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August 3, 2009 2:24:11 PM

well im buying a computer (my parents wont let me build one) from IBUYOPWER.COM im not sure if i should go E7400 or Q8200?

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August 3, 2009 2:28:23 PM

Personally, I would get the quad. More future proof as programs begin utilizing all cores.
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August 3, 2009 2:35:59 PM

If you want this for games, E7400 is the one to buy.
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August 3, 2009 2:42:20 PM

Because Q8200 is pretty slow for games and you don't have too much room for OC. Where E7400 is faster and you can OC much better.
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August 3, 2009 2:43:47 PM

Most games do not currently use more than 2 cores, so a dual core w/ higher clock speed can beat a quad core w/ lower clock speed. Again though, this will change in the future as soon as software catches up. If you plan on using this computer for a few years w/o upgrading the cpu any time soon, get the quad.
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August 3, 2009 2:45:19 PM

hefox said:
Because Q8200 is pretty slow for games and you don't have too much room for OC. Where E7400 is faster and you can OC much better.

If his parents won't let him build a computer, I doubt they will let him overclock one. Older folks think overclocking is evil..... lol
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August 3, 2009 2:47:21 PM

I would go for the E7400 because its higher clocked than the quad and it will run all the latest games with ease (plus it would overclock fairly well). However if you are thinking ahead to the future maybe the quad is the better option, who knows.

Bottom line though - I wouldn't invest too much into a socket 775 system anyway, theres no upgrade possibilites and you will be annoyed a year down the road I bet you when you wan't to upgrade your cpu and you can't. If that site has any am3 systems, grab one, as it will allow upgrades for atleast the next 3 years no doubt.
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August 3, 2009 2:47:43 PM

could you list the parts you're using? it wouldn't be a good idea to have something like a HAF932, a 1200w PSU and a GTX 295 with an E7400 or Q8200.
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August 3, 2009 2:50:39 PM

I don't think he will be able to upgrade in 2 year from now because it will be very hard to find a core 2 quad. So he should buy now a good quad to be sure that 3-4 year he will play games without problems (from the CPU point of view).
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August 3, 2009 2:51:46 PM

i am getting 450 watt psu 9400gt gpu 4gb ddr2 and also my parents dont care about over clocking :]
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August 3, 2009 2:54:14 PM

umm all it says is 450 Watt -- Standard Power Supply
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August 3, 2009 2:57:09 PM

If you are buying this pc for games, that is definitely not the right videocard to buy.
PSU...if is the standard one...no way.
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August 3, 2009 3:00:21 PM

well i have to keep it unger 600$ and that config is at 507 so any sugesstions for psu and gpu
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August 3, 2009 3:01:47 PM

im not going to be hardcoregaming too just a couple a hours a day and only cod5 if that helps
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August 3, 2009 3:02:43 PM

Corsair is the first cheapest PSU.
For videocard, try 4870 or 260 GTX.
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August 3, 2009 3:05:33 PM

well i would be at 725 unfourtantly 125 over my budget
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August 3, 2009 3:07:30 PM

the best i can do within my budget is a 9600gt gpu and a 600 watt psu
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August 3, 2009 3:08:04 PM

drop the 9400GT for an 8400GS or whatever the cheapest GPU is and then buy a 4870 from newegg and make sure your PSU is the 450w corsair.
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August 3, 2009 3:08:54 PM

Tell your parents that you can't buy a decent pc with this money. Maybe they will increase your budget.
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August 3, 2009 3:10:03 PM

well im probably going to buy a vid card and psu from newegg afterwards
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August 3, 2009 3:11:39 PM

ok i think my buget is about 700 thats is high as i can go
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August 3, 2009 3:14:05 PM

how about an e8400 with corsair 650 watt psu and a gts 250 1gb gpu
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August 3, 2009 3:18:01 PM

You don't have too many options on Ibuypower plus is pretty expensive.
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August 3, 2009 3:18:51 PM

Sounds ok but that motherboard.....
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August 3, 2009 3:24:12 PM

what im going to do is get an e8400, corsair 650 watt psu, and a 9600 gt for now and get a gtx 260 for my b-day present
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August 3, 2009 3:32:26 PM

I know...not so good.
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August 3, 2009 3:34:10 PM

i can buy a mobo off of newegg and get a vid card with it too
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August 3, 2009 3:37:36 PM

Then why don't you buy everything from newegg? It's cheaper and better.
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August 3, 2009 3:39:20 PM

i cant build it myself my limits are pretty much gpu and mobo to replace
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August 3, 2009 3:49:56 PM

Why exactly will they not just let you build it? Considering it would be cheaper...
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August 3, 2009 3:52:39 PM

because they dont think im smart enough (my average is a 95) and dont want me to mess it up
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August 3, 2009 3:55:48 PM

Then you should ask your father to help you. All the components have manual and it's playing with lego. :)  This way, you and him will learn new things and I am sure you will like it.
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August 3, 2009 3:58:09 PM

ok ill ask him that when he gets home from work
so what will i need besides a case cpu gpu psu and mobo
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August 3, 2009 4:03:08 PM

ram memory, hdd, mouse, keyboard and optical driver. And ,of course, monitor if you don't have one.
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August 3, 2009 4:06:42 PM

i7 if you can afford it, and then get a 5870 for your b'day.
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August 3, 2009 4:29:42 PM

http://www.compusa.com/applications/SearchTools/item-de...
This is a great deal for a prebuilt system...you can add another 4850 later if you want more graphics power. (just be warned, the bottom card becomes the primary on these MBs). Slightly over your budget, but leaps and bounds better than the $600 system you looked at.
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August 3, 2009 4:37:45 PM

^ +1
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August 3, 2009 5:17:20 PM

If you build it, it will game.

Anyway if you're gonna stick to ibuypower then yeah going with the 9600GT and an E7400 would be best. On a budget like that though I would rather build it and on the Intel side go with an E5200 and OC it, or on the AMD side go with an Athlon II and overclock it. Anyway you may want to check out the AMD build from ibuypower as it starts off lower and you can get a 4850 1GB in there.
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August 3, 2009 5:49:54 PM

belial2k said:
http://www.compusa.com/applications/SearchTools/item-de...
This is a great deal for a prebuilt system...you can add another 4850 later if you want more graphics power. (just be warned, the bottom card becomes the primary on these MBs). Slightly over your budget, but leaps and bounds better than the $600 system you looked at.

Sounds good but the only problem is the warranty.Only 3 months and you have to pay extra for 1 or 2 years.
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August 3, 2009 6:02:33 PM

Well, technically yes....but if there is a problem it should show within 3 months, and compusa/tigerdirect has a great 100% refund policy (including shipping). The ibuypower warranty will make you pay shipping, and will void the warranty if you make any changes or overclock. Most things that are likely to go wrong in a one to two year period (assuming you start with good hardware) are fairly easy to fix and relatively inexpensive. Most common failures are power supplies, ram, and hard drives...all are less than $100. Rarely will motherboards, cpu, or gpu fail after two or three years of use.
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August 3, 2009 6:31:37 PM

pjdabeastatcod5...If you can do it yourself, I suggest you should do it. This will teach you many things and I'm sure you will love it.
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August 5, 2009 1:35:42 PM

If you and your dad have questions, I am sure we will be able to help you.
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