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Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by flashstar, Mar 16, 2008.

  1. flashstar New Member

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    I'm planning to upgrade my motherboard, cpu, and memory by the end of April. I don't want to spend more than $500 on the whole thing and I should be ok with 2gb of memory. I also am doing this mainly for gaming, so a fast dual core is ok. I'd love to get a Phenom 9850, but I'm not sure if they will be out in time...

    As of now, in terms of cost to performance, what components should I get?

    Please link actual products.

    Thanks!
     
  2. nguyenpeter76 New Member

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    Processor:
    $255- Q6600 2.4 GHz (G0 SLACR Guarantee)
    $190- E6750 2.66 GHz
    I would recommend the E8400 but demand for those are very high so you can rarely find a retailer with it in stock. Plus its very overpriced right now.

    Motherboard:
    GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L -$90
    MSI P35 Neo2-FR Intel P35 ATX Motherboard - $111
    DFI BloodIron P35-T2RL Intel P35 ATX Motherboard - $120
    Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS3R Intel P35 Motherboard - $122
    ASUS P5K-E Intel P35 ATX Motherboard - $140
    Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS3P Intel P35 Motherboard - $150
    Choose one based on which features you feel that you need.

    Ram:
    $45-G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800MHz
    $44 ($34 after MIR)-A-DATA 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800MHz

    CPU Cooler for OC (Optional):
    $46 ($36 after MIR)-ZEROtherm Nirvana NV120 120mm

    the thing that helps gaming the most is graphics card. so maybe you should look into the 9600gt, 8800gt, or 8800gts G92
     
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  3. flashstar New Member

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    Just curious, what do you think about the X3220 Xeon or the Q6700?

    My video card should be fast enough for now. I'll look into upgrading to a R700 when it comes out.

    Thanks for the suggestions!
     
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    I have a Abit board for sale if you want, it supports Core 2 Duo... $45 shipped :rockout:
     
  6. flashstar New Member

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    Erocker, this is exactly what I've been waiting for. I guess that I'll make my decision after the first benchmarks come out.

    Thanks. :toast:

    Btw Sladesurfer, what chipset does this board have? Do you have a link?
     
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    be aware that abit boards is known to have issues with the new 45nm processors. so avoid abit if you want to get a 45nm processor like the e8400.
     
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    I'm sorry but I don't know enough about Xeon processors to answer your question but I do know that getting a Q6700 for twice the price of Q6600 is a waste of money. If theres another sale for the Q6700 like it did at clubit.com, which lasted like a few minutes, then go ahead and buy it.
     

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