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Best cpu and mobo for 550$ No 1155

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March 8, 2011 1:41:26 PM

I want to know what the best cpu and mobo is for 550$ no 1155 though, i just sent mine back for a full refund not willing to deal with it all.

Specs that might or will matter.

case-Silverstone raven rv01
Link- http://www.silverstonetek.com/raven/products/index.php?...
Cooler- V10 or h50
Ram- 4x2gb gskill 1600
hdds-4 segate 1tb in 2x2 raid 0
gpu-gtx 580
psu-kingwin gold 850

Everything is bought but i need a mother board and cpu Please let me know what the best option is at this moment other then sandy bridge.

The computer is used for games and compressing files 24/7

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March 8, 2011 1:56:01 PM

The i7 950 should work well with any number of x58 boards; I currently use biostar or msi; some prefer asus. Choose your ram carefully in threes. Microcenter ocassionally has the 950 for $199, if you live near one. If you want to save some money, the 955 phenom II is priced right but not as fast as the i7. It will work with your 4 sticks of ram. The gigabyte GA880-UD3H would be a great choice for features ($110 at newegg).
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March 8, 2011 1:57:40 PM

if i ran my ram in 3x2 gb stick would that be ok?
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March 8, 2011 1:59:16 PM

Yes. They should work, but you can check the board ram QVL. Most have listings for tested ram. Most 3x2 gb stuff works fine; it's the 3x4 gb sets that you have to check for compatability.
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March 8, 2011 2:00:32 PM

Got ya yeah i see the 950 is 279 at newegg and that is wher ei need to buy my stuff from i have store credit there. but is the 950 better then any of the amds? out at this moment or not?
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March 8, 2011 2:02:01 PM

I assume from the possible coolers you will be overclocking, I think you can overclock an i5 760 enough so it won't bottleneck a single 580.
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a c 102 à CPUs
March 8, 2011 2:03:09 PM

Yes the 950 (and 760) beat anything AMD has for gaming (AMD boards are much better value though).
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March 8, 2011 2:03:35 PM

What i listed up there i allready have it was my sb setup i sent the 2500k and p67 back for refund going this route, see sadly my athlon 640 doesnt bottleneck the gtx 580 i dont know what people are talking about.
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a c 102 à CPUs
March 8, 2011 2:07:17 PM

If you already have an AMD board why not just get a 955BE and overclock to 3.8-4GHz
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March 8, 2011 2:09:05 PM

Its in a diffrent setup. But the real question is for what i seem to do a 9850 be didnt seem any slower then my 2500k. lol mabye i dont need all this stuff. you see my specs up there all i need is a mobo and cpu to play games at 1920x1080p on my 23inch led mon at 60hz.
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March 8, 2011 2:09:58 PM

at lower then 1920x1080p i have seen cpus bottleneck the gtx 580 but at 1920x1080 or more it seems they dont.
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March 8, 2011 2:14:15 PM

You can get a 955BE for $140 and an OK board for under $60 if that all you need its better value than anything intel especially if you don't want sandy bridge.
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March 8, 2011 2:19:47 PM

Yeah i have a extra msi nf750-g55 mobo laying around amd sli lol love it. but how much of a preformance diffrence does a i7-950 have over amd. Also its funny because my dad has a 9850 be,h50,8gb ddr2 ram,gtx 465. and he play fallout 3 and new vegas at max settings and it doesnt lag. makes me wonder about thinks they said the new phenoms were much better then the first i agree but the 9850 is a soild cpu. it out preforms any of the athlon 2 and lower phenom 2's
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March 8, 2011 2:41:39 PM

The i7 950 has a large performance bonus over any Phenom for sale at the moment but if you are gaming at 1920 x 1080 I think anything over a 955BE @ 3.8GHz + a 570 will give a noticeable increase in performance as you should b able to max out all games and get good FPS. I have a 550BE unlocked to 4 cores and overclocked to 3.7GHz + 2 x 512Mb Radeon 4870s in crossfire and I can play all the games I have at ultra settings at 1920x1080.
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March 9, 2011 3:05:47 AM

Best answer selected by cia24.
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March 9, 2011 3:06:05 AM

simon12 said:
The i7 950 has a large performance bonus over any Phenom for sale at the moment but if you are gaming at 1920 x 1080 I think anything over a 955BE @ 3.8GHz + a 570 will give a noticeable increase in performance as you should b able to max out all games and get good FPS. I have a 550BE unlocked to 4 cores and overclocked to 3.7GHz + 2 x 512Mb Radeon 4870s in crossfire and I can play all the games I have at ultra settings at 1920x1080.


decided to go with i7 950
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