Need to get a new MB and CPU for son's gaming rig. Mostly plays FPS. These are the parts I have:
Case - Antec 300 Illusion
PSU - Corsair Enthusiast Series 650w
GPU - EVGA GTX460 1GB
HDD - Samsung Spinpoint 500GB
Memory - 4GB Crucial DDR3 1333
OS - Windows XP
HSF - Coolermaster H212+
Budget - $300 - 400 U.S. buying from Newegg within a week
This needs to remain viable and upgradeable for the next 2-3 years
I have been considering the AMD Athalon II x 3 series or Phenom II 955 (currently in my rig and like it)
Could I do better going with an INTEL in this price range or should I wait and see what Bulldozer has to offer?
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.
so if there is a microcenter nearby:
$160 965BE + Biostar A780L3G - not a must but at this price might as well hit an X4 hehe
I think I will go with the core i5 2500k. I think Intel is finally getting there so far as price for performance. As far as mobo Asrock seems to be doing a good job with the 1155 socket. Never used them before but I am not adverse to trying them. I have used ASUS (my favorite), MSI, Biostar, and ECS in the past and currently have an example of all 4 operating with no issues.