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Old Sep 11, 2008, 08:21 AM   #1
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I need:

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Would be used for gaming but bang for the buck is paramount. Thinking of an Intel 775 platform for CPU.

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Old Sep 11, 2008, 08:53 AM   #2
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Obviously some wiggle room if you drop down to non-quads, and 2gb of ram. But thats what I'd consider best bang/buck.

Add in a HDT-S1284 for cooling of either for most OC potential.
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Old Sep 11, 2008, 09:13 AM   #3
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Thanks, Jim!

Any good combos/deals on dual cores and 2GB RAM? I know Quad's the way to go but I counting pennies on this one.
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Old Sep 11, 2008, 09:17 AM   #4
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I just built a machine for my son:


G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ - Retail
Item #: N82E16820231122
$79.99

Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8400 - Retail
Item #: N82E16819115037
$169.99

GIGABYTE GA-EP35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813128337

$84.99

Order Total $343.94
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Old Sep 11, 2008, 09:24 AM   #5
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TY, Crucible. Looks like Jim's RAM is fater/cheaper today. I'll look into the CPU/MOBO.
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You know my personal preference would be the AMD version, good job offering both. I would however differ with you, the S1284 as silly as it seems does not seem to perform any better than the 1283, get the 1283 instead is my advise.

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They're the same price. only difference is 1283 is free shipping to get rid of stock, I guess.
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You know my personal preference would be the AMD version, good job offering both. I would however differ with you, the S1284 as silly as it seems does not seem to perform any better than the 1283, get the 1283 instead is my advise.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835233003
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Old Sep 11, 2008, 09:51 AM   #9
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AMD



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Don't know about how well the Intel one will do for OC'ing, but its cheap!
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Old Sep 11, 2008, 09:56 AM   #10
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Awsesome, Jim, thanks!!

EDIT: You'd go with the AMD setup?
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AMD rig, though let me do some more playing and see if theres another option.

EDIT - not sure how the bang/buck is working here, but interesting:


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I know nothing of the new Phenoms so I'll need all the advice I can get. I'll probably skip the HSF though unless the included one is total crap.
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My X2 5000 BE didn't come with a HSF, I'm not sure if thats still a feature of the Black Edition series or not.

More I think about it, more I'm leaning towards the X2 5400. Just need a HSF; maybe this for a bit of a money break.

Ah ha! Heres the money shot:



This right here is how AMD makes sales. Compare this to the Intel Pentium dual core setup I posted above.
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That sounds excellent, Jim, thanks!!
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With the Phenom X3 now down near $100 it is getting really hard to suggest an X2. The X2 is still viable but for only a few bucks more you get an extra core. However the $100 price savings with the X2 setup is hard to ignore.

For third party heatsinks I would suggest using this site as a good gauge:

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Well you add a core and lose 300mhz... of course the efficiency increases in Phenom over previous gen address that a little, but $100 for losing 300mhz and gaining one core is hard to justify. Yay for BIOSTAR combos!

Here's the mATX version, for HTPC:

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Jim, it's all in the cart, can you recommend me a good/cheap PSU to drive that and a 4850?

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Got the Thermaltake with the $30 MIR. TY!!!
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& benchies when you finish your build
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That's a promise. This will replace my youngest's rig (3700+ on an Asrock 939 Dual mobo) and the wife will inherit that with a 3850.

EDIT: $253.99 with shipping - $50 in MIR.

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