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Don't get a mobo with that chipset, either look into P965, nForce 6, or P35, otherwise it's not worth it
I just ordered my system last thursday, everything came out to about $480, with a new case and what not, the video card was especially a bargain, for $105 off zipzoomfly
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Core 2 duo? They are only good when your in the higher budgets (much higher) i would keep this strictly AMD.
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You can get an AMD CPU and RAM to set you up to speed for about 110...
If you want something futureproof yourself there is nothing out here now...it gets overlapped every 3 months...
Drop 150 and get a x2 3800 and a GB of RAM...rock on
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Originally Posted by PROBN4LYFE View Post
You can get an AMD CPU and RAM to set you up to speed for about 110...
If you want something futureproof yourself there is nothing out here now...it gets overlapped every 3 months...
Drop 150 and get a x2 3800 and a GB of RAM...rock on
No... just no. Quit giving out awful advice like getting a 3800+ when the 3600+ brisbane is a far better choice.
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I'd replace the GeForce 8800 in hstuehmeyer2000's post with this for a budget.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130062

The 8800's are overpriced IMO. They'll be useless when DX10 finally starts getting used often.
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Wow, this thread sounded a little shady. I almost wanted to reply 612 Warf Avenue, near the industrial park... haha

But getting back on topic, I'd have to say:

Intel:

E2160 Allendale - $91 - Clocks near 3GHz (???) - looking for source here.

E4300 Allendale - $117 - Clocks to around 3GHz from what I've seen

AMD:

X2 3600+ Brisbane - $64 (best value IMO) clocks typically to 2.5-2.9GHz (seen higher though).

EDIT: Intel E2160 overclocked to 3.4GHz on AIR with a P5N-E SLI @ Legion Hardware

EDIT: Results range anywhere from 2.7 - 3.5GHz on air @ Xtreme Systems with the e2140 and e2160 Allendale chips.
    
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Wow, this thread sounded a little shady. I almost wanted to reply 612 Warf Avenue, near the industrial park... haha

But getting back on topic, I'd have to say:

Intel:

E2160 Allendale - $91 - Clocks near 3GHz (???) - looking for source here.

E4300 Allendale - $117 - Clocks to around 3GHz from what I've seen

AMD:

X2 3600+ Brisbane - $64 (best value IMO) clocks typically to 2.5-2.9GHz (seen higher though).

EDIT: Intel E2160 overclocked to 3.4GHz on AIR with a P5N-E SLI @ Legion Hardware

EDIT: Results range anywhere from 2.7 - 3.5GHz on air @ Xtreme Systems with the e2140 and e2160 Allendale chips.
I honestly don't see where the Brisbane could be considered a "best value" here. This thread is about the most bang for the buck. Everyone here had touted the 3600+ Brisbane as that, but that only covers one side of the equation. Yes, the Brisbane is the cheapest dual core processor available right now. However, it really doesn't have the testicular fortitude to run with even the lowest end C2D processors, even when it's over clocked. A mere $17 difference from the 3600+ and the E2140... It's $81 right now, not $91 on newegg. They both use the same memory, so there's no price difference there, and there are motherboards for both CPUs from various manufacturers all in the same price range. That $17 difference just doesn't make up for the Brisbane's significantly reduced power compared to the Allendale.
When you're figuring out 'Bang for the Buck', relative performance has to be considered, as well. for that minuscule price difference, you're getting a considerable upgrade in performance with the added feature of better potential future upgrades. In all, getting the Allendale over the Brisbane would be the best $17 spent on whatever system it was put into.
    
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