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January 31, 2012 8:33:23 PM

I'm building an HTPC with a Radeon 6850. Since I'll be playing at 1080p, my frames would be limited to 60fps (?). What is a good CPU that can run games at 60fps? I was planning on an i3-2100, but I think there are cheaper options available.

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January 31, 2012 8:37:12 PM

A pentium 4 will play street fighter at 60fps so you should get that, no seriously you have to say what games?
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January 31, 2012 8:43:08 PM

and you may not get 60fps on all games with a 6850. two 6870's in crossfire is the cheapest set-up to play battlefield 3 in 1080p on ultra. after that you need either a 590, 6990, 7950, or 7970.
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January 31, 2012 8:43:28 PM

xpeh said:
What is a good CPU that can run games at 60fps?
Are low graphics setting and low monitor resolutions OK?
January 31, 2012 9:05:43 PM

some games are cpu heavy like skyrim, others are gpu heavy like battlefield 3.

Depends what games you wanna play
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January 31, 2012 9:23:15 PM

the pentium g840 is a good cpu for cheap gaming.
January 31, 2012 9:26:23 PM

I'd like to play games like Fallout 3 on max settings. And maybe Skyrim and Battlefield 3, but I don't need to max them. I play at a resolutions of 1920X1080 (1080i), 1080X720 (720p), and maybe 1280X1024. I'm trying to spend the least amount of money as possible while still maintaining good performance.
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January 31, 2012 9:29:32 PM

check the pentium G series. They are cheap and capable for gaming.
January 31, 2012 9:39:58 PM

XPEH states: "I was planning on an i3-2100, but I think there are cheaper options available."


the following two examples...

First example... Someone who doesn't comprehend well...

nagol567 said:
the i3-2100 is the best gaming processor at that price point.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-fx-pentium-a...
after that you need a i5-2400 or 2500k if you plan on overclocking.



Our Second Example... Someone who comprehends well...

esrever said:
the pentium g840 is a good cpu for cheap gaming.


esrever said:
check the pentium G series. They are cheap and capable for gaming.




esrever has provided two great examples.
January 31, 2012 9:50:27 PM

xpeh said:
I'm building an HTPC with a Radeon 6850. Since I'll be playing at 1080p, my frames would be limited to 60fps (?). What is a good CPU that can run games at 60fps? I was planning on an i3-2100, but I think there are cheaper options available.

yes, there are cheaper options. you could get a Athlon II x2, or a AMD a6. but i recommend the i3, it is a lot better, and u future-proof your self :) 
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January 31, 2012 10:14:53 PM

mahin1islam said:
yes, there are cheaper options. you could get a Athlon II x2, or a AMD a6. but i recommend the i3, it is a lot better, and u future-proof your self :) 


If the OP is looking at saving money they can still get a 1155 socket pentium cpu and be able to have upgradablity to an i5/i7 later. The i3 is a good option but without overclocking and HT pretty much useless in games (if not harmful) The OP can save some cash and get a pentium like esrever suggested.
January 31, 2012 11:13:42 PM

Which Pentium model would be optimal? I just need something capable of playing a 1080p and playing games.
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January 31, 2012 11:18:33 PM

g860, g850 or g840 all will do.
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January 31, 2012 11:32:24 PM

860, or i3-2100, man that thing won't even bottleneck a gtx 580.
January 31, 2012 11:57:17 PM

amuffin said:
860, or i3-2100, man that thing won't even bottleneck a gtx 580.

The g860 is 10 dollars less. Would it bottleneck a 6870?
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February 1, 2012 12:39:22 AM

no
February 1, 2012 12:41:09 AM

Then I'm going to get a G860 then. Plus, I can upgrade to an i3/i5/i7 later on. Also, is the G860 overclockable?
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February 1, 2012 12:55:00 AM

Nope, though get a mobo that can support ivybridge, and you might be able to upgrade to an i5-3570k or an i7-3770k.
February 1, 2012 1:10:15 AM

I'm trying to get more of a budget gaming build. Do you know any Socket 1155 motherboards that support Ivy Bridge that are under $70? I don't plan on overclocking. Just playing games and watching HD movies.
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February 1, 2012 1:12:57 AM

why do you need upgradability with a htpc???
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February 1, 2012 1:13:30 AM

