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i like this. 3ghz for $300 for cpu,mobo, and ram? how much could i save if i didn't get an sli board, cuz budgets small and probably only getting one good Video card
    
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Drop the Asus in favor of the Biostar 550 mobo and save about $50. and still have good oc options. May have to flash the bios if you get one stored on the shelves too long. Newer 550's are ready for the Brisbanes.
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k what kind of power supply should i be looking in to?
    
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Before buying a psu, verify mobo power requirements.
Non-sli psu's are less expensive by a bundle.
This is the area you dont want to skimp, but a heavily oc'd Brisbane dosen't eat much wattage to begin with. I'd estimate 600watts and you'd be in good shape. I prefer OCZ models, quality and mid range price.
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If heat is an issue, a crowded case can be harder to cool, thats where a modular psu can be beneficial for performance (only run cables you actually need), better airflow, lower temps when oc'd.
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Before buying a psu, verify mobo power requirements.
Non-sli psu's are less expensive by a bundle.
This is the area you dont want to skimp, but a heavily oc'd Brisbane dosen't eat much wattage to begin with. I'd estimate 600watts and you'd be in good shape. I prefer OCZ models, quality and mid range price.
no no no....bigger isn't always better! With that CPU, and even an 8800GTX, the MAX he'd most likely ever draw is still going to be around 300W. I say, get a high quality 400-450W PSU by Seasonic, FSP, Silverstone. The Corsair HX520 would be overkill, but it's modular, and made by Seasonic, so it's going to be high quality, and fairly quiet. Don't skimp on the power supply, and don't use the mindset that higher wattage means a better unit. Under full load, my overclocked Opteron(2.8ghz 1.4v) and X1950pro only drew 220W(measured with Kill-a-watt). I've also got a few pci cards, and overclocked ram. I used Orthos and 3dmark to load the system.
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overclock E4300 for gaming won't make any different, AM2 X2 3600 does make a HUGE different when overclocking it
that's cuz a e4300 already pwns a x2 @ stock *cough*

edit: wow, i really didnt read ery far into this thread did i?
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i like this. 3ghz for $300 for cpu,mobo, and ram? how much could i save if i didn't get an sli board, cuz budgets small and probably only getting one good Video card
http://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/...Number=4254745
$667 Entire build (x2 3600+, 2 gig corsair 667, biostar 550, xclio 500 watt, 8600 GT, 19" Widescreen LCD)
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$270 for cpu, mb, psu, ram
x2 3600+
biostar 550
xclio 500 watt
corsair 2 gig


A amd brisbane doesn't need the higher ram. At stock 333 mhz * 9.5 = 3.1 ghz which is about max for a amd cpu
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Everybody seems to be overlooking the two new Allendale C2Ds, the E2140 and E2160.

For less than $20 more than the 3600+ Brisbane, I'd go with the E2140 before even thinking of the 3600+. Pair it with a Gigabyte GA-945GZM-S2 and you've got a cheap, very overclockable basis for your rig. In addition, you've also opened up the door for a serious upgrade when the quad cores drastically drop in price, as this board (and any other based on the same chipset, I believe) is quad core capable.

I just can't see recommending an AMD CPU at this time, especially if you're after performance. Yes, that Brisbane is cheaper, but for the money, I'd go with the Intel.
    
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Everybody seems to be overlooking the two new Allendale C2Ds, the E2140 and E2160.

For less than $20 more than the 3600+ Brisbane, I'd go with the E2140 before even thinking of the 3600+. Pair it with a Gigabyte GA-945GZM-S2 and you've got a cheap, very overclockable basis for your rig. In addition, you've also opened up the door for a serious upgrade when the quad cores drastically drop in price, as this board (and any other based on the same chipset, I believe) is quad core capable.

I just can't see recommending an AMD CPU at this time, especially if you're after performance. Yes, that Brisbane is cheaper, but for the money, I'd go with the Intel.
945 chipset
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