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Old 02-18-2009, 04:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I cant decide between quad or core 2.
I will be doing a lot of gaming, Cod4, crysis, left 4 dead and such.
I need a case, psu, gpu,cpu,ram,mobo, optical and hdd. My budget is $600.

What would you recommend?
I was thinking the e8400... but then I thought about quad too your thoughts?
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Old 02-18-2009, 05:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If your budget is $600, you're going to be hard-pressed to build a rig for that amount of money. See the build below.

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Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz - $165
Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3L LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - $99
Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3L LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified - $99 ($80 after $20 mail-in rebate)
Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Power Supplies

EVGA 9800 GTX(G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 - $155 ($145 after $10 mail-in rebate)
Newegg.com - EVGA 512-P3-N871-AR GeForce 9800 GTX(G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

OCZ Gold 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3-1066 - $51
Newegg.com - OCZ Gold 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory

Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EADS 1TB SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - $110
Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EADS 1TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail - Free DVD burner with purchase - $109
Newegg.com - Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases
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Grand Total of - $822.24 shipped...minus $30 in rebates, $792.


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If you need all that stuff with a budget of $600, you won't be able to get a E8400 or a quad. For that stuff you need to stretch your budget some more.
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You can get E7400 instead of E8400 for $119.99, if you want to save $45
Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 Wolfdale 2.8GHz 3MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops


You can also save $40 by getting this Hard Drive instead of the 1TB HDD that "PH3N0M" suggested
Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives

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The motherboard GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3L that you suggested doesn't support DDR3

So I recommend this
Newegg.com - OCZ 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory

Or this combo deal (E7400 + OCZ 2x2GB DDR2 1066MHz)
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And you could get an Antec 300 instead of a 900.
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CPU:
Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops

Mobo:
Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-EP45-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

RAM:
Newegg.com - G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory

GPU:
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PSU:
Newegg.com - PC Power & Cooling Silencer PPCS500 500W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies

HDD:
Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives

Optical:
Newegg.com - SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD Burner - CD / DVD Burners

Case:
Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER ELITE 335 RC-335-KKN1-GP Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases

Total is $663.56, including shipping. Then you have $60 of mail in rebates, so it's around $600 in the end.
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Those are good choices too . They'll work just fine. Keep in mind though, for the same price, the PC Power & Cooling I suggested has more watts and a extra PCI-E connector.
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Keep the PC Power & Cooling gt7 suggested. Much better choice.
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Keep the PC Power & Cooling gt7 suggested. Much better choice.
+ 1. PC Power and Cooling are top shelf.
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