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May 4, 2008 8:52:41 PM

I have this motherboard, which only has AGP: Biostar P4M800 Pro-M6. It says it has a LGA775 socket. What's the best processor I can get for it? I can't pay more than $200. I need something that won't bottleneck a Radeon HD 3850.

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May 4, 2008 9:00:43 PM

On Biostar's website it says the C2D 6400 is the maximum the board will support.

If it could handle the 45mn wolfdales i'd say get a 7200. Roadrunners had some great overclocks with it :) .
May 4, 2008 9:06:44 PM

would any of those 2 bottleneck the 3850? that's my main worry here.
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May 4, 2008 9:10:58 PM

They shouldn't. however even my E8400 bottlenecks my gfx cards slightly. Everytime i go for a higher overclock i get that bit more out of it. But, to be honest the E6400 @ 2.13 shouldn't bottleneck it.

BTW what cpu do you have atm?
May 4, 2008 9:15:10 PM

A intel pentium 4 631 3000Mhz (15 x 200), dual core. I haven't bought the 3850 yet but I get the feeling my current processor won't be enough.
May 4, 2008 9:36:30 PM

you see the problem is that I don't have more than $400 to spend. Unless you can add a decent card and power unit to the list without going over that. I'd love to build a modern computer from scratch but I can't find a combo that costs less. I can re use my 1GB DDR2 RAM, 80GB hard drive and CD drive.
May 4, 2008 9:49:41 PM

Sorted.....

CPU.... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Gfx... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total= $359.96 with a $55 mail in rebate :)  = $304.96 total

or if you wanted remove the 256 GT and get a superclocked 512 instead:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

New total $409.96 with $55 dollar rebate = $354.96 :D 
May 4, 2008 10:02:36 PM

woah.. that's awesome. thanks a lot.
May 4, 2008 10:07:50 PM

no probs nothing i like more than to eat sweet 'n sour pork balls while looking at hardware :D .
May 4, 2008 10:15:29 PM

wait a min is there a difference between the power unit in your list and my current one? It's a Soltech Atx Switch 450w. If no I could just keep it and use the money to go with the superclocked card on your list.
May 4, 2008 10:30:38 PM

I'm unsure on that brand name so don't know how well it'll hold out against a 512Mb 9600GT superclocked. If it's older than two years i'd definitely say get a new one. The Antec Earthwatts is a high quality PSU so i can be happy saying it'll handle it.

Maybe another member has heard of the Soltech PSU's. I'm in the UK so we get different brand names etc... gets a little confusing sometimes :( .
May 4, 2008 10:41:33 PM

no problem i'll check back tomorrow. bye
May 4, 2008 10:45:14 PM

righto most likely someone else will have added an input by then so your be in for a nippy new rig anyhow :) .
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May 4, 2008 11:57:25 PM

closed_deal said:
Sorted.....

CPU.... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Gfx... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total= $359.96 with a $55 mail in rebate :)  = $304.96 total

or if you wanted remove the 256 GT and get a superclocked 512 instead:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

New total $409.96 with $55 dollar rebate = $354.96 :D 

Well done. +1
May 5, 2008 1:48:14 AM

Well done. +2

Only other recommendation is the OCZ StealthExtreme 600 watt powersupply. To me it is a no brainer, $15 more after rebate. Stellar reviews. Solid base.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/451/10
http://www.overclock3d.net/reviews.php?/power_supply/oc...

I have pretty much the same system, and really couldn't be happier. Get that '2180 up to 3.2 GHz, and you will be flying! In fact, if doing it over again, I would have gone with the 9600GT.

Good luck!
May 5, 2008 1:56:33 AM

...P.S...

You could even go cheaper with another 9600.

Closed_deal's recommended BFG is certainly a solid unit. But there are some other solid brands on the 'Egg such as ASUS and EVGA that are ~$20 less.

With gear like the 2180 and todays graphics cards, it is a great time to upgrade!
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