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Old 01-27-2008, 05:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello everyone. Just want some advice. I need to replace my work pc with a new powerhouse. I have a separate gaming rig so this will just be for video editing, streaming, excel etc.. I want to get the best deal I can for around 800 total. I have parts I can salvage from my old one so I just need cpu, mobo, mem, graphics card ( nothing big, probably and 8500gt), and psu. I have been searching and can't figure out whether I should go with a new intel 8400 or save some money and buy an AM2 system. What is the best bang for the buck? When I usually build it is for my gaming rig and I just go to the top so choosing is easy, but I have found people on here know the best combo's for the money. Again, I want processing power and upgradeabilty. That is why I have been looking at the mobo's that can handle penryn and ddr3/ddr2. But if some last gen combo is best, let me know. Thank you for any input.
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Do you plan on OCing? 8400 can hit over 4ghz and ddr 800 is affordable and is all you'll need.
Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail
Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Newegg.com - GeIL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
Newegg.com - XCLIO STABLEPOWER 500W ATX 500W Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CUL, TUV, CB, VDE, FIMKO, DEMKO, NEMKO, SEMKO - Retail
total= 441 not including your GPU. That'll be a pretty powerful system.
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Yeah I would OC a little but I need stability due to the work that will be done. But I could swap out my E6600 in my gaming rig and put whatever new chip I get into that. I just keep hearing that no matter what you should buy a quad core for the money now. What you think?
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MSI P35 Platinum Combo LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

what about this mobo for future upgradeability?
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