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Old May 7, 2012, 12:52 PM
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Back on topic. If you can afford it, and you want a good processor that will last for years, get an i5. Either the 2500k (which will be cheaper up front, but consume more power over the long term) or the 3570k (which will be a little more expensive, but consume less power).

Under no circumstance would I recommend getting any AMD Bulldozer chip. The price/performance is just not worth it. If anything, you're better off getting the Phenom II 965, just because they're dirt cheap now, and will still play every single game currently on the market.

But only do that if you can't afford the Intel chip. Best bet and bang/buck is still the i5.

As far as video cards are concerned, I can't really recommend the GTX550Ti. It would be fine as long as you're okay playing at lower resolutions and settings, but as soon as you try to go up to even 1920x1200 and the highest settings, the card will start to fall behind. You're probably better off getting a 7850 or even a 6870 if you can find one. Sure, it's a bit more money, but those cards should handle any game that you throw at it at 1920x1200.

HTPC: Z77A-G45; 3770K; Zalman FX70; 2x4GB Kingston HyperX 1600Mhz; MSI GTX960; 2x 128GB Crucial M4 SSD; 4TB WD Red, 2x 2TB WD Green; Corsair RM650I; Corsair Carbide 600C;
Son's Rig: M5A97; FX8350; CNPS20LQ; 2x4GB Corsair Vengeance 1600Mhz; Powercolor 7950; 250GB Crucial MX200; 320GB WD Black HDD; SPI 700W; Bitfenix Shinobi;

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