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Opinion on my first build upgrade

As of right now I am using my first homebuilt rig:

CPU: AMD Phenom 9600 Quad-Core Processor 2.3GHz
RAM: OCZ SLI-Ready DDR2 2 x 2 GB
Power Supply: Ultra LSP650
Mother Board: ASUS M3N72-D AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA nForce 750a
GPU: Asus GTX560 Ti
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium x64


I have decided to upgrade to get better performance for gaming. As of right now I was looking to go cheap so I am upgrading my Mobo, CPU, and RAM.

I am looking at getting the i3-2100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115078

Asus P8Z77-V
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131837

and G.SKILL Sniper series 2 X 4GB 1866
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231460

I chose this Mobo because I might save up in the future to get an Ivy Bridge CPU

What do you think?
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  1. It might be more cost efficient with your AM2+ motherboard to grab a Quad Core Phenom II processor. That should put you near to Core I-3 performance at a fraction of the cost.
  2. Best answer
    Quad Core Ivy bridge upgrade. You dont need OCing to have a good gaming system.

    Intel Core i5-3450 Ivy Bridge $200 (free Shipping)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116506

    BIOSTAR TZ77B MB $90 (free Shipping and a $10 MIR)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138352&Tpk=N82E16813138352

    G. Skill PC 1600 RipJawX 2x4GB Ram $47 (Free Shipping)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428
    Total $337 - $10 MIR = $327

    Same price as your i3 build with shipping even without the MIR.
  3. No matter which way you go either with Jerred's suggestion or rwaynes, I would get a quad core CPU, not an i3 dual. I wouldn't get an i3 now with the intention of dropping an i5 in it say a year from now, keeping up with computer technology is already a ridiculous waste of money as it is, no need to increase your losses by throwing $130 at a dual core CPU so you pay out another 200 bucks in less than a year for a quad.
  4. Best answer selected by akodiakbear.
  5. jerreddredd said:
    Quad Core Ivy bridge upgrade. You dont need OCing to have a good gaming system.

    Intel Core i5-3450 Ivy Bridge $200 (free Shipping)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116506

    BIOSTAR TZ77B MB $90 (free Shipping and a $10 MIR)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138352&Tpk=N82E16813138352

    G. Skill PC 1600 RipJawX 2x4GB Ram $47 (Free Shipping)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428
    Total $337 - $10 MIR = $327

    Same price as your i3 build with shipping even without the MIR.


    I went with your suggestions and pulled the trigger. I am now copying my data to an external for the new install (I hate this part, I never organize my data). I can't wait to install everything! I feel like this will be a huge upgrade from my Phenom 9600. Plus my GPU has been running at x8 because my main PCIe slot is broken. Thanks for the suggestion!
  6. akodiakbear said:
    I went with your suggestions and pulled the trigger. I am now copying my data to an external for the new install (I hate this part, I never organize my data). I can't wait to install everything! I feel like this will be a huge upgrade from my Phenom 9600. Plus my GPU has been running at x8 because my main PCIe slot is broken. Thanks for the suggestion!


    I hate that part too. good luck with the upgraded rig.
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