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April 16, 2012 2:01:52 AM

Hi guys. I'm having a hard time selecting the cpu + gpu 'cos the budget is kinda tight.
My question here is would it be better if I go with i3-2120 + higher-value-card VS. i5-2400 + not-so-expensive-card VS. i5-2500 + some-card? ...

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Approximate Purchase Date: (few months after maybe)

Budget Range: (for the cpu and gpu, about $350)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (Gaming, multimedia... more on gaming though)

Parts Not Required: (I only need that two 'cos I already decided on the other parts)

Country: (Philippines)

Parts Preferences: by brand or type (AMD or Intel, any for the card)

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: (1680x1050, 1920x1080)

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April 16, 2012 2:12:03 AM

aserate said:
Hi guys. I'm having a hard time selecting the cpu + gpu 'cos the budget is kinda tight.
My question here is would it be better if I go with i3-2120 + higher-value-card VS. i5-2400 + not-so-expensive-card

Quote:
Approximate Purchase Date: (few months after maybe)

Budget Range: (for the cpu and gpu, about $350)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (Gaming, multimedia... more on gaming though)

Parts Not Required: (I only need that two 'cos I already decided on the other parts)

Country: (Philippines)

Parts Preferences: by brand or type (AMD or Intel, any for the card)

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: (1680x1050, 1920x1080)



i3-2120 + 7850. Bam.
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April 16, 2012 2:17:18 AM

another opinion? (not that i'm not considering yours gary1 hehe)
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April 16, 2012 2:19:47 AM

I3 2100 + 7870. this is what I call bam.

then upgrade to sandy bridge i5/i7 in the next few years or something since after ivy it's supposed to be the end of 1155 (not sure about this)

and your 7870 should last you quite a lot as most peoples 460/480 did last them long
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April 16, 2012 2:25:03 AM

how much is 7870 again? how is i5-2400 + some-card not better than that?
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April 16, 2012 2:28:14 AM

if you can still find them the 6870 it last year 7870 that was replaced.
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April 16, 2012 2:28:35 AM

and i3-2120 costs about $130 + the $250 7850, won't fit my budget ($350)
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April 16, 2012 2:29:02 AM

Tavo_Nova said:
I3 2100 + 7870. this is what I call bam.

then upgrade to sandy bridge i5/i7 in the next few years or something since after ivy it's supposed to be the end of 1155 (not sure about this)

and your 7870 should last you quite a lot as most peoples 460/480 did last them long


Too bad his budget is 350$, and the 7870 is 350..

I3-2120 for like 110 and 7850 for 250$ is the best combo imo.

The 2120 goes on sale for 15-20 off all the time, you just have to wait.
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April 16, 2012 3:01:16 AM

I guess I'll just have to wait the other GTX 6 series come out. Maybe the prices will go down. But I have definitely decided on my cpu. i3-2120. Thanks!
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April 16, 2012 12:39:09 PM

as i've stated. I do not overclock. Cos if I will buy the K series, I will be forced to buy a a P67 or the likes, which is WAY MORE expensive than the H61/H67...

so my choices are i3-2120/i5-2400/i5-2500, or the x4 IF it's worth it...
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April 16, 2012 12:51:44 PM

Wait What....?, if you get K series you must get P67/Z68/Z77?, Not necessarily. but if you not going to overclock, you don't need a K Processor. I heard from a friend that the Lowest end Keplers like the GT 640 is to be performance around a 550 ti and not require external power. the GTX 650 is gonna be Priced around a 550 ti but perform at 560 ti level. May be just work wating for the 600 series to fully mature. Also if Ivy has a Dual core or Low end Quad core (which it does i have seen release charts) it may just be worth waiting to get a Low end Ivy board and the works
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April 16, 2012 3:10:08 PM

Best answer selected by aserate.
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April 16, 2012 3:11:16 PM

ohh I thought it's required to have those boards to use the i5-2500k. But what if I won't overclock at all, is 2500k still worth it?
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April 16, 2012 4:24:27 PM

2500 K is a good processor but its the same as a 2500, the only difference is Intel has unlocked it to make it overclock better. You can overclock any non k processor. the only difference between them and the K, is the K overclocks better.
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April 16, 2012 4:27:10 PM

So save about 20-40 bucks for the difference?, yes the 2500 is a better option than its K brother. Now don' be crapping be just to overclock later and then come back and say it didn't do what you wanted...... But since you won't be overclocking... 2500 is a best answer
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April 17, 2012 12:44:45 PM

Understood. Thanks! :) 
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