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Old 08-14-2007, 07:37 AM   #11 (permalink)
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quad core is the way to go. soon dual core will be old and quad will be to new dual core then octo will be happening.
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quad core is the way to go. soon dual core will be old and quad will be to new dual core then octo will be happening.
yeah but soon DDR3 memory will be the standard...well soon enough. Most colleges are starting soon and he's got a budget of 500 bucks.

Dual core will be fine. I like Anthrax's suggestions.
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CPU: Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 Conroe 2.33GHz 4M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor - Retail
RAM: Newegg.com - G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
MOBO: Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

Total comes to $363 without shipping. That leaves $140 for your video card. That won't get you much. I would keep your 7800GT for a little bit longer. It'll still play every game out there, just not on Max-Ultra-Uber settings.
get this mobo instead since your probably not RAID'ing
Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-P35-S3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

and spend a bit more on a vid card, are you gaming?
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Old 08-14-2007, 01:28 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Don't waste your money on a new video card. You have a nice 7800GT. You'll be able to play all the big games coming out soon. Get it when you need it.

I still have a Radeon 9800Pro. I'm upgrading to a 8800GTS this month. There's a nice jump when you jump from 2, or 3, generations of hardware. But not a lot when you jump from 1.

Plus, you're gonna be in college. Focus on your studies. (that's extremely hypocritical of me. I'm building a gaming rig for "college". )
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Okay, right now it's a toss up between a Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe and a Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield. Both perform similarly according to Tom's. Which way should I go?
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Why not Quad for a little bit of Future-Proofing??
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I'm just wondering why the Quad is a little cheaper than the Core 2 Duo.
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I'm just wondering why the Quad is a little cheaper than the Core 2 Duo.
Because it's all marketing. The E6850 is new generation (1333Mhz FSB). The Q6600 is basically 2x E6600's in one package. The E6600 is older generation (1066Mhz FSB). When the new generation came out, Intel dropped prices on the Q6600's and if I'm not mistaken many others from the old gen Core 2's.

Whether or not the quad is a good deal for you, depends entirely upon what you plan to use your computer for. Gaming? No big upgrade in performance from Duo to Quad. Simple apps (Word, Internet, etc.)? No big difference. Video editting? Big difference. 3D rendering? Big difference.

If you plan to keep this computer for more than 2 years, it's probably worth it to go with the quad core.
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