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AMD Athlon II X4 620 vs. Intel E8400 Wolfdale

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December 9, 2009 11:25:23 PM

I am building a machine for work. I won't overclock and am looking for good stable performance. I typically run dual monitors and have many windows up at a time. Productivity apps, multiple browser windows and remote desktop sessions. I would also like to occasionally play some games but that is secondary.

I put together specs for these two systems, the AMD is about $100 cheaper, and I may even be able to skip the video card with the AMD.

Is the Intel system worth the extra money? I know the 775 is kind of dead end and the AMD system gives me more upgrade potential. What about performance? Any components I should reconsider? All the parts are listed from newegg which is where I will buy them.

Thanks

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amd mid range

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AMD Athlon II X4 620 Propus 2.6GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor Model ADX620WFGIBOX - Retail
Model #:ADX620WFGIBOX
Item #:N82E16819103706
Save Cancel $99.00 $99.00
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GIGABYTE GA-MA785GMT-UD2H AM3 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Model #:GA-MA785GMT-UD2H
Item #:N82E16813128397
Save Cancel $89.99 $89.99
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G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBHK - Retail
Model #:F3-10666CL8D-4GBHK
Item #:N82E16820231189
Save Cancel $94.99 $94.99
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Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Model #:WD6401AALS
Item #:N82E16822136319
Save Cancel $74.99 $74.99
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CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
Model #:CMPSU-400CX
Item #:N82E16817139008
Save Cancel $64.99 -$15.00 Instant $49.99
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XFX HD-465X-ZDF2 Radeon HD 4650 1GB 128-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card - Retail
Model #:HD-465X-ZDF2
Item #:N82E16814150396
Save Cancel $64.99 $64.99
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SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model SH-S222A - OEM
Model #:SH-S222A
Item #:N82E16827151175
Save Cancel $29.99 $29.99
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COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Model #:RC-690-KKN1-GP
Item #:N82E16811119137
Save Cancel $84.99 -$25.00 Instant $59.99


Subtotal: $563.93


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COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Model #:RC-690-KKN1-GP
Item #:N82E16811119137
Save Cancel $84.99 -$25.00 Instant $59.99
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G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ - Retail
Model #:F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ
Item #:N82E16820231122
Save Cancel $83.99 $83.99
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GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Model #:GA-EP45-UD3P
Item #:N82E16813128358
Save Cancel $134.99 -$5.00 Instant $129.99
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XFX HD-465X-ZDF2 Radeon HD 4650 1GB 128-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card - Retail
Model #:HD-465X-ZDF2
Item #:N82E16814150396
Save Cancel $64.99 $64.99
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CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
Model #:CMPSU-400CX
Item #:N82E16817139008
Save Cancel $64.99 -$15.00 Instant $49.99
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Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8400 - Retail
Model #:BX80570E8400
Item #:N82E16819115037
Save Cancel $167.99 $167.99

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Model #:WD6401AALS
Item #:N82E16822136319
Save Cancel $74.99 $74.99

SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model SH-S222A - OEM
Model #:SH-S222A
Item #:N82E16827151175
Save Cancel $29.99 $29.99

Subtotal: $661.92
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December 9, 2009 11:55:16 PM

I would go with the Athlon II X4 620 build for your needs. Don't spend the extra money on the E8400, when the 620 will meet your needs.

I recommend changing your hard drive to the Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB. It is cheaper and faster than the WD 640GB Black. The rest of your system looks good!!
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December 10, 2009 12:19:19 AM

the x4 is the easy choice
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December 10, 2009 3:57:18 AM

tecmo34 said:
I would go with the Athlon II X4 620 build for your needs. Don't spend the extra money on the E8400, when the 620 will meet your needs.

I recommend changing your hard drive to the Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB. It is cheaper and faster than the WD 640GB Black. The rest of your system looks good!!



Thanks for the heads up on the Spinpoint - this looks like a great option!
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December 10, 2009 11:19:56 AM

go for amd athlon2 x4 620....its more powerful than those core2 duos
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