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Intel core i5 2400 or Amd phenom 2 x4 965

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August 28, 2011 12:51:03 AM

Initially my build was to be this:

AMD Phenom II X4 965
Asus M5A97
XFX HD6850
G.Skill 2 x4GB 1333(PC3 10666) Ram
Corsair GS600w

but today i saw Fry's ad and they have the Intel core i5 2400 on sale for 139.99 originally 189.99 even on newegg. So question is should i change my build to the i5 2400 or keep my initial build?

AMD 965= 129.99 (newegg)
i5 2400= 139.99 (Frys)

If you recommend the i5 please provide a good motherboard around $120 please.

Almost forgot heres what i plan to do with my computer:

Internet, youtube, facebook, IGN
Games: Crysis, Counter strike, Star wars old republic, skyrim, GTA 4, MW3, Battlefield 3
Applications: Photoshop, Microsoft office, Vegas Movie studio HD, Indesign, Illustrator

Typically a everyday use computer for almost a little of everything.
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August 28, 2011 1:05:17 AM

choice would be the i5 2400 + z68 just for the extras the chipset provides above the H & P chipsets, leaves lots of room for future expansion & upgrades :) 

decent one on newegg just about fits your $120 budget
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August 28, 2011 1:05:27 AM

good price on 2400....

Go for it...

most brand name H67 boards for sub-$100
August 29, 2011 11:45:06 AM

the i5 2400 is capable of matching first generation i7's such as the 920, it is generations ahead of the 965. As for the motherboard look for a sub $120 z68 motherboard however if you do not intend to do any overclocking then a h67 motherboard should be fine
August 29, 2011 2:32:35 PM


He can't overclock an i5 2400 anyways.

My vote goes to the i5. Attractive Price!
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August 29, 2011 5:34:21 PM

The Intel® Core™ i5-2400 is an outstanding processor that you are going to love. While the Intel Core i5-2500K is a better gaming processor, the price you have gotten on the Intel Core i5-2400 makes it a great deal.

I personally like the extra features that the Z68 chipset offers over the H67 but for a general propose board the H67 will work well.

Good luck and enjoy the new system.

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
August 30, 2011 5:45:54 AM

well i got the i5 2400 all i need is a mobo...
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August 30, 2011 6:00:08 AM

xjoex93 said:
well i got the i5 2400 all i need is a mobo...

newegg funtime then :)  H67 chipset mobo's are cheap, but lack some of the features of the p67 & z68 mobos. if you're just gonna be sticking with that cpu & a single gpu for the entire life of the mobo & don't need any of the extras the more expensive chipsets provide, then h67 is prolly the way to go. p67 are decent value too, but considering z68 are pretty much the same price now, i'd just go straight for z68.
September 1, 2011 6:41:46 AM

Looking for a good motherboard not too cheap not too expensive. I'm considering dual gpu but im not too sure. Would like something that will last and is a good product all around, so technically not that cheap. Anyone? I think the Z68 chipset is what im looking into...what are some good brands?
May 3, 2012 11:22:49 AM

Get Intel i5 2400.
Its always better with INTEL INSIDE...
AMD hangs too much...
May 3, 2012 12:53:19 PM

You bumped a 1.5 year old thread for that...