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February 22, 2012 4:54:19 AM

Hi, I haven't been in the gaming scene for a while. I am currently running a AMD 5000+ with a ATI HD 3850, Antec 550w and 2gb Ram with Vista. I want to upgrade my system to todays gaming, and don't know what is the best bang for the buck. I would like to reuse some of my stuff, mainly want to upgrade my CPU and Mobo and then go from there to satisfy my gaming needs. I would like some suggestions on a setup that will go $200-$400. Game I'm looking at is Dirt3. I am debating on either i5 or 960T.

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February 22, 2012 5:18:21 AM

i3-2100
asrock z68 extreme 3 gen 3
radeon 6870 or 6950 or gtx 560ti

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February 22, 2012 5:19:50 AM
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AMD parts:

MOBO : ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AM3+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU : AMD Phenom II X4 960T Zosma
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM : G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU : SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
TOTAL : $401.96 and 387$ after mail in rebates.

INTEL parts:

MOBO : ASUS P8H61-M (REV 3.0) LGA 1155
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU : Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM : G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU : SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
TOTAL : $399.96 and 386$ after mail in rebates.
With both options you get a free Dirt 3 game coupon.
If you drop the memory to 4GB Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
you can buy a 6870 video card SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
If you want 8GB RAM you must to raise your budget with 15$ to buy 6870 video card.
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February 22, 2012 6:20:33 AM

Will those setups allow me to run high settings for dirt3? I was wondering if extra $80 of the i5-2400 make a difference in gaming compared to the i3-2120 with the setup stated by sosofm?
February 22, 2012 6:41:32 AM

Thanks, looks like I'll stick with the 2120 and raise my budget for a better video card.
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February 22, 2012 6:44:03 AM

That's a good ideea.
February 22, 2012 6:48:39 AM

Just a quick questions, will my current P/S be able to keep up with the new setup?
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February 22, 2012 7:07:22 AM

Yes , your setup can run even with a 450W PSU.
February 25, 2012 1:30:51 AM

Sorry to not mention, will the i3 2120 with hd6870 run games at 1080?
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February 25, 2012 3:48:30 AM

Yes :)  with no problem.
February 25, 2012 6:44:54 AM

K, thanks. Looks like I'll go with that
March 6, 2012 3:28:14 AM

Best answer selected by wingz83.
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