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August 21, 2006 7:46:16 AM

Hey guys. I’ve been looking to upgrade my machine for a while now but I’ve run into a problem. Everywhere I go no one seems to care about the best bang for your buck. I’ve seen forums with suggestions for $1000+ rigs for only CPU+Motherboard+Video Card(s) and there seems to be a lot more sense and intelligence in this forum. Now I’m currently running:

AMD 64 3000+ socket 754
1GB PC2700
160GB IDE HD
Geforce 6600GT PCI-E 128

Now I’ve been able to play games like BF2 and even Oblivion (with reduced settings of course) with little problem. Now I want a machine that will be able to play Oblivion (on decent to high settings), FEAR, Quake 4, and the new BF game with no problem. Now I’ve been a faithful AMD fan but I have to say that I am now impressed with Intel.

I game often and I occasionally encode video and mp3s. So should I go for AMD X2 and save my money for other parts or splurge for the Core 2 Duo? I have roughly $700-$900 bucks for the ENTIRE system.

Which Motherboard & CPU bundle should I go for?
The ECS NForce4M-A & X2 3800 AM2 for $205.99
OR
Abit AB9 Pro Core 2 Duo E6300 for $376.87

Now as for other components I decided to go for the eVGA Geforce 7600GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI-E x16 at $159.99.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

I would like some feedback and suggestions toward my build. Not sure which DDR2 memory to get but I’m willing to spend up to 100 bucks alone on memory. The Case, PS, HD, DVD-RW drive I’ll pick last.

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August 21, 2006 9:01:10 AM

ok am2 setup
am2 x2 4200 -183$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

asus SLI NVIDIA nForce4 SLI 97.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

2 bg of OCZ gold 800 mhz 198.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...


eVGA 7600gt 159.99 *.* there is a 20$ mail in rebate *.*
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

antec 450w PSU 59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

antec case 49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...


total 749.95 plus shipping " im taking into account your using an old HD and CD/RW"



and instead of you current video card might i point you to a x1800xt for 199.99$

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...



P.S you can cut down in cost by 50 -75$ by buying a case PSU combo. I would recommend against it but if mony is tight its the way to go.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

its a 350 watt psu, might i add i have used this case along with a asus / 3500 i pushed the cpu to 2.52 GHZ on this PSU. paired with a x850xt this PSU never missed a beat.

74.99 is a not bad price from a pretty good company
August 21, 2006 9:07:20 AM

its nice to see that amd fans are checking out intel and vise versa... as for quake 4 dude you can easly play that on max i mean my friend who had a p4 2.8ghz and 512ram,gf66000 played it on max with like 45ps average
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August 21, 2006 2:29:29 PM

I would take Macer1's system and make serveral changes.


1) Downgrade to an X2-3800+. The difference between the 3800 and 4200 is very marginal, so save the $30-40.

2) SLI is pointless, and buying an AM2 motherboard using a older chipset seems rather stupid. Get the Asus M2N-E instead.

3) OCZ + Asus + AM2 = no run son. Switch to Corsiar instead. Don't buy CAS5 memory for AM2 either.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820145034
$256- but really only $20 more because of what you saved on the CPU.

4) GPU is fine and a good choice.

5) Pick up the Smartpower 500W for $6 more. Free shipping to, so it ends up being 36 cents cheaper.
August 21, 2006 3:43:04 PM

Core 2 Duo is not really an option if you're looking for best bang for your buck. Take the AM2 suggestions previously listed.
August 21, 2006 3:45:16 PM

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Now I’ve been a faithful AMD fan but I have to say that I am now impressed with Intel.

I game often and I occasionally encode video and mp3s. So should I go for AMD X2 and save my money for other parts or splurge for the Core 2 Duo? I have roughly $700-$900 bucks for the ENTIRE system.

Which Motherboard & CPU bundle should I go for?
The ECS NForce4M-A & X2 3800 AM2 for $205.99
OR
Abit AB9 Pro Core 2 Duo E6300 for $376.87



Hate to burst you bubble, but if you want a complete Core 2 Duo E6300 system for $900, it's just not going to happen. Unless you are willing to use 1GB of DDR2 667 RAM which will limit overclocking if that is what you want to do.

Your theoretical maximum overclock for the E6300 which has a multiplier of 7 will be as follows:

DDR2 667 RAM: 7 x 333.33MHz = 2.33GHz

DDR2 800 RAM: 7 x 400MHz = 2.8GHz

If you want the Core 2 Duo you'll need to bump up your budget to $1000 - $1100. At stock speed the E6300 is faster than the X2 4400+ or X2 4600 depending on the benchmark. When overclocked it will provide equal or greater performance than the FX-62.

Going for the X2 3800+ will be cheaper, but it is also slower than the E6300 (at stock speed). Off hand, I'm not sure how well the 3800+ can be overclocked, but I don't think it will approach the power of the FX-62 (at stock speed).

Either way, you'll see improved performance over your current system.
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