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March 12, 2009 8:56:11 PM

Hey all

I have been out of the latest technology loop for awhile now...but it is about that time again. I'm looking to build a new rig and would like to get people's advice. I'm basically looking to build an inexpensive computer, but I want the most bang for the buck.

So as for as CPU goes, I'm thinking a Core2Duo (not sure which one, there is a dizzying amount of them) and the LGA775 platform I suppose...

Now I have a few questions:

-Should I consider AMD? If so, which models?
-What is the fastest memory technology out now, and...what is the best option if i'm going for cheap performance?

any help would be appreciated



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March 12, 2009 9:15:48 PM

DUAL core AMD, as close to 3ghz and a motherboard that will except quads. Buy a cheap/fast dual core with DDR2 now, and you can just upgrade to a quad once AMD gets decent ones out there... that's my plan anyways... :p 
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March 12, 2009 9:24:35 PM

get a x3 720be and a cheap 790gx mobo with 4gb of ddr2 and a descent gpu like 4870 or 4850 and ull be amazed by the performance at a very low cost!
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March 12, 2009 9:27:04 PM

depand on your Budget milord !


INTEL : E5200+P5Q with a decent cooling can reach 3.6-3.8 ghz without that much Vcore. This way you can spend more money on GPU.

AMD : doormatderek is right. go for a cheap Dual and OC to near 3.0. this one more time let you more money to put on GPU.

Best choice.

INTEL : E8400+P5Q with good cooling and your good to reach over 4.0ghz ! paired with an HD4870 or better your damn good to go !

AMD : Phenom II X4 940 one more time with decent cooling. same plan for this one about the gpu ....


I7, nice cooling, GTX285 ! (SLI is better ;)  )

Q9650 or Q9550, nice cooling, GTX285 (SLI is better ;)  )

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March 12, 2009 9:38:38 PM


Either an Intel E5200 with a decent board or an Intel E8000 series. The Q8200 seems like a good choice too, and if you have a high FSB board, it should easily get to well over 3 GHz.


The Phenom II x3 720 seems to be the way to go here for cheap. If you can afford the extra, the Phenom II 920 is also a great choice.

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March 12, 2009 9:54:40 PM

Well for a decent and inexpensive build I would recommend AMD and I would start with this board that's good, cheap, and ready for AM3 140W CPUs

ASRock A780FullHD $56.99

Then go with something like a 7750 BE, 4GB of DDR2 800, Decent quality 450-600W PSU, a Radeon 4850/4830 and you can build a pretty decent system with an HD, Case, and DVD burner for around $400. Of course you also need to worry about an OS, keyboard, mouse, and whatnot. Anyway I think you should start off there and put in better components as your budget will allow.
March 13, 2009 6:28:25 AM

but the 720be will be better if he can unlock the 4th core!
March 13, 2009 4:41:07 PM

How much is your budget?
What is the intended use?
What components will you be buying, are you reusing any of your present components?