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November 13, 2010 6:11:12 PM

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

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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
ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 AMD 880G HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0

OR

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
November 13, 2010 6:53:05 PM

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
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
( USB 3.0, SATA 6Gb/s + CF capable at x8,x8 mode.)

Get the HD 6850.......

And again please tell us your budget.

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November 13, 2010 6:55:20 PM

+1 to what Dave says =D
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November 13, 2010 7:44:39 PM

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.

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November 13, 2010 7:47:58 PM

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....
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November 13, 2010 8:08:07 PM

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.
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November 14, 2010 6:01:50 PM

I'mma steal that build for my friend... lol... (I won't post it on Toms....)
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November 14, 2010 6:02:06 PM

maybe a larger HDD, but that is it.
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November 15, 2010 2:46:50 AM

Yep happy shopping/building for fren hehe
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November 15, 2010 4:45:01 AM

Lol, i have to admit, you always have epicbuilds....
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November 28, 2010 5:01:38 PM

Best answer selected by loserdork.
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