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#1 garmanma

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Posted 26 April 2008 - 05:12 PM

I'm putting together a new build. I figured I might as well get used to Vista. I've never paid much attention to CPU's, usually buying middle of the road AMD. What I do isn't taxing at all, but I might do a few games on the new one. With a budget of $200, what do you people suggest for a processor?
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Posted 26 April 2008 - 08:07 PM

I'd suggest for the price going with the E8400. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16819115037 . It's a great buy for $200, having 45nm, 3.0ghz, 6mb L2 cache, and 1333mhz fsb. Or for 10$ less you could get the 8200 which runs at 2.66ghz. I think the E8400 is a better deal though.

Also, they just recently dropped the prices on many Intel models, including the quad cores. If you are willing to go up to $220, you could get a Q6600. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16819115017 . For what your doing, a Quad Core might be a bit of overkill though.

I don't really know much about AMD CPU's, but if you are willing to spend 200$ for a processor, might as well go with Intel. I read the phenoms aren't that great, especially since Intel has the Q6600 at $220, which is quite better. The tri-core AMD's came out though and they are priced pretty nicely. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList....;name=Phenom+X3.I don't know how good they are, but one thing to take into consideration is that they are quad core phenoms that one of the cores died on. I'm sure AMD probably tests the other cores to make sure they are functioning correctly, but you never know :thumbsup: . I still think it's a really good idea though.
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Posted 26 April 2008 - 08:58 PM

+1 on the 8400
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Posted 26 April 2008 - 09:46 PM

Got an old slot A Athlon that I'd let got cheap. :huh:


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Posted 26 April 2008 - 09:59 PM

I'm going to take my time. First I have to see if the wife was really serious. Probably buy it piecemeal so she doesn't see one big bill :thumbsup:
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Posted 26 April 2008 - 10:57 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16819103194

get a good hsf, mobo and power supply
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Posted 27 April 2008 - 08:46 AM

I'm going with a Seasonic PS. I've had good luck using them on builds for other people I haven't made my mind up on a mobo, yet. Kind of leaning towards an ABIT
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Posted 27 April 2008 - 09:13 AM

Those seasonics are used a lot by the overclockers and dvd burner reviewers/testers, nice choice

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I doubt the wife would understand tho

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Posted 27 April 2008 - 10:34 AM

SHHH! What she doesn't know.... :huh:
I figure I can hide a bunch of small boxes rather than one big box :thumbsup:
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Posted 27 April 2008 - 02:46 PM

SHHH! What she doesn't know.... :huh:
I figure I can hide a bunch of small boxes rather than one big box :thumbsup:



If you do go with amd or decide to overclock a core2duo, try to get low cas high performance memory so the ram won't bottleneck the cpu on intensive processing operations and then that your motherboard will support the higher ram voltages required

The nvidia mid level video cards with the 8800 and new 9600 chipsets are pushing last years highend cards for performance
and capable of running even the most demanding games at lower level settings
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Posted 27 April 2008 - 04:54 PM

Ordered the first round of parts: Went with the AMD and a Zalman heatsink, the power supply and for the first time in my life I actually bought a case. I've always wanted a Lian Li, so I bit the bullet
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Posted 27 April 2008 - 05:18 PM

I don't forsee those parts coming down in price much if any in the next few weeks, I would get the ram next tho I can't see it getting much cheaper and it might just get a lot more expensive, it's going to start to bother you not having it all together.

Do you have a large doghouse?
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Posted 27 April 2008 - 05:33 PM

Do you have a large doghouse?

It's called my garage. Luckily UPS gets here early and I can hide all the stuff in there before she gets home. Besides, I have the mother-in-law living with us and she likes me. I can get her to run interference :thumbsup:
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Posted 29 April 2008 - 07:39 PM

Well, the final pieces, I think.
Abit mobo
Crucial Ballistic
I'm 95% positive I'm going with this video card
MSI/nvidia
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Posted 29 April 2008 - 08:48 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16820148076
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