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Old 04-06-2009, 08:32 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Default Re: Building new system but which CPU? / Suggestions welcome.

Wow! You all gave me some nice suggestions. I really like some of the ideas here: I had done some "shopping" before all your replies came in. What do you think of these?:

Newegg.com - Intel BOXDP43TF LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 Wolfdale 2.8GHz 3MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops

Newegg.com - Kingston HyperX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory

Newegg.com - MSI N9400GT-MD512H GeForce 9400 GT 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

This is $297 before shipping and rebates.

I do like Trotter's idea for the Sapphire video card. I've traditionally been an Nvidia guy, but I do have the Sapphire Radeon X1650 at this moment.

Is there a significant difference between the E7400 and E8400/8500 CPU's? I figured that if I was to pay upwards of $160 for the processor, I should probably buy a quad-core, no? The Intel Mobo seems to have everything that I want - PATA/SATA, PCI X'Press (1X and 2.0/16X), three standard PCI slots, 6 USB, etc.

EDIT: I just took a second look at the Asus P5Q SE Plus Mobo and I'm really liking it! I think I might go with that one.

Thanks for all the suggestions, and keep `em comin'!

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The 8400/8500 are faster. They're both above 3 ghz, while the 7400 is 2.8 ghz.
I'm not sure if I'd rather go with a quad, or the 8500. I'm using the 8400 though.
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Default Re: Building new system but which CPU? / Suggestions welcome.

With Trotter's build, and my motherboard, you'll have a better machine than that. For less than the cost of the E8400 you're getting a triple core processor that overclocks like crazy, especially with that Biostar board. I have it myself, so trust me on that one.

Also, you'd be getting a MUCH better card, the 9400GT is a joke. The 4830 would blow it sky high out of the water.

All in all, a better build that will be faster for around the same cost.
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Default Re: Building new system but which CPU? / Suggestions welcome.

But that CPU is really nothing special. I think you guys were going for the x3 720 right?

Newegg.com - AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Black Processor - Processors - Desktops

Newegg.com - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory


Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100265HDMI Radeon HD 4830 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards


Newegg.com - BIOSTAR TFORCE TA790GX 128M AM2+/AM2 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - AMD Motherboards



=$384.96 with $25 in MIRs and free shipping. $10 over (after MIRs) the OP's original budget, but that is a clean setup.
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That's what we were saying. :P We just didn't put it all together in one big post.
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My bad, I just saw
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With Trotter's build, and my motherboard, you'll have a better machine than that.
:P thought I would throw me pennies in just in case the op took it wrong and went for an ugly 8650
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You can bump the CPU to a Phenom II x3 for $37 or $57 more.
:P But it's cool, we should have made an amalgamated post. Thanks for that.

EDIT: I would actually spend the extra few bucks on this kit instead: Newegg.com - G.SKILL 4GB &#40;2 x 2GB&#41; 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 &#40;PC2 8500&#41; Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory
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:P But it's cool, we should have made an amalgamated post. Thanks for that.
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