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Old 06-09-2007, 06:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Budget PC, Brisbane or Windsor core?

I am putting together my first build with a limited budget of around $500. I am going to do some moderate gaming and have no idea how to oc, but might want to in a few months after doing some research. My question is, should I go with the Brisbane or Windsor core in my processor?

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XION II XON-103 Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case-$65
Newegg.com - XION II XON-103 Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 450W Power Supply - Retail
GIGABYTE GA-M57SLI-S4 Socket AM2 NVIDIA nForce 570 SLI Mobo-$100
Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-M57SLI-S4 Socket AM2 NVIDIA nForce 570 SLI MCP ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+(65W) Windsor 2.0GHz-$74
Newegg.com - AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+(65W) Windsor 2.0GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 Processor - Retail
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AMD Athlon 64 X2 4000+ Brisbane 2.1GHz-$100
Newegg.com - AMD Athlon 64 X2 4000+ Brisbane 2.1GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 Processor - Retail
WINTEC AMPX 1GB (2 x 512MB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 2DIMM-$43
Newegg.com - WINTEC AMPX 1GB (2 x 512MB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
Western Digital Caviar SE WD1600AAJS 160GB 7200 RPM HDD-$53
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ASUS Black 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner with LightScribe Optical-$38
Newegg.com - ASUS Black 18X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 18X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 14X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner with LightScribe - Retail
Leadtek PX8500GT 256MB GeForce 8500GT 128-bit GDDR2 PCI E-Vid Card-$90
Newegg.com - Leadtek PX8500GT 256MB GeForce 8500GT 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail

The cost difference is only $25 and won't break my budget, but is Brisbane core worth the extra $$?
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Sorry I can't answer your question...just wanted to comment that my gfx card the evga geforce 8800 gtx cost more then your whole system :O
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Brisbane

and Gabb......congratulations????
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Get the Brisbane, because they run cooler than the Windsors.

Also I suggest, you get this ram instead:
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This will make it easier to upgrade, just by getting this stick again for 2gb(when you have the money), and to run in dual channel.
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Brisbane

and Gabb......congratulations????
My comment wasn't really boosting myself, it was more along the lines of a ridiculous observation
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I'd probably get a 3600+ brisbane, a Biostar TForce 550 or 570 SLI, and 1 gb of ram in one G.Skill stick, as b1gapl said for later on when you want more ram it'll be lots more convenient. Do that, and you'll probably have more money to spend on something bigger than an 8500gt, that card will get you nowhere
You can always learn how to overclock, but yeah if you're debating on whether to get a windsor or brisbane, it's brisbane and hands down
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I'd probably get a 3600+ brisbane, a Biostar TForce 550 or 570 SLI, and 1 gb of ram in one G.Skill stick, as b1gapl said for later on when you want more ram it'll be lots more convenient. Do that, and you'll probably have more money to spend on something bigger than an 8500gt, that card will get you nowhere
You can always learn how to overclock, but yeah if you're debating on whether to get a windsor or brisbane, it's brisbane and hands down
I agree, the 3600 is probably a better buy. Also, I'd rather have a 7600gt then the 8500gt when it comes to budget cards.
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Wow, this is like dejavu for me... It's like I was asking the same thing a couple of weeks ago... Oh yeah, I was...

I was in your same shoes with a tight budget and I went with a 4800+ X2 Brisbane.... I couldn't be happier.
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brisbane.. it uses the 65nm process over the hotter(higher temp, not more pop a little clarification) 90nm
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Sorry I can't answer your question...just wanted to comment that my gfx card the evga geforce 8800 gtx cost more then your whole system :O
whoopedy friggin do. just wanted to comment that i dont really give a s**t. golly, youre rich? your the coolest person i've ever seen. yayer. sure.
keep your useless observations to yourself, preese.
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go with the brisbane, it will yield a much higher overclock with much lower temps. trust me, i know. for one, i am nagasama. for two, i have a brisbane 3600.
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