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Hello,

I am doing a semi-new build of my system. I was planning on getting a X2 6000+ because I have always read that AMD is better for gaming. Now after researching, I have found that the Core 2 Duo might be a better choice for this price point. Does anyone have any insight into this? I would like to do some overclocking. Here are the tentative specs:

*MSI 8800 GT
Corsair CMPSU-750TX
CPU TBD
MOBO TBD
RAM TBD
*WD Caviar 640GB SATA 3.0

* = already purchased

Thanks for any input!
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What's your budget?
And I would choose a Core 2 Duo over an AMD anyday. No matter what the reason is (gaming, multitasking, folding, whatever).
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Cpu: E7200
Mobo: Dfi Lp Dk P35
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Originally Posted by khurios2000 View Post
Cpu: E7200
Mobo: Dfi Lp Dk P35
Gets my vote, my e7200 can do 4Ghz easily, I just havn't bothered pushing it past 3.8Ghz
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Well, its funny. I am a pretty cheap person, usually going for value over performance as I realize prices go down SO quickly but obsoleteness approaches quickly also. I was originally looking at the 5400+ for $87 or so. But then I realized with the 6000+ I would obviously get the higher frequency, but I would get the 1Mb L2, yada yada yada...

But where do you draw the line when adding features?! haha

So, at this point I would like to keep my budget right around $300 (but probably a little more) for the CPU and MOBO.
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It depends on how long you are planning on keeping the computer. If you can I would get a q6600 (it will last a little longer) or an e8400, both are monster CPU's and at around the 200$ price range.

If you are looking for something more budget oriented I would suggest an e21** series cpu, they overclock REALLY well for being under 100$.

As for the mobo, I would just get a Gigabyte P35 DS3L or whatever p35 board you want by gigabyte, dfi, msi, or abit. You can get one from 90-130$, and those boards are essential for OC'ing any of those cpu's.
post #7 of 20
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Originally Posted by pink mist View Post
Well, its funny. I am a pretty cheap person, usually going for value over performance as I realize prices go down SO quickly but obsoleteness approaches quickly also. I was originally looking at the 5400+ for $87 or so. But then I realized with the 6000+ I would obviously get the higher frequency, but I would get the 1Mb L2, yada yada yada...

But where do you draw the line when adding features?! haha

So, at this point I would like to keep my budget right around $300 (but probably a little more) for the CPU and MOBO.

cpu e7200 $132
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...tel-_-19115052

board DK p35 $137
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813136043

still under $300

id get TRUE 120 for cpu cooler, if you want to overclock
post #8 of 20
Well if your budget is 300$ for the cpu and mobo, I would go with the e8400 and Gigabyte p35 DS3L.

If you are new to overclocking i do not suggest the DFI, they are for more heavey duty tweaking. And you will only get a small percentage performance increase with many many hours of tweaking, which is why I suggest the DS3L, cheaper and easier to overclock for basically the same amount of performance.
post #9 of 20
yea core 2 over amd anyday....it makes me sad saying that, before C2D were released i would only use AMD...*tear*
    
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Originally Posted by Atomagenesis View Post
It depends on how long you are planning on keeping the computer. If you can I would get a q6600 (it will last a little longer) or an e8400, both are monster CPU's and at around the 200$ price range.

If you are looking for something more budget oriented I would suggest an e21** series cpu, they overclock REALLY well for being under 100$.

As for the mobo, I would just get a Gigabyte P35 DS3L or whatever p35 board you want by gigabyte, dfi, msi, or abit. You can get one from 90-130$, and those boards are essential for OC'ing any of those cpu's.
With the E7200 out now, the E21X0 series are not worth it IMO. I would only grab one of them if you are on a 965 board that doesnt OC well due to the lower FSB of the E21X0 series which will allow for a higher OC. But for a new build, def the E7200.
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