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Old 02-16-11, 08:18 AM   #1
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Hi all,

Building yet another PC for a friend. Budget of $700, so I've tentatively picked the following:

AMD Phenom II X4 965 (3.4GHz)
ASRock M3A770DE
GeForce GTX 465 1GB
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4GB Corsair DDR3-1333

Will this be a pretty future-proof gaming rig?
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Old 02-16-11, 09:02 AM   #2
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I'd probably go 1155. There will be future Ivy Bridge releases on it as well. Better future proofing imo.

I'm spec'ing out a Sandy Bridge rig atm, here's what I have looked at.

Case/PSU: $150 budget
Memory: Corsair XMS 4GB DDR3-1333 Ultra Stable $50
Motherboard: ASUS P8P67-M LGA 1155 Intel P67 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard $130
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo) $190
Vid: $200 budget

I didn't pick a case/psu or a video card, but I put in a decent budget for those items. Without the monitor, it's about $720.
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Old 02-16-11, 09:57 AM   #3
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The total I've got in the cart is about $670, so going to SB would balloon both the mobo and the CPU costs, and that's just not possible =/

Intel's stuff is great if you have tons of money, but for a gaming PC, I find going with AMD is sufficient (so I can pump $ into the gfx card).
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Old 02-16-11, 10:23 AM   #4
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Great build. A 3.4 x4 + a GF100 card = pretty top-of-the-line performance. Although the 465 gets a bad rap it's still quite adept at handling newer games, and like the Phenom it stretches its legs really nicely when given a bit more than a modest OC.

MAYBE, just maybe go for an x3 instead, and you'll likely be able to either unlock AND OC to 3.4, or you'll at least be able to OC it @ x3 to 3.4... and you'll save some coin on GPU so you could maybe get a GTX 560 or 470 instead.
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Old 02-16-11, 11:29 AM   #5
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Great build. A 3.4 x4 + a GF100 card = pretty top-of-the-line performance. Although the 465 gets a bad rap it's still quite adept at handling newer games, and like the Phenom it stretches its legs really nicely when given a bit more than a modest OC.

MAYBE, just maybe go for an x3 instead, and you'll likely be able to either unlock AND OC to 3.4, or you'll at least be able to OC it @ x3 to 3.4... and you'll save some coin on GPU so you could maybe get a GTX 560 or 470 instead.
The X3 is EOL. While you can still find some, AMD is not making them anymore. All of them have been discontinued.

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Will this be a pretty future-proof gaming rig?
wouldn't call it future-proof, but a ok budget rig.
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Old 02-16-11, 11:43 AM   #7
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I'd probably go 1155. There will be future Ivy Bridge releases on it as well. Better future proofing imo.

I'm spec'ing out a Sandy Bridge rig atm, here's what I have looked at.

Case/PSU: $150 budget
Memory: Corsair XMS 4GB DDR3-1333 Ultra Stable $50
Motherboard: ASUS P8P67-M LGA 1155 Intel P67 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard $130
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo) $190
Vid: $200 budget

I didn't pick a case/psu or a video card, but I put in a decent budget for those items. Without the monitor, it's about $720.
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Phenom II X4 955 is also unlocked and the OC headroom should be the same, use the saved money to buy a better GPU. Unless you're targeting a specific GTX 465, that can be unlocked to 470.
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I'd probably go 1155. There will be future Ivy Bridge releases on it as well. Better future proofing imo.

I'm spec'ing out a Sandy Bridge rig atm, here's what I have looked at.

Case/PSU: $150 budget
Memory: Corsair XMS 4GB DDR3-1333 Ultra Stable $50
Motherboard: ASUS P8P67-M LGA 1155 Intel P67 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard $130
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo) $190
Vid: $200 budget

I didn't pick a case/psu or a video card, but I put in a decent budget for those items. Without the monitor, it's about $720.
+2 much better choice
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Old 02-16-11, 12:12 PM   #10
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The total I've got in the cart is about $670, so going to SB would balloon both the mobo and the CPU costs, and that's just not possible =/

Intel's stuff is great if you have tons of money, but for a gaming PC, I find going with AMD is sufficient (so I can pump $ into the gfx card).
You said "futureproof". When I think futureproof, I think something that will last 2-3 years and can be upgraded if need be. Socket 1155's EOL won't be for 2 years at least, and AM3+/Bulldozer is around the corner, meaning EOL for the parts you spec'd out.

Post your cart. Without a monitor, a $700 SB rig is completely feasible.

Honestly, I wouldn't buy an AM3 rig right now. It's foolish. With AM3+ and Bulldozer around the corner, and Sandy Bridge out with Ivy Bridge on its way, it doesn't make sense. And Bulldozer chips are not compatible with AM3, so that's not an option.

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You said "futureproof". When I think futureproof, I think something that will last 2-3 years and can be upgraded if need be. Socket 1155's EOL won't be for 2 years at least, and AM3+/Sledgehammer is around the corner, meaning EOL for the parts you spec'd out.

Post your cart. Without a monitor, a $700 SB rig is completely feasible.

Honestly, I wouldn't buy an AM3 rig right now. It's foolish. With AM3+ and Sledgehammer around the corner, and Sandy Bridge out with Ivy Bridge on its way, it doesn't make sense. And Sledgehammer chips are not compatible with AM3, so that's not an option.
You mean Bulldozer? Sledgehammer was from K8 generation, WAY back.
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You mean Bulldozer? Sledgehammer was from K8 generation, WAY back.
Oh my bad. Yes bulldozer. Showing my age there.

Hopefully Bulldozer gains ground on Intel like Sledgehammer did lol.
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