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HELP BUYING NEW CPU UNDER 200 dlls

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July 1, 2009 7:10:56 PM

I got...

amd x2 4000+ not overclocked and running under the original heatsink
gigabyte mobo that has pci express 8X
2 gigs DDR2 800 with heatsinks but I dont think they have very fast latency timings
HDD 350g
Integrated Sound and Lan
Geforce 9800gt
500 watts (2 rials 30 amps) I dont remember the brand but its a popular one

And its lagging badly at 1440x900 when I play Prototype, it goes up to 40 or 60 fps but its usually around 20 fps while running around the city (or less when war is happening all around).

I assume the problem is not my GFX card, but my CPU and pci express 8X port so I want to buy a new mobo and cpu, I just dont know what the best deal would be for around 200 to 250 dlls. Since this is just a momentary upgrade (I will build a new rig in december), I dunno if its even worth paying 250, basically I just want to stop bottlenecking my 9800gt cuz even tho its pretty much budget level now, I think it should have no problem running new games at 1440x900 maxed out at decent FPS.

Sooo... what should I buy, Ive heard quads arent really faster running games, I was thinking a CORE 2 DUO E7400 or one of those X3 Phenoms but I dunno if the third core will be any good. anyway what do u recommend.

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July 1, 2009 7:19:52 PM

I would go with a g31 board and q9550 (which microcenter was selling at $170 if they're not sold out; but it's in store only). You don't need a high end board. Just decide on 2 or 4 memory slots; for 4, any p45 board should work fine. Another possibility is the e8200 for $99.99, which can be ordered online from microcenter. Some folks are overclocking the new 250 amd rigor, which is only $87.
July 1, 2009 8:27:05 PM

o1die said:
I would go with a g31 board and q9550 (which microcenter was selling at $170 if they're not sold out; but it's in store only). You don't need a high end board. Just decide on 2 or 4 memory slots; for 4, any p45 board should work fine. Another possibility is the e8200 for $99.99, which can be ordered online from microcenter. Some folks are overclocking the new 250 amd rigor, which is only $87.


sounds sweet, thanks man, I c they have a Q9400 at 160, I will get that one
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July 1, 2009 9:55:51 PM

I have the ECS A780GM-A mobo and I am very happy with it. Good deal.
July 1, 2009 10:10:29 PM

Sergio43 Can your motherboard support core 2 duos? because it seems like you have a AMD athlon so it would only work for AMD processors
July 1, 2009 11:24:10 PM

nutz said:
Sergio43 Can your motherboard support core 2 duos? because it seems like you have a AMD athlon so it would only work for AMD processors


Oh no, but I was planning on getting a new motherboard, Im more of an AMD guy, I know how silly and fanboyish that sounds but, I dunno I guess Im just one of their happy customers. I just thought I could try an Intel CORE 2 this time since they are so popular, BUT! with this Deneb core+Mobo combo I think Im going amd once more.
July 1, 2009 11:25:17 PM

CooLWoLF said:
I have the ECS A780GM-A mobo and I am very happy with it. Good deal.


yeah it does look like a good deal
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July 2, 2009 12:13:29 AM

Sergio43 said:
AWESOME! this combo is just perfect!


If you are not quite ready to pull the trigger you may want to wait a few days and see if the Phenom 810 re-stocks. It's $129 with code EMCLTPL32 and is on that ECS 780G CPU support list. Lookee at this from Anand ---->>




It was on the Asus M4A78T-E AM3 790FX (which may make a nice holiday present to yourself :D  )


July 2, 2009 3:35:56 AM

Wisecracker said:
If you are not quite ready to pull the trigger you may want to wait a few days and see if the Phenom 810 re-stocks. It's $129 with code EMCLTPL32 and is on that ECS 780G CPU support list. Lookee at this from Anand ---->>

http://images.anandtech.com/reviews/cpu/amd/phenom2/asus790gx125x300c7cpuzS.jpg


It was on the Asus M4A78T-E AM3 790FX (which may make a nice holiday present to yourself :D  )


The combo offer is no more, so I guess Ill wait for the 810 to restock, Im just wondering if I could just buy an AM2+ CPU and plug onto my AM2 motherboard, my mobo is old tho, its got a geforce 6100 and I dont even know the wattage it supports. But if I didnt have to buy a new mobo, Id just buy spend the whole 200 dlls on a quad cuz as far as I know 8x pci express is only 10% slower than full 16x.
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July 2, 2009 2:10:02 PM

Sergio43 said:
The combo offer is no more, so I guess Ill wait for the 810 to restock, Im just wondering if I could just buy an AM2+ CPU and plug onto my AM2 motherboard, my mobo is old tho, its got a geforce 6100 and I dont even know the wattage it supports. But if I didnt have to buy a new mobo, Id just buy spend the whole 200 dlls on a quad cuz as far as I know 8x pci express is only 10% slower than full 16x.


The 810 restocked this morning --- and I got the last one at 9:12 am :D 

The 810 may work on your mobo - it's only 95w - and not be officially 'recognized'. The HT would be downgraded to 1000MHz, however. After the rebate on the ECS you would still come out to the 'good' over the original combo with the 940BE AM2+. If you are interested in the 810 check the web page as early as you can in the morning for the next few days.

Since the Phenom 810 is an AM3 microprocessor it would be a great place to start with your new build in December, and you could move your X2 4000+ over to the ECS 780G for a nice HTPC.
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