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New build. What should I go with?

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May 3, 2008 2:48:41 AM

intel dual core wolf or a quad?

I am coming from a 3 year-old AMD 3500+ 2.3Ghz 939 on an Asus A8n 32 SLI Deluxe with 2 MSI 6600GT's and 2(512mb) Kingston pc3200 and 2(512mb) corsair value pc3200

I'm not a big gamer, but I do like to COD4 and BF2. I use DVDShrink, and dual boot ubuntu and xp pro32.

I want to spend around $200 on a cpu and about 100-150 on a mb. (on a budget) I'll probably use an EVGA E-geforce 8400GS.


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May 3, 2008 3:22:04 AM

E8400 or Q6600?

I would go for the Q6600
May 3, 2008 4:18:32 AM

You should fish an extra $40 out of your couch and get a Q6700.
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May 3, 2008 5:07:06 AM

I'd say Q6600, price/performance.

But if you want to really OC hard, then the Q6700 would give you the edge on a good MB.

E8400 can hold it's ground though... so in a sense, it really doesn't matter on all the choices until you have apps/games that take advantage of all the cores.

And then again, this has been asked over and over and over and over...

May 3, 2008 5:14:48 AM

Your 6600GT's would perform better than a 8400gs.

As such, get a SLi motherboard. Asus P5N-D
May 3, 2008 7:45:41 AM

if your not a gamer go with quad