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Help me decide between these two processor/mobo combos

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March 4, 2007 9:03:14 PM

I'm building a new system, and I'm left with two possible options in terms of motherboard and processor (sadly, I can't choose much else, due to needing the price discount from a package deal).

Processor: Intel Conroe E6300 (1.86 Ghz)
Motherboard: 'Asrock Conroe Intel Chipset' <- ?? (Site lists Asrock 775Dual-VSTA, I think it's this one)

vs.

Processor: AMD X2 Dual Core 4200+
Motherboard: Asus M2N-E/Nforce 570

The rest of the build comprises: 2 GB of RAM (533 MHz :(  ), an 8800 GTS, pretty much interchangeable HDs, everything else is identical, and Vista.

Given these two options, which should I choose? The main issue is that I cannot replace or upgrade the processor without losing the package discount, so I have to choose one or the other.

I understand games don't stress the processor as much nowadays, but it shouldn't become a bottleneck either...

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March 4, 2007 9:31:48 PM

Processor: Intel Conroe E6300 (1.86 Ghz)
Motherboard: 'Asrock Conroe Intel Chipset' <- ?? (Site lists Asrock 775Dual-VSTA, I think it's this one)

it would have been helpful to see the price on the combos
March 6, 2007 5:29:08 PM

go with the conroe, save yourself a little cash and get a 7900gs instead of the 8x series and spend the savings on ddr2-800
March 6, 2007 5:41:26 PM

Are they the same price? If so, the Conroe is better. But there wouldn't be a whole lot of difference.

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save yourself a little cash and get a 7900gs instead of the 8x series and spend the savings on ddr2-800


Don't spend more on DDR2-800 for the Conroe, at stock speeds there is no difference between 800 and 533, and the 775Dual-VSTA is a shabby overclocker. Even DDR2 667 is faster than you'll ever get the 775Dual-VSTA to go.
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