Looking for a cpu with low budget

Hi, I make this build,

Part list permalink: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/39mO
Part price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/39mO/by_merchant

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 970 Black 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-M68MT-S2 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $227.97
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated 2011-12-21 01:43 EST-0500)


and i just buy this:

Part list permalink: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/39ox
Part price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/39ox/by_merchant

CPU Cooler: Corsair CAFA50 61.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTS 450 1GB Video Card ($120.89 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Cooler Master 700W ATX12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Mwave)
Total: $207.87
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated 2011-12-21 02:11 EST-0500)

I'm short of budget so i want to make a good choice, now i have a pentium D!!! because my intel core 2 duo E8200 die!!!, so i want to make a significant upgrade.

I search in this forums and another pages to find the perfect cpu for my budget, and i find the amd 955 be, 960t, 970 and 980 can you tell wich is better.

If you have suggestions you are wellcome :), i want to use this for gaming, adobe master collection, 3d software in windows 7 ultimate 64 bits.
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  1. 960T is the best ,maybe you are lucky and can unlock him to 6 core. Is more economic TDP 95w 955 ,970,980 have an 125W TDP.
  2. sosofm said:
    960T is the best ,maybe you are lucky and can unlock him to 6 core. Is more economic TDP 95w 955 ,970,980 have an 125W TDP.


    Thanks, but how do I know if the mobo that i choose can unlock the 960T?

    Another thing, I'm upgrading from core 2 duo, so the fx 4100 0r 6000 is a good choice? or the 960T is better?
  3. List of processors the GA-M68MT-S2 supports.95W only btw
    http://www.gigabyte.com/support-downloads/cpu-support-popup.aspx?pid=3645
    I'd look for a better mobo with 125W cpu support = not the place to chintz out imo.
    CM psu's are crappy btw,you have to move up to Silent Pro series for anything decent.
    You don't require anything near a 700W psu for your specs.
    A quality 500W would be fine.
    Corsair Builder Series CMPSU-500CXV2 500W
    http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=60329&vpn=CMPSU%2D500CXV2&manufacture=Corsair&promoid=1314
    Personally i'd buy a mobo that supports the latest processors.
    I'm not saying buy this particular mobo,just giving you an idea of what newer boards support.
    Gigabyte GA-870A-USB3
    http://www.gigabyte.com/support-downloads/cpu-support-popup.aspx?pid=3788
  4. http://www.techbargains.com/catsearch.cfm/0_2_5
    SuperBiiz.com (eWiz.com) has the Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 1GB GDDR5 HDCP PCI-E Video Card for a low $119.99 Free Shipping after rebate and Coupon Code: XRUSH (Exp 12/26). Tax in FREE Deus Ex Game with purchase (available as game coupon download) much better video card iv'e bought stuff from them there good
    good advice on the motherboard do you live near a microcenter good instore motherboard cpu combos
    http://www.microcenter.com/at_the_stores/
    http://www.microcenter.com/specials/promotions/AMDbundlePROMO.html
  5. http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1430097&Sku=B69-5433
    MSI 970A-G45 AMD 970 Socket AM3+ Motherboard and AMD FX-4100 3.60 GHz Quad Core AM3+ Unlocked Processor Bundle $209.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130608&Tpk=MSI%20970A-G45
    nice asus motherboard ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS $99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131767
  6. Here's a cheap quality board 95W only FX support.
    ASUS M5A78L-M LX
    http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=61739&vpn=M5A78L%2DM%20LX&manufacture=ASUS&promoid=1314
    Gigabyte GA-870A-USB3 = the board i linked earlier supports a wide array of cpu's
    http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=60310&vpn=GA%2D870A%2DUSB3&manufacture=Gigabyte&promoid=1363
    Of course a $100 mobo has alot of features and cpu support.
    Gigabyte 970A-D3
    http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=62545&vpn=GA%2D970A%2DD3&manufacture=Gigabyte&promoid=1363
    marco324 has good links too!
    Decisions lol!
  7. davcon said:
    Here's a cheap quality board 95W only FX support.
    ASUS M5A78L-M LX
    http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=61739&vpn=M5A78L%2DM%20LX&manufacture=ASUS&promoid=1314
    Gigabyte GA-870A-USB3 = the board i linked earlier supports a wide array of cpu's
    http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=60310&vpn=GA%2D870A%2DUSB3&manufacture=Gigabyte&promoid=1363
    Of course a $100 mobo has alot of features and cpu support.
    Gigabyte 970A-D3
    http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=62545&vpn=GA%2D970A%2DD3&manufacture=Gigabyte&promoid=1363
    marco324 has good links too!
    Decisions lol!


    davcon, now I will buy a $100 mobo like you say, the mobo's that you and marco324 put in your answer are much better that the one i choose, but wich do you recomend me more?

    another thing, can I unlock the 960t with that mobo? and if the fx 6100 price drops(because i'm wainting for january), it will be a better choice?

    (sorry for my english :) )

    Thanks for your time!!
  8. jdrageme01 said:
    davcon, now I will buy a $100 mobo like you say, the mobo's that you and marco324 put in your answer are much better that the one i choose, but wich do you recomend me more?

    another thing, wich cpu do I choose? the fx 4100, 6100 or try to unlock the 960T? I read in the reviews of the fx series that they work in multithreading apps, so i was thinking that many of the 3d softwares that i use are multithreading apps so i was thinking that the fx series are better choice and because i'm upgrading from a core 2 duo processor any cpu that i choose will be good but which cpu do you recommend me in the end?

    Thanks for your time!!

    I'll be honest i'm an Intel guy and have never run an AMD platform.
    Yes i think you're better off with an @$100 mobo.
    I've always run Gigabyte boards and never had any problems.
    Love the Dual bios feature(hard to mess up bios flash) and hefty pcb construction(UD),all mine are very good overclockers.
    Bought one MSI mobo and it's not in the same league even though all the boards were around the same $100 mark.
    This link is helpful for cpu comparisons.
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/CPU/2
    I think if you shop around for an Asus or Gigabyte mobo you'll be fine.
    Read up on web reviews and select some boards within your budget and compare the features on Newegg.= pretty handy for feature comparisons
  9. Thanks again, but now i search for the i3-2100, i3-2120 and they are in the price range of the amd 960T, and there are more opcions in mobo's from $70 to $100, i found this

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157270

    what do you think davcon? or can you suggest me a mobo? i don't know much of motherboards so can you help me in this, something between $70~$100, and wich i3 is better(2100 or 2120)
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