AMD or Intel, and which processor ?

March 11, 2011 at 17:32:21
Specs: Windows 7
Hi, I am building a couple gaming computers for my sons.The last things I need to buy are the MB, processor and graphics card.

I was planning to go with AMD to save on costs, but have heard I should reconsider Intel if only for the stability alone. Is there any merit to that ?

For a gamping PC, would you recommend any specific processors (and motherboards) following this criteria....

- I only want Quad core for now, to save cost.
- I'm hoping to spend closer to $100 than $200 for the processor. Please dont respond
with "you can't" because I know I can, and most of the money is going into the GPU anyway.
- I'd like to get a motherboard that doesn't limit my upgrade abilities later. That said, I can't
afford Sandy Bridge or anything else as expensive, so I know there is some risk.
- I am hoping to get the MB and CPU for $250 or less.

I'd like to get a MB with a socket that will be around a while, for later upgrading of just the CPU... although I know there are no guarantees. I was lkeading toward an Athlon II... but am also considering the Intel i5 series.

Any CPU's... or motherboard manufacturers I should avoid ?

I know I have a lot more reading to do but I am hoping for advice and recommendations from people that have been through this.

Thank you very much to anyone that replies.

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March 11, 2011 at 21:41:11
Yes it is possible to have the newest technology, the newest socket and upgradability into the future within your budget, just look here:
and here:
You can get a new 2nd generation i-series in the new i3-2100 or 2120 Sandy Bridge and a Gigabyte or Asus MB for just a little more than that. These boards will support the new i5 and i7's and even their 'K' series processors for ANY future needs and should keep you within reach of your budget and still leave room for a killer graphics card. With the new boards, just make sure that they have the new 'B3' designation which includes the new fixed chipset from Intel (which these do). I know the i3's are only dual cores, but most games do not take advantage of more than 2 cores anyway, it's the other advantages these chips have and their chipsets plus the graphics card that will really matter. Worry about 4 or more cores later, it will make less difference right now anyway.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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March 13, 2011 at 16:31:00
Thank you for your help, I appreciate you taking the time.
I have bookmarked this so I can refer back to it.

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