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July 31, 2012 5:39:02 AM

Hello everyone, that is my first time asking anything here, my desktop is a core 2 duo e4600 2.4GHz and a gt 220 1gb, im not from USA and im going to new york in october to get new components, i think my processor is very weak, and maybe is bottlenecking my Graphic card, so i was thinking on a fx 4120(4.2 GHz) or a i5 at least 2500k or a 3550(something like that) on I can buy the fx for $ 130 and the i5 for $220, i have $500 to spend, so my question is should i get a fx 4120 and then more RAM and a good graphic card or not getting a graphic card and get the i5 ?
my monitor is '19 and max resolution 1440x900 not so big.
so i wonder if i get the fx ill get a hd 6850, if i get the i5 ill stay with the gt 220.
Thank you for your help!
good night.
EDIT: Im open to suggestions also, and a friend advised me to get a i3 2120 instead.
thank you for the help

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July 31, 2012 9:02:36 AM

Well if those are the only options I'd get the i3+hd 6850.You will have a good machine without going bankrupt. Keep in mind that you will need a new motherboard for whichever CPU you choose and also some DDR3 RAM.
July 31, 2012 9:39:49 AM

tunatunado said:
Hello everyone, that is my first time asking anything here, my desktop is a core 2 duo e4600 2.4GHz and a gt 220 1gb, im not from USA and im going to new york in october to get new components, i think my processor is very weak, and maybe is bottlenecking my Graphic card, so i was thinking on a fx 4120(4.2 GHz) or a i5 at least 2500k or a 3550(something like that) on I can buy the fx for $ 130 and the i5 for $220, i have $500 to spend, so my question is should i get a fx 4120 and then more RAM and a good graphic card or not getting a graphic card and get the i5 ?
my monitor is '19 and max resolution 1440x900 not so big.
so i wonder if i get the fx ill get a hd 6850, if i get the i5 ill stay with the gt 220.
Thank you for your help!
good night.
EDIT: Im open to suggestions also, and a friend advised me to get a i3 2120 instead.
thank you for the help

Your processor is in socket T or LGA775. You will be hard pushed to find a better alternative that will just drop in your board so any upgrade is going to be CPU + motherboard + memory.

Unless you really want to overclock then there is no need to get a 'K' suffix chip.

You should be able to get an i3, a compatible motherboard and 4GB of DDR3 as well as a decent graphics card like the HD6850 within your budget.

Without knowing what you want your machine for or what you expect from it, it is difficult to give much further advice.

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July 31, 2012 5:55:43 PM

I know about the motherboards but i was just in doubt of the processor

If i get the intel i would get this: asrock z77 extreme4 lga 1155 + corsair vengeance 8gb (2x4GB) plus the processor,

if i get the amd i would get that: asus M5A97 AM3+ or Asus M5A99X AM3+ and corsair vengeance 8gb (2x4GB)

oh.. before i forget... i want it for gaming
and as i said my max resolution is 1440x900 and i want to play mostly black ops with no lag, battlefield 3 and maybe the 4 when released, black ops 2, medal of honor and some new games.
Thank you again.

EDIT: i have $500 to get motherboard, processor, memory and maybe a graphic card, actually i have more than that but I can bring from the US just 500 in eletronics =/
that is very bad but ill get the other components in brazil, if needed, i dont think i will need kkk =D
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July 31, 2012 10:41:19 PM

That is a low resolution. The 6850 will serve you very well. Why the Z77 motherboard? If you want to save some cash you can use a P67 or a Z68 and still have a good machine with either the i3 or i5
July 31, 2012 11:09:11 PM

I opted for the z77 because I was told that the Motherboard was very good.
so im in doubt now between the i3 and i5, the i3 2120 is $130 while the i5 is $220.
will getting i5 or i3 make a huge performance difference? and if i get the i3 will it bottleneck ??
thank you again.

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July 31, 2012 11:18:56 PM
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you can try to get something like this:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($159.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 1GB Video Card ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $458.95
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-31 19:16 EDT-0400)

or more graphics power:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.00 @ Mac Connection)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($237.49 @ CompUSA)
Total: $485.47
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-31 19:18 EDT-0400)


nothing will bottleneck anything in either build.
July 31, 2012 11:22:38 PM

oh... wow
thank you everybody for the answers. guess ill get the i5 due to the 4 cores and i think that it will be required soon hahah
thank you again for your time and patience to help me on this hard decision! kk
August 11, 2012 1:50:09 AM

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