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Old 05-19-2009, 11:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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alright making a gameing desktop,so i wanna figure out what processor i wanna get,so here are the two im stumped between.

Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops

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
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I would go for the 940, since they are having that awesome deal with the Biostar board.
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cloud,i have grown to love you,your always the one to answer me,so rep here it comes!,anyway,say there was no good deal for the board,witch would you pick?
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Personally I would go with the E8500, simply because you specified gaming. It is the clear winner in most to all games.
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Personally I would go with the E8500, simply because you specified gaming. It is the clear winner in most to all games.
could you make a build for me then? with a monitor :P,sorry im a newb techie,what you want from me? i have 1100 to spend,i can go up to 1200 if needed tho.
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I would say the 940 still because of the extra 2 cores. While games don't utilize them yet for the most part, you never know what the future will hold. Also, it's better for everyday applications and such.

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Comes to $823.05 after shipping. Then you get 40 bucks back in MIRs.

You can throw in a Core Contact for cooling purposes, would make it easier to overclock.

Newegg.com - Sunbeam CR-CCTF 120 mm Core-Contact Freezer CPU Cooler W/TX-2 - CPU Fans & Heatsinks

Will make the total (with shipping) $863.04 (and then a $10 MIR).


Also, you can save about 80 bucks if you don't get Vista, and just get the Win7 RC for free.

EDIT: Forgot a wireless adapter...any of these would be good. I have the Rosewill RNX-N100, it's great. But the cost went up recently.

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Now, is this build for you? Or is this one still for your friend? I seem to remember your friend had a GTX 260...
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I would say the 940 still because of the extra 2 cores. While games don't utilize them yet for the most part, you never know what the future will hold. Also, it's better for everyday applications and such.
oh,i would think the intel would be better,i was wrong it seems lol.
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Not really, the E8500 is better in games by a slight margin because of the slightly higher clocks, and the fact it overclocks like a beast. The 940 overclocks pretty well too, just not as high. But the difference in your gaming performance will be not THAT noticeable, it all comes down to your video card for the most part.

The extra cores are nice to have, especially when it's mega on sale. ;P
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I would say the 940 still because of the extra 2 cores. While games don't utilize them yet for the most part, you never know what the future will hold. Also, it's better for everyday applications and such.



Now, is this build for you? Or is this one still for your friend? I seem to remember your friend had a GTX 260...
that was for a friend.why?
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Out of those two I'd go with the E8500
They do offer better performance in games, and unless the rest of your system is completely crap, you're not going to lag just on normal apps

All depends on how much you're willing to spend really. As Hikari said, the 940's are cheaper.

What I'd do is decide on the other parts for your rig first, (apart from the mobo) see how much it comes to. If you've got some cash spare go with the Intel.
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