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June 2, 2011 6:51:24 PM

Hello to you all!

I have an HP pavillion, and recently, I wanted to completely overhaul it. I wanted a new system that could do what I wanted, like play most games at high settings, or maybe some other tasks. Since my budget is rather tight at $450, what I wanted to do was to upgrade my motherboard, my cpu, my graphics card, my memory, and my psu. If I wanted, I could cut back, but right now, I'm not sure which build to go for: AMD or Intel?

AMD

Motherboard: Gigabyte AMD AM3 6 Core MotherBoard GA-880GM-UD2H
CPU:AMD CPU HDZ955FBGMBOX Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 3.2GHz AM3 125W Retail
Memory: Corsair TW3X4G1333C9 XMS3 4GB 2 X 2 GB PC3-10666 1333Mhz Dual Channel 240-pin DDR3 Desktop Memory
GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 5770 1 GB DDR5 2DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort PCI-Express Video Card 100283-3L
PSU: Antec EarthWatts Green EA-430D Green 430W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS 12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

If you guys have any good AMD or Intel builds, just tell me!

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June 2, 2011 11:02:13 PM

Hello xen_05;

What resolution monitor will you be using?
That Phenom II X4 955 / HD 5770 combo is an excellent choice for gaming on monitors up to about 1680x1050 resolution.
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June 3, 2011 2:03:42 AM

If you are on a budget, then I would actually recommend the dual Intel i3-2100 CPU over the quad core Phenom II X4 955 BE because the i3-2100 actually performs better. See following review for gaming benchmarks:

http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu/display/core-i3-21...

The i3 also uses significantly less power than the Phenom which means you can buy a more powerful video card (which would draw more power) than you would be able to if you had the Phenom.

If you absolutely want a quad core CPU and you cannot step up to an i5 CPU, then stick with the Phenom.
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June 3, 2011 3:36:12 AM

WR2 said:
Hello xen_05;

What resolution monitor will you be using?
That Phenom II X4 955 / HD 5770 combo is an excellent choice for gaming on monitors up to about 1680x1050 resolution.


I already have a 1680 x 1050 monitor. If you have any other suggestions, tell me!
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June 3, 2011 3:41:48 AM

jaguarskx said:
If you are on a budget, then I would actually recommend the dual Intel i3-2100 CPU over the quad core Phenom II X4 955 BE because the i3-2100 actually performs better. See following review for gaming benchmarks:

http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu/display/core-i3-21...

The i3 also uses significantly less power than the Phenom which means you can buy a more powerful video card (which would draw more power) than you would be able to if you had the Phenom.

If you absolutely want a quad core CPU and you cannot step up to an i5 CPU, then stick with the Phenom.


I could step up to an i5 if I really wanted to... but that would mean skimping a bit on the card and the PSU. I'm just not sure if it's a good idea. If I could get an i5 2400/2500 w mobo for less than $300, I would be quite happy.
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June 3, 2011 3:57:26 AM

Getting a i5 2400 and a mobo for $300 is possible since the i5 2400 sells for about $190 leaving $110 for a mobo.

The GIGABYTE GA-P67A-D3-B3 is one of just a couple of mobos using the P67 chipset that is affordable enough for you to buy.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you don't wanna spend $300 for the CPU and mobo, then just remember the benchmarks above shows that the lowly dual core i3-2100 can beat a quad core Phenom II in games which is the most likely the reason why the Phenom costs less than the i3.

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June 3, 2011 4:13:53 PM

mdd1963 said:
the i5-2400 is $189 or so.... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

An H61 MB is $79... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The i5/2400 will outframe any of the X4/X6 rigs, given equal video cards, especially at 1680x1050...

I've seen GTX460(1gb) models for as low as $120 with rebates, I'd try hard to start in that range in GPU shopping....


MSI LGA1155/Intel H61 B3/DDR3/A&GbE/MATX Motherboard H61M-P23 (B3)

How about that one instead? On amazon, it is cheaper, and besides, the motherboard that you mentioned only got 2 eggs... And if I bought that motherboard, I could even purchase an Intel core i5 2500k... But I'm not sure if I could overclock the i5 cpu... Would it be possible?
By the way, I didn't know you could buy a GTX 460 for only 120! Where did you see one for that? I would be curious to know...

EDIT: Heard that on Newegg, you could buy an i7 2600k/motherboard combo for less than $300. Is there a deal like that? I'm curious to know...
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June 7, 2011 5:45:17 PM

Now I'm not so sure... Do I really need to upgrade my computer? Or should I get something else? I have decided. Unless one of you can present a really good solution, with high performance, in the next couple of days, I will just give up, and buy something else!
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