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I'm looking to upgrade my PC and I'm wondering which processor would be the best value in a gaming PC. I'm willing to spend about $400 on CPU, ram, and mobo. I have a stick of 512 mb PC 3200 if that figures into the equation at all. I'd be willing to mildly overclock either chip with the stock heatsink fan as well. I'm finding it hard to find benchmarks to compare these processors, so if anyone can help me in determining which route to go for the best value would be appreciated.
 

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For that price, you COULD get a cheap conroe processor, but you could also get a pretty AMD. Conroe would be faster and you could probably find a mobo for it for 100-130$.<br />
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I'm not completely sure on how the conroe overclocks, but I know the e6300 overclocks well.<br />
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While most conroes will be more expensive they are faster, but AMD is fast too. It just depends on what you prefer and the amount of money you spend on one thing.<br />
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<div style="font-style:italic">For that price, you COULD get a cheap conroe processor, but you could also get a pretty AMD. Conroe would be faster and you could probably find a mobo for it for 100-130$.<br />
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I'm not completely sure on how the conroe overclocks, but I know the e6300 overclocks well.<br />
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While most conroes will be more expensive they are faster, but AMD is fast too. It just depends on what you prefer and the amount of money you spend on one thing.<br />
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I'm not confusing you am I?</div>

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</div>But E6300 IS conroe ? huh? <img src="/images/smilies/confused.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Confused" class="inlineimg" /><br />
The E6300 and E6400 overclock very well. If you want a cheap mobo that overclocks well get the Gigabyte DS3 one. It's much cheaper than Asus and does very well <img src="/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" /><br />
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Edit: Fill out your system specs under "User CP" -> "System Specs" to help us help you <img src="/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" />
 

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It primarily depends on what your system is used for. Now Conroe is good for all around tasks. However a Conroe upgrade can work out more expensive due to the fact you must go DDR2 ...There are hybrid motherboards allowing the use of DDR1 for Conroe however there not very good. <br />
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Amd however only needs a change of Motherboard and of course a new CPU and you can save money as you can keep your current RAM. <br />
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If you are looking for a Cheap Dual core solution that will serve you well then AMD is best suited for you however if you want to go the extra mileage then Conroe is the other solution.
 

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This is the processor I'm thinking about from newegg.com<br />
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<a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819115005" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115005</a><br />
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Also, this motherboard looks good too.<br />
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<a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819115005" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115005</a>
 

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I'm looking at purely gaming performance right now. I have 400$ to spend on CPU, ram, and mobo. All other parts I have or have budgeted for already. My current specs don't matter as all of it will be scrapped. Primarily I'm wondering if the 4200 X2 would be a better value than a e6300.
 

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It would be okay at first, but the conroe would still be much faster and I've seen the X2 4200 at the same price as the e6300. Good deal to me.
 
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