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X2 or C2D build - help me decide and improve

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October 11, 2006 10:38:33 PM

I have put together 2 wishlists at newegg. One is a C2D E6300 system and the other is a AMD X2 4200+ system. They seem comparable to eachother, so I can't decide which to buy.

C2D wishlist
X2 wishlist
They both use some of the same components. So any advice would be appreciated. The C2D lacks a cooler, since I will be overclocking, if someone could find a sub $50 cooler, that'd be nice. As long as the price stays below $1000 dollars, I'm happy. But if you suggest the C2D system and tell me to add something to it, it'd be nice if it stayed below $950 (since shipping is around 50 dollars).

I might upgrade to a E6400, what do you think? (note: that limits other options to add to this setup)
October 11, 2006 10:57:55 PM

I would go with the C2D E6300 setup. According to the following Anantech article, the E6300 out performs the X2 4200+ in games by 3 to 11 FPS depending on the game.

http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/showdoc.aspx?i=279...

The one exception is in Quake 4 @ 1600x1200 where the E6300 is 1.2 FPS slower.

Note: The test setup uses two X1900XT in Crossfire mode.
October 11, 2006 11:08:05 PM

The Zalman 9500 is a great C2D cooler, it runs for about $50. If I were you, I'd go with the Core 2, an e6300 runs nearly as well as a 4600+ for a good deal less. If you can stretch it try to get a better mobo or video card, as I dont know about the overclockability of that mobo. As for procs: as far as I can tell, on that mobo, it won't make any difference whether you get a 63 or 64, since you won't be able to hit its max frequency.

For you, I recommend a P5B Deluxe and keep everything else the same. You can overclock to your hearts content.
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October 11, 2006 11:12:24 PM

$219, not an option :( 

Any other ideas? I might look at that cooler.

Semi-offtopic, does anyone know what socket the AMD quad cores will use? AM2?
October 11, 2006 11:32:19 PM

Is the board I'm getting fine for overclocking?
a c 90 B Homebuilt system
October 12, 2006 12:16:22 AM

The 945P-S3 is reported to be a decent overclocker but maybe not the best choice if you want top overclocks. 945P-S3 review with 965P-S3

Also look at the ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro CPU cooler.

The first AMD quad cores (FX-7Xs) will be running in Socket F motherboards not AM2. AMD Athlon X4s for the AM2+ motherboards will be out later. The X4s wil be compatible with existing AM2 motherboards.
October 12, 2006 12:31:57 AM

Hey i have that same memory, but mine was 170$ after rebates :D . It is very sexy, and looks high quality. I havent gotten to use it because i dont have my CPU or Case or Video card yet, i just have memory, and mobo.
October 12, 2006 1:46:45 AM

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The first AMD quad cores (FX-7Xs) will be running in Socket F motherboards not AM2. AMD Athlon X4s for the AM2+ motherboards will be out later. The X4s wil be compatible with existing AM2 motherboards.
Good enough reason for me to stay with the AMD. After coming from a Athlon XP 2000+, I think I'll be plenty happy no matter what I get. And I want one of those AMD Quad Cores. :D  And if performance becomes an issue, I'll overclock the X2 4200+.

I realize C2D's are quite good, but I wanna test what AMD comes out with next without buying a whole new system. This thing will fly either way compared to what I'm using now.
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