Looking for some advice to finish my new build since it's about time I retire my circa 2001 PC with Shuttle Spacewalker AK31 DDR Socket A motherboard with Athlon XP1800+ CPU - the hamsters are on their last legs.
Most of the time I'll do 1 or 2 things but there will be the occasional time that I'll concurrently be recording TV, writing to DVD and surfing the Web.
CPU - Athlon II X2 245, X2 250, X3 435, X4 620 or Phenom II X2 550
Will use the stock cooler since I hadn't planned on OC-ing, but if I do I won't push it much. I'm on a budget, but am looking for something to last awhile (willing to upgrade CPU in a few yrs. if need be) From what I've read it doesn't seem like L3 Cache will give me much but I included the 550 because of its speed. I had initial decided on the 620, but wonder if a faster triple or dual core would be better based on my usage profile and lower costs.
Mobo - ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO AM3 AMD 785G HDMI ATX AMD
The ExpressGate sounds interesting and I can avoid purchasing a GPU at this time.
Memory - One of the following 2 x 2GB kits because I can get a combo deal with CPU
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series (2 X 2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) F3-12800CLD-4GBRL
G.SKILL (2 X 2GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) F3-10600CL8D-4GBHK
I realize that I'll have to step down memory to 1066 for the 245 or 250 and step down the Ripjaw to 1333 for the others.
OS - Windows 7 64-bit (Home Premium or Professional - Depends on whether I'll need HP mode or not) I may dual-boot with Linux
DVD - I'll pick-up a SATA on either on Newegg or retail.
I already have the following: HDD - WD Caviar Black 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache Sata 3.0Gb/s 3.5" PSU - OCZ Fatal1ty 550W ATX12V Modular Active PFC Case - Antec Two Hundred ATX Mid Tower
Any other advice is welcomed & appreciated. Thanks in advance!
I would look at $99 A2X4 620 and the one chip TH forgot in their latest best cpu roundup as per price range the $141 P2X4 925 if that is within your means DDR3 1333 CL 7 ftw There is a pair of Ripsaws that comes in a combo with almost all the chips discussed here hehe http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductCombos.aspx?Item=N...
^ If you want to multitask, then no doubt the X4 620...Only in some tasks, the absence of the L3 cache is noticable...but apart from that it is a very good option...
Another very good combo,
x3 720 + Gigabyte 790GX http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
The stock can easily handle 3GHz-3.1GHz easy...
^ Yes that x3 435 is also a very good option...
and the reason why it beats the X4 is because of the clock speed advantage...You can also set the x4 620 to the same speed and you will notice that it would beat the X3 then...
So I would say that the extra $10 is worth the additional core...