New Build (need help with mobo & cpu)

Hello, I don't know too much about building a rig and I'm upgrading my current specs:

OS - Windows 7 64 bit
CPU - AMD Athlon II X4 635 Processor 2.9 GHz
RAM - 4.00 GB
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX+

I'm looking at a budget of 550, I am NOT looking into overclocking or SLI in the future, so far this is what I have planned to buy:

Graphics card: GTX 560 Ti http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-Superclocked-PCI-Express-Graphics/dp/B004KZHRAM/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1327996591&sr=1-1

Ram: http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-240-Pin-Platforms-CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9/dp/B004CRSM4I/ref=pd_bxgy_e_img_b

CPU: Not sure to go with AMD http://www.amazon.com/AMD-Phenom-975-Black-HDZ975FBGMBOX/dp/B004LRO9AU/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1327991014&sr=1-1

or Intel http://www.amazon.com/Intel-i5-2500-Socket-LGA1155-Processor/dp/B004EBUXI0/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1327991911&sr=1-1

Help?

Mobo: I have no clue, I'm interested in the cheapest board possible that is compatible with all my future investments.
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  1. Is your windows 7 oem? I ask as if you replace your motherboard and cpu with new ones you kinda break the windows 7 oem tos and it could mean you are forced to buy a new copy of oem. And is amazon the place where you need to get all your parts? Or would tigerdirect/newegg if cheaper work?
  2. zolton33 said:
    Is your windows 7 oem? I ask as if you replace your motherboard and cpu with new ones you kinda break the windows 7 oem tos and it could mean you are forced to buy a new copy of oem. And is amazon the place where you need to get all your parts? Or would tigerdirect/newegg if cheaper work?


    No my windows 7 isn't oem. It's not necessary for me to purchase all the parts from amazon, if some parts from Newegg is cheaper that works just as fine.

    Edit: thanks in advance! :)
  3. http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7073161&CatId=6988

    Thats the i5 2500k and generally highly recomended and runs about 229.99

    And i generally see this brand and make board reccomended alot http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1124769&CatId=7212 119.00

    And the gtx 550 ti

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=41125&Sku=E145-0550

    117.99 thats a little over 400.00 plus you can check out your options on your best buy for your ram (the link you put to your graphics card is to ram btw lol)
  4. zolton33 said:
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7073161&CatId=6988

    Thats the i5 2500k and generally highly recomended and runs about 229.99

    And i generally see this brand and make board reccomended alot http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1124769&CatId=7212 119.00

    And the gtx 550 ti

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=41125&Sku=E145-0550

    117.99 thats a little over 400.00 plus you can check out your options on your best buy for your ram (the link you put to your graphics card is to ram btw lol)


    lol the link, I fixed it, plus I'm the market for the 560 ti not the 550 ti :p
  5. Doh lol its only 3:10 am here >_< so look over me if i'm a little off lol
  6. Honestly, the 550 TI is not worth it at all.

    OP: Go with the 2500. It blows any Phenom out of the sky. H67 is the chipset you want.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131783
    Get low-profile RAM such as the G.Skill Sniper Series 2x 4GB 1.25v.
  7. zolton33 said:
    Doh lol its only 3:10 am here >_< so look over me if i'm a little off lol


    lol no prob mate ;)


    zolton33 said:


    Yes, exactly that one :D

    thanks!
  8. azeem40 said:
    Honestly, the 550 TI is not worth it at all.

    OP: Go with the 2500. It blows any Phenom out of the sky. H67 is the chipset you want.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131783
    Get low-profile RAM such as the G.Skill Sniper Series 2x 4GB 1.25v.


    I was first set on the 2500 but then I saw the Phenom and I'm trying to save money, my question is, what difference do they have in performance?
  9. The 2500 is higher up in the CPU hierarchy; therefore, better performance/core.
  10. http://www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html a benchmark to show the over all tests of most high end cpus the 2500k is best for gaming and allows you to over clock later if you decide you want to try it out. Although the phenoms are no slouches they are not considered the best gaming cpus when compared to the i3 and definitely the i5 and the 2500k is the best in the i5 from what i understand.
  11. He got it right on the target.
  12. GTX 460 is faster than FTX550/GTX550TI. Better to go with 560TI or 580.
    Grab This
    CPU -> Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ NCIX US)

    Motherboard -> ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.86 @ Newegg)
  13. If you have a microcenter near you you can get the i5 2500k for 179.99 http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0354589

    That can save you money if its viable.
  14. zolton33 said:
    http://www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html a benchmark to show the over all tests of most high end cpus the 2500k is best for gaming and allows you to over clock later if you decide you want to try it out. Although the phenoms are no slouches they are not considered the best gaming cpus when compared to the i3 and definitely the i5 and the 2500k is the best in the i5 from what i understand.


    That sealed the deal for the CPU, RAM, and Graphics Card, thanks for the chart.

    azeem40 said:
    Honestly, the 550 TI is not worth it at all.

    OP: Go with the 2500. It blows any Phenom out of the sky. H67 is the chipset you want.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131783
    Get low-profile RAM such as the G.Skill Sniper Series 2x 4GB 1.25v.


    With this motherboard I'm going over my budget of $550, is there anything cheaper that could still work with the rest of the hard ware? I know it's going to be hard but I was in the market for something with a price of 80 or cheaper.
  15. You could go with the card that fits your budget now then later when you get the extra cash you can go with a much better graphics card or try out crossfire (the mother board we picked will support it nicely)

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/245454-33-crossfire-faqs

    Also that cpu will do nicely for i'm thinking at least 3 years probably more so you'll be upgrading your card alot in that cpus life time lol.
  16. zolton33 said:
    You could go with the card that fits your budget now then later when you get the extra cash you can go with a much better graphics card or try out crossfire (the mother board we picked will support it nicely)

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/245454-33-crossfire-faqs

    Also that cpu will do nicely for i'm thinking at least 3 years probably more so you'll be upgrading your card alot in that cpus life time lol.


    3 years is long enough :)

    Thanks for all the help guys!
    I may have to go a little over my budget but it's a good investment :D
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