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$300 Limit. Advice needed for CPU, RAM and Mobo.

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October 4, 2012 7:45:13 PM

Hello,
My Mobo just crapped out, so I'm looking for some advice on some new hardware.
Old build:
- Athlon II x4 620
- 4GB DDR2 800Mhz
- Radeon HD 6790

I don't plan on upgrading the GPU, just wanted to toss that in there. I'm looking to find a good CPU to run dual box'd games like Borderlands 2. My current stuff worked fine with little to no lag running med-high 1680x1050 dual box BL2. I've been looking at the new Trinity's, especially that a10 5700 for $130. Or the i5 3450 for $150. Should I look into a 6-core like the 1100t? or an 8 core? I've looked everywhere, but could only find multiboxing advice for WoW and most of the threads were pretty old. Any advice would be appreciated! Thanks!
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October 5, 2012 12:08:06 AM

If you want to stay with AMD, you can get all this for less than $200 including shipping. And it will handle a far more powerful GFX card than the one you have now.
Processor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Memory: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

There are several other combinations including going to an Intel based system that are also available. Any of them would be a better gamer than a Trinity. And anything over a quad core is wasted on gaming.
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October 5, 2012 5:06:50 AM

OK I went with a Intel build for you at $238.97. I went somewhat cheep to save money. It gives you room for a better MB or CPU.

CPU: It's dual core but it will play any game out there.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MB: ASRock H77M LGA
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

8GB DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'm not an Intel fan boy but they are the best right now. And the build I just gave you crushes your old one.
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