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August 7, 2012 11:52:45 AM

Hi. So, i'll be buying myself a new rig, but since i'm living in Croatia it's a biiiit more complicated, the prices are omfg. So this:

GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 OC
Mobo: ?
CPU: ?
RAM: Corsair Vengeance (2x 4gb) 1600 MHz CL9
PSU: Corsair GS 600W

FIRST: I need a CPU mostly for gaming, actually pretty much only for gaming, and games i will play would be, well, everything like The witcher, Mass effect, Darksiders, maybe even Sniper:Ghost warrior, but most important is Guild Wars 2 i'm thinking to play, which looks like it will be optimized for quad cores, now there's my problem.

Now there's a prob. I can't decide the CPU, which then would decide the Mobo.

So i was thinking, since i5, one of the better, 3550, in Croatia costs 340 $ no more no less, no way i'll go for it.

Then i was looking on i3s, and i don't know, i thought of buying i3 2120, which would be just my budget,180 $, which is in the same time a really good CPU, how much i know, but it's only a dual core.

Now there's AMD's. They have low budget, my budget, quad processors, so i thought of FX 6100/4100, or even AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition.

I have read a ton of reviews, and i just can't decide properly, is it worth buying an i3 even if a game i will be mainly playing isn't optimized for dual cores, would it be a lot worse or a bit worse?, or should i buy AMD quad, which are, how much i know, just a bit worse than intel's i3... or should i pay like 160 $ for an i5 ?

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August 7, 2012 12:27:37 PM

I mean, it is, 965 black edition versus i3 2120 vs ( someone has a better suggestion ? ). I would take 965 because it's quad core, and i3 2120 because it has an upgrade path, thought i am not thinking to upgrade to much better for like 4, max 5 years.
August 7, 2012 12:36:51 PM

Hm alright, if 340-350 dollars is the way it must be... ehh no way. Thanks for your time and help! :) 
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August 7, 2012 12:48:27 PM

i5 3570k
Asrock z77 Extreme4

If you cannot afford these go with the i3/mobo I have listed in budget rig in my signature.
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August 7, 2012 1:01:09 PM

Contana said:
Hm alright, if 340-350 dollars is the way it must be... ehh no way. Thanks for your time and help! :) 


I have to say, verbalizer is right on this one. If you want this thing to be future proof (especially for 4-5 years) a Phenom will just be a pain in the butt. You have to go with the 2500k! 220$ on newegg. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... If you need, make some compromises (start with only 4gb RAM, you can add more at any time, get a smaller hard drive etc.) because the CPU is the hardest thing to upgrade because it basically means throwing away the previous one.
August 7, 2012 1:02:05 PM

Hm, alright, i'm just, well nobody answered, if a game is optimized for multi cores, will a dual core be much worse or a little bit worse for such a game ?
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August 7, 2012 1:06:38 PM

Contana said:
Hm, alright, i'm just, well nobody answered, if a game is optimized for multi cores, will a dual core be much worse or a little bit worse for such a game ?


A dual core is fine for older games however you will get a noticeable performance decrease in newer games (they are all built around quad core processors).
August 7, 2012 1:08:26 PM

Ah ok. Thanks everyone for help, i'm guessing i'll find a way to somehow get it from newegg or similar, it costs just too much here. TY! :D 
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