Need something powerful

Approximate Purchase Date: Sep. 15

Budget Range: 850 after rebate and shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, home entertainment, internet browsing/ video playback.

Are you buying a monitor: no

Parts to Upgrade: none

Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Please note that if you're using an OEM license of Windows, you will need a new one when buying a new motherboard.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Location: oxnard Ca, us

Parts Preferences: amd cpu

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: will be playing games such as starcraft 2, bf3, arma 2 dayz, mostly fps or rts games. I need this computer for typing essays and playing a lot of videos for classes.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: REALLLYYY BAD hp laptop with broken hdd that couldnt keep youtube videos at 240p
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  1. Your most restrictive requirement is for FPS gaming.
    As a rule of thumb, spend twice your cpu budget on the graphics card.

    Notice in this $500 build and the $1000 build how that relationship holds:
  2. so should i do a radeon 7850 with an amd phenom II x4?
  3. Best answer
    kevinkannguyen said:
    so should i do a radeon 7850 with an amd phenom II x4?

    You get the idea.
    Pair a $100 phenom II X4 with a $200 7850.

    But, at every price point, an Intel cpu will be the better gamer, even if it may be a dual core.
    Read this article:,3120.html

    I think something like a i3-2100 would be better.

    Nvidia will soon announce a GTX660 and perhaps a GTX650 which will compete in the same price bracket as the 7850.
    You might want to wait a week to check them out.
    It seems that retailers are clearing out 7850 cards; I think they know something.
  4. what about the amd fx-4170 zambezi
  5. i have a week until i get paid. so i am waiting but since the 7850's are clearing wouldnt that mean the price shall drop and i can get a steal on one?
  6. kevinkannguyen said:
    what about the amd fx-4170 zambezi

    FX-4170 is about the only amd chip that can compete with Intel.
    If your games can use 4 cores(not many do) then that might be a good choice.
    Read this article for the best gaming cpu's at several price points.,3106.html

    The graphics card market is very competitive.
    You mostly get what you pay for.
    Prices will adjust to the competition.
    For gaming, just buy the strongest graphics card you feel comfortable paying for.
  7. so should i go with intel? im willing to buy anything i just dont know anything about intel. I would like the 7850 card and more than likely ill be doing more video streaming than gaming
  8. if its worth the money i will hapily purchase the i5's from intel
  9. Best answer selected by kevinkannguyen.
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