Need help choosing CPU/Mobo.

far better for $250: i5-2400 ($180) and H61 board ($65ish)
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  1. Hi, will these two guys work together?

    This is my first build and I would like suggestions. Primary use is for gaming.

    CPU: AMD FX-4100 Zambezi 3.6GHz

    Mobo: ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 AM3+

    Total cost of the rig is about $900(Spent about $400 on the vid card). My budget for CPU + Mobo is about $200. $250ish max.

    Thanks for the help!
  2. Thanks, I definitely like that setup. I think the i-5 is a good call, but I'm not necessarily sold on it.

    So you're saying I should increase my budget for my CPU and decrease on the Mobo. I was worried about going too low on the cost of the motherboard, but I am not really sure what to look out for. I would like some room for expansion in the future. And I want to make sure it's fast enough to handle all of my other more high end parts. Any thoughts on this would be appreciated.

    I searched for "H61" and found this ASRock board:, which I assume to be the item you had in mind.

    Any other opinions out there? I'd love to hear them!

    Thank you!
  3. thst was the bosrd in mind. it will handle everything but overclocking nd crossfire/sli
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