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Old February 2, 2011, 11:14 PM
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I just came off of a Athlon II x2 budget build that I did for $350, and I can tell you that it gamed comfortably. Medium Settings across the board in most games (bad company 2 and SC2 were the main ones I played). Not everyone needs max settings in a game. Personally I kind of enjoy budget rigs more, because they really force you to tweak, OC, and adjust to the max in order to get maximum framerate. In my new Sandy Bridge build I have a lot more things to play with having an unlocked CPU, and a $300 mobo, but outside of benchmarks my system feels hollower, like its lost a bit of the personal touch.

It doesn't matter anymore if I can get 2 more fps in a game by tweaking something, because 2 more fps will jump me from like 80 to 82, while in the past I was right around the 30 fps mark, so every frame gained was somewhat noticeable (5 frames gained was cause for celebration!)

Maybe I'm just weird, I don't know

My favourite system ever that I owned (I've owned about 6 or 7 now, all ranging from uber top end, to miniscule budget builds) was a LGA 775 setup with a E2160 (stock 1.8 Ghz quad) and a 4670 512 MB. The 2160 overclocked like crazy (hit a 100% OC to 3.6 GHz) and the 4670 was powerful enough to game, but low powered enough to make me wrestle with the settings and OC'es and stuff
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Old February 3, 2011, 12:02 AM
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i still build with them, and the celly 3300 whenever budget doesnt permit more. at stock its faster, but the

celly's clocking potential takes it out, and also the power figures once clocked, which means a smaller

thus cheaper psu can do the jobbe. and thats probably 20 bucks saved, might not seem much but in a very small budget it

can make or break gpu purchase :)

not the same thing here, but if he takes the i3 and clocks it sky high(4-4.2), hell get phenom II quad power consumption

at stock lol, or very close, but the performance per thread will be quite something..exemple :

Intel Core i3-540 'Clarkdale' LGA1156 Processor Review












Intel Core i3 530 and i3 540 Review - Page 12/13 | techPowerUp



and some more...:)
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