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  • $350 Challenge: CPU + HS + mobo + 8GB

    I just upgraded my GPU, and am looking at what my options are for the rest of the system. I'm currently running an AMD PhenomII x4 @ 3GHz, which is probably fine, except that it's an AM2+ socket which limits me to DDR2. I thought I was running 8GB of DDR2-800, but after attempting to OC a bit this weekend, I realized it's only DDR2-667 (apparently two of the 2GB sticks I scrounged up are actually slower 'business RAM'.)

    Anyway - Can I get an x4 processor w/ heatsink, 8GB of RAM, and a motherboard for under 350 bucks? I like AMD generally because of the lower price (more bang/buck), but... I'm open to an i5 solution if there's a deal to be had.

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    Re: $350 Challenge: CPU + HS + mobo + 8GB

    amd 8350 $200 + preference of mainboard between 100-150 + ram for ~80

    intel 4670k $230 + preference of mainboard between 100-150 + ram for ~80

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813138372

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231460

    that board and that memory together with the 8350 will bring you in slightly under your target price

    the intel platform will end up more expensive

    At the moment the AMD platform looks like a good value based on baseline performance and cost in BF4
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    • #3
      Re: $350 Challenge: CPU + HS + mobo + 8GB

      This seems like a pretty good deal? Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Boxed Processor - $159

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        Re: $350 Challenge: CPU + HS + mobo + 8GB

        Good chip decent price. No overclocking with it, might consider stepping down to a "H" series board if you do go with it.
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        • #5
          Re: $350 Challenge: CPU + HS + mobo + 8GB

          If you happen to live close to a Micro Center W6, you could pick up a FX-8350 for $180: http://www.microcenter.com/product/4...oxed_Processor Would save you some $20.

          Keep in mind, BF4 is pretty opticmized for multi-core procesors. I have a i7-3770k and it pretty much puts all the cores to 80% use or more (aka pretty heavy load). Whereas a friend of mines has a FX-8350 and he saw 5 cores under 60%+ usage and the remaining 3 cores somewhere from 20% to 40% usage.
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            I had no idea that the load was that big... Wow...



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            • #7
              Re: $350 Challenge: CPU + HS + mobo + 8GB

              I got myself an Intel I5 2500 two years ago. I just overclocked it from a stock 3.3GHz to 4.5GHz for the BF4 beta. Prior to that, I ran it stock - it never maxed out on with BF3. I use a ~$50 aftermarket cooler. I did not touch the CPU voltage, RAM clock or anything else. I just upped the CPU PLL ratio...

              My advice is to spend more money upfront and get a rig that will last a good while. Hitting the sweet spot of performance/price usually results in poor longevity. Plus, every time you open that PC case you risk frying some component.

              $350 is too low to upgrade your mobo/cpu/ram. I would bank that until you have enough to go all out.

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                Re: $350 Challenge: CPU + HS + mobo + 8GB

                I think I paid a little under $350 upgrade my CPU/mobo/ram to 2500k/whatevs/8gb just before BF3 released so 2 years ago. I think the options presented are sound.

                A couple of links with CPU benchmarks

                http://www.bf4blog.com/battlefield-4...pu-benchmarks/

                http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...e,3634-10.html

                Confident we will see a decent reduction in CPU utilization with the retail version. It may be worth waiting to see. Especially since a core component upgrade may likely require the dreaded system reload.
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                • #9
                  Re: $350 Challenge: CPU + HS + mobo + 8GB

                  I ended up paying almost $500 for the set:
                  $220 I5-2500 CPU
                  $140 GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3 mobo
                  $90 for 16GB RAM (more than you need for BF4, but I run a virtual machine)
                  Plus ~$40 for the CPU cooler
                  Newegg sure keeps those invoices for a long time...

                  If you go the Intel route, here are some recent articles from Tom's that might help you choose:
                  CPU: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...lock,3106.html
                  Mobo: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...view,3582.html
                  RAM: I would just get whatever is on sale at newegg, making sure that it works with the mobo. You can overclock the CPU without messing with the RAM.

                  I'm surprised how little the CPUs have evolved in the last two years...

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                  • #10
                    Re: $350 Challenge: CPU + HS + mobo + 8GB

                    Combo deal on TD: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...189&CatId=6982

                    i5-3570k (I'm using this processor, it's fine), not the best mobo for gaming but it works, and 8 gigs of RAM at 1333... which isn't 1600, but it's better than what you have. - $317.99

                    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...153&CatId=6982

                    i5-3470, 4 gigs of RAM and a better mobo - 338.99

                    This is the mobo and CPU I'm using, but not the RAM

                    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...557&CatId=6982

                    369.99

                    Add 8 gigs of 1600 mhz DDR3 RAM, a MSI GTX 650 Ti Boost TF3, and some peripherals and you'll run BF4 on high settings, if not better.

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                    • #11
                      Re: $350 Challenge: CPU + HS + mobo + 8GB

                      I got the RAM situation worked out, now I'm just looking at CPU/Mobo and cooler.

                      Microcenter has a pretty good combo-deals here.

                      i5-4670k + mobo = $264

                      i5-3570k + mobo = $214


                      Is a 4670k setup really worth another 50 bucks? That's an increase in cost of 23% for what seems very little in the way of performance.

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                      • #12
                        Re: $350 Challenge: CPU + HS + mobo + 8GB

                        It is "newer" tech on a different cpu socket with a more powerful integrated graphics solution. Not really worth it unless you want some of the features offered by the chipsets for it or the upcoming "broadwell". The performance difference is in the %5 range.
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                          Re: $350 Challenge: CPU + HS + mobo + 8GB

                          woah!

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                            Re: $350 Challenge: CPU + HS + mobo + 8GB

                            What store is this Six? Micro Center? Fry's? Tiger Direct?
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                            • #15
                              Re: $350 Challenge: CPU + HS + mobo + 8GB

                              Micro-center, yup: http://www.microcenter.com/product/3...1155_Processor

                              Just bought (need to pick it up after work):

                              $149.99 - Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz Socket LGA 1155 Boxed Processor
                              $84.99 - Z77 Extreme4 Socket LGA 1155 Z77 ATX Intel Motherboard



                              :D

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