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post #11 of 26
Chozart to the rescue again

Both excellent choices and would personally choose the Intel route myself
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Me too.... but hey, we're in the AMD section here... need to at least pretend to stay on topic... LOL

The AMD choice is good also, but I think the Intel pick has the better motherboard (and I think that cache on the CPU will help also).

Actually, if you can cough up another $50 or so, the E6300 is not too far out of reach for $180
    
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I'm switching from Intel to AMD and just want to start off with a good all around system for now, as I will upgrade later
LOL. You guys have hijacked his thread! Stop poisoning his mind with your intel babble... hehe

Ok, here's what I'll suggest for you:

Ok, first of all, you need everything, correct? I'm assuming you do (minus monitor, keyboard, and mouse since there has been no mention of them). Well if you plan to upgrade in the future, we'll need to know a few things. Such as, do you ever plan on SLI? RAID? OCing once you upgrade?

What I can tell you right now is that you're probably going to want a 939 mobo. Past that I don't have enough info (SLI?). You could go AM2 like I did, but I'm afraid a $600 ceiling will limit what you can get. I got my mobo and processor for about $400 shipped. That would leave you with $200 for a video card, RAM, HDD, PSU, and optical drive. So on your budget 939 is what you'll end up getting just because of the price of processors and RAM. Which there is no problem with. When you want to upgarde from this 939 you're getting, AM3s will probably be out!

I like Chozart's AMD suggestion for you. Solid system, and the X2 3800+ I have read, is great for OCing. Go with what he has suggested for you unless you want an SLI board.

Good luck and let us know what you end up getting!
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And what's so wrong with Intel The fact that this is the AMD section does not mean we shuold be close minded to other alternatives
    
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post #15 of 26
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Originally Posted by Chozart
I'd stick with Intel. This one is at the top of your budget, but has a good dual core CPU, and a Core 2 Duo ready motherboard.
Total: $568.93 + shipping

If you want to save some, the Pentium D 805 is a good option also for $90, knocking $38 off the total above.

Dual core CPU, upgradability, and a solid motherboard that should give you nice overclocks.

Here here
    
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Originally Posted by Chozart

On a sidenote: anyone knows how well the Brisbane cores will perform? Like this X2 3800+ here: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103733
They require less power than the Windsors.... looking like a good alternative.
As soon as you will overclock that one 200mhz you will need the same voltage as the standard 89w one. Basically they clock to the same speeds around 2.8-2.9Ghz.
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Ok, but at less power at 2.8-2.9GHz...
    
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And what's so wrong with Intel The fact that this is the AMD section does not mean we shuold be close minded to other alternatives
I gotta agree with Chozart

Now here are my suggestions :

If youre going to start a complete system from scratch, then by all means go AM2. There's no point in starting out with allready outdated technology.

And secondly,... Do you have a Windows CD ?? I see alot of people building new systems that overlook the fact that the need an OS to actually notice how good the system really is
    
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post #19 of 26
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I'm switching from Intel to AMD and just want to start off with a good all around system for now, as I will upgrade later. So just want some opinions on if this would be a good starter rig or not. And I will be OC'ing the CPU. Thanks



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If you want to get the most out this system then I would start off with a better motherboard DFI SLI or Ultra D.
The video card is way behind but should give you mid perfomance, the ram should be ok but for some games its not enough.
Also I would get a power supply with 25amps or better for a single rail, or a good dual 12volt rail with at least 18amps on each.
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post #20 of 26
Possible motherboard choices:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813138026
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128009 - If you go without a GPU nor now.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813127007

Possible CPU Choices:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103733
    
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