It must have a compatible chipset and should be from a reliable manufacturer, optionally it should allow easy overclocking.
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I recommend getting either Asus or Gigabyte, and it will have to be Socket 1156 to be compatible with the i3 550, no other restriction.
09-08-2010, 11:11 AM
(This post was last modified: 09-08-2010, 12:05 PM by GamerGeek.)
Yes you need an intel motherboard. But intel has several diffrent sockets, the one you need is socket 1156. Otherwise your cpu wont fit, it will be like getting a square into a round hole kind of thing.
As far as actual models go there are tons to choose from. Like bositman said asus and gigabyte are good manufacturers, Ive had nothing but good experiances with either of them.
Edit: On a side note, you will also need DDR3 memory. Atleast 2gb but I would recommend 4gb since the diffrence in price is quite small nowadays.
CPU: C2D E8400 @ 3.6
GPU: GTX 560Ti 2Gb
MOB: Asus P5QL
RAM: Crucial 4Gb
OS: Windows 7 64bit/XP 32bit
An i3 with a noctua nh-d14 is kind of a dumb way to go.
Might as well go for an i5 750 with 212+ for about the same price.
I take it you want to do more than just pcsx2.
Might I add that i5 750 is the only Quad Core in the i5 series (750S is like the same). So it would be a much more worthy investment in the long run than i3.
CPU: i7 930 @ 2.8GHz(Everyday)/3.6GHz(Gaming)/4.0GHz(Encoding)
GPU: Geforce GTX 480 @ 850MHz/1001MHz
Motherboard: ASUS P6X58D-E
RAM: 2x3 6GB OCZ @ 1527MHz 8-8-8-24
09-11-2010, 01:56 PM
(This post was last modified: 09-11-2010, 02:00 PM by ChronicNL.)
You forgot to mention that all sandy bridges except for the K versions will have a ~5% overclocking max.
current i7's/i5's overclocked will outperform it.
I do see this as a strategical move though.
Everyone went for the 930 instead of the more expensive 950 due to the same overclocking limits.