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mobo and cpu around 400$_?


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#1 theln999

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Posted 06 February 2009 - 07:14 PM

where can i get the best cpu and motherboard combination for around 400$
im a gamer i got 4gb ram, 2.8 dual core cpu, geforce 9800gtx, 750w psu
what do you suggest?

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Posted 06 February 2009 - 07:36 PM

If you are in the U.S., I would suspect the best possible combination will be found either at www.newegg.com or www.tigerdirect.com .

TD seems to have a larger inventory of components that are "less-than-current", while Newegg seems to feature more of the "latest/greatest" components. It never hurts to visit both sites when looking for components, IMO.

A third option I would suggest in certain situations...www.bizrate.com.

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Posted 06 February 2009 - 09:00 PM

yeah newegg and tigerdirect are probably the best out there. Also, overall i find neweggs prices to be better in general but tigerdirect has better sales sooo yeah id check them out. :D

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Posted 06 February 2009 - 10:18 PM

i meant, which ones should i buy, i dont know too much about cpus

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Posted 06 February 2009 - 10:31 PM

i would like to get the amd phemon x4 940 3.0ghz quad core cpu, i need a mobo for around 100-150$

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Posted 07 February 2009 - 01:05 AM

That's doable. Note that the RAM may need to be different since speeds and specifications change over time.

Motherboard: ASUS M3N72-D AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA nForce 750a SLI - This motherboard supports the Phenom II x4 940 CPU's. It also takes DDR2-1066 memory and has SLI for a good price. $129
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 940 Deneb 3.0GHz - You already know what CPU you want. $229
RAM: OCZ 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) - I'm not sure if your current memory is supported with the motherboard, but here is some that is just in case. Note that you will need to have a 64-bit OS to use 4GB or more of RAM. A 32-bit OS will have 3 to 3.5GB of usable memory.

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Posted 07 February 2009 - 07:03 AM

Asrock makes a very tough Mainboard, I use MSI for many of my custom builds, and AMD RULES! More bang for your Buck!!
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Posted 08 February 2009 - 08:09 PM

Asrock makes a very tough Mainboard, I use MSI for many of my custom builds, and AMD RULES! More bang for your Buck!!


how does that work for you? ive never used an ASRock, but every MSI build Ive ever seen has fried in a matter of months. (I personally, have never used one but my brother has a lot) I prefer gigabyte or ASUS for performance builds and for a budget I normally use Biostar boards.

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Posted 08 February 2009 - 11:55 PM

According to the reviewers at Newegg, ASRock gets very good reviews. I've only ever had Asus and XFX boards, I may consider ASRock in the future for AMD. There is one SLI-capable ASRock board on Newegg, it costs about $30 more than the one I listed. It is the ASRock K10N780SLIX3-WiFi AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA nForce 780a SLI ATX AMD Motherboard. Looking at the Newegg selection, it seems as though ASRock makes largely AMD/ATI boards.

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