Spend a bit more for an asrock z68 extreme 3 gen 3.
February 1, 2012 1:18:35 AM

I meant to type HTPC/Gaming build. And the Asrock z68 would be too big to put on a drawer or a shelf. But I'm probably going to sell the desktop before upgrading it, so I actually won't need the option to upgrade. Do you know any good Socket 1155 MicroATX motherboards?
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February 1, 2012 1:24:34 AM

xpeh said:
I meant to type HTPC/Gaming build. And the Asrock z68 would be too big to put on a drawer or a shelf. But I'm probably going to sell the desktop before upgrading it, so I actually won't need the option to upgrade. Do you know any good Socket 1155 MicroATX motherboards?

This looks like an average board: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
February 1, 2012 1:30:11 AM

Well, I still need a motherboard that's under 70 dollars. I'm building with a budget of 600 and have 70 dollars for a mobo.
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February 1, 2012 5:01:24 AM

1] What is cheap?

2] What games?

3] Clarify this so as to avoid the random speculation that goes on here when the happy community tries to determine what your OP actually means.
February 1, 2012 5:13:03 AM

@esrever +1000. you are on fire with this thread
February 1, 2012 5:27:37 AM

1] 70 dollars is cheap, and I can't go higher.

2] Fallout 3, Amnesia, Dead Space, Skyrim, Battlefield 3, etc

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February 1, 2012 5:48:27 AM

G860 will do that fine, you may squeeze a bit more life out of the i3 2100 but the Pentium line SB are capable of playing said games bar BF3 on comfortable FPS and they cost next to nothing (sort of).

Sadly I don't see you running BF3 at 60FPS for $70 but Skyrim perhaps.
February 1, 2012 5:51:51 AM

Sarinaide, it's backwards. BF3 is very GPU dependent while Skyrim is CPU heavy
February 1, 2012 6:00:59 AM

As long as I get at least 30 frames a second, I'm fine. The less I spend, the better.
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February 1, 2012 6:06:36 AM

ebola28 said:
Sarinaide, it's backwards. BF3 is very GPU dependent while Skyrim is CPU heavy


Oh forgive me, in any event you will not max out BF on a $70 chip.

I did run Skyrim on a 8800GTX and C2D on High at over 35FPS so there we go.
February 1, 2012 6:15:59 AM

I'm more of a fan of older games. Would I be able to completely max Fallout 3?
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February 1, 2012 6:28:06 AM

G series Pentiums + 560Ti/HD 6870 whatevs will max Fallout 3 with nonchelant ease. Heck you probably will max out Skyrim to (fus ro dah, am I doing it right?) if not at 16x AA, then 8x (dum dum daaa) The horror.
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February 1, 2012 6:41:00 AM

yes you can max fallout3.

also can max skyrim.

can generally max all older games.
February 1, 2012 12:54:26 PM

The G860 doesn't have any reviews on Newegg. Will the G850 still max Fallout 3/Skyrim?
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February 1, 2012 12:59:54 PM

You will probably play it on High/Ultra balance, the G series 1155 processors are by and large faster than a Core2 Duo, so if a C2D can, then I don't see why not.

The trick here is not to put to much expectations on the chip, it is a good build but you cannot compare it to a i5 or i7, even to the i3. But for a budget you will get vastly better performance than the old setups.
February 1, 2012 1:08:07 PM

Just saw some videos of people playing Crysis on Very High settings with the Pentium G850, so I'll be buying the G850. Thank you all very much for your input!
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February 1, 2012 1:15:14 PM

Enjoy your upgrade, I hope it brings you many late mornings.
February 1, 2012 3:12:25 PM

ebola28 said:
@esrever +1000. you are on fire with this thread

lol every thread. really. every thread i go to, esrever is always posting useful comments. even mines :D 
November 14, 2012 2:15:32 PM

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ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard 75$

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 40$

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TP-LINK TL-WDN4800 Wireless N Dual Band Adapter IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n PCI Express x1 36$

Diablotek UL Series PSUL775 775W ATX 12V v2.31 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply 64$

Corsair Carbide Series 300R Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 75$

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