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post #1 of 10
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Hi This is my first time trying to build a system and the four choice below all seem reasonable to me and in the same price range. The main usage of the computer will be gaming and some picture editing. Which one is better and why? Also, any suggestions for budget but reliable motherboards for overclocking? Many thanks.

motherboard Gigabyte UD2H 89 USD
cpu Phenom II X4 955 175 USD
memory A-DATA 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 80 USD
SUM 344 USD

motherboard Gigabyte US2H 80 USD
cpu Phenom II X4 955 175 USD
memory A-DATA 2GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (Qty 2) 96 USD
SUM 351 USD

motherboard GIGABYTE GA-P55-UD3R LGA 1156 139 USD
cpu Core i5 750 150 USD
memory A-DATA 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 80 USD
SUM 369 USD

motherboard GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3L LGA 775 Intel P45 75 USD
cpu Core 2 Quad 9550 170 USD
memory A-DATA 2GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (Qty 2) 96 USD
SUM 341 USD
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motherboard Gigabyte UD2H 89 USD
cpu Phenom II X4 955 175 USD
memory A-DATA 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 80 USD
SUM 344 USD


It'd be the best.
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motherboard Gigabyte UD2H 89 USD
cpu Phenom II X4 955 175 USD
memory A-DATA 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 80 USD
SUM 344 USD


It'd be the best.
Agreed this or the i5 build.
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definitely not the 2nd one if it is going to be more expensive than the ddr3 one
stupid ram prices made all these OCNers selling their ddr2 ram for double of what they got it for

but like they said, 1st or 3rd
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post #5 of 10
i5, but I would stay away from that motherboard if it has a foxconn socket.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-409-_-Product

These are the new gigabyte motherboards equipped with lotes socket.

The first AMD 955 build you listed is also nice.
post #6 of 10
Note: i5 does not support hyper-threading. This may or may not apply to you, but it is probably a good thing to be aware of.
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post #7 of 10
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Thank you very much. I would be more lean to the i5 if not because of the higher price of LGA1156 mother board. How do you know if the motherboard uses a foxconn socket or not? Is it really an issue for overclocking? I also have read from some threads that the AM3 CPU only supports 1333 MHz memory for 1 dimm for each channel. Does this mean it can not be used with future high speed DDR3 memory? Does i5 have the same problem?
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Originally Posted by knightdog View Post
Thank you very much. I would be more lean to the i5 if not because of the higher price of LGA1156 mother board. How do you know if the motherboard uses a foxconn socket or not? Is it really an issue for overclocking? I also have read from some threads that the AM3 CPU only supports 1333 MHz memory for 1 dimm for each channel. Does this mean it can not be used with future high speed DDR3 memory? Does i5 have the same problem?
The foxconn socket issue is a matter of burning out the cpu socket from overclock.

I'm sure, in the future AM3 will support higher speeds of ram though I'd worry more about quantity than speed of operation. Whatever you choose between am3 and i5 will be fast. neither is a dead end socket. It's all about preference and nothing more.
Edited by exad - 11/12/09 at 7:17pm
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post #9 of 10
Yeah I'd go with the i5 build but a second choice would be the first build. Both of them are damm nice xD Will do most games (of course depending on your GPU too). Wow, atleast you know what kinda build you want, I'm still stuck on which damm CPU cooler >_>

P.S. Help with my first build (its gonna be an i7 920 CPU), not sure of which parts!
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Originally Posted by exad View Post
The foxconn socket issue is a matter of burning out the cpu socket from overclock.

I'm sure, in the future AM3 will support higher speeds of ram though I'd worry more about quantity than speed of operation. Whatever you choose between am3 and i5 will be fast. neither is a dead end socket. It's all about preference and nothing more.
In time i7 socket 1366 will die. Intel is not killing off that i5 socket and Amd is not killing AM3 socket.
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