Nov 11, 2012
Hello everyone, i am looking to upgrade my pc for the holidays, and need some opinions! here is what i was planning to get but i need to ask, do you think there will be good cyber monday deals for these products? that would be awesome! I have already bought the Thor V2 Case, and i am taking the 1TB 7200rpm hdd, 8GB of ram, and a dvd burner from my old computer so we can leave those out.

Approximate Purchase Date: When the prducts are need are on sale (before christmas, hopefully cyber monday)

Budget Range: for the cpu, gpu, motherboard, and psu about 500$

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: cpu, gpu, motherboard, and psu.

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:newegg, amazon, ncix, tigerdirect

Location: City, State/Region, Country - usa, pennsylvania

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: preferably intel cpu

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

No microcenter

Thanks for all the help!
Check out my $650 build here:
No HDD, Case, RAM or Burner so (-155)
Total: $465

You get a the FX-6300 which is a pretty solid chip already, better than the i3 3220 which is what you can afford at this budget, you can overclock it and it's better at multi-thread and pretty similar at gaming. Most important is the GPU in gaming, not the CPU. With this affordable CPU, you can also pick up the 7870 with a small budget which is pretty sweet.

Proof? Borderlands 2:
Depends on the game, but roughly, for graphically intensive ones at 1080P, they are both the same. Generally a better GPU is better. I'd keep the FX-6300 and try and move up to the 7950 if you can:
After rebate, it puts you at about $50 more than if you got the 7870 which would leave you with a total of a $510 which is within your budget but with a MUCH MUCH better GPU.