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October 4, 2012 3:45:51 PM

Hey guys, I am having a hard time deciding on an upgrade solution for my pc. Right now I have a core2duo E7400. I am only upgrading my CPU, motherboard and ram. My price limit is $299 for all three of those components. I do have discrete graphics already (gtx460). I have been mostly looking at the new amd apu's although I don't really need the graphics I hear they preform well. Another option would be either fx 6100 or 8120. I am looking for a pretty good gaming build but everyday performance is most important.

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October 4, 2012 4:11:34 PM

What's the best solution for $250? I'd rather not get up around $330 if I don't have to. I don't need the best of the best just a solid upgrade over my core 2 duo
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October 4, 2012 4:15:15 PM

Better to spend more on the mobo; you'll have an upgrade path later, even if you have to choose a lesser CPU now.
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October 4, 2012 4:27:30 PM

looks pretty solid, do you think the $50 mobo would do? and what do you think about fm2 vs am3+? since i already have graphics im just looking for processing power

feel free to state your opinions!
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October 4, 2012 4:55:55 PM

Does your motherboard support a Q6600 and overclocking?
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October 4, 2012 4:55:56 PM

do you think piledriver will be more cost effective than lets say an a10-5800k?
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October 4, 2012 5:04:31 PM

yes and yes i believe
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October 4, 2012 5:08:18 PM

Overclocking an existing S775 CPU is one thing, but buying another S775 CPU is money wasted.
Since processing power is your focus, you want Intel. Until Piledriver is out and benchmarked, I wouldn't count it for squat. Of course, I'm one of those who bought in to the BD hype, and I still feel burned about buying a premium AM3+ board. With AMD saying they're not going to compete with Intel, they're no longer worth my time in the high-end market. If PD is great, maybe I'll upgrade to it; if not I'll be happy with my i5.
I would not buy a MSI board, especially for AMD, as they have a history of VRM problems: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/315963-30-phase-contr... (read the linked material).
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October 4, 2012 5:21:07 PM

yes intel is definiately the best in processing power but not as good in cost effectivness. I only have about a $250 budget and upgrading to a processor with the same number of cores as the one i already have seems dumb. The top notch would obviously be an i5 3470 but i'm not sure if i'm willing to spend that much since i don't do THAT much gaming. i just want something good thats easy on the wallet unless going intel is REALLY worth it in every day tasks
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October 4, 2012 5:21:40 PM

This utility website might help: http://pcpartpicker.com/ But shop for around for deals..


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The top notch would obviously be an i5 3470 but i'm not sure if i'm willing to spend that much since i don't do THAT much gaming. i just want something good thats easy on the wallet unless going intel is REALLY worth it in every day tasks


What is your "everyday task"?

A10 is reviewed to be a good-enough processor, and the graphics can be shut off. Your processor is already better than the one I have btw.
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October 4, 2012 6:04:51 PM

thanks ill check that out, and my everyday task include playing music, transfering large files, watching videos, compiling programs in visual basic 10, browsing the internet, multitasking like a champ, opening complex programs etc.
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October 4, 2012 6:48:48 PM

ok I found a i5 3470 on sale for $180. i think im gonna go with that. what would be a good mother board and ram for this?
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October 4, 2012 7:01:25 PM

The only ones I can think of are some I looked at last year are out of stock lol

Here is one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=13-131-...

I like look at most helpfull lowest rated and date posted to get a good view of the feedback..

Cheapish, and you should be able to find some 1333 speed ram on newegg too. (if worried about compatibility you could go to crucial home website)


bah nevermind just look at the choices lol: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
There are some 1600 mhz ram ones there, but they don't have much feedback. You can always try to google for a review of a particular board using the model number.
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October 4, 2012 11:11:07 PM

With an Ivy Bridge CPU, get a H77 or B75; a H61 will either not work at all, or will require a BIOS flash (using a Sandy Bridge CPU) first.
Asus IS a good brand though; my first choice. ASRock is a distant second, then Gigabyte, with Biostar and ECS fighting for last. Anything else doesn't interest me.
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October 5, 2012 7:06:48 AM

Seems good.. That board has integrated graphics you'll have to not use lol

Ram looks great.
Otherwise the ram might be too high for some aftermarket heat-sinks, but that is probably a non-issue.

There are cheaper asrock boards there though. (if you care by now) Make sure not to install any of the programs you don't want to when putting in the drivers.. ha
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October 5, 2012 10:09:28 AM

That board looks reasonable. As NoUserBar says, you may want to find some low-profile RAM if the Ripjaws are too tall, but you'd need a pretty big heatsink (only needed if you plan substantial overclocking) for that to be a possible issue.
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October 5, 2012 6:00:21 PM

Bzoucha said:
I also found this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... this is a h77 instead of b75, what's the difference in numbers mean? Can one not overlock the CPU? And I plan on using the stock heatsink that comes with the processor.

Neither can overclock the CPU. The H77 adds a few little things, while the B75 comes with some business-oriented features. You would most likely never notice the difference.
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October 8, 2012 3:04:10 AM

I prefer #2 for its all-solid caps and 4 RAM slots.
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October 9, 2012 3:37:15 AM

ok I think i'm going with a z77 motherboard, I want a few more features. I was thinking about this one, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

under ram specs, it says: (2133 OC, 1866 OC, 1600)

does this mean i can buy 1866 ram and install it or just overclock the 1600 to 1866?
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October 9, 2012 3:59:12 AM

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October 9, 2012 3:50:03 PM

Bzoucha said:
ok I think i'm going with a z77 motherboard, I want a few more features. I was thinking about this one, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

under ram specs, it says: (2133 OC, 1866 OC, 1600)

does this mean i can buy 1866 ram and install it or just overclock the 1600 to 1866?

It can mean both, since the memory controller on the CPU will technically be overclocked when your RAM goes above 1600. The RAM itself can be overclocked beyond what it's rated at, but it's a cumbersome process because you have to fiddle with the timings etc. to get it to work.
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October 11, 2012 10:33:10 PM

gotcha, well i hope my 1600 ram will do ok.

Everyone i finally order my parts!

here is what my system will be:

intel core i5 3470
evga gtx 460 sc 1gb ddr5
ocz agility 3 90 gb
350 gb hdd
Biostar tz77xe4 lga 1155
G.Skill ares 8gb (2x4gb) low profile 1600 mhz (12800)
antec NEO Eco 520w continuous 80 plus
rosewill challenger case

What do you all think?
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October 11, 2012 11:26:02 PM

Looks pretty good. I haven't heard much praise of Biostar motherboards, but nowadays I think it's fine as long as you're not overclocking.
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October 13, 2012 6:30:07 AM

I did my research pretty good and everyone says biostar has really gotten better over the last few years. Figured I'd go for a $160 mb for $110
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October 13, 2012 8:40:29 AM

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