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November 24, 2011 2:17:01 AM

Hey Everyone,
I'm trying to buy components for my first build this black Friday-Cyber Monday weekend. The main use will be gaming (battlefield 3, Deus Ex, etc), and then general computing tasks.

I looked into a 2500k, 560ti build but with the OS it ran well into the 800s. I'm hoping that the deals this weekend bring it withing my budget range of around $650 US.

If not which other cpu's should i look into for my build? I want to buy a CPU that will give me good performance for like 3-5 years. The cheaper (without sacrificing too much performance) the better.

Thanks in advanced.



November 24, 2011 7:26:17 AM

theprodigy809 said:
Hey Everyone,
I'm trying to buy components for my first build this black Friday-Cyber Monday weekend. The main use will be gaming (battlefield 3, Deus Ex, etc), and then general computing tasks.

I looked into a 2500k, 560ti build but with the OS it ran well into the 800s. I'm hoping that the deals this weekend bring it withing my budget range of around $650 US.

If not which other cpu's should i look into for my build? I want to buy a CPU that will give me good performance for like 3-5 years. The cheaper (without sacrificing too much performance) the better.

Thanks in advanced.


Intel is your best bet for a computer build right now... the i5-2400 does fantastic for everything and is cheaper than the i5-2500k. Amd will take a while (imo) to get back on their feet, if they do at all. So for a future resistant build, go intel.
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November 24, 2011 7:46:00 AM

i5 2400.

People will tell you it's not overclockable, but it is. Not fully unlocked like the 2500k, but you can still get a substantial boost.

I put one of these in my second system. Performance is nothing short of amazing for a budget build.
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November 24, 2011 9:56:38 AM

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic...

imo it's not a good time to build something 'futureproof' as some new, promising hardware is coming out in the next 6-8 months.
intel's ivy bridge - q1 2012
amd's 7xxx gfx cards - possible debut in december 2011 - mid range - upper mid range in april 2012
nvidia's 6xx cards - q1-q2 2012
amd's trinity (a bit far fetched but possible in q1 2012).
if you must build now, a system with intel's core i5 2400 or 2500k with a z68 mother board with radeon hd 6870 will last for a while.
from amd, one with a cheap ph ii x4 955 (upgrade later to a better version of fx) with a 990fx motherboard with radeonhd 6870 or hd 6950 will suffice.
however, the phii build will be weaker than the intel build even though both will play latest games without too much trouble.
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November 24, 2011 10:09:08 AM

Very low budget get an Athlon x3 or pentium GXXX series
low budget get a 955BE or Intel i3 2100
bit more best i5 you can afford.
For GPU spend roughly the same as motherboard and CPU combined for a balanced system.
November 25, 2011 6:53:48 AM

Thanks for the responses so far guys :D 

I'm curious would the 955 be good for 3-5 more years.
By "good" i mean able to run games at least at medium settings in 3-5 years time assuming I also have an up to date graphics card.
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November 25, 2011 8:24:25 AM

As for 3-5 years time you can only go by the past if you got a CPU in 2007 a top end one would be a core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4GHz, mid range would be an Athlon 64 x 2 3500+ 2.2GHz and budget end would be a Pentium D or Pentium 4 (single core). The Q6600 is still good today for at least medium settings overcloked it should still max out all but the most CPU limited games, while the single core Pentiums will not even play most modern games. So based on that (software may or may not move the same as the past) and considering a 955BE as an upper low end or lower middle end CPU I think it will be good for 3 years playing modern games on at least medium but 4-5 years may be pushing it.
I myself an planing to upgrade my Phenom x4 @3.7GHz (unlocked 550BE) around the end of next year.
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November 25, 2011 8:49:01 AM

I recently looked into the Athlon II 651 which is based on the Socket F1 mobos and the Llano core. Its basically a higher clocked A8 without the internal graphics. The previous version (631) overclocked to 4ghz + on very low volts. I'm assuming this one could hit 4.5ghz. I would look into it further if this sounds attractive, the chips are VERY cheap.
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November 25, 2011 2:49:08 PM

If you take advantage of today's offer at Newegg, you can get the i3-2100 w/hyperthreading at nearly the same price as a Ph II X4 955. With HT it's a dual core that will slightly outperform the 955, and be more future-proof in architecture, motherboard, etc. than the K10 architecture of the Phenom.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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