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January 27, 2013 12:15:21 AM

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CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($121.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G41 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti 2GB Video Card ($164.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case ($40.00 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $550.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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Im wondering if i can play games like BF3, Planetside 2, Crysis 2, TF2, Minecraft, etc. with medium/high detail on 1080p with 40+ fps avg. also i wondering if i should get a Phantom 410 instead of a Source 210 (besides how awesome it looks). also are these peripherals good for the price:

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Monitor: AOC e2251Swdn 60Hz 22.0" Monitor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Cooler Master Storm QuickFire Rapid Wired Gaming Keyboard ($54.99 @ Best Buy)
Other: EDIMAX EW-7811Un Wireless Nano Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Up to 150Mbps Data Rates, with 16 languages EZmax setup wizard for easy installation ($9.99)
Total: $184.97
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-26 21:17 EST-0500)

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January 27, 2013 12:27:24 AM

the whole setup is pretty entry level, its moderately balanced in my opinion. If i only had one tiny gripe, I personally dont like recommending 650ti's at 165 AR as its more of the same price as a 1/2gb 7850 which performs a moderately sizable gap between it
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January 27, 2013 12:33:13 AM

dudewitbow said:
the whole setup is pretty entry level, its moderately balanced in my opinion. If i only had one tiny gripe, I personally dont like recommending 650ti's at 165 AR as its more of the same price as a 1/2gb 7850 which performs a moderately sizable gap between it

ok so this would be better:

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CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($121.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G41 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($164.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case ($40.00 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $550.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-26 21:30 EST-0500)

its the same price but im wondering if i can get physx in games like borderlands 2 and Planetside 2. ik that the processor can run the physx if the graphics card cant but im wondering if the i3-3220 can handle it


PS: what games can you play on you build, it looks similar to the one above

thanks.
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January 27, 2013 12:38:46 AM

this be better.

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

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($121.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Diamond Radeon HD 5850 1GB Video Card ($151.20 @ Compuvest)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 620W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $517.11
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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fits well in ur budget

any games u want.


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January 27, 2013 12:40:52 AM

if you can, aim for the 2gb 7850 as you may hit a few holes occasionally if you have the 1gb version. should be around the same price still.
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January 27, 2013 12:42:12 AM

yes, except his build goes over his budget, i had to stick to the 550 limit he asked for.

:D 
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January 27, 2013 1:21:42 AM

that setup is fine, the cpu still beats most amd CPU's, but i agree with first post, go up on the GPU a little bit a 7850 would make this system so much better.
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January 27, 2013 1:43:40 AM

the build i suggested is quite good, i could recommand the 7850 but it would cost more.

this is a new build i made for u amd cpu and 7850 :) 

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

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 975 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($82.18 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M4N68T-M V2 Micro ATX AM3 Motherboard ($53.89 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($172.08 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 620W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $502.08
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-26 22:43 EST-0500)

Base Total: $559.89
Mail-in Rebates: -$60.00
Shipping: $2.19
Total: $502.08

:D 

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January 27, 2013 3:18:20 AM

dudewitbow said:
if you can, aim for the 2gb 7850 as you may hit a few holes occasionally if you have the 1gb version. should be around the same price still.

ok so i guess i can squeeze the 2gb 7850 but can i run physx off my cpu and also what kind of fps do you get on games u play on you system?
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January 27, 2013 3:20:40 AM

yo xl, look above got u a 2gb and a nice 4core 3.6 gigahertz :D 


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January 27, 2013 3:33:06 AM

xl_480 said:
ok so i guess i can squeeze the 2gb 7850 but can i run physx off my cpu and also what kind of fps do you get on games u play on you system?



if you are interested in physx, then that puts you on a bind as you have to basically decide:

would you rather have more fps in physx only titles and use physx (ranges from how heavy the physx is and what level, amd cards for instance in Borderlands 2 shouldn't want to run it off cpu at high) VS having ~5-7()much more in certain situations like crysis which doesnt like lower end nvidia cards) fps difference in all other games due to the 7850 being stronger(by a decent margin). At that point, its your decision to pick a gpu.


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January 27, 2013 3:36:29 AM

iceclock said:
yo xl, look above got u a 2gb and a nice 4core 3.6 gigahertz :D 

i think that ill stick with intel cpus (no offense) unless steamroller is decent because right now the only good processors from AMD (imo) are the phenom II's for gaming. if i get an intel now, i can get a 2500k or 3570k later on w/o new mobo but i guess it depends.
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January 27, 2013 3:39:05 AM

No one answered my main questions that were at the beginning of the post ;_;
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January 27, 2013 3:55:52 AM

dudewitbow said:
if you are interested in physx, then that puts you on a bind as you have to basically decide:

would you rather have more fps in physx only titles and use physx (ranges from how heavy the physx is and what level, amd cards for instance in Borderlands 2 shouldn't want to run it off cpu at high) VS having ~5-7()much more in certain situations like crysis which doesnt like lower end nvidia cards) fps difference in all other games due to the 7850 being stronger(by a decent margin). At that point, its your decision to pick a gpu.

so if i get the amd card my cpu might struggle with physx and other nvidia software games :L. i'm leaning more to the amd card, how much of a performance increase does x fire give, i think that if i get the amd card i can x fire later on. but can you tell me what performance you get with you build since its similar to the one im talking about.
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January 27, 2013 3:55:59 AM

the amd build i made u is quite decent.

and the above monitor+keyboard+wireless looks fine to me.

heres ur intel build that u can upgrade later, but i really think for the price the amd is better tho.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zP7o
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zP7o/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zP7o/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Pentium G860 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($65.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G41 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($179.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 620W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $499.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-27 00:53 EST-0500)

Base Total: $538.91
Mail-in Rebates: -$50.00
Shipping: $10.98
Total: $499.89

as u can seethe 860 still does not bad for the price.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-fx-pentium-a...

