i just needed a CPU that is powerful enough to push the HD 5870 CFs, so that the CPU wont be a bottleneck. Doesn't need to be Intel but i don't prefer over clocking it, coz i will need a mobo with good power controlling/ phase crap. So.... yea. Any ways thanks for the help. And it doesnt have to be M-Atx, but usually they are cheaper
Anyway my main goal is: Keep the HD 5870 CFs runing with a CPU that is wont bottleneck it. Until the next generation CPUs come out.
Thanks, once again.
I dont have any experience with AMD, but i wont mind if the performance is good (good enough so it wont be a bottleneck) and the price is great
The problem with the Phenom II x6s are they are lower clock speed, they also have locked multipliers so this limits their overclocking potential, and if you're gaming thats no good. (Most games only use 2 cores, although there are some exceptions to this)
They do make some unlocked multiplier x6s (Black Edition denotes unlocked), 1090T and 1100T to name a couple, although these are almost impossible to find in new condition now due to Phenom IIs being discontinued early this year.
As far as the FX-6100/6200s they're actually a step down even though they're newer, AMD didn't do such a hot job with them, they have a very Dr. Jeckel and Mr. Hyde personality to them, sometimes they're decent, other things they aren't as great at. The Phenom IIs offer more consistent performance. If you went that path however, AM3+ socket motherboards work with both Phenom IIs and FX processors.
Thanks once again for the useful intel. I have made up my mind and went with:
Intel Core i5 3450 3.10GHz $202.00
Asus P8Z77-V LX LGA1155 Motherboard $138.00
As for i cant find the options you have sugguested in my local computer hardware store (Australia is real bad, wish i live in the US).
I might need to wait for another month or two so i have the $$ to buy the stuff.
Also would you recommend another step up?
Intel Core i5 3570K 3.40GHz LGA1155 $243.00
Asus P8Z77‐V‐Pro LGA1155 Mainboard $229.00 (saw on a forum that it is popular among gamers and over-clocks real good)
Another question with this step up is: Do i need a motherboard that expensive in order to over clock? can i stick with Asus P8Z77-V LX LGA1155 Motherboard and still be able to overclock?
Hi sorry, been on the road past couple days.
No you really don't need a super expensive motherboard to overclock, although quality is always a concern. Honestly though there are relativively cheaper options that will get the job done as well. I would consider an Asrock Z77 or Z68 chipset, Extreme gen 3 or 4, these are very good boards for the budget consumer.
its okay, we all have our busy moments. Yea i have had a look at the asrock extreme 4 mobo, and i really like it (the price is right). Apartenly they have a thiner PCB :S dunno if it is a concern. Could be one when are you installing it.