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Old 03-31-2009, 11:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So I recently had my motherboard die, it suddenly wouldnt turn on one morning, but its about time for an upgrade. It was an nForce 4 with an AMD 3200+.
Originally, I wanted to go i7, but being a broke college student, I think I'm gonna save some cash and go Core2.
This is what i was thinking:

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard

CPU: Intel Core2 Quad Q9400 2.66GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor

Motherboard + CPU combo: $329.98

RAM: OCZ Reaper HPC 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Ram: $62.99

Total: 392.97 + 11.18 (shipping) = $404.15 (before $45 of mail in rebates)

What do you guys think? Is this good, or does anything need replaced?
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what about a PII?
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Thirdshift, your avatar is freaking me out.

You could consider this.

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Newegg.com - AMD Phenom II X4 940 Deneb 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Black Edition Processor - Processors - Desktops
Performs just as well as a Q9400 if not better in some cases.

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PI Blacks overclock well, should reach 1066 speeds.
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Those PI Blacks change price more than Brittany Spears changes wardrobes. Even with that combo deal, they're more expensive than yesterday.

Honestly, I say forget the 10 bucks you save and just spend it on this pair:

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

Same stuff, just faster speed, better for overclocking. Otherwise, I second the 940 + TA790GX 128M choice.
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Oh, wow good call, I didn't realized the PI Blacks are up to $60, thought they were $45.

Edit: Ok, now they're $50.
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Thirdshift, your avatar is freaking me out.
Wow...same!! Are you trying to subliminally tell us something Mr. DJ? :freak:

Evolv's right, the 9400 and Phenom II are right in line in terms of performance, so I would go with the cheaper option of the two.
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Who me??? Nothing suspicious here.............just keep staring my little pretties. tech forums will be mine...err ours!
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Oh, wow good call, I didn't realized the PI Blacks are up to $60, thought they were $45.

Edit: Ok, now they're $50.
Well, at that point, you're saving 20 bucks. That's cool then. They were 45 bucks when I bought them, but like I said, it changes frequently.
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Third, you are giving me a seizure.

Great ram.
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Third, you are giving me a seizure.

Great ram.
Srsly third, took me an hour to type this :P but I 2nd the great RAM
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