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Core 2 quad q8400 vs phenom x4 945

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September 14, 2010 1:00:47 PM

Hello,I would like to upgrade my CPU for gaming.I have a R4000 budget.
What i had in mind was a Core 2 quad Q8400.But should i take it or the amd phenom x4 945 plus 4 gigs ram.Please help
MY SPECS
CORE 2 DUO E4300 1.9
2 GIG RAM
ATI RADEON HD 4670 1G
WINDOWS 7 ulrimate 32 bit
450W PSU

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September 14, 2010 10:56:31 PM

Well the AMD does not fit in a LGA775 motherboard. Does your current motherboard support the Q8400?
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September 15, 2010 11:22:23 AM

R4000 as in Rands? Where are you located?
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September 15, 2010 11:31:52 AM

I'd go with the Phenom just for the socket.

With AM3 you could later upgrade to a hexacore but you have less options with that socket 775.
September 15, 2010 3:40:58 PM

South-Africa and no my motherboard does not support the core 2 qaud
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September 15, 2010 9:15:45 PM

If you need a new mobo anyway there is no reason to go with LGA775
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September 16, 2010 8:00:07 AM

torres said:
South-Africa and no my motherboard does not support the core 2 qaud


Cool! So am I. Just a tip: most guys on these forum won't know what a Rand is.

With a R4000 budget I would recommend the AMD route, you'll get more value for money that way. The problem is that with a Phenom II X4 system, the Radeon 4670 will become your new bottleneck.
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September 16, 2010 8:11:24 AM

The AMD option is more viable. The 955BE and the 965BE are very good chips, with very little price difference.

Off-Topic: It would be better if Tom's showed the users home country along with the number of posts and date joined on the left side of the post. Since this is a global community, it would help in currency and location specific tips!
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September 16, 2010 8:36:56 AM

hell_storm2004 said:
The AMD option is more viable. The 955BE and the 965BE are very good chips, with very little price difference.

Off-Topic: It would be better if Tom's showed the users home country along with the number of posts and date joined on the left side of the post. Since this is a global community, it would help in currency and location specific tips!


That's a pretty good idea; I second!
September 16, 2010 10:52:36 AM

go for amd socket am3, lga 775 is replacing by new socket 1156 and 1366 all new intel chips is using this socket so lga 775 will be no use for future upgrades.
September 16, 2010 1:38:19 PM

Hi after this upgrade i will get the ati radeon hd 5850.
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September 16, 2010 1:48:01 PM

If you are worried about bottleneck issues, then mate you have nothing to worry about. The 955BE would be able to handle the HD5850 quite easily.
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September 16, 2010 1:55:11 PM

hell_storm2004 said:
The AMD option is more viable. The 955BE and the 965BE are very good chips, with very little price difference.

Off-Topic: It would be better if Tom's showed the users home country along with the number of posts and date joined on the left side of the post. Since this is a global community, it would help in currency and location specific tips!

If you put that idea in the feedback forum and link me, I'll add some of my votes to it.
September 16, 2010 2:00:32 PM

AMD here too

From Google search I found that 1 $ =7.3Rand if that's the case Then, I recommend the following configuration:

Processor: AMD Phenom II x4 945
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU cooler: if you plan to O/C you should get an after market cooler like the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: ASRock 870 Extreme3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: Mushkin Enhanced 2GB (Get another 2GB in a month or so)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics Card: Sapphire Radeon 5770
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply: Gigabyte Superb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive: Use your Old HDD until you can get a new one

DVD Burner: Use your DVD until you can get a new one

Case: Either use your old case if its good or get the NZXT Gamma
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you'll use the old case you can get the GTX 460
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...




September 16, 2010 2:02:33 PM

If you have ddr3 ram then you should grab a pure am3 mobo and a phII however, if you're running ddr2 then get an am2+ mobo that is am3 capable and still get a phenom... I personally think that for the money, amd is better... but that's my opinion.
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September 16, 2010 2:14:28 PM

enzo matrix said:
If you put that idea in the feedback forum and link me, I'll add some of my votes to it.

Done!
September 17, 2010 5:30:38 AM

Martin 71 said:
If you have ddr3 ram then you should grab a pure am3 mobo and a phII however, if you're running ddr2 then get an am2+ mobo that is am3 capable and still get a phenom... I personally think that for the money, amd is better... but that's my opinion.


I think he will definitely (i.e. 99.9999999999999%)have DDR2 as nobody will pair DDR3 with a e4300 @ 1.9GHz except if this is the only available processor in his country
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September 17, 2010 6:56:10 AM

Martin 71 said:
If you have ddr3 ram then you should grab a pure am3 mobo and a phII however, if you're running ddr2 then get an am2+ mobo that is am3 capable and still get a phenom... I personally think that for the money, amd is better... but that's my opinion.


Not possible. DDR3 won't fit in a DDR2 slot, so there's no chance he has DDR3.
September 17, 2010 1:01:24 PM

I know, but I figured that if he had some ddr3 around... I guess maybe I'm the only one that has ddr3 but I use ddr2 cause I don't have the mobo for it yet.
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September 17, 2010 2:19:11 PM

Herr_Koos said:
Not possible. DDR3 won't fit in a DDR2 slot, so there's no chance he has DDR3.

There are DDR3 motherboard for socket 775. Unlike AMD at the time, the memory controller was in the motherboard so the CPU could support whatever memory the motherboard could. But I agree that it is still very unlikely.
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