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Strict budget, new build to replace old Core 2 duo..i3, i5? Ideas?

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January 25, 2013 6:13:07 AM

I pieced together the system I'm using about 2 years ago from already heavily used parts on less then a shoe strong budget, under $100. Current system is limited to 4gb of ram I'm feeling the constraints with windows 7 x64 CPU is a Core 2 Duo 6400 (2.13 ghz) mobo is an Asus P5LD2 GPU Saphire Extreme HD3850. 4GB (3.2 usable by windows) Crucail DDR2

I'm looking at staying under $300, I know it's not much but I'm really just looking for a bit more speed but more important usable memory.
CPU wise I'm aiming towards a Core i3-3220
Mobo ASROCK
RAM Samsung or Corsair XMS 8gb DDR3 (4gb x 2)
Video stick with onboard or reuse anciant HD3850?
Sound stick with onboard

Reuse:
HD: Samsung 1TB
SATA Optical Drive
Power Supply: Earthwatts 380 watt (not the green case, older model, runs great)
Video Card or jsut use unboard?
Case
January 25, 2013 6:43:18 AM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nOKV
Went with a AMD APU a10 5800k. It has integrated graphics that beats the intel ones and the hd 3850. Went with fast ram to get more performance from the apu. Corsair ram is about $6 more than cheapest ones (patriot). I went with a really good mid/high asrock board but you can save up to $20 by going lower end models. You can also buy a 6670 to crossfire with the apu but at that point you are better off buying a dedicated card like the 7750.
The intel integrated graphics are still weak and likey won't be faster than the hd3850 (but intel does support dx11 so newer games are "playable"
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January 25, 2013 6:49:40 AM

Just a little over budget but should be a decent playable system.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($121.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($58.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Mushkin Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($33.84 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($104.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $319.78
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-25 03:49 EST-0500)
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January 25, 2013 7:08:53 AM

Noob12 said:
Id go for intel xeon 1230V2 cpu. For GPU Id take GTX 660 or if you do not need Cuda.
HD 7870 is great.
CPU: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80637e31230v2
MoBo: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-gab75...
Cooler:http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-cpu-cooler-r...
If you like silent machine
Memory: 8-16GB example of 16GB (good for editing.
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f31333c9d16g...
Corsair XMS are good. I do prefer more Gskill. But thats just me. It is fine if you take
corsair XMS 8GB memory set.


That build is $115 over budget before even accounting for graphics card -_-
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January 25, 2013 7:22:41 AM

I can assure you the original build was.

Also, you forgot a CPU cooler, Xeon's don't come with a boxed cooler.

I'd also say although there's room to add GPU later, until that point he's stuck with a 3850, not a great way to go about it.
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January 25, 2013 7:45:16 AM

Thanks everyone for the help would the ASROCK H77 for a few more dollars be any better (future proof) then the B77...seems to have a few more slots PCI etc... and I'm not sure the difference in chipsets B77/H77 which would be better performance wise.
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January 25, 2013 7:58:03 AM

Which Asrock h77 mobo are you referring to?

Also in short it's not likely to be making a huge difference which board you go for in a budget rig like this. The H77 is slightly better, the b75 has a few features disabled like raid, ISRT, only one sata 6gb/s connection.
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January 25, 2013 8:37:19 AM

Ok, as mentioned there's little difference between the two. But for a budget build like this it will be making no difference to you, either board is fine.
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January 25, 2013 9:00:12 AM

Seems you are correct about the cooler. My advice still stands though. Getting a xeon at this price point isn't a smart move.

Tbh i wouldn't advise getting a xeon at any point unless your building a server/workstation.

But still, i know you love your xeons so i won't go into it much more. I'm sure the op's smart enough to make an informed choice.
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January 25, 2013 9:14:02 AM

I just had to assume you did as i only ever see you post, jumping into a thread telling people to get xeons as they're so great, never seen any actual advice from you. Sorry, that's just how i see it.

Still, the op's got some choices to consider, i'm sure it's enough for him to get a system thats right for what he wants.

Comfortablynumb, any more assistance you need just shout, +1 for pink floyd too :) 
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January 25, 2013 9:44:28 AM

A simple mistake, from what i'd read previously they didn't come with coolers.

If you want to talk about researching something, go google about xeons and you'll see most people are recommending against them being used in gaming rigs.

Tbh i don't want to keep hi jacking this guys thread so i'll have to agree to disagree with you.
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January 25, 2013 2:29:27 PM


AMD A10-5700 Trinity 3.4GHz/4.0GHz Turbo FM2 65W Quad-Core APU - Radeon HD 7660D: $129

G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 2400: $60 With Promo Code EMCXWVR48

Gigabyte / Asus FM2 Motherboards: $90 - $120



The graphics engine on the A10-5700 Trinity APU should take a nice OC, too, and the FM2 Socket/Hudson chipset motherboard will also accept the Richland APU (think: lower-wattage Trinity with 15-20% better graphics) and the Kaveri APU (28nm Steamroller cores with 28nm Cape Verde GCN graphics *SIMD Engine Array*).

28nm Cape Verde GCN graphics on the processor die = Radeon HD 77XX cores


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January 25, 2013 2:34:34 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zvCq
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zvCq/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zvCq/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-6100 3.3GHz 6-Core Processor ($99.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($36.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 6670 2GB Video Card ($76.09 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $283.06
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-25 11:34 EST-0500)

Base Total: $293.46
Shipping: $5.60
Total: $299.06


6cores+8gigs+6770 will do u justice :) 

and the card is low power usage so will go well with ur current ps

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January 25, 2013 8:48:21 PM

mikerockett said:
I just had to assume you did as i only ever see you post, jumping into a thread telling people to get xeons as they're so great, never seen any actual advice from you. Sorry, that's just how i see it.

Still, the op's got some choices to consider, i'm sure it's enough for him to get a system thats right for what he wants.

Comfortablynumb, any more assistance you need just shout, +1 for pink floyd too :) 


Thanks mikerockett, leaning towards most the parts so far...just trying to figure ram out...I've used Crucial in most all my builds for as far back as I can remember. Doesn't really look like it would pay to go Crucial this build (price/performance) so I'm deciding between Kingston and Gskill...I just really don't know enough about Gskill.

Also is the ASrock boards that picky with ram? A few reviews I've run across say to make sure you check Asrock's website with ram before purchasing as the board can be picky. Can't say I'm very impressed with there qualified memory page, to say the least lol.
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January 26, 2013 12:00:42 AM

well here if u dont want asrock witch is ok, i like asrock but not everyone is.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zAUM
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zAUM/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zAUM/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-6100 3.3GHz 6-Core Processor ($99.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($36.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 6670 2GB Video Card ($76.09 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $298.06
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-25 21:00 EST-0500)

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January 26, 2013 2:50:10 AM

Well I got the ram so far, $36 for 8gb of Kingston Blu...seems like to good of a deal to pass up. From there I'll probably order the Asrock H77M and the i3 3220.

Anyone ever order a mobo and or processor from Amazon? I never even knew they sold them till the other day. I've dealt with Newegg for the past 12 or 13 years, but I have some credit at Amazon I'd like to use up.

Thanks again all for the recs
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January 26, 2013 2:56:58 AM

no problem, the i3 3220 looks good+h77m :D  and the 8gigs of kingston yeah.

all looking goodmy friend.

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January 31, 2013 5:58:30 AM

MSi is generally a good supplier of mobo's. There shouldn't be any issues with it.
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