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Hey all ...

I am building up a new pc for as a present to a friend ... the question that I am stuck with is ...

Should I go with the E8400 as a temp build (a 1 year build) then let him buy all new ... Or should I go h61 and the G840 which will let him upgrade his processor much more easily ... He will be using the HD 6670\6770 regardless of processor choice ...


He will be doing basic gaming and going to LANs ... D3, Battlefield 2, Mass Effect 3, Borderlands 2 ... etc ...


All information would be greatly appreciated ...
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For a LAN party rig it doesn't need to go all out.

A lot of the more LAN party games aren't too hardware intensive anyway.

I think the E8400 rig should suit him just fine.
    
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Will the e8400 be able to play newer releases ?? ... the resolution played at will be 1280 x 1024 ...

I was worried bout future proofing ... and if I go the 1155 route ... it will only be a tiny bit heavier on the pocket ...
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http://en.inpai.com.cn/doc/enshowcont.asp?id=7977

Unfortunately I can't afford a 2100 ... so the question is ... E8400 @ near stock clocks (better than assuming it can hit 4ghz) or the G840 ...
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amd cpus are probably better for budget builds
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I still use an old E8200 with a HD5770 at work to do some gaming when i have free time, while it would have a hard time running any game at high/very high details at high resolution, it will run anything decently if you lower the details a bit. Also both my cpu and gpu is lower then yours...
If it's just a rig for free that will last you maybe a year, go for it, save up and get yourself a decent rig in a year with all the new stuff that will be out. This one will give you a good time still.

You can always get some cheap aftermarket cpu cooler and OC that E8400 a liltle to gain more performance.
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Not sure on the E8400, but mine went to 4GHz fairly easy and it ran games fairly fine @1920x1080/HD4870. Note that going with the G840/H61 you will be limited with overclocking but at stock it shouldnt be too bad. I think at 1280 x 1024 the E8400 is good enough, at the time when I had it, it ran ME 1/2, Boarderlands 1, and BF2 fine. But you do also have to take into consideration the build as E8400 uses DDR2 and G840 uses DDR3 so you're right about updatability.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/405?vs=56 here is a comparison between the two at stock.


If the E8400 build is cheaper go with that route, but overall they should be fairly similar in terms of performance with the E8400 having an advantage with OCing.
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Not sure on the E8400, but mine went to 4GHz fairly easy and it ran games fairly fine @1920x1080/HD4870. Note that going with the G840/H61 you will be limited with overclocking but at stock it shouldnt be too bad. I think at 1280 x 1024 the E8400 is good enough, at the time when I had it, it ran ME 1/2, Boarderlands 1, and BF2 fine. But you do also have to take into consideration the build as E8400 uses DDR2 and G840 uses DDR3 so you're right about updatability.
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/405?vs=56 here is a comparison between the two at stock.
If the E8400 build is cheaper go with that route, but overall they should be fairly similar in terms of performance with the E8400 having an advantage with OCing.

G620/G840/I3 2100/i5 2300/i5 2400/i5 2500/i7 2600 Have locked Multiplier So you are wrong in that point

if he want OC, he needs p67/z68 chipset and unlocKed cpu


G850 has even more mhz than G840 and outperforms E8400@4.0GHz
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