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Motherboard/processor bundles

By Alster37
Nov 3, 2008
  1. i am going to buy a motherboard/processor bundle for an atx case.
    Unfortunately i have found none for my budget of £120.
    i wolud be grateful if anyone could suggest the right one for my new case.
    i live in uk so i dont ship products from overseas.
     
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    You could do better by buying the CPU (processor) separately from the motherboard
     
  3. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    I'd recommend buying this CPU and this motherboard instead of a bundle.
     
  4. Alster37

    Alster37 TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 290

    Iv'e heard that some cases a CPU can be difficult to install. is this true?

    I like the Cpu u recommended will they run fallout 3 and gears of war ok?
     
  5. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    LGA 775 CPUs are very easy to install and there are a number of video tutorials on Youtube and the like which show you how to do it properly.

    And yes, the CPU will be good enough for any game, and the performance you get will depend far more heavily on how powerful your graphics card is. A very fast CPU paired with an abysmal graphics card guarantees rubbish performance compared to a slower CPU combined with a fast GPU, assuming the latter isn't bottlenecked by the slower CPU in any way.
     
  6. Alster37

    Alster37 TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 290

    i have geforce 8600gt 256mb benchmark test for card was 20fps average
     
  7. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    The 8600GT is a lower-end card that's not suited for gaming. I'd recommend at least an HD 4670 for smooth gaming performance. But that'd probably require a more powerful PSU, so stick with the 8600GT for now. It can run most games decently on medium detail settings.
     
  8. Alster37

    Alster37 TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 290

    would a 9500gt or 9600gt be any better? i wasn't sure because they are quite cheap
     
  9. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    Yep, the 9600GT will be better, although I'd recommend the 8800GT instead.
     
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