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Looking for a decent motherboard and cpu for a budget gaming rig


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#1 Fexcad

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 08:18 AM

Im trying to build a new gaming pc, and was looking for some suggestions on a motherboard and cpu for $150-250. I already have some pieces from a different computer that didnt work out: Radeon 6670 low profile gpu, 3 sticks of RAM, and this case (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811154094 ).

The gpu isn't great but its all I have atm. I'll be upgrading it in a few months, along with the RAM, so picking a motherboard that can handle an upgrade would be nice, as I don't particularly want to have to purchase a new mb too.

Any help would be appreciated, thanks.

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 06:49 PM

What is your budget? You can get a very high-end motherboard and CPU.

If you want to go AMD.

ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970 - If you're not using SLI/Crossfire.
ASUS Sabertooth 990FX - If you are using SLI/Crossfire.

AMD FX-4100 Zambezi 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ - A low-end quad for light gaming.
AMD FX-6100 Zambezi 3.3GHz Socket AM3+ - A midrange CPU, great for most games.
AMD FX-8120 Zambezi 3.1GHz Socket AM3+ - A high-end CPU that can handle most tasks thrown at it.

If you want to go Intel.

ASUS P8Z77-V LX LGA 1155 Intel Z77 - Decent, but with multiple GPU's, the second PCI-E X16 slot will only go at X4.
ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 - This does allow for multiple GPU's at X8/X8 speeds, which is good for all but the very high-end GPU's.

Intel Core i5-2310 Sandy Bridge 2.9GHz (3.2GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W - This is a good CPU, fits in between a 4100 and 6100.
Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) - This is roughly equal to the 8120.

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