I have about $200 and need to get a CPU, Motherboard and Memory to update my old system. I have been looking at an x3 455 Rana (to overclock) since the price is right and overclockable.
So my question is
1) best MoBo for the x3 455 Rana ($90) to overclock plus memory under $200 (CPU,MoBo,Memory)
2) What about a AMD A8-3850 instead of the Rana? ($130)
3) How about a FX-6100? ($145 leaves $60 for the mobo -I can maybe get $40 for Memory)
I have to agree. The i3 2100 would crush the triple core, and still beat amd quad cores by a noticible margin.
The motherboard is a z68 which is the best lga 1155 chipset. This also means that the motherboard supports future Ivy Bridge processors, as well as high end cores like the 2600k (for the future). The sli capability is just standard on most z68 boards, and is an added bonus.
If you can afford it, I would push for this deal. You can get 4gb of ram for only 21 dollars on newegg, and you can get 8 for 35.
As for the operating system I would go for vista 64, but windows 7 would be nice. Windows vista got some service pack updates that made it a lot better than it originally was. You want 64 bit if you are going to have more than 3.25gb of ram, because 32 bit is only limited to that.
Thanks for the insight guys. However using the i3-2100 would put me at about $200 while the x3-455 would be $158.
looking at AnandTech for a comparison after overclocking the x3-445 (to a X4-970 Deneb) v. the i3-2100 http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/289?vs=186
The benchmarks seem to be the same. Which then would give me space for a video card. Thoughts?
I'm well aware of the fact that one can unlock cores on many AMD processors. There is one problem though... the reason why AMD makes these triple core processors. Not every phenom II that comes off the assembly line is flawless, and many have a damaged core or L3 cache. It is really a game of chance as to whether or not you get a chip that can be unlocked. Sometimes you can only get one or the other.
It is also notable that the z68 chipset is superior to ALL of AMD's chipsets.