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August 1, 2012 5:56:33 PM

I am planning to assemble a good mid-range gaming CPU in the next month!my budget is around $630(35,000k INR.)!and am not planning to upgrade for another 4 years or so!i am thinking of pairing i3 2120 with hd 6870 and 8 gigs of ram!250gb HD would do for me!is there a better configuration?give me some equivalent or better options within my budget!
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August 1, 2012 6:12:41 PM

there is more to with that kind of cash, intel cpu is dual core mmm a lil to shabby for 6870... probably go with amd cpu cuz i can see ur very limited on $$$ u can go with like phenom II x4 955? but if u doing the build next month u can check out the amd's new generation apu's im quite sure the apu's might change ur build.
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August 1, 2012 6:30:18 PM

grizmo said:
I am planning to assemble a good mid-range gaming CPU in the next month!my budget is around $630(35,000k INR.)!and am not planning to upgrade for another 4 years or so!i am thinking of pairing i3 2120 with hd 6870 and 8 gigs of ram!250gb HD would do for me!is there a better configuration?give me some equivalent or better options within my budget!
Thanks in advance


Your plan looks appropriate to me.
My rule of thumb for a gaming pc is to spend twice your cpu budget on the graphics card.
In this case, you are not quite there $110/$150 (US prices)

In a week or two, the nvidia GTX66? series should launch and I suspect they will be exactly where you want to be.
It will pay you to check that out.

In the mean time, read this report on <$200 gaming cpu's.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-fx-pentium-a...
There is no recommended AMD cpu at any price point.

If you can, see if your budget can justify a SSD instead of a hard drive. Everything you do will feel so much quicker. SSD prices are dropping and are now <$1 per gb.
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August 1, 2012 6:31:03 PM

Look at the $500 rig in my signature. You should be able to do that, swap out the i3 for an i5 2500k, and the 550 ti for the 6870. Might even have enough for 8gb of ram when all is said and done.
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August 1, 2012 6:43:02 PM

CPU!?

Doubt it.

PC is what you're trying to do, not a CPU.
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August 1, 2012 7:20:15 PM

I wasn't sure when you said buiding a mid-gaming machine if it would include a monitor for it, so I didn't include it tho.
Normally my concern would be the video card and cpu. The great part would be that you could upgrade both the CPU and GPU, but as it stands now with a budget of $630, you get what you pay for. Here are a list of computer component to buiild your mid-gaming rig for a total of $565.93:

ASRock Z75 Pro3 LGA 1155 Intel Z75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $84.99
Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 $109.99
HIS iCooler H777F1G2M Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Instant Card $119.99
Western Digital Caviar Blue WDBAAX5000ENC-NRSN 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive $74.99
RAIDMAX Altas ATX-295WBP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply $59.99
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model $45.99
Logitech MK550 Black USB RF Wireless Ergonomic Wave Combo $69.99
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August 1, 2012 9:48:20 PM

This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
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August 2, 2012 6:04:16 AM

isoomega said:
I wasn't sure when you said buiding a mid-gaming machine if it would include a monitor for it, so I didn't include it tho.
Normally my concern would be the video card and cpu. The great part would be that you could upgrade both the CPU and GPU, but as it stands now with a budget of $630, you get what you pay for. Here are a list of computer component to buiild your mid-gaming rig for a total of $565.93:

ASRock Z75 Pro3 LGA 1155 Intel Z75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $84.99
Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 $109.99
HIS iCooler H777F1G2M Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Instant Card $119.99
Western Digital Caviar Blue WDBAAX5000ENC-NRSN 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive $74.99
RAIDMAX Altas ATX-295WBP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply $59.99
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model $45.99
Logitech MK550 Black USB RF Wireless Ergonomic Wave Combo $69.99

i have set aside $120 for a monitor!the price of his icooler hd 7770 looks inviting,but the product is not available in any indian online store,the lowest i got was sapphire hd 7770 for $175!and are the h67 motherboards really bad?
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August 2, 2012 6:09:57 AM

isoomega said:
I wasn't sure when you said buiding a mid-gaming machine if it would include a monitor for it, so I didn't include it tho.
Normally my concern would be the video card and cpu. The great part would be that you could upgrade both the CPU and GPU, but as it stands now with a budget of $630, you get what you pay for. Here are a list of computer component to buiild your mid-gaming rig for a total of $565.93:

