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$200 Budget - CPU/MoB/PSU

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December 24, 2009 2:35:28 AM

Hi, my friend needs an upgrade. He has a 9800GT right now, but can't use it due to his 350W PSU. The idea is pretty simple, he has 200 bucks to spend on a CPU/Motherboard upgrade, along with a new PSU to juice all this up. And suggestions? It would have to be a Quad Core... AMD or Intel, not much of a difference.

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December 24, 2009 2:49:13 AM

If you want a new computer that has a quad core cpu than you would probably want to go quad core(the new AM3 quad cores are the only ones I'd recomend) then you would have to get new ram. Does your friend have DDR 2 ram? Because new ram would make it hard to keep your budget.
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December 24, 2009 3:16:00 AM

@ gkay09: Yes, I agree he could do that. It's a good idea and will take a little bit more time to do it too. But for his budget that is a better idea. I am actually upgrading my main computer(a AM2/AM2+ MOBO) that I just got a new BIOS and made it so that I could still use my old ram and everything els, and then got a AM3 Phenom II X4 processor.

@godbrother: The CPU + MOBO that gkay09 recomended is the exact one i was going to recomend aswell.
I would also suggest the Corsair CPU, I have a Corsair myself and I like mine, and have always heard good things about them to.
December 24, 2009 3:22:29 AM

Hi, thanks for the replies guys. Yes, it will be used for gaming, and yes he already has 2GB of DDR2 RAM. He just wants a very cheap, but perfomable bundle upgrade. Getting a dual core CPU would kinda be a waste, as its begun to go outdated, so a Quad would be best.

What is Intel's equivalent to the AMD Athlon II X4 620? Q6600 Perhaps? Becuase if it is, then its the CPU for him. He said he was after a Q6600 anyway.
December 24, 2009 3:30:56 AM

To answer your question. A Q6600 is probably a little better than a AMD Athlon II X4 620 in most scenarios, but a Q6600 is deffently being out dated now. I think that getting a newer CPU will be, in general, be a wiser buy.
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December 24, 2009 3:31:19 AM

^ The 620 might be slower than the Q6600 in some cases because of the absence of the L3 cache...
And for gaming, the lower clock speed of the Quads might be a problem...Say him to overclock the 620 to about 3GHz(Which should be pretty easy)...

But if he wants a powerful Quad, then he would have to spend about $50 more...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Again I would like to say that he wont benefit much from a Quad in gaming...even a Tri-core from AMD would be good enough...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
December 24, 2009 3:36:06 AM

gkay09 said:
^ The 620 might be slower than the Q6600 in some cases because of the absence of the L3 cache...
And for gaming, the lower clock speed of the Quads might be a problem...Say him to overclock the 620 to about 3GHz(Which should be pretty easy)...

But if he wants a powerful Quad, then he would have to spend about $50 more...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Again I would like to say that he wont benefit much from a Quad in gaming...even a Tri-core from AMD would be good enough...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...



Agreed :) 


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When I got my current processor that i have now a AMD Phenom II X4 925, I debated between the x3 720 and x4 925 but I went with the x4 because I want it for more processing ability not gaming. A faster x3 or x2 core will do just fine with games.
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