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Believe it or not you can build a powerful intel rig for little money,the problem is you would be investing in an older platform.An e5800 3.2 dual core 775 chip new is about 50 bucks,and a heck of a chip for that price.

You see with sandy bridge you aren't buying older tech,and for around 400 bucks you can have practically everything you need for an ultra fast modern pc besides a graphics card.
Invest in your base system,the cpu and motherboard,and the rest is gravy.
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I just don't understand why you would loose money and go with an intel build when you can get upgrades for an upcoming architecture on AMD. You wouldn't need to get a new processor, just a mobo and gpu.
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You mean dual-core, right? What is the cheapest quad-core Sandy Bridge? I can save money on the GPU by going B-stock.
It's a dual core with hyperthreading, so it has four logical cores. The cheapest true quadcore would be the i5 2300, but it'll provide a negligible increase in performance over the i3 linked above.
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You can't find any AM3+ that support SLI

Any 900 series board can ?
Lol, my bad. And look, the Asus M5A97 is only $100!
    
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Lol, my bad. And look, the Asus M5A97 is only $100!
Or if you want you can get a higher quality board, much cheaper than if you were to build a whole new system.

I'm just trying to help you out monetarily.

Im sorry, only the 990fx support SLI, but

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128514
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It's a dual core with hyperthreading, so it has four logical cores. The cheapest true quadcore would be the i5 2300, but it'll provide a negligible increase in performance over the i3 linked above.
I am not very technologically literate. What would be the real life difference between logical cores and "real" cores? What does hyper threading do?

@Everyone else: I am perfectly content to get an AM3+ Motherboard with a 955 and a 550TI, keep it for two years, and spend about $300 upgrading the CPU and the GPU.

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Or if you want you can get a higher quality board, much cheaper than if you were to build a whole new system.

I'm just trying to help you out monetarily.
Im sorry, only the 990fx support SLI, but

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128514
I appreciate it. Is that not a quality board? Do you think it wouldn't sustain a Bulldozer and SLI upgrade about 2 years from now?

EDIT: At that price, I might as well get an AMD GPU and just plan for a crossfire upgrade.
Edited by leafan101 - 8/11/11 at 9:02pm
    
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Lol, my bad. And look, the Asus M5A97 is only $100!
Egg had the M5A97 for $90 for a while, then they hopped it up $10. Features wise I think it is pretty much the same as the M5A97 EVO I have in my sig rig, it just has a slightly weaker VRM setup. For the price these boards are loaded with options and the UEFI BIOS and Auto-Overclock both work great.
    
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This is a build I am trying to do for myself. Cannot afford it yet as I had to sell the parts I picked up recently due to my truck breaking down lol.

anyway here we go

i5-2400 189.00
Biostar H67 69.00 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813138308
Corair Vengeance 4GB kit [ black ] 34.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820233187
Windows 7 OEM [ single copy for SINGLE computer. don't want to get an infraction ] 99.00

389.00 before shipping. covers your needs I think

edit: as for a graphics card for around 100? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814133394 PNY 460 GTX 119.00 Refurbished. i5-2400 graphics have nothing on that.
Edited by Dirkonis - 8/11/11 at 9:05pm
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Originally Posted by leafan101 View Post
I am not very technologically literate. What would be the real life difference between logical cores and "real" cores? What does hyper threading do?

@Everyone else: I am perfectly content to get an AM3+ Motherboard with a 955 and a 550TI, keep it for two years, and spend about $300 upgrading the CPU and the GPU.
Hyperthreading is simultaneous multithreading, in that each core is capable of performing two work threads at once, thereby simulating a quad core operation with only two cores, though at the cost of raw computer power across them. At least, this is how I've come to understand how it works. The i5 will perform a little better, but it also costs $70 more.

Keep in mind that neither of these are overclockable.
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Originally Posted by Dirkonis View Post
This is a build I am trying to do for myself. Cannot afford it yet as I had to sell the parts I picked up recently due to my truck breaking down lol.

anyway here we go

i5-2400 189.00
Biostar H67 69.00 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813138308
Corair Vengeance 4GB kit [ black ] 34.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820233187
Windows 7 OEM [ single copy for SINGLE computer. don't want to get an infraction ] 99.00

389.00 before shipping. covers your needs I think

edit: as for a graphics card for around 100? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814133394 PNY 460 GTX 119.00 Refurbished. i5-2400 graphics have nothing on that.
I already have a Windows 7 OEM so that is covered. Seeing as I could go $5 cheaper on the Ram and a refurbished 550TI will cost me $100 from EVGA, that would be around $485 for everything I need. Adding the cost of my already purchased PSU and my Refurbished Wireless N card, that would be around $545.

The only problem with that is the motherboard. The SLI support is only 16x/4x and that doesn't sound very good (but again, not too familiar with these things). I also haven't heard too much good about BioStar. I would much rather go with a similarly priced ASRock motherboard.

I have thought of a problem. If I am going to spend that much, why not just go for a Bulldozer build right from the beginning?
Edited by leafan101 - 8/11/11 at 9:26pm
    
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