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May 13, 2011 12:53:39 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: This Weekend!

Budget Range: 300-350$ MAX

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Rift gaming - Gaming for at least a year.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, GFX Card, Case and PSU

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Some local shops

Parts Preferences: Intel Sandy Bridge + Nvidia in future

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024

Additional Comments:

Hello guys,

Currently using;

CPU : Sempron 3200+ 1.8ghz Single Core 64bit
RAM : 2 GB DDR-2 800mhz
Mainboard : MSI K9VGM-V
GFX : 512mb 256bit Radeon 3870 OC'd @ 845gpu - 1155mem ( Default; 775 / 950 )

Going to buy this weekend

CPU : i3 2100 SB
RAM : Kingston 4 GB 2x2 DDR-3 1333mhz
Mainboard : MSI H61M-M21
GFX : Same GFX card - Radeon 3870 OC'd @ 845gpu - 1155mem ( Default; 775 / 950 )

I need this new setup for Rift MMO only and interested to play at MEDIUM settings with 30+ FPS in Raids - Invasions etc.

Currently I'm having very desperate times in every settings @ 10 FPS; Switching to Ultra or Low doesn't change my FPS.

THANKS for helping me!

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May 13, 2011 12:58:17 AM

Based on your budget and your needs, I would recommend waiting to get more funds or go with that you have.

But I strongly recommend getting around $500 for a system you would be happy with.
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May 13, 2011 1:18:09 AM

I won't be able to get 150-200$ more in at least 6 months, so I tought I can get these parts and upgrade to i5 and a gtx 460 Q3/Q4 of 2011. I'm a student at college and can't get money this semester :( 
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May 13, 2011 1:23:23 AM

I had more money in college than I do now :p  I sat at the dorm front desk for like 6.50 an hour playing WoW or studying...it made it seem like I was being paid to play games...was quite rewarding.

If you do get the i3 2100 you might just want to use its integrated graphics. I think the HD 2000 is better than the 3870.
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May 13, 2011 1:23:56 AM

If you're looking at these parts as temporary they will suffice. But if you are going to buy an i5 and 460 in Q3, I would strongly recommend just waiting.

I understand it's hard, but it will be worth it to not get throw away parts for just 6 months of performance
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May 13, 2011 1:37:07 AM

I'll try to get a better Mainboard at least for future support but I think I'll get the i3 2100 and try it until I get i5 2500k :)  According to benchmarks HD2000 is like a quarter of HD 4650 and 4650 is half performance of 3870 which means; 3870 is way more powerful than HD2000 Integrated.

I can use the i3 2100 for another Office PC in future so it won't be trash :) 

Thanks for advice anyway, gonna throw the dice :p 
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May 13, 2011 2:09:53 AM

I know you specified that you won't be overclocking. But if you do intend to get an i5-2500k in the future, I'd recommend a P67 motherboard.

The H61/67 motherboards don't have any overclocking features. Something to think about.
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May 13, 2011 7:12:35 AM

I changed my idea today, with same price i'll get;

MSI 870A-G54 Motherboard
AMD Phenom II X4 955 with CM HAF 212+
GSKILL RipjawsX 4gb RAM

Exact same price tag with a quad CPU and OC available :) 
Gonna get a gtx 460 in 5-6 months.


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May 13, 2011 9:38:41 AM

The good news is, most 8xx series motherboards will be able to upgrade to a Bulldozer AM3+ CPU in June.

The bad news? An i3-2300 (dualcore) outperforms the AMD 955 in gaming. And an i5-2500k smashes the 955.

Although a Bulldozer Quad Core should be somewhere between a i3-2300 and i5-2400 in gaming performance.

You will se a SIGNIFICANT improvement over your single core CPU, but the 955 is an aged chip.

Hope this helps
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May 13, 2011 2:30:46 PM

It's either 2100 or 955, Same price on local shops atm. I'm gonna take the 955 since it will have a better mobo and can OC,

stock 955 + gtx 460 can run rift @ ultra setting atm according to players in official forums. I'll buy a gtx 460 and bulldozer in the future.

thanks for your helps
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May 13, 2011 2:30:59 PM

Best answer selected by Wrathfire.
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