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Re: Gaming build for teenager
said by Dissembled:Haha, yeah. The mistake is going for the ~$200 AMD chips over an unlocked i5. That and I know he'll be happy regardless if he can play Skyrim and BF3, so I am using the opportunity to verify the gaming performance of the FX-4170.
I was just giving you some shit. Given all the times you tried to steer people away from them, I just got a kick out of it.
said by Dissembled:I have an aversion to cheap mobos and just got through with a $50 special failing and taking half the connected components with it.
Honestly, in my opinion, I question whether a 16yr old needs a $130 mobo. 3 PCIX16 slots? 8 USB slots? USB3 headers? Does he really need all that crap? Just asking because personally I would take money out of there and put it into the GPU. You're sitting below a 560Ti right now and I would do what I could to try and get more like a 570.
My 2 cents.
I rebuilt it using the same mobo I have listed in the OP and the customer was extremely pleased. I might go one more step down, but my stepson wants to add a second monitor in a month or two, so I selected the mobo/PSU/GPU (he's considering Crossfire too) with that consideration in mind.
Even if I saved $30-50 on a cheaper mobo, a 570 is ~$100 more than the 6870. I might have to look at bumping the GPU to a 560 Ti though, although I am unsure how well nVidia cards scale into multiple monitors, whereas I know a 6870 can run three 1920x1080 monitors and also keep settings very high in many current games.
If we lose this freedom of ours, history will record with the greatest astonishment, those who had the most to lose, did the least to prevent its happening.