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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by brian8474, Jan 30, 2007.

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  1. brian8474

    brian8474 Thread Starter

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    Ok i have a question for some of you who are up to date on the new cpu's,I am ready to buy a new cpu,But i cant decide which one.I am hung up between Core 2 duo and AMD x2. I am looking for oppinions on which may be better for the price,I am looking between 500 to 800 dollars,And i want it to be expandable to atleast 2 gig of ram preferably 4 gig's. Any oppinions would be much appreciated..

    Thank's, Brian
     
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    Anyone have any idea's here?I hope this is ok to bump.
     
  3. telegramsam

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    Are you building a system or buying one?
     
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    I am buying one.
     
  5. telegramsam

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    The Core 2 Duo is the performance champ at the moment.

    The AMD is NOT a bad choice either.

    Look at the rest of the system to help you determine what you purchase--ie what you will be using it for.

    If you're gaming, you'll need a solid graphics card and a minimum of 1 GB of RAM. 2GB would be better.

    For home and office stuff, and surfing, anything by Dell or HP with that processor in it would probably be ok.

    If you're looking for a budget box, you can go with the pre-builts. If you're looking for a competent gamer, you'll want to consider building one yourself.
     
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    Thank's for the advice.That is pretty much what i was thinking.I could build one but im just not sure i am patient enough to save for all the components,But most likely that is what i will do,I figure no matter what i do it will be out dated within a couple months anyway! I am not real demanding on what i need,I mainly do light gaming and photoshop but i am starting to dab into 3dcad modeling so i know i am going to need a good cpu and lots of ram and ofcourse an excellent video card. I guess im just being cheap and trying to find something good but not the greatest.
     
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    Yes--NO onboard video.
    Sounds like you know what you're looking for--if you want, go ahead and post some prospective choices and we can look them over for you...
     
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    Just a thought but if you must save to buy, why not take advantage of the things youy can buy now that will not change like pc case, psu, hard drive, etc...and leave cpu, memory and mobo for the end. That way you can take advantage of winter sales. Another great idea is buy a Windows XP with an free upgrade coupon so you can start with XP and get a free Vista. That way you can even sell the XP if you never use it and pay for the Vista. newegg had a deal where you got a free upgrade with business version Vista and Pro XP for $139. The Home dal was $50 off so not a free upgrade.
     
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    Thank's guy's for the advice.I have actually decided to build my own Pc.I have purcased the case and now i am looking at mobo's but i can't decide what to get.I know i will get one that supports up to 8gigs of ram and has pciex16 video and is atx, But i am not sure after that i am looking to spend about $150.00 on the board.There is way too many choice's!
     
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    Figure out which processor you are using first. If you go Intel, then use an Intel board as a first choice, ASUS as a second.

    For AMD, go for ASUS.

    I would advise you NOT to buy the motherboard, CPU and RAM until you can afford them all at once. Pick off the smaller stuff--hard drive, optical drives, operating system, floppy drives, power supply, etc..first.
     
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    I am leaning towards an intel core 2 duo socket 775 right now,but you think i should get an intel motherboard? I see that asus seem's to have more overclocking and bios flexibility.
     
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    Yes, Intel's are clock locked. You have NO overclocking ability with those.

    ASUS boards can be overclocked.

    The question is do you really want to overclock? Have you ever done it before? The first rule of overclocking: Don't overclock what you can't afford to lose. Intel CPU's do shut down before they fry, but...

    Core 2 Duo's don't really need to be overclocked. If you're having trouble affording a system, setting one up for overclocking probably is just going to make it more painful. You MUST use aftermarket cooling devices, XMS2 RAM, etc...
     
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    This is my build that I'm thinking about buying. It sounds just like what I was asking, and this is what I've got confirmed as compatible. The Ram is top notch, the Mobo is SLI capable and supports the Intel 775. The E6600 is $200 less than the E6700, and the difference is 2.4 instead of 2.66GHz, so I think its better to keep the cash.

    My selection includes a $180 monitor, so you can knock that off if you don't need one. There is $100 in mail-in-rebates, so with no monitor and after rebates it clocks in at $1300. Just some ideas, sorry for the lack of links.

    Pioneer 16X DVD±R DVD Burner With 5X DVD-RAM Read Black ATAPI Model DVR-111D - OEM
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    D-Link DWL-G510 32-bit PCI High Speed Wireless Adapter - Retail
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    SAPPHIRE 100186L Radeon X1950XT 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 VIVO HDCP Video Card - Retail
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    OCZ GameXStream OCZ600GXSSLI ATX12V 600W Power Supply - Retail
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    CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X2048-6400C4 - Retail
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    ASUS P5N-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
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    -$49.99 Combo
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    I think i will probably go with an intel board and core 2 duo cpu.Most likely.
     
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