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Hello guys,
My old motherboard died and I sold off my trusty E6400 which was overclocked to 3 GHz stable for many years. That computer is my primary "heavy duty" workhorse used for watching movies and playing graphic intensive games, along with my "junk-around" laptop for surfing the web and downloading. Anyways, I have everything except the motherboard and CPU. I have DDR2 RAM, a 460W PSU, a Hyper 212 Plus CPU Cooler, a Radeon HD 6850, CD drive, and of course a case. It seems that many have moved on to the quad core standard, and many games usually need four cores to maximize performance. I think I was even bottlenecking my graphics card with my dual core

Which would be a cheap, overclockable quad core and motherboard option? It has to be around $240 or less, and be a good gaming and movie watching computer for years to come. Motherboard has to be ATX and DDR2 compatable, or if someone can fit in good DDR3 memory into the price....

Thanks in advance!
Edited by zero909 - 3/14/11 at 8:23pm
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Yep.

Athlon II x4 - $99 (or an entry level PhenomII x4 AM3 with less or w/o L3 cache, same as an Athlon II x4)
AM3 mATX mobo - $50 or full ATX ~$80-$90
4GB DDR3 1600MHz - $50

= $200 mATX or $230-$240 full ATX

Find them all on Newegg.com
Edited by Bluescreendeath - 3/14/11 at 9:19pm
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Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-198-_-Product

Proc:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103824

RAM:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-259-_-Product

That's 245$. Spend the extra few bucks, you'll thank it down the road. CrossFireX (x8/x8) - More than enough bandwidth for cfx 6850's.

The processor is OEM, no heatsink, but you've got an excellent one already. The full 6mb of l3 cache is almost guaranteed to unlock.

GSkill ram has done me wonderfully, and they can take the extra voltage and lowered timings other brands cant, in my experience.

Dave


PS- What brand of PSU do you have? How about its rails/rail voltage?
Edited by Dmac73 - 3/14/11 at 9:10pm
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