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Advice on low budget build/upgrade plz...

Hey guys. I received some fantastic help for my DAW build here, so I thought ask for some guidance again. I'm looking to build a sub $300 CPU/MOBO/RAM upgrade for myself for gaming. Obviously, not HARDCORE, but something that'll play all but the most demanding games (lookin' at YOU, Crysis 2 O_o). I already have a EVGA GeForce GT240 so I'm not lookin' to upgrade my GPU power yet (although I notice the 460's prices are dropping quite nicely..). Also, SLI would be nice, but not absolutely necessary (yes, I know I can't SLI the 240's IIRC). Anyways here goes...

Option 1:

Intel Core i3-550 Clarkdale 3.2GHz

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115065

GIGABYTE GA-H55-USB3

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128437

G.SKILL 4GB

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231189
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$286.97

I realize the "P55" chipset OC's better, but I'm trying to keep the board around $100 or less...

Option 2:

Intel Pentium E6700 Wolfdale 3.2GHz

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116370

ASUS P5G41T-M LX

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131680

G.SKILL 4GB

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231189
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$198 ish

Again, the P45 line of 775 socket boards is the better OC, but almost three times more $$$. 775 socket is also on it's way out...

So, any suggestions? Thanks for your time....
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  1. Best answer
    Intel Core i3-550 Clarkdale 3.2GHz 4MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 73W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80616I3550
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115065

    ASUS P7P55D-E LX LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131634

    CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C9
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145260

    Total:289$ After Rebates
    A P55 Board and the i3 is a Superb overclocker
  2. Thank you for the input sr26.

    Is the Corsair really better than the G. Skill? I've heard/read Corsair RAM is great, but also that quality has gone down in recent years. Any truth in that?

    Thanks again...
  3. Corsair and G-Skill Rams are value for money.They provide applauding performance and are of good quality.The choice is urs frm these 2 rams
    The only thing is Corsair has a rebate while G-Skill Doesnt
  4. If Microcenter is an option

    $149.99 965BE + Biostar A780L3G
    http://www.microcenter.com/specials/promotions/AMDbundlePROMO.html

    2 X 2 GB DDR3 1333 $39.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231396

    With Crysis on the table u do not want to be on a GT240 lol so

    MSI GTX 460 $129.99AR Free Ship
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127519

    $320AR total upgrade cost

    GT240 isn't good enuff to beat previous gen 9600GT so...

  5. Quote:
    Corsair and G-Skill Rams are value for money.They provide applauding performance and are of good quality.The choice is urs frm these 2 rams
    The only thing is Corsair has a rebate while G-Skill Doesnt


    Cool. Thanks :)
  6. batuchka said:
    If Microcenter is an option

    $149.99 965BE + Biostar A780L3G
    http://www.microcenter.com/specials/promotions/AMDbundlePROMO.html

    2 X 2 GB DDR3 1333 $39.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231396

    With Crysis on the table u do not want to be on a GT240 lol so

    MSI GTX 460 $129.99AR Free Ship
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127519

    $320AR total upgrade cost

    GT240 isn't good enuff to beat previous gen 9600GT so...


    Thanks for the input, but I'm stickin' with the 240 for now. Plus, it's kind of hard to run a computer with no processor, yes? lol

    I'm looking for a CPU/MOBO/RAM combo UNDER $300. Thanks for the help though... :D
  7. Quote:
    Intel Core i3-550 Clarkdale 3.2GHz 4MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 73W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80616I3550
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115065

    ASUS P7P55D-E LX LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131634

    CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C9
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145260

    Total:289$ After Rebates
    A P55 Board and the i3 is a Superb overclocker


    According to the ASUS QVL that Corsair RAM isn't supported....
  8. Well, according to the Corsair site the RAM IS supported by the MOBO. I love conflicting info between manufacturers....*sigh*
  9. batuchka said:
    If Microcenter is an option

    $149.99 965BE + Biostar A780L3G
    http://www.microcenter.com/specials/promotions/AMDbundlePROMO.html

    2 X 2 GB DDR3 1333 $39.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231396

    With Crysis on the table u do not want to be on a GT240 lol so

    MSI GTX 460 $129.99AR Free Ship
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127519

    $320AR total upgrade cost


    I have a better Option for you, but if you have access to a micro center.
    Pick up a AMD Phenom II X2 560 or 555 Black edition with a mother board combo for $99
    If you read the reviews correctly, you can easily unlock 2 more cores from the dual core, making it a Quad core processor and can be easily be over clocked at 4ghz without even altering the voltage.
    With this, the cost of your build comes down to less the 300. All the other components above apply.
    I hope it helps.
  10. sync_nine said:
    I have a better Option for you, but if you have access to a micro center.
    Pick up a AMD Phenom II X2 560 or 555 Black edition with a mother board combo for $99
    If you read the reviews correctly, you can easily unlock 2 more cores from the dual core, making it a Quad core processor and can be easily be over clocked at 4ghz without even altering the voltage.
    With this, the cost of your build comes down to less the 300. All the other components above apply.
    I hope it helps.


    Thought about doing that, BUT unlocking the other 2 cores isn't guaranteed. You may only unlock 3 or NONE. And those cores may not be stable. Also the AMD Dual Cores are slower than the Intels. And IIRC most games (if not all) use no more than 2 cores anyways (feel free to correct me if I'm wrong though)....

    Thanks for the help! :)
  11. VSTJuNkiE said:
    Plus, it's kind of hard to run a computer with no processor, yes? lol


    Err those are prices with a motherboard bundled in - in the case of the $149.99 one the Biostar A780L3G is basically free and as shown u need not stick to current frames offered by GT240 with $300ish :lol: Yep unlocking is a bonus not a given
  12. batuchka said:
    Err those are prices with a motherboard bundled in - in the case of the $149.99 one the Biostar A780L3G is basically free


    Aahh.. Okay. Didn't notice that...lol

    batuchka said:
    and as shown u need not stick to current frames offered by GT240 with $300ish


    Gotcha. :)
  13. Quote:
    Intel Core i3-550 Clarkdale 3.2GHz 4MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 73W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80616I3550
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115065

    ASUS P7P55D-E LX LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131634

    CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C9
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145260

    Total:289$ After Rebates
    A P55 Board and the i3 is a Superb overclocker



    Think I'm going to go with this, but switch out the Corsair with these:

    G.SKILL Ripjaws
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277

    Thanks again to EVERYBODY that helped. Got some good peeps in this forum. Keep it up! :bounce:
  14. Best answer selected by VSTJuNkiE.
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