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August 26, 2009 2:14:02 AM

Hello,
My 50-year old ATI 9600xt finally decided to die on me last night for the first time since I bought it new long ago. Instead of getting another AGP video card and sticking with my P4 i want to go pci-e and get a dual-core. I already have the case, psu, hard drives, and optical drives that I can recycle into my new build. I've been checking out newegg and a few reviews/benchmarks and this is what I have come up with so far as having the best value for the price.

GIGABYTE GA-G31M-ES2L:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel E5200:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI HD 4670 / OCZ Blade series 2x2gb combo:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

I put this together with a price of $250 in mind and it came out right under that mark. What are some of your thought/opinions about these parts? I plan on overclocking the 5200. Is there a similar amd build or maybe a different nvidia card that you guys would recommend for a setup like this?

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August 26, 2009 2:18:06 AM

no g31. if u wanna overclock, get a P45 chipset board, or at least some good P35 board.
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August 26, 2009 4:42:44 AM

jimishtar said:
no g31. if u wanna overclock, get a P45 chipset board, or at least some good P35 board.

SHouldn't matter with the e5200. What MHz do you think this guy is shooting for? 5+ GHz??? at 333fsb an e5200 is running 4.16 GHz. You wanna go much faster than that?

Honestly, think before you type. geez. Some people and their kids, I tell ya.
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August 26, 2009 10:15:00 AM

joefriday said:
SHouldn't matter with the e5200. What MHz do you think this guy is shooting for? 5+ GHz??? at 333fsb an e5200 is running 4.16 GHz. You wanna go much faster than that?

Honestly, think before you type. geez. Some people and their kids, I tell ya.


thank u mr professor. since g31 is that good, i will immediately downgrade my mobo.
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August 26, 2009 11:44:55 AM

+1 for the 550/785 $153

Don't forget about ram either. $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This is nvidias equivalent to the 4670
9600 GSO $40 amir
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or you could get the AMD 240 (about the same as the E5200) and get a 9600GT for $70.

Since Intel has been binning the E53/5400s, the E5200 hasn't been OC as well. A recent E5200 is showing just over 3.1ghz at 1.38v on the gigabyte G31 over in the OC section by Massivepepper. While the E5200 is a great chip, it has passed the torch of best budget chip. For the money, the 550 is better.

August 26, 2009 1:40:32 PM

joefriday said:
SHouldn't matter with the e5200. What MHz do you think this guy is shooting for? 5+ GHz??? at 333fsb an e5200 is running 4.16 GHz. You wanna go much faster than that?

Honestly, think before you type. geez. Some people and their kids, I tell ya.


The ability to increase voltage in an detailed manor would be nice, not that 10% increment BS, unless you want to fry your processor.
August 26, 2009 6:36:32 PM

jimishtar said:
thank u mr professor. since g31 is that good, i will immediately downgrade my mobo.

NO, it's that good it should be an UPGRADE! :loser:
August 26, 2009 6:37:47 PM

The_Blood_Raven said:
The ability to increase voltage in an detailed manor would be nice, not that 10% increment BS, unless you want to fry your processor.

Get out of the BIOS and into the Intel white documents! You guys whine too much.
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August 26, 2009 7:13:45 PM

joefriday said:
NO, it's that good it should be an UPGRADE! :loser:


will u sign me an autograph, pls? :) 
August 27, 2009 3:02:47 AM


Wow. Even the "bargain" build seems overkill for what is described for bargain build usage. Of course I'm partial to my own build, but I like to use single core CPUs for the cheapest builds. Call me old fashioned. Nostalgia I guess.
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