Need an upgrade. at a loss here

So having spent past few weeks and this morning at numerous stores I have come to the realisaztion that store employees know nothing lol. I have a geforce 550 ti that requires a x16 2.0. Im running a dual core e5200 @ 2.5ghz. I would like to find a suitable processor and motherboard upgrade to get me by the next few yrs. I have looked at quad core and I want to go this route @ 3ghz. I have $250. The 6 core unit I was looking at is no longer on sale so Im back to square one. I want to go amd with the purpose of gaming with my geforce 550 ti. I have enough power. Can anybody reccomend a good combo from somewhere in that price range?
This is what I was looking at
But people are saying that cpu sucks with dual core applications
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  1. why do you need an amd? I guess I am an intel guy but if you need amd FX-4170
    "Unfortunately the FX-4170 uses almost twice the power to accomplish similar frame rates, but from a pure price/performance perspective it's a viable competitor" but 250

    I personally would go with a pentium or an i3 or wait a month and find 100 and get an i5
  2. I chose amd do to affordability. Single dad with a freshman in high school so my hobbies sadly come last.
  3. If your copy of windows is oem than it's locked to it's original motherboard. You'll have to buy a new copy for $100.
  4. I have a brand new windows 7 I never got around to installing do to the upgrade coming so Im covered there
  5. Do you live near a micro center if so you could get a i5 2500k and a motherboard for $250.

    jackspeed I know you posted that first but stop copying me :kaola:
  6. He'll have to buy new RAM too.
  7. beastxjason said:
    I chose amd do to affordability. Single dad with a freshman in high school so my hobbies sadly come last.

    There are no amd cpu's that do better for gaming at any price point than Intel today.
    Read these two articles:,3106.html,3120.html
  8. That mobo can't OC your CPU. If you would have been happy with the AMD 4170, you'd be thrilled with the cheaper i3-2120 which outperforms it.
    Get a dual-channel memory kit (two sticks, not just one). It should make a 5%-7% difference; I'll take the ding for being unable to cite the benchmark article.
  9. Intel is now shipping the i5-3350P. A $189 ivy bridge quad @ 3.1 without graphics.
    Good for you since you already have a nice discrete graphics card.

    Pair that with an inexpensive H61 motherboard for $45:
    and a 8gb(2x4gb) kit of ram for $36
    and you meet the $250 budget:
  10. @jtt the 4170 and the i32120 are the same price. I was trying to strech a budget and fit the i5 in (which probably isn't doable). and the 1 stick left it open for an upgrade later.

    but ya Realistically the i3 is the intel option. 38 88 125
    $1 above budget
  11. With intel current cpu chips, there is very little benefit from faster ram.
    Read this:

    Ram is sold in kits for a reason.
    Ram from the same vendor and part number can be made up of differing manufacturing components over time.
    Some motherboards can be very sensitive to this.
    That is why ram vendors will not support ram that is not bought in one kit.
    Although, I think the problem has lessened with the newer Intel chipsets. Still,
    it is safer to get what you need in one kit.
  12. OOPS!!
    I misadded my costs, the total is $270.
  13. Best answer
    geofelt said:
    I misadded my costs, the total is $270.

    After shipping $278

    This would be $10 under op budget
    cpu - i3 3220 $130
    mobo - asrock h77m $70
    ram - g.skill ares 8gb $40
    total - $240
  14. strife_ff7 said:

    I like:)
    89.99 after 20 dollar promo code
    79.99 after 10 dollar mail in rebate
    hyper212+ 29.99
    2x4GB patriot ddr3 1600 CL8 29.99 after 20 dollar mail in rebate

    All with free shipping comes to 230 after rebates.

    Overclock to 4ghz plus to rival the slower SBi5s.
  16. Best answer selected by beastxjason.
  17. strife_ff7 said:

    This looks to be great and thanks to the other post in regards to intel vs amd. So heres the kicker I guess. When you look down the line and see borderlands 2 reccomends a quad core @ 2.13. is an intel Core i3-3220 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz going to be able to keep up with this type of requirement? I know this is not minimum. but reccomended specs etc. The entire reason for the upgrade is games like dayz/arma 2 chug with current cpu. I may just pull the trigger on this package today
  18. I think you made a good choice for B.A.
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