ASRock Z75 Pro3 LGA 1155 Intel Z75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $84.99
Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 $109.99
HIS iCooler H777F1G2M Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Instant Card $119.99
Western Digital Caviar Blue WDBAAX5000ENC-NRSN 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive $74.99
RAIDMAX Altas ATX-295WBP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply $59.99
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model $45.99
Logitech MK550 Black USB RF Wireless Ergonomic Wave Combo $69.99

i have set aside $120 for a monitor!the price of his hd7770 is good but is not available in indian online stores,lowest was sapphire hd7770 $175.and how would a h67 mobo do for me(if i dont get a budget z68 or 75)!
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August 2, 2012 6:12:01 AM

H67 is the most you should go for with an unlocked SB CPU. Neither H77, Z77, or Z75 are worth it for SB CPUs.
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August 2, 2012 8:33:33 AM

azeem40 said:
H67 is the most you should go for with an unlocked SB CPU. Neither H77, Z77, or Z75 are worth it for SB CPUs.

isnt i5 2500k the lowest unlocked SB processor?it will almost take out $68(3700k) from my budget.isn't there any amd chip equivalent of the i5's but cheaper?
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August 2, 2012 9:15:53 AM

MJoob said:
there is more to with that kind of cash, intel cpu is dual core mmm a lil to shabby for 6870... probably go with amd cpu cuz i can see ur very limited on $$$ u can go with like phenom II x4 955? but if u doing the build next month u can check out the amd's new generation apu's im quite sure the apu's might change ur build.

yes i can wait till september!still playing me3,max payne 3 and alan wake on my(3gb ram,9400gt and intel e5700 3.0 ghz dual core)old rig on low-med settings!are there good budget processors and graphx cards coming in these 2 monts!and is the amd phenom x4 series good for the hd 6870?
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August 2, 2012 12:09:50 PM

guys,will the SB i3 2120 be able to handle the hd 6870 well or the phenom x4's and fx4100 be better?
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August 2, 2012 1:28:46 PM

fx4100 is a lot slower than phenom x4... but if u want more performance than that u can go with intel core i5 2500k but i think u can be more future proof maybe phenom x6? im not sure about that i3 can handle the 6870 but not 100% its a lil tricky intel is kinda premium cpu manufacturer and cpu's cost alot on amd side they cost less but give a alot of performance for the price. idk i think its up to you. u can go with i3 dual core i5 quad core (costs alot) or amd x4 (costs like i3) and x6 (costs like i5)
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August 2, 2012 4:49:17 PM

will the cheap bulldozer x6 be able to handle hd 6870 nicely?
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August 2, 2012 5:05:23 PM

i3 2120 and 6870 would be a good budget friendly build. The i3 is an excellent CPU and will not `bottleneck` the 6870
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August 2, 2012 5:34:34 PM

ok.if need be i can go for phenom x6 1055t.is it better than the i3?and can you guys give some options of a overclockable motherboard(crossfire or sli not needed),8-16gb ram support in around $110?
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August 2, 2012 5:44:52 PM

No.
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August 2, 2012 9:33:06 PM

grizmo said:
ok.if need be i can go for phenom x6 1055t.is it better than the i3?and can you guys give some options of a overclockable motherboard(crossfire or sli not needed),8-16gb ram support in around $110?


Mostly... no, it is not as good as a 2120. reread the article I linked to earlier where a 2100 is better on average than a X6 1090T

If you go with ivy/sandy bridge, then any Z77 based motherboard will have good overclocking.
But... you will want a "K" suffix cpu to overclock well.
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August 5, 2012 8:50:32 AM

will the entry level biostar Tz68K+ be a good buy for its price??and if i go for i3 2120(which cant be OC'e)what will be the best mobo to buy??
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