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February 12, 2007 10:53:41 PM

It has been quite a few years since I've built or even purchased a new machine and I'm at a point where its about time I did so. I'm basically thinking about building an AMD based machine with an Athlon 64 X2 cpu and SLI motherboard. Since its been a while I have not been "in the loop" and I'm not sure weather this is a waist of my time or not. Could someone give me some input?

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February 12, 2007 11:00:19 PM

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It has been quite a few years since I've built or even purchased a new machine and I'm at a point where its about time I did so. I'm basically thinking about building an AMD based machine with an Athlon 64 X2 cpu and SLI motherboard. Since its been a while I have not been "in the loop" and I'm not sure weather this is a waist of my time or not. Could someone give me some input?



It's not a waste of time but you will be told to get Core 2. Not by me though.
February 12, 2007 11:19:23 PM

Yah c2d kicks ass, but the AMD cpu prices dropped a few days ago so now the price /performance is about the same. How much do you want to spend?
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February 12, 2007 11:23:49 PM

I don't want to spend more than around 350 for a CPU
February 13, 2007 1:14:27 AM

Amd has dropped prices, which should put the X2 6000 under $400 and maybe not much over $350. and if this is not the case he can get the X2 5600.
February 13, 2007 1:31:44 AM

Jack he's not buying computer parts in April he's buying them now. For a lower budget system an Amd x2 like the 3800+ or 3600+ are great buys (especially the 65nm x2). If you have more money go with a Core 2 Duo. The reason I stay with AMD is because I have parts from them now that I love and parts from Intel that costed me a lot of money and are just junk. I realize it's the previous generation, I don't care. I'll stay with AMD and wait for my K10 in Q3.
February 13, 2007 1:53:19 AM

I'm in the same boat, and I have been struggling with the issue to wait till april for this price cut. I know it's hard to say, but how large of a price cut should I expect on the the Intel chips?
February 13, 2007 2:24:47 AM

OK guys I appreciate all the feedback. After looking at benchmark comparisons and considering the money aspect I decided to go with the E6600. Even though I have had great experiences in the past with AMD I think I'll be happy I went with Intel in the future. So now thats out of the way I need some suggestions on Motherboards. Pref ably something that leaves a lot of room for upgrades. I'm willing to throw down the cash for this one.
February 13, 2007 2:29:08 AM

He doesn't have to wait till april http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,1697,2093948,00.a...

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Jack he's not buying computer parts in April he's buying them now. For a lower budget system an Amd x2 like the 3800+ or 3600+ are great buys (especially the 65nm x2). If you have more money go with a Core 2 Duo. The reason I stay with AMD is because I have parts from them now that I love and parts from Intel that costed me a lot of money and are just junk. I realize it's the previous generation, I don't care. I'll stay with AMD and wait for my K10 in Q3.
February 13, 2007 2:35:17 AM

I orderd my E6600 with the asus commando mobo. But if you want a future proof mobo you might want to get a nvidia 680 mobo since it supports 1333fsb.
February 13, 2007 2:53:44 AM

I myself prefer Asus but that evga is a good board.

Here is the asus 680I
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

I like the fact that is has a separate sound card. This gives a better sound compared to the normal onboard. and if you use a other sound card there is less crap to cludder up the inside of your system. (that;s how I look at it :lol:  )
February 13, 2007 3:07:47 AM

Nice! I like it. I've used ASUS in the past and would defiantly feel safer with that board. Looks like its time to buy!
February 13, 2007 3:38:26 AM

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Jack he's not buying computer parts in April he's buying them now. For a lower budget system an Amd x2 like the 3800+ or 3600+ are great buys (especially the 65nm x2). If you have more money go with a Core 2 Duo. The reason I stay with AMD is because I have parts from them now that I love and parts from Intel that costed me a lot of money and are just junk. I realize it's the previous generation, I don't care. I'll stay with AMD and wait for my K10 in Q3.


Yeah but if the guy is willing to spend approx $350 for a CPU it's stupid to buy anything other than a C2D. $350 will get him a E6600 which decimates anything AMD offers at the same price point. Plus he can overclock the hell out of it if he wants. Can't do that w/ an AMD chip.

I agree... the X2 3800+ is an excellent value... for those who don't want to spend more than $120 on a CPU.

Just my two cents.
February 13, 2007 3:43:17 AM

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Jack he's not buying computer parts in April he's buying them now. For a lower budget system an Amd x2 like the 3800+ or 3600+ are great buys (especially the 65nm x2). If you have more money go with a Core 2 Duo. The reason I stay with AMD is because I have parts from them now that I love and parts from Intel that costed me a lot of money and are just junk. I realize it's the previous generation, I don't care. I'll stay with AMD and wait for my K10 in Q3.


Yeah but if the guy is willing to spend approx $350 for a CPU it's stupid to buy anything other than a C2D. $350 will get him a E6600 which decimates anything AMD offers at the same price point. Plus he can overclock the hell out of it if he wants. Can't do that w/ an AMD chip.

I agree... the X2 3800+ is an excellent value... for those who don't want to spend more than $120 on a CPU.

Just my two cents.


Exactly why I decided to go with the Intel
February 13, 2007 4:01:02 AM

Thanks for all the input everyone. It defiantly helped along side my own research. I'm going to go ahead with purchasing the C2D E6600 with the ASUS 680 SLI. I'll let you know how it turns out
February 13, 2007 4:11:28 AM

Newegg had the X2 6000 like 2 weeks ago, can't remember the price but it was high.
February 16, 2007 11:51:15 AM

OK so I've finally made the big move and purchased my first batch of items that looks like this:

Asus P5N32-E SLI
Intel C2D E6600
Hiper Type R 530W PSU
Antec Nine Hundred ATX Case

I plan I running a 8800 GTS on here also but my next question is what should I put in this for RAM. I have read a lot about Latency and I really don't understand how it pertains to my system. I'm going to put in 2GB whenever I decide what kind to put in. Could anyone give me a hand here?
February 16, 2007 11:15:14 PM

BUMP
February 17, 2007 2:35:03 AM

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