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Old December 11, 2009, 07:57 PM
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I was thinking in the near future I might need to build a new pc. So I thought I might do some planning out ahead. I just want the pc to be able to play most modern games at half their settings at resolutions slightly higher then 800x600. I am not a hard core gamer by any means xD! I also want to do some 3d modeling and game modding. Anyway back to the original point! For a budget build would amd or intel be better? Even though I know intel is the leader in the market place I was curious to give amd a shot. For budget I am thinking 600 - 800

If intel should I pick core 2 quad/ duo or i7/i5?
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Old December 11, 2009, 08:03 PM
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I am personally Going to say AMD for this one.
It offers the best future Upgrade Path for you at the present Time.
The Six Core Chips will be here before the 5 Core Intels and i5 Might be the only 1156 chips so it could turn into a dead end the way intel runs things.
If you get yourself and AMD with an AM3 board you are good for at least 1 Generation of Chip upgrades if not two.
And the New Gigabyte board out will give you USB 3.0 and Sata 6GB/s support.

Best all around Bang for your Buck setup.

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Old December 11, 2009, 08:26 PM
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For the needs that you specified, any of those platforms would work although I would definately not go with i7 (1336) for a budget build. Just get a decent GPU if you're doing 3d modeling. AMD is usually best for "budget builds", but I wouldnt consider $1000 a budget build
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Old December 11, 2009, 08:32 PM
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I put the wrong budget that's for something entirely different I meant 600-800. I was also dissapointed amd boards don't seem to have crossfire/sli hybrids just crossfire.
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I would get an LGA1156 i7. 8 cores is good.. excellent for number crunching. getting a 1366 i7 i think is a little bit more of a waste of money
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I put the wrong budget that's for something entirely different I meant 600-800
Edit your first post then. You've pretty much answered the sticky, minus a couple questions haha.

Phenom II all the way. Core 2 is "obsolete". Core i5 will be too expensive for you.

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I would get an LGA1156 i7. 8 cores is good.. excellent for number crunching. getting a 1366 i7 i think is a little bit more of a waste of money
His budget is $600 to $800. Just the motherboard, CPU, and RAM alone will be around $400.
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Old December 11, 2009, 08:42 PM
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Wow I am out of it sorry post edited! Also I have the case, hard drives, and cd drives
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I still say AMD, and if its budget, SLI and Crossfire should be the least of your worries.
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I would get an LGA1156 i7. 8 cores is good.. excellent for number crunching. getting a 1366 i7 i think is a little bit more of a waste of money
i7 is not 8 cores it's 4 cores hyper threaded. But if you've got 600 for CPU-MOBO-RAM and you wanna spend all of it then, ya I'd go either i5/i7 1156.
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