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Best configuration with my humble budget

Hi all.

I've been here in the community for quiate a while thou I just registered to become a member, this community is my number 1 reference regarding computer's stuff.


got some spare $ for upgrading my system. I have spent days to read some reviews and benchmarks. For $237, I can get

1. Intel i3 2120 3.3 Ghz + Asrock p67 Pro3 SE B3 intel

Yes I am warned i3 is not overclock-friendly CPU.

or-

2. I can get a cheap H61-H67 Mobo and get myself an i5 2400.
(which impossible to OC with the Mobo's)

or

3. Intel i3 2120 + Asrock H61 and get 8GB G Skill (Im currently using 4gb)
(hope that more RAM will compensate the overclock limitation)

4. Some say that Flight simming is cpu bound, the performance depends on how good the CPU is. I am using a jurassic 9800GT 1GB. Will it bottleneck the configurations above?

I've had enough with AMD

The system is fully dedicated for Flight Simulator 2004 and a bit of FSX.
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  1. airbus320 said:
    Hi all.

    I've been here in the community for quiate a while thou I just registered to become a member, this community is my number 1 reference regarding computer's stuff.


    got some spare $ for upgrading my system. I have spent days to read some reviews and benchmarks. For $237, I can get

    1. Intel i3 2120 3.3 Ghz + Asrock p67 Pro3 SE B3 intel

    Yes I am warned i3 is not overclock-friendly CPU.

    or-

    2. I can get a cheap H61-H67 Mobo and get myself an i5 2400.
    (which impossible to OC with the Mobo's)

    or

    3. Intel i3 2120 + Asrock H61 and get 8GB G Skill (Im currently using 4gb)
    (hope that more RAM will compensate the overclock limitation)

    4. Some say that Flight simming is cpu bound, the performance depends on how good the CPU is. I am using a jurassic 9800GT 1GB. Will it bottleneck the configurations above?

    I've had enough with AMD

    The system is fully dedicated for Flight Simulator 2004 and a bit of FSX.



    h77 is lot better than h67 or h61. any z68 boards(very basic) better than those three.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&Depa=0&Order=BESTMATCH&Description=z68%20motherboard&IsRelated=1&cm_sp=KeywordRelated-_-z68-_-z68%20motherboard

    asrock gen 3 boards have good reviews too.

    and for i5 2400 its costs nearly usd 190 so u have to increase ur budget atleast a $100 more if so consider this combo.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115074

    but for ur budget buy the z68 or z77 from asrock with i3-2120 for better oc performance u have to buy from ASUS they are stable and very good overclockers.

    and bro i think ur missing one point only processors with k in the end of their name are unlocked like i5-2500k,i7-2600k,i5-3570k like these, not the i5-2400, or i3 -2120 there is nothing to overclock in these processors
    u can't do oc with locked processors. :pt1cable:
  2. airbus320 said:
    Hi all.

    I've been here in the community for quiate a while thou I just registered to become a member, this community is my number 1 reference regarding computer's stuff.


    got some spare $ for upgrading my system. I have spent days to read some reviews and benchmarks. For $237, I can get

    1. Intel i3 2120 3.3 Ghz + Asrock p67 Pro3 SE B3 intel

    Yes I am warned i3 is not overclock-friendly CPU.

    or-

    2. I can get a cheap H61-H67 Mobo and get myself an i5 2400.
    (which impossible to OC with the Mobo's)

    or

    3. Intel i3 2120 + Asrock H61 and get 8GB G Skill (Im currently using 4gb)
    (hope that more RAM will compensate the overclock limitation)

    4. Some say that Flight simming is cpu bound, the performance depends on how good the CPU is. I am using a jurassic 9800GT 1GB. Will it bottleneck the configurations above?

    I've had enough with AMD

    The system is fully dedicated for Flight Simulator 2004 and a bit of FSX.

    If you live by a Microcenter, there is some deals going on for the rest of the month where you can get an I5-3570K for $189.99 and bundle it with a Biostar TZ77A for only $49.99 adding up to $239.99 which is right in your budget. This CPU/Mobo combination would beat all of the above combinations. Here is the link and BTW the I5 is at the top right of page 1 and the and the Motherboard is on the top left of page 3 -- http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/0c732362#/0c732362/1
  3. I'd got i5-2400 over i3-2120 anytime, no matter what the motherboard is.
  4. Penley54 said:
    If you live by a Microcenter, there is some deals going on for the rest of the month where you can get an I5-3570K for $189.99 and bundle it with a Biostar TZ77A for only $49.99 adding up to $239.99 which is right in your budget. This CPU/Mobo combination would beat all of the above combinations. Here is the link and BTW the I5 is at the top right of page 1 and the and the Motherboard is on the top left of page 3 -- http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/0c732362#/0c732362/1


    very nice offer. but there is no huge difference between 2nd and 3rd gen i5 processors so he should get which one is cheapest.can u suggest 2500k for lowest price. :D
  5. vdr369 said:
    h77 is lot better than h67 or h61. any z68 boards(very basic) better than those three.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&Depa=0&Order=BESTMATCH&Description=z68%20motherboard&IsRelated=1&cm_sp=KeywordRelated-_-z68-_-z68%20motherboard

    asrock gen 3 boards have good reviews too.

