Intel Q9400 or AMD 920?

My wife's laptop died on her few days back and I'm planning to build her a new desktop. I have some spare parts for the new build but only thing is missing is the CPU/MB. I have 4gigs pc2 6400, 2xWD250gb hdd, antec 300 case,pc p&c 500w psu and nvidia 8800gt...

Which CPU/MB combo should I get?

Intel Q9400/P45 or AMD 920/790GX ?

I will be buying these at a local shop.
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  1. Actually 775 socket won't be dead for another 2 years from what I've read lately. Intel won't EOL the last Yorkfield until 2011 I believe. And you can get a 9400 with an Asus mobo for $229 + $49 on Newegg :).
  2. I believe that the PII would perform better than the 9400. Also if you get an AM3 ready Mobo you can upgrade to AM3 cpu's later on. Get the 940. You wont be disappointed.

    P.S 940 or Q9550. Depends on your budget.
  3. If you live near Fry's, they have the q9400 with motherboard for $239 this week. If funds are tight, forget the core i7. You're looking at $500 minimum for the board, cpu, and memory.
  4. If i go with the Intel Q9400, I will be buying them from Micro Center... AMD 920, I will buy it from Newegg.


    Intel Q9400 with Biostar TPower I45 = $340 (including tax) @ Micro Center

    AMD 920 with GIGABYTE GA-MA790GP-DS4H = $325 (including tax and shipping) @ Newegg


    Out of those two processor, which give me most bang for the bucks?

    Also, I have xigmatek s1283 lying around in my room from my old Q6600 system i destroyed.
  5. o1die said:
    If you live near Fry's, they have the q9400 with motherboard for $239 this week. If funds are tight, forget the core i7. You're looking at $500 minimum for the board, cpu, and memory.



    combo deal @ Fry's is with G31 motherboard, which i don't want. I want to get a quality board for my wife.
  6. I can vouch that the 920 is a great bang for the buck and regardless of not having an unlocked multiplier I was able to bump it up to 3.5 right out of the box stable on a biostar TA790GX but am now running at 3.36 because I wanted to keep the voltages at stock....for now atleast. In the end it is up to you but I can say that you will not be dissapointed if you go for the 920. I forgot to mention this is all on the stock heatsink, idle at 28, load at 50.
  7. I like the Q9400 myself- running one now at 3.4GHz with a Xigmatek S1283.
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