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On a budget for $130 or under gaming cpu

Hello,
I am in the process of building a gaming pc and I have done extensive research thus far, and have been trying to find the best bang for my buck performance and gaming wise for anything from $130 and down. I have looked at the A6-3650, which I will point out has a passmark rank of 91 and the FX 4100, and finally the phenom II 955 BE... I prefer cheaper, but definitely aiming to get the best quad core for gaming and proof vs here say and fanboys.. I am no fanboy to either side I just want the absolute best bang for my buck all around without hindering performance while gaming.
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  1. Can you order from newegg? Twice they've had the 2500k for $133 as an open box unit with heatsink. They sell out in minutes. Check on wed or thursday evenings.
  2. Well the only bad thing about tigerdirect and newegg is the sad fact that I live in TX and they charge a lot for shipping and taxes for some reason, I have been using Amazon which has better deals and free shipping for the most part, but with less rebates than the other two places... I also have no plan to overclock my cpu, I want the best quad core or ht dual core for my budget with stock speeds. I am hoping someone can help me with this...
  3. zekk98 said:
    Hello,
    I am in the process of building a gaming pc and I have done extensive research thus far, and have been trying to find the best bang for my buck performance and gaming wise for anything from $130 and down. I have looked at the A6-3650, which I will point out has a passmark rank of 91 and the FX 4100, and finally the phenom II 955 BE... I prefer cheaper, but definitely aiming to get the best quad core for gaming and proof vs here say and fanboys.. I am no fanboy to either side I just want the absolute best bang for my buck all around without hindering performance while gaming.



    I would like to say get the I3 2100 but Intel boards cost a lot for the same features Amd boards have such as 4 ram slots instead of 2. I would say a 955 or a 4100fx is your best bet if money is your number 1 priority. Don't get the A6 though. And don't even get the 4 core BD as BD boards cost a little to much right now. Unless you can get one cheap with everything you want.
  4. Just what IS your budget? $130 gets you a CPU, what about the MB. RAM and anything else you might need?
  5. DelroyMonjo said:
    Just what IS your budget? $130 gets you a CPU, what about the MB. RAM and anything else you might need?



    i would like to know this as well
  6. Well, essentially I am aiming to get the best bang for my buck, aiming to not go over $130 for my cpu and not go over $120 for a motherboard, but definitely would prefer something under $100 without sacrificing features. My memory price range is under $30 for 4 gigs of 1066 or 1333 mhz ddr3 dual channel memory. Also my budget for my graphics card is $170 or below. I was aiming for amd because its cheaper and provides excellent stock performance for gaming, intel is a bit out of my price range when I add everything up.
  7. Also my overall budget is $920 and I can't go over that, and that is for a complete system with OS, monitor, and basic keyboard and mouse, I mean I have everything else down pack and ready to interchange, but the cpu... I just don't know whether to get an older phenom II x4 955BE and hope it lasts and still gets updates and such or go with a A6-3650 and hope its passmark score and rank will be legit or even go with the FX4100 and hope it gets better with time... Its a tough decision on my part and I want to make the best choice possible overall.
  8. zekk98 said:
    Well, essentially I am aiming to get the best bang for my buck, aiming to not go over $130 for my cpu and not go over $120 for a motherboard, but definitely would prefer something under $100 without sacrificing features. My memory price range is under $30 for 4 gigs of 1066 or 1333 mhz ddr3 dual channel memory. Also my budget for my graphics card is $170 or below. I was aiming for amd because its cheaper and provides excellent stock performance for gaming, intel is a bit out of my price range when I add everything up.



    If your not going to overclock i would go with the I3 with HT as its real fast for gaming and toms did a article saying its a better deal for Gamers then a 955. But if you want to stick with Amd i would get a 965+Amd radeon 6850HD on top of a nice board.

    To bad you can't use Newegg
  9. zekk98 said:
    Also my overall budget is $920 and I can't go over that, and that is for a complete system with OS, monitor, and basic keyboard and mouse, I mean I have everything else down pack and ready to interchange, but the cpu... I just don't know whether to get an older phenom II x4 955BE and hope it lasts and still gets updates and such or go with a A6-3650 and hope its passmark score and rank will be legit or even go with the FX4100 and hope it gets better with time... Its a tough decision on my part and I want to make the best choice possible overall.