    and for i5 2400 its costs nearly usd 190 so u have to increase ur budget atleast a $100 more if so consider this combo.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115074

    but for ur budget buy the z68 or z77 from asrock with i3-2120 for better oc performance u have to buy from ASUS they are stable and very good overclockers.

    and bro i think ur missing one point only processors with k in the end of their name are unlocked like i5-2500k,i7-2600k,i5-3570k like these, not the i5-2400, or i3 -2120 there is nothing to overclock in these processors
    u can't do oc with locked processors. :pt1cable:


    Hey thanks a lot.

    How about P67 series? Can it be used for OCing my future i5 or i7? it's the best I can afford, the Z series costs more than $130.

    So i3's 3.3Ghz will do better in games than i5 2400 3.1Ghz, am I correct?

    Seriously? we can't overclock i5 2320 or 2400 as only the K which can be overclocked? O my o dear I'm a complete noob :bounce: ... Thankies
  6. vdr369 said:
    very nice offer. but there is no huge difference between 2nd and 3rd gen i5 processors so he should get which one is cheapest.can u suggest 2500k for lowest price. :D

    That is true, the 2500K is $169.99 but you only are paying $20 more for a newer generation processor and you are getting a pretty good deal on the Motherboard. You would end up spending the same with an I5 2500K paired with a decent Motherboard for $70.00 and the Motherboard paired with the 3570K was originally $130.00
  7. Penley54 said:
    If you live by a Microcenter, there is some deals going on for the rest of the month where you can get an I5-3570K for $189.99 and bundle it with a Biostar TZ77A for only $49.99 adding up to $239.99 which is right in your budget. This CPU/Mobo combination would beat all of the above combinations. Here is the link and BTW the I5 is at the top right of page 1 and the and the Motherboard is on the top left of page 3 -- http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/0c732362#/0c732362/1


    I live like thousands miles from the nearest Microcenter :D

    But as you suggested, I just checked the 3570K and the price here, is way more expensive than that. Thanks for the info sir ;)
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    Seriously? we can't overclock i5 2320 or 2400 as only the K which can be overclocked? O my o dear I'm a complete noob :bounce: ... Thankies



    The "K" with Processors means that they have an unlocked Multiplier, which you HAVE to have in order to overclock.. anything with out a "K" will NOT have the ability to overclock.
  9. Penley54 said:
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    Seriously? we can't overclock i5 2320 or 2400 as only the K which can be overclocked? O my o dear I'm a complete noob :bounce: ... Thankies



    The "K" with Processors means that they have an unlocked Multiplier, which you HAVE to have in order to overclock.. anything with out a "K" will NOT have the ability to overclock.


    That's not completely true because of the "Limited Unlocked" nature of the i5's and i7's.

  10. Penley54 said:
    The "K" with Processors means that they have an unlocked Multiplier, which you HAVE to have in order to overclock.. anything with out a "K" will NOT have the ability to overclock.


    frankly, I didnt know that. What is this, a sort of Intel marketing strategies?? Those mad scientists will easily design all the sandybridges are overclock-able. grrrr...

    thanks sir.

    So for gaming, which is rather old one, should I go with i5 2400 or i3 2120 (no matter what my mobo is)
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    airbus320 said:
    frankly, I didnt know that. What is this, a sort of Intel marketing strategies?? Those mad scientists will easily design all the sandybridges are overclock-able. grrrr...

    thanks sir.

    So for gaming, which is rather old one, should I go with i5 2400 or i3 2120 (no matter what my mobo is)


    It has to do with the BCLK and the fact the it can't be OC'd very far because it affects other components when you do.

    Anyway, the 2400 would be the better choice between the 2120 and 2400. As I posted above, it's not totally locked down when the 2120 is.

    The 2120 would be plenty for gaming, but the 2400 would be the better choice overall.
  12. airbus320 said:
    frankly, I didnt know that. What is this, a sort of Intel marketing strategies?? Those mad scientists will easily design all the sandybridges are overclock-able. grrrr...

    thanks sir.

    So for gaming, which is rather old one, should I go with i5 2400 or i3 2120 (no matter what my mobo is)

    Here is a benchmark between the two -- http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/289?vs=363 -- Like this shows, if you are willing to spend the extra $$$ then definitely go with the I5 2400 although the I3 2120 will still do the job and will do good in gaming.
  13. well i5 2400 that is.

    I can't believe I get this advices and knowledge for free.

    Now will you excuse me for a moment, I need to talk in private with my credit card

    Thank You all. Have a nice weekend.
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  15. airbus320 said:
    well i5 2400 that is.

    I can't believe I get this advices and knowledge for free.

    Now will you excuse me for a moment, I need to talk in private with my credit card

    Thank You all. Have a nice weekend.


    LOL at the credit card comment and you're very welcome. :)
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