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post #1 of 13
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I have about $950.

This is how I am planning on spending it, any suggestions would be great!

New Motherboard, I want to replace by poo Intel motherboard:
- ASUS P5WD2-E Premium
http://labs.anandtech.com/alllinks.php?pfilter=4209
$232

New Processor, I want more L2
Intel P4 641 3.2Ghz 2mb L2, 64bit, 65nm
http://labs.anandtech.com/alllinks.php?pfilter=4206
$252


Memory- I am looking for more performance memory with better timings
OCZ Gold 2X512 3-3-3-8 DDR2-533
http://labs.anandtech.com/search.php...331024ELDCGE-K
$90

New GFX, just because this 6800 will bottleneck the new system
http://labs.anandtech.com/alllinks.php?pfilter=3016
$285

Total: $867

Other possible componets:

Another stick of the above RAM
http://labs.anandtech.com/search.php...331024ELDCGE-K
$98

Raptor- Put me in RAID0 on the raptors :-)
$155
http://labs.anandtech.com/alllinks.php?pfilter=462

New Case, because mine sucks!

Anyother Ideas, possibly a Maze4 for my videocard...
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post #2 of 13
http://labs.anandtech.com/search.php?q=pentium+d+920

pentium d 920 for 10 dollars more also, how about a psu to pwoer all that ? OCZ 520 ?
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my suggestion, get a dual core amd
     
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Originally Posted by Lucid
http://labs.anandtech.com/search.php?q=pentium+d+920

pentium d 920 for 10 dollars more also, how about a psu to pwoer all that ? OCZ 520 ?
I have an Antec SmartPower 2.0 500W... I think that will sufice!

As for the dual core, I am not sure if want to venture in the direction yet. There is no current boost in performance for dual core is there? Will Vista utilize dual core? Plus it is only 2.8Ghz...

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my suggestion, get a dual core amd
Please do not suggest AMD, this is in a Intel forum and I am a Intel guy
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post #5 of 13
LOL-I'm not an amd guy. I have three intels. I'm just saying he could get much better performance from an x2. Yes vista will use dual cores. Future games and apps will be multithreaded and so far, in current apps/games/benchmarks, the performance isn't all that bad compared to single cores. Plus you oc an amd better because of their power consumption/temps. People just need to keep open minds when it comes to numbers. Numbers don't lie, and for the most part, the x2's are faster. Multi-core is the future.
     
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post #6 of 13
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Do dual cores run hotter or use more power? Also, this processor will replaced by the Conroe, so I don't plan to have it for more than 6 months.
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post #7 of 13
Just wait a year and then you will be able to get a lot of computer for 900. Moore's Law and all that. Besides, then the top-of-the-line technology we have now will be a bit cheaper.
post #8 of 13
dual core = 2x2mb L@, as you said you wanted mor L2, little more heat, btu hardly, alot more power as well.
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post #9 of 13
I have been doing tons of research on cpu's and I would recommend on what I have found out to get the dual core AMD. Kicks Intels in so many ways.
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post #10 of 13
The Presler Pentium D 900s overclock VERY easily above 4.2GHz on regular air cooling, may want to consider that.
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