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Budget Gaming Rig $500

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November 20, 2011 7:48:33 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: (e.g.: this week (the closer the better))

Budget Range: (e.g.: 600-800) Before / After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Surfing the web, movies

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, HDD

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: I'm not too picky, whatever gives me the best bang for my buck

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: (Maybe )


Budget Range: (e.g.: 500-600) Before / (After Rebates )


Monitor Resolution: 42in 1080p HDTV (1920x1080, 1280x1080, etc)


I currently have a system with the following specs:

mobo: stock mobo no overclock
CPU: Intel 2160e Dual-Core
GPU: 6870 Radeon
RAM: 2GB DDR2 800
HDD: 1TB 7k
PSU: Corsair 600w

I recently upgraded my psu and gpu on this rig (~250 total out of the budget). I know the 2160 overclocks really well so I'm not sure if I should spring for a new mobo to overclock it or for a new cpu+mobo entirely. I have about a 200 dollar budget for cpu+mobo and would like the best bang for buck (dont we all). Thanks for all the help!

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November 20, 2011 9:33:26 PM

I'd personally go with the 955BE if you plan on overclocking. :) 
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November 20, 2011 9:42:13 PM

Why wouldn't I get the 965BE for 5 bucks more?
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November 20, 2011 9:55:58 PM

My bad if it's only 5 bucks go for the 965, 955 is 15 bucks cheap at a local store so I figured out I'd use this extra 15 for a better gpu, because the 955 and the 965 are pretty similar
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November 20, 2011 11:13:00 PM

uncreativelol said:
After researching I've found the http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... to be right in my pricepoint. I was wondering what a good mobo/ram would be for this CPU. I'd like to be able to oc from the mobo, if possible.


Good motherboards for Phenom processors are AM3+
Ideally with a 970 or 990 series chip set which can support future processor upgrades
Prices start at $85
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