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post #1 of 8
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I am building a friend of mine a "starter" gaming pc out of some parts I have laying around. The base config is a 160gb HDD, 4gb RAM, and a Radeon HD 6570. I am stuck between either a Pentium D 930 @ 3.0GHz, or getting a Pentium D 945 @ 3.4GHz which is $5-$7 on ebay, an Athlon 64 x2 5000+ @ 2.6 GHz or getting a 6000+ or 6400+ off of ebay which can be around $25, a little more than I'd like to spend. I would appreciate your help!
post #2 of 8
Get an AM3 Athlon, like the x2 215.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/AMD-Athlon-II-X-2-2-7-GHz-Dual-Core-Processor-ADX215OCK22GQ-AM2-AM3-/231724681906?hash=item35f3de0ab2:g:OMcAAOSw3ydVkHcX

Heck, if you don't mind spending $30.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/AMD-Athlon-II-X-4-2-6-GHz-Quad-Core-620-Processor-ADX620WFK42GI-AM2-AM3-/141808159691?hash=item21046ccbcb:g:i5YAAOSwsB9V-4qG
Edited by TheN00bBuilder - 11/3/15 at 5:44pm
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post #3 of 8
I assume you already have 775 and AM2 motherboards? I would probably go with the X2 5000+ option and attempt to overclock it a little.

http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/cpu-charts-2008-q1-2008/compare,370.html?prod%5B1247%5D=on&prod%5B1299%5D=on&prod%5B1297%5D=on

At stock speeds The X2 5000+ is better, plus Pentium D's have a reputation for being poor overclockers and putting out extreme heat.
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post #4 of 8
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My bad, I forgot to mention I can not overclock with any of these boards. The Pentium D is in an Intel board so no overclocking and it only supports up to a Pentium D and the Athlon is in an HP AM2 motherboard.
post #5 of 8
Well in that case, get the Athlon x4 and run it in the AM2 board, and he can buy an AM3 board later for it.
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post #6 of 8
Which Intel board is it?
My mom let me have her old PC when I built her a new one and it had an Intel D946GZIS in it which surprisingly took a Xeon X3220 without issue which was a good boost from her Pentium D 805.

I paired that with my old R9 270X and it was able to play GTA V decently smile.gif

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post #7 of 8
Why pentium d?

Can the board not take core2, I recently found a e6750 in a local shop for about $5. I was amazed

Even the quads are going cheap
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Between the Pentium D and the Athlon 64 x2, the Athlon 64 x2 hands down.
    
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