Im a student wanting to build a pc for myself and im tossing up between a core2 e4300 and a pentium d 945 because i can get them around the same price in NZ. From what ive read im thinking the e4300 but i may be wrong?
By "cheap student" on your topic you mean yourself?
improve your grades first then you cheap student!... then build yourself a PC!
Your topic should more be like: Cheap PC for student on a budget, and not cheap student!
3600+ is kinda low how high can you over clock with that chip - i usually use the 4200+ or 4600+ with better mobos.
those low end boards let you clock 2.6ghz? or 2.8ghz? anyone know?
A lot of people have done 3GHz on that Biostar Tforce 550 mobo Newegg is comboing with the OEM 3600+ X2 Brisbane... on air. As someone else said earlier in the thread, you can get 2.8 without even bumping voltage. It's one of the better OCing processors and definitely the one I'd go for on a budget. E4300 doesn't offer a very good price/performance ratio on a budget. I wouldn't go Core 2 unless I could afford 6300 or better.