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Non-OC'd CPU for gaming at under $150?

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January 31, 2009 8:38:42 PM

I'm looking for the best Intel CPU that I can get for under $150 that won't require overclocking and is good for gaming? Here are the other components I'm buying for the build:

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard

Kingston 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model KVR800D2N6K2/4G

PC Power & Cooling Silencer PPCS500 500W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

SAPPHIRE 100245L Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Car

RAIDMAX SMILODON Extreme Black ATX-612WEB 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB Computer Case

I'd like to order this stuff tonight if I get a good suggestion for a CPU.


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January 31, 2009 9:02:20 PM

Thats easy! Intel E8400 $149 at micro center on sale right now. grab one! Save ~$40 over NewEgg who shipped my RAM loosely packed with a 750w PSU what idiots.
January 31, 2009 9:09:48 PM

Great price, but it's for "in-store pickup only"
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January 31, 2009 9:50:30 PM

dirty rats! ...sorry, i went there to get mine ....didnt know. I didnt know that there was one less than 1 hour from me! very cool. hog heaven. I dont work for them - just give them my hard-earned money lol

oh, I know - see if someone else will match their price!!!
January 31, 2009 9:53:40 PM

But id advise sqeezing out some more funds from somewhere and getting the E8400

Also I noticed the case you picked out. I used to own that case, you might want to look for something else. Yes the fold down motherboard tray was nice, but it was worthless if you were installing a tall aftermarket CPU cooler, it hits the top when folding it back up.
January 31, 2009 10:09:41 PM

Yeah, it's really not that much more money. I think I'll go for it.

Thanks guys.
January 31, 2009 10:12:20 PM

You can probably find an E8400 for $150 before shipping. It's definitely worth the extra $15. It's in a totally different class then the E7500.
January 31, 2009 10:41:46 PM

Hmmm.... maybe I should swap out the E4500 in my own PC too. Think I'd notice much difference?
February 1, 2009 1:37:40 AM

Between an E8400 and an E4500, you may notice a small difference. Although, it probably not worth the money. I'd keep the E4500 until you go to quad core. If you wanna spend $500+, you could go with PsycgiSaysDIe's advice.
February 1, 2009 2:33:30 AM

I have my E4500 bumped up about 25% too.
February 1, 2009 3:18:52 AM

a b à CPUs
February 3, 2009 4:59:35 AM

Well going from your processor, the upgrade certainly isn't worth it.
February 3, 2009 7:28:42 AM

Have a fry's near by? Core I7 920 for 229

I vote for a Nvidia 295 and 12GB RAM. Overclock your mouse while you are at it. :pfff: 
February 3, 2009 10:35:46 AM

This is actually for a new build for my son.