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Thread Starter 
I was trying to build a system that is better than my current computer for about $250. Sense I'm running a Compaq DC5100 that shouldn't have been a hard task.

My budget has gone up with some unexpected money that I have received to around $490. I know I could build a decent system for this money (I just need box).

I am currently thinking of using the AMD Opteron Six-Core Model 4122 in a dual socket motherboard (If I can find one used at less than $300). This would give me 2 processors running at a total of 12 cores and I should be able to put about 4 gigs of DDR3-1333 ram into it.

My major question would be would there be an advantage of having 2 processors running 12 cores for the extra money or would it be more beneficial to go with a single processor running 6 cores with a little more ram and a decent gpu?

I would want the computer to handle 3d animation rendering as well as being able to play more than solitaire or games on facebook (that's all my current machine can do).

Thanks in advance.
post #2 of 8
just get a phenom 2 1090t, and spend more on other components.
unless you are rendering video or something, you really don't need more then 6 cores, and even that is a bit much.
post #3 of 8
You will want to get more than 4GB of RAM to feed 12 cores of course; with whatever 3D animation rendering you do, having more RAM will probably benefit you largely, and so will having RAM with higher speed/lower timings (only possible on the mainstream AM3 platform and not a server platform I believe, for which you're limited to registered 1333 9-9-9 )
post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 
Thank you both for responding.

Is this a decent place to start? I have it at about $32 under budget as of right now.

Athena Power CA-1015IS30 Silver / Black MicroATX Desktop / MicroATX Slim Computer Case 300W Power Supply

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

GIGABYTE GA-M68MT-D3 AM3 NVIDIA GeForce 7025/nForce 630a chipset Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

*The mother board says it can handle DDR3 1666+/1333/1066/800 What is 1666+?*

AMD Phenom II X6 1075T Thuban 3.0GHz 6 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT75TFBGRBOX

GELID Solutions CC-Spirit-01 100.5mm CPU Cooler

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM

I have a decent Optical DVD+R on my current computer so no need for a new optical drive. I will probably end up going to a local computer store and paying $5 for a 3.5 floppy drive so I know I can easily update bios as I've ran into problem updating bios with out one.
post #5 of 8
you wont need a floppy drive to update bios
you can use a usb stick or update it thru windows
post #6 of 8
That's a good start, but for any 125W processor you will want an 8+2 power phase/mosfet heatsinks for the most reliable, risk-free operation. That motherboard has an unheatsinked 3+1 which I don't believe is even rated for x6 125W operation! The power supply is a bit on the weak end as well.

My recommendation:
Phenom II x6 1055T + ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO - $289, $279 AR
NZXT GAMMA - $40 shipped
Antec NEO ECO 400C - $45
Corsair XMS3 1600 9-9-9 - $50, $40 AR
Corsair A50 - $32.50, $22.50 AR
Samsung F3 500GB - $45 at Superbiiz
x6 1055T gift card - Additional $10 off
Total before rebates: $491.50
Total after rebates: $461.50

With ASUS boards you can use an empty flash drive and EZFlash 2 to update the BIOS.
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Thread Starter 
Out of curiosity what's the performance difference between the DDR3 1600 and DDR3 1333. I know it's a silly question as I know it doesn't seem like that big of a number but there are still some of us stuck with DDR2 266 mhz which is more than enough to run my current Win XP system.
post #8 of 8
For reference, DDR3-1600 CAS9 is about equal or slightly better than DDR3-1333 CAS7 in benchmarks; anything below 1600Mhz really doesn't scale that well in performance, overclockability and even price. Your DDR-266Mhz system may be running at lower timings such as CAS2 to compensate for the low speed.
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