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College Build for casual gaming - $425 max

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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  1. Best answer
    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)
    OR
    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
    OR
    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
  2. Would it be better to go ahead and get a x6?
  3. Not for gaming, the 4 core beats the 6 in gaming
  4. Is it because games don't utilize more than 4 cores?
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. Does anyone know of a good fan and heatsink for overclocking the x4 that is under $50?
  12. 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
  13. Thanks man. Comes up to around $421. Just in my budget lol
  14. ...you forgot shipping and tax
  15. Nope, just signed up for free 2 day shipping. And no tax in my state
  16. Nice =D, hope I helped you
  17. Best answer selected by Coastaltuba.
  18. It's 30 on Amazon the cooler master
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