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What should i pair with my 660ti

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October 26, 2012 4:25:40 PM

i'm getting the 660 ti, but i need a CPU for around 125$. iv looked at i3's, but they only dual core, and iv looked at amd's and they run slower than the i3's, but are four cores? what should i do. should i get a cheaper graphics card and better CPU? this build is for gaming and gaming only. i understand the 660ti is a bad-ass card. but would it be useless with a $125 cpu? any opinions will be appriaciated

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a b B Homebuilt system
October 26, 2012 4:42:19 PM

Try to save some money on the GPU if you are budget conscious. The 660Ti is an awesome card, and I personally prefer Nvidia over AMD cards, but I just bought an AMD card because I think they are a better bang for your buck proposition right now.

I bought a 7870 for $200 on rebate one month ago.

a full hundred bucks less than a 660Ti

I also wanted a quad core intel, that was a priority for me.

BTW, it wouldn't be useless without a quad core, I just knew I wanted a quad core, i bought a 3570K, I m thinking towards the future, maybe in a year I will add a second video card in crossfire for 150 or so.
a b B Homebuilt system
October 26, 2012 7:20:40 PM

I would get this 7950
and open box one
or this
it is $305 but it comes with 3 games. This is an amazing deal.
I would get this cpu
or this one
I would spend 10 more in order to get a 6 core, but it might not be as good for gaming.
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October 26, 2012 7:34:58 PM

A $250 gpu would be the way to go and pair it with an i5, my preference is the 3570k, because its a much more balanced system. The suggested above 7870 is an awsome card as well. the i3 would be fine but many games are starting to utilize more then 2 cores. I would avoid the amd cpus. Toms gpu tier list puts the 7870 and the 660ti on the same tier.
a b B Homebuilt system
October 26, 2012 9:38:59 PM

i got this for 200 a month ago,

If I were you I would hop on that card jackspeed posted, a solid deal

take the money and get a quad core intel, maybe a 3570k, a little more now, but you can overclock it and get more out of down the road

or get a $185 i5 quad core, same money as 660Ti and a crappier processor

intel processors are where you want to be these days