Originally Posted by aliox325
My friend wants to build a new computer so he got 2 choices for his budget the e6300 or the x2 3800. Whats better?
My two cents...
The real key is the motherboard... I'd go with the cheapest cpu on a 775 socket motherboard... A 4300 or E6300 or 4320 or 6320, etc... The motherboard is the key. The new ASUS P5K with the p35 Intel chipset is only around $145.00 USD and comes loaded in most cases. It will also allow upgrades of the cpu to quads or next generation when those prices drop or cpu become available. It will serve you well for 4 or 5 years easy and it overclocks very well also....
The next thing to think about is DDR2 and video card. Don't skimp on the psu either! A good psu will allow you to upgrade and overclock, while still keeping the system stable with voltage. So in order of most important (according to me only):
3) PSU (power supply)
5) Video card
Others here can help you with brand type and experiences....
Oh as to your question: Which is better? I think I answered that, but the Intel series of processors right now has the best return for the dollar... In your case the E6320 = $165.50USD at newegg.
DDR2 800 2GB = about $120.00 or less for Crucial, OCZ or many others. The ASUS P5K-V = 144.90 USD at newegg. There are many good psu manufacturers... Check newegg...
I hope this helped, :-)