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[CPUs] Hardware noob question

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May 5, 2008 10:31:57 PM

Tom has $290 to spend and he can't decide between one of two options. Please help dumb dumb decide :) 

Brief overview of what I currently have:
Mainboard: Asus M2V-TVM
CPU: AMD Athlon 3500+

Yes I'm desperate. XD

Option 1:
AMD - Phenom X4 9500 // $280

Option 2:
One of the Intel Core 2 Duos sockected into a new mainboard for under or just above $290. ;) 

I'm purchasing from http://www.thediscshop.com.au/ I have no choice ><
You can view their products from the menu on the left hand side.

Hope someone can make a helpful suggestion as to where this 16 year old should take his money..

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May 5, 2008 10:39:34 PM

Neither is of any use without many more components. What did you have in mind, exactly?
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May 5, 2008 10:48:00 PM

Second Mondoman.

What are you planing to do with your machine?
I would be leaning towards the C2D setup, though.
The Phenoms are not bad but very under powered compared to much of Intel's offerings.
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May 5, 2008 11:06:26 PM

Can you put a Quad on Asus M2V-TVM?

You will need MB with both choices.
May 6, 2008 12:01:21 AM

depending on the apps

if your encoding or photoshop get a quad

otherwise get a minimum of 2.8ghz dual core - weather you clock a 2.4 to 2.8

or buy a 2.8ghz chip if you can not oc

May 6, 2008 3:50:51 AM

outlw6669 said:
Second Mondoman.

What are you planing to do with your machine?
I would be leaning towards the C2D setup, though.
The Phenoms are not bad but very under powered compared to much of Intel's offerings.


Games, rendering/encoding - everyday brings something new to my interest!

chookman said:
If you are only doing number crunching then either would be a great upgrade, however, if you are gaming you wont notice diddly difference as most games are GPU dependant.

By the way that mobo doesnt support AMD quads
http://support.asus.com/cpusupport/cpusupport.aspx?SLanguage=en-us


Hot damn.. didn't know that was even there hehehe

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Ok, well I guess my mobo is ready for a replacement.. I'm still using a 7300 GS sooooo.. hmm. Perhaps I spend $230 on an X2 6000 then save the rest for a decent mainboard that won't go ut of style too quickly and go from there.

Money doesn't flow through my bank account like water.. Kinda like sand
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May 6, 2008 4:03:54 AM

Im still thinking an Intel dual is a better all-rounder than an AMD quad.

#2 for the win!
May 6, 2008 4:06:17 AM

mrmez said:
Im still thinking an Intel dual is a better all-rounder than an AMD quad.

#2 for the win!


Lol, can't affrod the quad anymore, PAY ATTENTION or you can go to the principle
May 6, 2008 4:14:29 AM

tomacco0 said:
...PAY ATTENTION or you can go to the principle

The principal will be more interested in your spelling...

May 6, 2008 4:17:45 AM

Mondoman said:
The principal will be more interested in your spelling...


Sorry Mr. Monoman, it won't happen again :( 
May 6, 2008 4:50:39 AM

tomacco0 said:
Sorry Mr. Monoman, it won't happen again :( 



Just mis-spelt the your name thats detention
May 6, 2008 4:57:45 AM

chookman said:
Just mis-spelt the your name thats detention


As much as I'd like to have a sentence structure war right now, let us try to stay on topic, hmm? :) 
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May 6, 2008 7:42:18 AM

What graphics card do you have?
For 270 it's probably worth getting a relatively cheap P35 mobo and a core2 CPU.
May 6, 2008 7:51:37 AM

tomacco0 said:
I'm still using a 7300 GS sooooo.. hmm.


$290 Australian to spend >.<

I wouldn't mind an Intel CPU.. It would increase my chances of OSx86. I didn't just say that...
May 6, 2008 7:59:22 AM

hehehe Brisbane and sure, done and done.
May 6, 2008 8:15:37 AM

It really can't make its mind up lol
May 6, 2008 8:32:28 AM

Why is that? :) 
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