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-fx-pentium-a...

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-fx-pentium-a...

cheers.

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January 27, 2013 3:57:05 AM

most games dont take advantage or support physx fully. and for the price only the 660 would give u something decent.

as i said physx isnt in all games and only time will tell if it will be used widespread in games of tommorow.

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January 27, 2013 3:58:45 AM

iceclock said:
most games dont take advantage or support physx fully. and for the price only the 660 would give u something decent.

as i said physx isnt in all games and only time will tell if it will be used widespread in games of tommorow.



chances are getting slightly slimmer as all 3 next gen consoles are running amd cards which means devs will have to work with amd a tiny bit more than what they do for this generation.
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January 27, 2013 3:59:41 AM

interesting dude :) 

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January 27, 2013 4:06:09 AM

iceclock said:
the amd build i made u is quite decent.

and the above monitor+keyboard+wireless looks fine to me.

heres ur intel build that u can upgrade later, but i really think for the price the amd is better tho.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zP7o
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zP7o/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zP7o/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Pentium G860 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($65.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G41 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($179.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 620W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $499.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-27 00:53 EST-0500)

Base Total: $538.91
Mail-in Rebates: -$50.00
Shipping: $10.98
Total: $499.89

as u can seethe 860 still does not bad for the price.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-fx-pentium-a...

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-fx-pentium-a...

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-fx-pentium-a...

cheers.


looks pretty good. i was going to make a pc powered by the phenom II x4 965 BE but i looked at comparisons of the FX series which is only thing i can upgrade to and compared to intel stuff the were pretty bad....the phenom II 975 is on par with i3 3220. should i get the ivy bridge Pentium g2120 over g860
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January 27, 2013 4:14:13 AM

hmm. yes would be a decent upgrade and death overall faster in apps :) 

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

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($121.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G41 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($179.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 620W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $555.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-27 01:13 EST-0500)

Base Total: $589.91
Mail-in Rebates: -$50.00
Shipping: $15.97
Total: $555.88

if u can afford 40$ give or take more do it :D 

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January 27, 2013 3:49:36 PM

iceclock said:
hmm. yes would be a decent upgrade and death overall faster in apps :) 

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

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($121.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G41 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($179.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 620W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $555.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-27 01:13 EST-0500)

Base Total: $589.91
Mail-in Rebates: -$50.00
Shipping: $15.97
Total: $555.88

if u can afford 40$ give or take more do it :D 

does power color make good card and have good waranties? im wondering because i only know companies that make good amd cards are ASUS, MSI, Sapphire, and XFX

also does (this is probably a dumb question) the motherboard allow crossfire? :L
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January 27, 2013 3:50:42 PM

yes, theyves existed since a longtime. u can get the sapphir or asus but gonna cost u more.

dont see why u would, unless u want a brandname. powercolour makes good products.

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January 27, 2013 3:57:06 PM

iceclock said:
yes, theyves existed since a longtime. u can get the sapphir or asus but gonna cost u more.

dont see why u would, unless u want a brandname. powercolour makes good products.

ok.
(this is probably a dumb question) does the motherboard allow crossfire? :L
and also how much performance increase is there with crossfire
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January 27, 2013 3:57:57 PM

not true crossfire. id have to get u a more expensive mobo for that.

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January 27, 2013 4:12:28 PM

iceclock said:
not true crossfire. id have to get u a more expensive mobo for that.

this one is cheaper but doesnt have a 7series chip set but supports crossfire and sli(from what ive read):
http://us.msi.com/product/mb/P67A-GD80--B3-.html

these are other ones with ivy bridge chip sets but are more expensive and have crossfire :L (from what ive read

http://us.msi.com/product/mb/Z77A-G43.html

http://www.msi.com/product/mb/Z77A-G45.html

(what do you mean not true XFire?)
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January 27, 2013 4:14:05 PM

this would supports crossfire.

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

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($121.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($179.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 620W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $600.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-27 13:13 EST-0500)

Base Total: $640.91
Mail-in Rebates: -$50.00
Shipping: $9.98
Total: $600.89

like i said u could get an amd for cheaper with a full fledged crossfire board, but u seem to want intel.

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January 27, 2013 4:29:50 PM

iceclock said:
this would supports crossfire.

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

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($121.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($179.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 620W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $600.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-27 13:13 EST-0500)

Base Total: $640.91
Mail-in Rebates: -$50.00
Shipping: $9.98
Total: $600.89

like i said u could get an amd for cheaper with a full fledged crossfire board, but u seem to want intel.

yea ik amd is cheaper but i plan on upgading in the future like i said earlier but thanks for the help =)! do you think its better to crossfire in the future or just buy a new gpu; also do you think the i3 can handle XFire or will i also need i5 to avoid bottle neck (ik so many question but im new to this :[ )
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January 27, 2013 4:30:50 PM

id say get the i3 or the amd i made, especially get the extreme 4 mobo if u olan on slying. or crossfire.

alot better for ur money.

yes the i3 can handle xfire fine.

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January 27, 2013 6:11:49 PM

iceclock said:
id say get the i3 or the amd i made, especially get the extreme 4 mobo if u olan on slying. or crossfire.

alot better for ur money.

yes the i3 can handle xfire fine.

thanks. so ill get the i3 build and then sometime down the line i guess ill upgrade to an Xfire and an i5 if necessary
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January 27, 2013 6:12:02 PM

Best answer selected by XL_480.
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