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Celeron D 346 or Sempron 3300+

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March 26, 2006 5:55:43 AM

TigerDirect has a barebones deal for either a Celeron D 346 with a Abit SG-80 SiS socket 775 MB or a Sempron 3300+ with a Biostar M7NCG 400 Socket A MB. Each deal is $99 after rebate. I am putting together a tight budget system for a friend. He will be doing web surfing, movie burning, and maybe some light gaming. I am not afraid of doing a slight overclock of the system if possible, but I know he will not want to get into anything like that. Which is the better deal? I will be using the integrated graphics on either system. And please don't tell me for another $$ I can get a better deal. If you can recommend a better deal for $99 that includes case w/ps, MB, and processor, by all means let me know :)  I am not trying to start a AMD vs. Intel thread, I just want to get the best performance on a very tight budget. I know there are some very smart people on these forums so any help would be appreciated!
March 26, 2006 4:39:40 PM

I would go w/ the Celeron D combo, will be a bit more upgradeable since it supports P4 EE, 5xx and 6xx series. The Biostar socket A is pretty much maxed out.

That is a great deal!!!
March 26, 2006 4:53:58 PM

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I would go w/ the Celeron D combo, will be a bit more upgradeable since it supports P4 EE, 5xx and 6xx series. The Biostar socket A is pretty much maxed out.

That is a great deal!!!


Agreed. Biostar motherboards are garbage, so that certainly tilts me towards the Celeron solution. Plus as Doolittle says the Celeron system is more upgradeble later.
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March 27, 2006 3:55:51 AM

Thanks guys, I was leaning toward the Intel system anyway. I work on Intels at my job and have only built Intel computers. I just didn't know if the AMD was for some reason a much better performer. I wasn't even thinking in terms of upgradability since the system isn't for me, but that makes a lot of sense. He could probably get a decent P4 on ebay pretty cheap after the new Conroes hit the market and people start to upgrade. The kit has to be purchased by the 31st so I better get mine ordered!
March 27, 2006 4:19:25 AM

Dont do socket A, bad, bad socket!!!

Use this:
Mobo:
ASRock K8NF4G-SATA2 Socket 754 NVIDIA GeForce 6100 Micro ATX=59$
Processor:
AMD Sempron 64 3100+ Palermo 800MHz HT 256KB L2 Cache Socket 754=96$
or the same one (3000) with 128Kb L2=85$
Mem:
CORSAIR ValueSelect 512MB 184-Pin DDR SDRAM System Memory=33.25
HDD...little bit high:
Western Digital Caviar SE16 250GB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive=96$

That's it, it'll be a HELLAVA lot better rig than the Celeron one : p, and it will cost you from 273.25 to 284.25 + case, psu & stuff

A decent mobo, a nice processor, just enough memory and a LOT of HDD space (for his movies)

Hope this helped

BTW check out some benchies @ xbitlabs.com about sempron vs celeron, an 4Ghz overclocked celeron barely won some tests!
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March 27, 2006 9:48:36 AM

"He will be doing web surfing, movie burning, and maybe some light gaming."

I'd go with the Celeron over any of the socket A combos.....but that assumes there are no equally good deals on a socket 754 Sempron 3000+, of course...
March 27, 2006 10:45:31 AM

Go for the Celeron rig.
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