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AMD or Intel on a budget

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January 21, 2009 2:32:58 AM

Ok,
I thought I had to go AMD for price so I purchased:

AMD Athlon 64 X2 7750 2.7GHz Socket AM2+ 95W Dual-Core black edition

Foxconn A7GM-S AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Now I am getting a lot of feedback that I should have stuck with Intel for my new build. So who can come up with a better Intel CPU & Mobo at around $150? E5200 with mobo? Would it be worth it to send the AMD back? Would I need a cooler for whatever you can come up with or is stock ok?

Which would be better upgradable?

Am adding it to:

Crucial 2GB DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Desktop Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E168201...

Western Digital WD 3200AAKS Caviar SE16 320GB SATA II 7200 Rpm 16MB Cache SATA Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E168221...

Group Blue Storm II 500W ATX 2.2 SLI Ready Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E168171...

GPU: Radeon X1950PRO 256MB PCIe GDDR3

I already have purchased these other components and got many at better prices than NewEgg so not inclined to change them, except maybe add memory.

This will be a XP system with only occasional WoW gaming ect.

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January 21, 2009 2:39:49 AM


For what you want to do the hardware you have should be just fine.
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January 21, 2009 2:45:39 AM

Get faster ram. AMD systems suffer with slower ram as intels do not. You should get at least DDR2 800 since its cheap. There really isnt a reason to go with DDR667 on a AMD build.
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January 21, 2009 6:39:46 AM

+1 on the RAM, and possibly a newer GPU, the lower end current gen AMD/ATI cards are fantastic value.
January 21, 2009 8:20:08 AM

naa stick to 800 RAM, best price point.
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January 21, 2009 9:01:23 AM

Hmm...

How do memory multis work on HT?

Obviously you can't go for the 1:1 ratio like an intel FSB system,what's the most efficient way to do it?
January 21, 2009 9:16:02 AM

Ill send you some memory for $20.
It might look like an over-ripe banana wrapped in a bit of selotape but i can assure you that it will run as well as the competition


Cant beat quality :D 
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January 21, 2009 9:35:53 AM

Epic fail!
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