    I'll say it again do not get the A6 it has nothing on a 955 or a 4110fx. Plus the A6 needs a FM1 socket board not a AM3 board


    Why wont you overclock?
  10. Ok, well if I WERE to go with intel's i3 would it continue to perform better in say a year or two vs phenom II x4 955BE and which i3 would be a good idea for my price range, and if I absolutely had to I can extend it to $150, but only if its definitely worth it, instead of just barely better.
  11. Because this is not for me or I would definitely overclock, but within a reasonable range, this is for someone who wants to game and has the described budget, and has no knowledge of overclocking or any need or want to even do so if he were to learn how to overclock, he would rather stay stock and stay safe.
  12. There are plenty of AM3+ MB's for around $100 with 4 DDR3 Ram slots as well as Sata3 and 6 GB.
    Also, what's the deal with shipping to Texas from Newegg and the sales tax thingy. Newegg doesn't charge sales tax to Texas orders and a lot of items have free shipping. Although their shipping rates seem screwy at times, like free shipping for a case but $7.87 for a video card...
  13. But whats the best cpu to go with for what I am looking for and the price range?
  14. zekk98 said:
    But whats the best cpu to go with for what I am looking for and the price range?



    Their is better Amd boards for the money to be honest get him a 955 and a Amd Radeon 6850 and the person will love it.
  15. AMD Phenom II X4 960T $125
    GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3 AMD970 $95
    G.SKILL 4GB $26

    or

    Intel Core i3-2100 $125
    ASRock H61M/U3S3 $75
  16. gnomio said:
    AMD Phenom II X4 960T $125
    GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3 AMD970 $95
    G.SKILL 4GB $26

    or

    Intel Core i3-2100 $125
    ASRock H61M/U3S3 $75



    Why would he want the 960T when the 955 is 119.99$ and is clocked 200mhz more? Plus he said he wont overclock, And i'm sure he can care less about the lower TDP.
  17. My points exactly it seems a lot of people on here seem to almost ignore some of the things the original poster says. I am wondering stock wise is the i3 2100 better? I mean its not even but a few dollars more, I know I can manage a good build with it, but I really want to know which would be better at stock and for gaming? I also am leaning towards the I series of cpus for the upgrading potential after looking at some of the reviews of the bulldozer cpus... which is seriously crazy to see new tech being laughable at best. I mean two year old amd cpus are still being compared to newer generation cpus and thats crazy and sad. So, if someone could really point me in the right direction with some benchmarks and stuff that would be very helpful.
  18. Here's one simple comparison: http://www.cpubenchmark.net/. Notice the 2500K is near the top on the "common cpu chart". The six core phenoms are down the list.
  19. zekk98 said:
    My points exactly it seems a lot of people on here seem to almost ignore some of the things the original poster says. I am wondering stock wise is the i3 2100 better? I mean its not even but a few dollars more, I know I can manage a good build with it, but I really want to know which would be better at stock and for gaming? I also am leaning towards the I series of cpus for the upgrading potential after looking at some of the reviews of the bulldozer cpus... which is seriously crazy to see new tech being laughable at best. I mean two year old amd cpus are still being compared to newer generation cpus and thats crazy and sad. So, if someone could really point me in the right direction with some benchmarks and stuff that would be very helpful.



    What you need to understand is Intel boards cost so much money for one with just 4 ram slots like 105$ that's money that can be spent on a better video card. The I3 is faster at stock but it cost 20$ more for the CPU and it cost about 50$ more for a mobo that even supports basic things like 4 ram slots.

    50-70$ can be the difference between a 6750 and a 6850.
  20. Doesn't appear terribly expensive to me.
    Intel Core i3 2100 - $109.99
    http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=58339&vpn=BX80623I32100&manufacture=Intel&promoid=1208
    MSI P67A-G43 (B3) - $104.99/After Mail In Rebate: $84.99
    http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=59095&vpn=P67A%2DG43%20%28B3%29&manufacture=MSI%2FMicroStar&promoid=1208
    Free shipping.
  21. jdwii said:
    Why would he want the 960T when the 955 is 119.99$ and is clocked 200mhz more? Plus he said he wont overclock, And i'm sure he can care less about the lower TDP.

