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July 11, 2010 6:15:59 PM

hi,i am putting together a new build to replace my 3.5 yr old pc.i currently have an e6300 1.86 c2d,intel dg965wh mobo,4 gb ram,250 gb sata hdd hitachi,ecs geforce 8800gts 320 mb video card,rosewill media card reader,rosewill 600 watt psu and coolermaster storm scout case,and lg dvd/rw drive.im looking to replace the cpu mainly to get better performance for my programs.i thought about a q6600 or q6700 but both are quite expensive used on ebay.i mainly use the pc for web surfing,heavy video encoding and dvd burning,and light gaming.the pc i have now is fine except for gaming where its really bad with spiderman web of shadows and batman arkhyam sylum.i would also want a little faster performance with the video encoding as well.any ideas and suggestions would be greatly appreciated

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July 11, 2010 6:52:37 PM

do you have a budget? a faster dual core would obviously be an improvement to both gaming and video encoding, not as well as the q6600. I would not spend a lot of money on it but something like the e5400, assuming your mobo supports it.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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July 11, 2010 7:00:48 PM

i have no current budget just what would be best for me.my current mobo will only support up to q6700.i have windows xp 32 bit installed on it.as far as o/s is concerned it can only take up to vista 64 bit.my motherboard cannot overclock at all nor do i like to overclock anyway.if i had to i would be willing to rebuild from scratch.just need a point in the right direction
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July 11, 2010 7:03:04 PM

will the h55 take my 8800 gts video card or would i have to replace it?
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July 11, 2010 7:09:16 PM

im pretty sure its a pci e.
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July 11, 2010 7:13:10 PM

it is pci-e 1.0 8800 gts 320 mb card
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July 11, 2010 7:27:10 PM

actually if he video encodes i would go with an athlon II x4 635. The two extra physical cores will help more with encoding then the virtual ones. It's also a cheaper CPU and AM3 boards tend to be cheaper then Intel DDR3 boards.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/118?vs=122
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July 11, 2010 7:27:22 PM

For more gaming clout you'll need to upgrade the video card a well, look to getting a SLI capable motherboard and Nvidia card, that way you can use the 8800 for PhysX in the second slot.
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July 11, 2010 7:35:56 PM

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For gaming the 530 performs better then the X3

http://media.bestofmicro.com/5/X/252933/original/FarCry2%201280.png


you mean x4 :wahoo: 

and you are correct, the i3 is the better gaming CPU although a few games would do better with the x4. With a 8800GTS 320mb though, both CPUs would bottleneck it and any difference would be minimal.
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July 11, 2010 7:38:14 PM

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Damnit i thought you said X3. :lol: 


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July 11, 2010 7:39:21 PM

i have 24 inch samsung 2494lw 1920 x 1080 monitor also
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July 11, 2010 7:41:08 PM

so everyone is saying the video card definitely has to go.also is there a major difference between the core i3 540 and the athlon x2 260?
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July 11, 2010 7:42:50 PM

well i would say look into a GPU upgrade when you have funds so you can run games at your full resolution.
The intel i3 is the better gaming cpu, the athlon II x4 the better video encoder but both work well in each field. Whichever is more important to your needs, go with that CPU.
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July 11, 2010 7:48:56 PM

yes video encoding is my main concern.what do you recommend for a capable gpu should i just stick with intel?my e6300 has never failed me. i may save it for a smaller build later on.
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July 11, 2010 7:53:22 PM

if video encoding is your main concern, your e6300 1.86ghz has to go. Why stick with it?

the ATI 5770 would be a good budget card for you. nvidia just launched the GTX 460 and it looks very promising.
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July 11, 2010 7:54:30 PM

not as slow as you think
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July 11, 2010 9:22:26 PM

so whats the best cpu to go with for my specs?
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July 18, 2010 12:51:21 PM

Best answer selected by kamui4697.
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February 24, 2012 12:46:00 AM

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