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June 14, 2010 5:53:33 AM

I have some parts on hand already. What I want is a quad core (open to suggestion which one). MOBO that will support 8G of ram. Maybe future crossfire (but not now) Thats pretty much the preference I have. It doesnt have to be super fast. But as along as its faster than my old Dual P4 3.0ghz LOL. Oh and I will be getting a small 40G SSD hard drive for my OS and programs. I have a 1T HD i will use strictly for storage. I need suggestions for good bang for the buck CPU and MOBO.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 2weeks
BUDGET RANGE: 500 to complete the build

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, burning lots of movies and creating home movies (transcoding to DVD's)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard (logitech G15 gaming), mouse, monitor, speakers, New coolmaster 500W power supply, coolmaster cpu cooler
OS, has Windows Ultimate on order, GPU Diamond ATI HD5770.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, Ebay

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel

OVERCLOCKING: Yes / No / Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1600x1200

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June 14, 2010 2:55:04 PM

Well if you are looking to spend right up to the max, then i suggest going intel (i know other people might disagree)
CPU - i5-750 - $199.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO - ASUS P7P55D-E Pro - $179.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Cheapest board that Fully implements usb3 and sata 6gbps, a bit expensive, but is a really nice board. Some other people my suggest getting cheaper less feature packed boards, completely up to you, choose your buget

RAM - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) - $98.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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June 14, 2010 3:05:26 PM

I forgot, I dont have the ram yet. so 8G would be $200, I'm gonna need to spend about $300 on the CPU/MOBO combo. $500 is only what I'm authorized to spend from the Missus. :pfff:  I'll try to squeeze more out of her LOL. Maybe bring home flowers...
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June 14, 2010 6:33:34 PM

the i5 750 is better at stock speeds, and then increases the lead as you overclock it, as it has more headroom for bigger clocks. My advice, if you have the money to spend on it, go for it.
oh, and 8gb is overkill, 4gb is completely fine
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June 14, 2010 7:27:02 PM

OK I guess I'm convinced about the i5 750, but I do need the 8G of ram. The game I play uses up 400-600M of memory per client. I play about 6-8 clients. Right now my 4G gets full and the CPU starts to spike. I don't want that to happen to the new rig I'm building. Thank you for that input. Truely appreciated. :) 
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June 14, 2010 7:37:06 PM

Hereisphilly said:
the i5 750 is better at stock speeds, and then increases the lead as you overclock it, as it has more headroom for bigger clocks. My advice, if you have the money to spend on it, go for it.
oh, and 8gb is overkill, 4gb is completely fine


i agree with you. i just picked the amd because of its price for speed. and a 890fx board for CF but i5 750+asus P7P55D-E pro is completey more powerful. hands down
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June 14, 2010 7:48:05 PM

well if you need 8GB, and the buget is capped at $500, then go for the amd 955, it will run well for games
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June 14, 2010 7:57:15 PM

Noobie101 said:
burning lots of movies and creating home movies (transcoding to DVD's)




maybe u need a thuban? a 6core cpu? just for $200. but i think the budget cant afford. so go with amd 955 for your budget
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June 14, 2010 8:10:46 PM

WOW I've been out of touch from PC build for a very long time. What is a thuban?? I googled it and it came up with a distant star LOL. Digging deeper its the core 6. I gotta admit, the last time I was doing hardware, dual cores were still rare. I just looked at the amd 955 for $159 not bad at all. http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?item=n82e168...
So now, what MOBO goes well with this? If the price is too high right now, I will buy 4g of ram and buy 4g later to add when I have more money.
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June 14, 2010 8:17:19 PM

srry xurwin i didnt see your post
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June 14, 2010 11:31:50 PM

I guess I just have to decide which one would be the best bang for the buck! It use to be the higher the number the better. I can no longer think like that.

INTEL $199+189 =$390+(I don't deduct rebates, seems most of the time rebates from these guys is hit or miss)

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

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

AMD $159+179=$340+

http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?item=n82e168...

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

Seems to me the AMD is cheaper by $50... However which one would be better bang for the buck performance? When I read the specs, I know what the numbers tell me. I also know there are alot of things numbers are not telling me. Thats where enthusiasts like yourselves would know what I wouldn't know.

Everyones been a big help. Thanks again!
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June 14, 2010 11:48:40 PM

If it was my money, and only $50 in it, i would go for the intel setup, the performace gains are great before OC, and after OC, the i5 750 is a serious unit
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June 15, 2010 9:23:37 AM

i5 750 ftw. but if you want cheap. but GOOD amd
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