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Geforce GPU for Athlon II x3 455??

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December 7, 2011 9:41:18 AM

OK I called Fry's and got a deal on full mobo/cpu/ram upgrade for my Athlon 64 x2 4200

Athlon II X3 455 3.3ghz- $77.99
MSI 870A mobo- $94.99 w/ $20 mir
Wintac 8gb (4x2gb) DDR3- $27.99

The guy there tried to include a Zotac Geforce 8600gt for like $50 but thats ridiculously old and underpowered

They will also do the full the install for me for $30

So now I just need the right GPU which i'll prob get from amazon or ebay- I prefer Nvidia so not sure if that goes well the Radeon chipset in that mobo but i'm not looking to sli or crossfire so what would you recommend - I want to spend less than or equal to $100 if possible but want to play games in at least medium to high settings.

BTW- I want to play Skyrim, SC2, Star Wars: TOR, and Diablo 3 when it comes out. I have a 24" Monitor and Windows 7 64 bit

You guys have been a huge help this week! Thanks!

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a b U Graphics card
December 7, 2011 10:24:26 AM

Medium to high ? In that price range ? Radeon 6770 , 6790. Nvidia 460 ,550ti.For a 24'' monitor you need a 560ti .
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December 7, 2011 10:26:56 AM

turboknee said:
OK I called Fry's and got a deal on full mobo/cpu/ram upgrade for my Athlon 64 x2 4200

Athlon II X3 455 3.3ghz- $77.99
MSI 870A mobo- $94.99 w/ $20 mir
Wintac 8gb (4x2gb) DDR3- $27.99

The guy there tried to include a Zotac Geforce 8600gt for like $50 but thats ridiculously old and underpowered

They will also do the full the install for me for $30

So now I just need the right GPU which i'll prob get from amazon or ebay- I prefer Nvidia so not sure if that goes well the Radeon chipset in that mobo but i'm not looking to sli or crossfire so what would you recommend - I want to spend less than or equal to $100 if possible but want to play games in at least medium to high settings.

BTW- I want to play Skyrim, SC2, Star Wars: TOR, and Diablo 3 when it comes out. I have a 24" Monitor and Windows 7 64 bit

You guys have been a huge help this week! Thanks!


If You want a used product, the 460SE can be found for around $70,- on E-bay.
If you want a new product for $100,- I would go for an Radeon 5770. That one has around the same preformance as a Nvidia 550, but is costing less.
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December 7, 2011 10:53:50 AM

Not sure how hot that deal is. ~$100 for an 8 series board? I might consider it if it can support BD in case that chip ever gets good. But I'd look into something else. ($78 for an Athlon x3 doesn't seem that good either. Aren't the x4s around $80 now?)
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December 7, 2011 3:28:44 PM

My issue is i'm pretty newbish and afraid to buy these things online at a better price for fear of return issues, etc. I am thinking of going x4 for the extra $20 though. The extra price is worth it for me to have sound mind and Fry's has good customer service. You are making me think I need to shop around first though. I'm an instant gratification kind of guy -

Will the 550 or 560 ti be bottlenecked with a x3? And whats BD?
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December 7, 2011 3:51:45 PM

bottlenecked? no, you will however get a bit better performance between a x3 and x4

building pcs is easy, its like playing with expensive legos :) 
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December 7, 2011 6:49:20 PM

do you have a microcenter near by? they have a phenom x4 840 for 59.99
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December 7, 2011 7:18:03 PM

Go with the Tri core its bang for buck and with save you money. You will not experience any bottleneck either. Going with the cheaper processor with give you more money for a better gpu. I will recommend 5770 or higher. Currently I have a 6850 paired with an Tri core 445 and I run games on high with ease. Skyrim running with no stutter or lag at 1920x1080 on high. Just make sure you get an AM3 motherboard that way you can upgrade in the future if you start to experience a bottleneck.

Best gaming cpu's for the money article by tomshardware hope this helps

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-overcloc...
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December 7, 2011 7:19:04 PM

Sorry meant to say Am3+
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December 7, 2011 11:49:08 PM

Yeah I need the extra dough so if the x3 is worth it I'll just go with that. Do you guys recommend the 9 series over the 8 series mobo?

I will go with either the 5770 or 6770 If i can
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December 8, 2011 3:50:18 AM

Best answer selected by turboknee.
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