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New budget gaming and learning OC and Bitcoin rig. Can spare about 500, looking for suggestions for MB/CPU/Mem combos.

Mrgadget256

62 months ago

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ynsVCJ

Started a new build with some parts laying around and a couple of recent deals with rebates. Primarily focused on price, but going to use primarily for heavily modded Skyrim/Morrowblivion gaming, as well as a Steam subscription with several other titles (Thief, Deux Ex, Hitman 2, Beyond Space, etc). If I end up learning some bitcoin stuff when I'm not using it, that can't hurt either. Also looking to start learning minor overclocking, and want future upgrade capabilities (probably crossfire the GPU). So LED readout/BIOS protection and button access and OC capabilities are things that I'd like on the MB. I have (legal) Vista/7 or Linux version of OS software available also, but if I find a cheap deal on Win 8 I'll pick it up as well.

I have several other PC's and could use other 19" monitors for a dual setup, so this isn't a daily user.

I just missed recent Black Friday/ Cyber Monday deals that I was looking at on a MSI Z97 MPOWER MAX AC or a Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD5H, and a i5K or i7K, but I'm not familiar with equivalent AMD setups.

So I'm looking for either Intel or AMD suggestions (maybe with crossfire of the GPU?)

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