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So I've got $300 tops to upgrade my dad's computer for Christmas. He's currently running an e8400 and wants something with some more power to it. He doesn't really play any current games, just Blizzard stuff really. What quad core setup would you suggest?

Cheaper is better, but my mom doesn't want to buy used stuff for whatever reason. Only thing that needs to go is the CPU, Mobo, and ram.
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115077 cpu

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271 mobo

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220570 ram
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Originally Posted by Vocality View Post

Close, but he's got his heart set on a quad core.

It has hyperthreading. It runs just like a quad core.
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https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150433476531743&set=a.112733816742.108782.100723516742&type=1&theater

+ pair up with the above mobo linked above: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271


Adding the ram will go a little over $300, but its only $15, or $5 after rebate.

Edit: forgot there was a rebate on the mobo too, so it actually becomes $295 after rebates.
Edited by Agenesis - 12/23/11 at 2:28pm
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Close, but he's got his heart set on a quad core.

In that case, you'll have to go to AMD. But take note that the i3 performs much better than quad core AMD processors for the same price.
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That facebook deal is good to.
Edited by Quesoblanco - 12/23/11 at 2:39pm
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So that i3 would perform better than a 955 Black? They're about the same price.
Edited by Vocality - 12/23/11 at 3:00pm
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