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Recommend budget CPU for light gaming

biggyk

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I have an old Phenom 2 system that I would like to upgrade that currently has ddr3 8gig ram and I just threw in my old gtx770. Im looking to upgrade the cpu and motherboard for some light gaming. Its a system im going to keep at my gfs house when I dont wish to converse with her :rofl:

As this is not my main system, im open to both amd and intel. Im trying to spend the least possible. The only games I would probably play on it would be CSGO, Rocket League, Path of Exile.
 

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cheapest would try to find an intel 3 or 4th gen chip/mobo combo and keep the ddr3 memory. Other than that pick any modern cpu, core I3 or zen but you'll have to upgrade to ddr4 which at the moment aint cheap.
 

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I would say leave it as it is now, if it has a X4 Phenom. And maybe add 4 more GB of RAM. Or you could rip the internals of a corporate machine with an i5-2400 and play it like that. Be aware of the proprietary power connectors at the conversion and buy the necessary power adapter cable to upgrade the PSU.
This is for Lenovo SFF systems, 20 pin atx psu to 14 pin Lenovo psu connector on the mobo https://www.amazon.ca/8-Inch-24-Pin-14-Pin-Supply-Adapter/dp/B072JXVMQB/ref=pd_cp_23_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=NJ8R81XVWKT8QV4FQ66J
And this is for the HP systems like the Elite 8300 Minitower
https://www.amazon.com/24-Pin-6-Pin-Power-Adapter-Workstation/dp/B01NAHMULC/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_147_t_0?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=W7SA94SVKY6J5M5DVN48
 
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What about an APU? For that kind of gaming it might just be enough. There's even a couple of forum members selling some decent ones at the moment.
 

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What about an APU? For that kind of gaming it might just be enough. There's even a couple of forum members selling some decent ones at the moment.
I wanted to make use of my 770 otherwise it would just sit.

Use it as is, or find a used i5/i7 cpu/MOB for cheap..2400/2500k/2600/3xxx/etc
I noticed i5 2500k are going for $50 on ebay.

Years ago when this was my main system, the phenom was overclocked so maybe il buy another cooler see how that works.
 
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I wanted to make use of my 770 otherwise it would just sit.


I noticed i5 2500k are going for $50 on ebay.

Years ago when this was my main system, the phenom was overclocked so maybe il buy another cooler see how that works.

Be very leery of purchasing an orphaned LGA 1155 processor unless you've got your hands on a functioning motherboard. The reason they're so inexpensive on ebay is that you can't find motherboards for them.
 

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I wanted to make use of my 770 otherwise it would just sit.
Regardless, the "old" platforms of AMD are always cheap and cost effective. And considering Boxing day is around the corner... You could probably land a nice quad- or hex-core for very cheap with a matching motherboard of course.
 

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What about an APU? For that kind of gaming it might just be enough. There's even a couple of forum members selling some decent ones at the moment.
It would be fine, but I doubt it would be much of a change from his Phenom II.
 
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