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Old 07-04-2007, 10:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default A good AMD build..

After having my previous budget for my Intel build cut lower by several hundred dollars, I decided to try my hand at making an AMD build.

Now, I hate AMD with a passion, but their processor/mobo combos seem to be a **** of a lot cheaper than Intel, with better speeds.

I guess I'll overclock the crap out of my 5200+ X2 to try and get near what my E6600 could in benchmarks.

I THINK this will work together, so could someone point me out before I go buy something that won't work?

Newegg.com - ASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe Socket AM2 NVIDIA nForce 570 SLI MCP ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

Newegg.com - EVGA 256-P2-N761-AR GeForce 8600GTS 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Video Card - Retail

Newegg.com - OCZ GameXStream OCZ600GXSSLI ATX12V 600W Power Supply 100 - 240 V CB/CE/CSA/UL/FCC - Retail

Newegg.com - AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ Windsor 2.6GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM2 Processor - Retail

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

I'm leaving 2 of these in RAID 0 for games :
Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar SE WD800JD 80GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

This for my storage :
Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 (Perpendicular Recording) ST3500630AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

Newegg.com - ViewSonic Optiquest Series Q20WB Black 20" 5ms DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 - Retail

2 of these guys :
Newegg.com - SONY Black 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM IDE DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1615/B2s - OEM

Newegg.com - SAMSUNG Black 18X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 18X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner With LightScribe Technology - OEM



With a couple more things added, the subtotal is $1,511.80

I still need a CPU cooler to prevent my processor from exploding if I try to hit 4.0ghz with it. I don't remember/know what socket the AMD X2 processors used, so I still need to find that. I'd like a recommendation for that.

I'm not sure if I need a fan for my 8600 GTS, but in case it does happen to hit an undesirable temperature, I also need a recommendation for that.

Anything missing, or not working?
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Default Re: A good AMD build..

so why are you building another cmoputer when you already have a nice one?
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Just wait for July 22, the price of E6550 is going to be $160 and this can easily beat 5200+ at stock and it overclocks better.
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Or if you want to get a computer now then you can get this

Newegg.com - MSI P6N SLI-FI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Duo E6420 Conroe 2.13GHz 4M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor - Retail

The AMD processor you posted and its motherboard cost $297 together

The Intel processor and its motherboard cost $295 together

So, with the intel build you would save $2 and get better performance


However, it would be better if you wait for the price drop on July 22
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Or if you want to get a computer now then you can get this

Newegg.com - MSI P6N SLI-FI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Duo E6420 Conroe 2.13GHz 4M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor - Retail

The AMD processor you posted and its motherboard cost $297 together

The Intel processor you posted and the motherboard cost $295 together

So, with the intel build you would save $2 and get better performance


However, it would be better if you wait for the price drop on July 22
thats pretty good.... it can combat against ur current system quite well
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I guess I'll overclock the crap out of my 5200+ X2 to try and get near what my E6600 could in benchmarks.
Well you can try, but it will be alot easier and safer to get the E6420 as maroon mentioned and just overclock it past 3Ghz. The 5200+ will not overclock half as well.
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Well, I don't know if I'm going to order this after July 22. I may or may not. If I do, I'll probrably get another E6600 anyway and overclock that as well.

Upon Maroon's comment, I think I actually may just use the Intel proc/mobo he suggested.

Now that that is out of way, is there anything else wrong with my selection at the moment?
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first things first...
there's no way you are going to get to 4.0ghz stable without some hard-core liquid cooling. i dont know if you can do it then, even...if you do, i will personally tell you that you are the greatest .
i get better overclock results with my 3600 using xms2 c4 ram. make sure its the cas4.
i dont think it is fair to say that a 5200 wont overclock "half as well" as an e6600. i can overclock my 3600 farther than a lot of people's 6600s. and i could clock my 4200 windsor farther than some as well. granted, we are talking about a 5200 and not either one of those cpus.
as a matter of fact, the only thing that will inhibit your overclock with that cpu will be heat...it will run a bit hotter than a brisbane. make sure you get a good hsf.
the 5200 should be able to reach 3.0ghz, but i would suggest a 590 mobo, i can almost assure you that it will break 3. everyone on the forums that has a 590 mobo can pass 3 ghz with their chips. apokalipse has his 6000 to 3.5ghz. but, a 5200 is not going to perform quite as well as your 6600 at 3.0ghz. stock performance, they'll be close.
i use gskill HZ also. i may take it out for my moms build, and put my xms2 back in. it just seems that sometimes my rig likes the xms2 better, i dunno.
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