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E6300 or E6400 or one of the AMD x2 's???

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December 26, 2006 4:07:07 PM

Well the topic title says it and i know you'v been asked this many times....but there are way too many topics to scroll through.

Which of those will be best for my use


use: gaming (FEAR, UT2k7 when it comes out, oblivion..etc), General purpose (university work, word processing, excel, powerpoint..etc), Light video editing, and a lot of photoshop stuff.

I can afford upto a max of around £140. So E6400 is basically the costliest in the list. However for me will it be worth the extra £30 as compared with the E6300, or one of the cheaper X2's like the X2 4200??

Keeping in mind that I dont plan to overclock anything yet and I dont want to be buying another processor in a years time. Just want to plug it in and use it for as long as i can make it last (2-3 years if possible).

thanx :) 

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December 26, 2006 4:40:31 PM

The E6300 is better than the X2 4200+ for gaming, audio/video encoding, video editinig and photoshop.
Don't be afraid to OC it, C2D has a lot of OC headroom.
December 26, 2006 4:50:36 PM

The real question is what type of videocard do you plan on using on UT2007? It's going to want a pretty beefy GPU for all the eye candy.
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December 26, 2006 4:56:09 PM

Well i have a ATI X1950 pro. Im not too bothered about allllll the eye candy...just enough for the game to be fun and good looking :)  I'm also not into major high res gaming either...i like my 1024X768 res and wanna keep it at that.

I have about £200 to spend on a processor and mobo.

I already have 2gigs of DDR400 ram, so I dont want to change it, and my Card is AGP, sooooooo I need a mobo that accepts DDR400 and AGP along with the CPU.

Im not too bothered about the AGP though, cause i can always sell the agp version and get a pci-e card.
December 26, 2006 4:56:31 PM

Your use profile is virtually identical to mine, except I'm very light on the gaming. And I wouldn't even remotely consider the AMD chip if I was buying today. As for the GPU, I'm holding out for at least first revision (and first pricedrop) on DX10s.
December 26, 2006 4:58:16 PM

I bought the X1950 pro cause i needed a card to last me a year or so till the dx10 cards got cheaper :roll: :lol: 
December 26, 2006 5:03:59 PM

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I bought the X1950 pro cause i needed a card to last me a year or so till the dx10 cards got cheaper :roll: :lol: 


Good choice! DX10 is gonna be fun!!! As for motherboard, it's gonna make a difference if you need four RAM slots or two. If your 2GB DDR400 is in 512MBs and you're looking for an AGP slot budget board I think you're gonna find it fairly tight. A fair number of AGP motherboards went the way of the baiji.
December 26, 2006 5:08:30 PM

Iv got 2 sticks of 1Gb ram, so i only really need 2 slots..

because i wasnt plannin on overclocking I was looking at the asrock mobo 775dual vsta or something.
December 26, 2006 5:14:32 PM

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Iv got 2 sticks of 1Gb ram, so i only really need 2 slots..

because i wasnt plannin on overclocking I was looking at the asrock mobo 775dual vsta or something.


There was another thread talking about the Abit SG80. That's a non OC'ing AGP motherboard that might do the trick for ya and it should be dirtcheap if you shop around.
December 26, 2006 9:18:18 PM

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There was another thread talking about the Abit SG80. That's a non OC'ing AGP motherboard that might do the trick for ya and it should be dirtcheap if you shop around.


but that doesnt support c2d...or does it??
December 26, 2006 10:09:10 PM

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Iv got 2 sticks of 1Gb ram, so i only really need 2 slots..

because i wasnt plannin on overclocking I was looking at the asrock mobo 775dual vsta or something.


Yeah, the Asrock 775 DualVSTA looks like your best bet. E6300 or E6400 is a toss of a coin really, is 30 odd pounds worth 10% better performance?
December 27, 2006 4:26:22 AM

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There was another thread talking about the Abit SG80. That's a non OC'ing AGP motherboard that might do the trick for ya and it should be dirtcheap if you shop around.


but that doesnt support c2d...or does it??

Yup. According to the other thread (that I have been trying feverishly to find again but can't because I'm an addled old fart) it will support any C2D on the market.
December 27, 2006 10:52:20 AM

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There was another thread talking about the Abit SG80. That's a non OC'ing AGP motherboard that might do the trick for ya and it should be dirtcheap if you shop around.


but that doesnt support c2d...or does it??

Yup. According to the other thread (that I have been trying feverishly to find again but can't because I'm an addled old fart) it will support any C2D on the market.

k thanx. im still gonna go for the asrock one cause it does give me some options of future upgrade like DDR2 and PCI-e (even if it is at 4x)
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