink it in to the GPu and a bigger PSU....
  5. Best answer
    Once you have a X3 @3.0 or better, the graphics card is all important.

    If you are gaming at 1080P or higher, see if your GTX460/6850 can't become a GTX470 or 6870. It will show up in better minimum frame rates.

    The motherboard makes little difference in gaming. Sata 6 is good if you will have a couple of SSD's for it. Usb3.0 is good if you will have a usb 3.0 device to use it, like an external backup drive. You can add this later via an add in card if necessary.
    Have you considered a micro-ATX or mini-ITX sized motherboard? They are usually cheaper, and can fit in some nice cases.
  6. ^+1^
  7. Quote:
    My budget was $500, but I now have $600 to spend.

    $600 mark and i take it u dun need HDD/ODD just remove those from the config below :P
    Quad + HD 6850 + CFable featuring USB/SATA 3.0

    HD6K: single/CF review
  8. I'mma steal that build for my friend... lol... (I won't post it on Toms....)
  9. maybe a larger HDD, but that is it.
  10. Yep happy shopping/building for fren hehe
  11. Lol, i have to admit, you always have epicbuilds....
  12. Best answer selected by loserdork.
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