    6 core cpu for 125usd? Why not?

    Its for gaming. I mean there's what a half a frame difference between the 960 and the 2600k running the same gpu on a high resolution. Dunno what the fuzz about gaming and a cpu unless your playing at a very low resolution. Save the dough on the cpu blow more on the gpu
  22. davcon said:
    Doesn't appear terribly expensive to me.
    Intel Core i3 2100 - $109.99
    http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=58339&vpn=BX80623I32100&manufacture=Intel&promoid=1208
    MSI P67A-G43 (B3) - $104.99/After Mail In Rebate: $84.99
    http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=59095&vpn=P67A%2DG43%20%28B3%29&manufacture=MSI%2FMicroStar&promoid=1208
    Free shipping.



    Its considerably more money on newegg/Tiger/Amazon. And with Amd you can get a good board for 60$ and a Phenom II x4 for 120$.

    Quote:
    6 core cpu for 125usd? Why not?

    Its for gaming. I mean there's what a half a frame difference between the 960 and the 2600k running the same gpu on a high resolution. Dunno what the fuzz about gaming and a cpu unless your playing at a very low resolution. Save the dough on the cpu blow more on the gpu


    Its not guaranteed it will unlock and its best to get the most out of your money. But CPU's matter less at higher resolutions. But i could find examples where you can't play smooth on any AMD cpu at 1080P with a 6970 or GTX 580. Even though its so rare its not funny.
  23. I am not looking for a motherboard that has four ram slots or even two PCI Express 2.0 x16, I just need two ram slots that support at least 8-16gbs of ram and a good bit of features for a good price. I am not doing overclocking so I don't need all that extra stuff. And I only plan to run one discrete gpu.. The monitor that will be used has a resolution of 1600x900 20" monitor. But would the intel i3 perform well at that resolution? Or should I get the I3-2120?
  24. Depends on your budget. Any of the 21xx series 1155 will work fine with an h61 board and 8 gb of ddr3; newegg has some kingston hyperX 1600 2x4gb for $39.99 after rebate.
  25. Best answer
    zekk98 said:
    I am not looking for a motherboard that has four ram slots or even two PCI Express 2.0 x16, I just need two ram slots that support at least 8-16gbs of ram and a good bit of features for a good price. I am not doing overclocking so I don't need all that extra stuff. And I only plan to run one discrete gpu.. The monitor that will be used has a resolution of 1600x900 20" monitor. But would the intel i3 perform well at that resolution? Or should I get the I3-2120?



    Sounds like Intel is the best option then since you only need 2 ram slots and you wont be overclocking and you only need 1 video card. Go for it the I3 is a very fast CPU for gaming and its even a little better then the 955.


    Here read this article from toms

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-gaming-cpu-core-i3-2100-phenom-ii-x6-1075t,2859.html


    Intel has a beast on their hands

    "The next step up is Intel's Core i3-2100. Based on our results, no value-oriented performance-focused gamer can ignore this processor's potential. Priced at an estimated $135 when it finally does emerge (originally scheduled for February, but almost certainly delayed until B3-revision Cougar Point chipsets start surfacing), the Core i3-2100 performs as well as (or slightly better than) AMD's Phenom II X4 970 flagship."
  26. I just wanted to throw it out there that a lot of companies give low end motherboards away for free along with processors, so you may be able to get a $80 board for free and spend more on the processor. As long as the board you get for free is by Asus or another quality company it should work OK.

    It would be bare bones with 2 RAM slots and 1 PCIe slot, but you can just go for fewer larger RAM sticks and single high end video cards and do fine.

    You can follow other's advice about which exact things to get, I just wanted to point out that package deals can give you more bang for your buck and to make sure to look for them.
  27. Best answer selected by Zekk98.
  28. Thank you guys for your help and the last few responses really helped my with my problem, thanks for the advice and information.
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