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(FINAL) CPU + MoBo Budget

BUGET: $210 MAX
I have already purchased some components for my system, but I am now revising my final requirements, my CPU and Motherboard.
Here are my current components:
Sapphire HD 6850 (crossfire support)
550W OCZ power supply
2 x 2GB 1600 RipJaws
Older AT case (not atx)
720p Monitor
Mouse/Keyboard/ect already owned
Requirements:
Must support current hardware (already purchased)
Must be able to play all(if not most) current games on Very High
Must fit in my AT case. (i have pictures if required)
Optional:
USB 3.0 ports would be nice
CrossfireX support if possible, but i'm willing to sacrifice it for the sake of my low budget.
A main reason I came back is because i hear that an AMD processor requires a higher graphics card in gaming. I am not quite sure if mine is powerful enough, as I have not had a motherboard to test any of this on.
Thank you TomsHardware.. Hopefully this will be my last time of leeching.
I would love to contribute with my findings once this build is completed :)

AT case everyone seems so concerned about


There is a fan on the side, and I plan on placing another in the back.
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  1. So you want to us to recommend an upgrade for you?
    Sorry, your post is a bit unclear.
  2. obsama1 said:
    So you want to us to recommend an upgrade for you?
    Sorry, your post is a bit unclear.

    Revised the post. :??:
  3. That OCZ PSU will not fit the AT MOBO.
  4. azeem40 said:
    That OCZ PSU will not fit the AT MOBO.

    You mean the case? :heink: I am going to cut a hole in the side to fit it once i have everything else organized.
    "Older AT case" I am LOOKING for the motherboard to place in it.
  5. I doubt that case will be able to allow for optimal airflow as it is more than a decade old most likely.
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    Wait until May 1st, buy an i3 sandy bridge once the price has gone down because of the release of ivy bridge. Obviously buy a z68 mobo or z77 but, it looks like you're doing a budget build, so I suggest the z68. I suggest buying another case you can get a cheap one for like $50 thats good.

    $210 dollar budget aint gonna do much, I'd suggest another $100-$150 dollars and you'll be golden
  7. azeem40 said:
    I doubt that case will be able to allow for optimal airflow as it is more than a decade old most likely.

    Time to get the pictures :sarcastic:
  8. It probably has a top mounted PSU spot, which is a bad idea. You also need to make rivet holes, which takes a lot of precision.
  9. How about something like this?
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.881836
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147073
    Only slightly off budget :l and appears to have this "air flow" i'm being lectured about xD
  10. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119227&Tpk=Elite%20430

    Can I suggest this case? not sure how you feel about the LEDs (they're pretty bright) but the air flow in this case for the price is absolutely incredible if you add a fan or two. Plus, it's a very roomy case, but not a behemoth.

    Just my suggestion, take it for what it is. I only mentioned it because there is essentially $20 off for it right now with the $10 promo code and $10 MIR (and you get a check as opposed to a Visa gift card!! lol).

    Edit: Actually, it's cheaper overall if you include shipping on the case you linked to!
  11. How are you going to Crossfire with that mobo? Or are you not crossfiring two 6850s?
  12. Delengowski said:
    How are you going to Crossfire with that mobo? Or are you not crossfiring two 6850s?

    For a good crossfire setup, I would need to invest ~$150 in the motherboard, and another ~$140 in the other chip. I will just continue with the setup i have linked to due to a lack of funds :l
    Thanks, guys! :D :D
  13. Best answer selected by armedtoe.
  14. Thanks for the best answer!
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