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July 2, 2011 12:11:28 AM

I know it seems cheap, but I have a couple of things already. Here we go

Uses: Casual gaming (newest games, but only at 720p)

Parts Not needed: monitor, os, keyboard and mouse, cd/dvd drive, power supply, case, or graphics card (buying graphics card a little later, so either CPU or motherboard needs integrated graphics.

Shop from: Newegg

Overclocking: Eventually

SLI or Crossfire: Eventually

For now, I will be using onboard graphics. Until next month, when I will buy somewhere between a GTX 460ti to a HD 6970.

Anyone care to help out?

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July 2, 2011 12:21:10 AM

CPU: AMD Phenom II x4 955 $115
MoBo: MSI 760GM-P33 AM3 $55
HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST3500413AS $40
RAM: Team Elite Model TED34096M10667DC $34
Total: $244 (Does not support SLI/Crossfire)
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CPU: AMD Phenom II x4 955 $115
MoBo: ASUS M4A88T-V $115
HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST3500413AS $40
RAM: Team Elite Model TED34096M10667DC $34
Total: $304
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CPU: Intel Core i5 2500k $220
MoBo: BIOSTAR TH67B $80 (Supports only CrossFire)
HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST3500413AS 500GB $40
RAM: Team Elite Model TED34096M10667DC $34
Total: $374

Note: Choose the Intel one, It's ALOT BETTER
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July 2, 2011 12:26:59 AM

Would it be better to go ahead and get a x6?
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July 2, 2011 12:29:41 AM

Not for gaming, the 4 core beats the 6 in gaming
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July 2, 2011 12:32:07 AM

Is it because games don't utilize more than 4 cores?
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July 2, 2011 12:35:15 AM

yea, unless you want to go with the Intel 6 core...the AMD 6 core doesn't/CAN'T compete with the intel i5 2500k or i7 2600k processor. If the games don't utilze the cores, then you want to make the best of the cores that are used
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July 2, 2011 12:38:40 AM

Alright, well take gaming out of the equation. Which one is more future-resistant? I'm not trying to justify getting a x6, I just wanna make sure it will last, because I don't plan to upgrade within the next two years
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July 2, 2011 12:41:34 AM

then get the i5 2500k. It'll last a while. The 6 core isn't all that good, it's only 2 extra cores, and as far as I know, not too many programs use more than 3 cores now
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July 2, 2011 12:44:04 AM

Will the i5 be in budget? What is a good motherboard to go with it? Oh, I forgot that the motherboard needs to have HDMI, as I'm using my tv as my monitor
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July 2, 2011 12:52:23 AM

I gave you 3 options to choose from (last one was intel i5)
Here it is again:
CPU: Intel Core i5 2500k $220
MoBo: Biostar TH67B $80 (Supports only CrossFire)
HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST3500413AS 500GB $40
RAM: Team Elite Model TED34096M10667DC $34
Total: $374
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July 2, 2011 12:55:04 AM

Oh, sorry I didn't see it sorry man. Thank you so much for helping me. I don't want you to think that I'm not appreciative.
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July 2, 2011 1:47:07 AM

Does anyone know of a good fan and heatsink for overclocking the x4 that is under $50?
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July 2, 2011 2:17:14 AM

You can get the Corsair h50 watercooling for areound $70 at amazon
or the COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 for $50 at NewEgg
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July 2, 2011 2:24:17 AM

Thanks man. Comes up to around $421. Just in my budget lol
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July 2, 2011 2:27:12 AM

...you forgot shipping and tax
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July 2, 2011 2:29:59 AM

Nope, just signed up for free 2 day shipping. And no tax in my state
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July 12, 2011 12:59:52 AM

Best answer selected by Coastaltuba.
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July 12, 2011 1:28:40 AM

It's 30 on Amazon the cooler master
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