Some help with a motherboard/cpu upgrade

chumpy

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I'm looking to bring my system up to the present. I have an amd system now, but I want to switch to a pentium since, from what I hear, they're kicking amd's ass right now.

Pricewise, I figure about 200 or less. I'm mainly a gamer so I want a system that can handle new and upcoming games.

I'll upgrade my video cars in a couple of months when I have money again. thinking of geforce 8800 gts for that.

thanks for any help
 

blazin

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Pentium is old news...

I think you gotta step your price up. If youre a gamer and you want to play new and upcoming games, you are not going to get a cpu/mobo for $200

The E6750 Intel Core 2 Duo alone is $200. Thats a nice processor thats current thats pretty affordable. Id go with a processor that has at least a 4MB Cache.

Figure you're gonna spend at least $100 for a motherboard, with $100 leftover, you wont get much processor - maybe a E2140 for $80 which is bottom of the barrell in the dual core lineup.

If you can use a Pentium 4 chip with a nice video card and play your games, then you could probably do it for >$200. A P4 3ghz is under $100, but they're old and slow as compared to the $200-$300 core 2 duo chips.
 

chumpy

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After looking up some more things, what I want is a quad core. That said, fuck the 200 limit but looking for the best price possible. thanks :action-sm
 

blazin

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I personally use the Intel DG965WH

Its a nice board and and is good for using your PC as a media station - on board 5.1 sound with optical outputs... $109.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813121053

I like intel and their 3 year warranty. Others prefer Asus and MSI. Its a matter of personal choice IMO.

But from experience, this board has not given me an ounce of trouble with 2GB of G-Skill PC800 RAM that I also got on Newegg which is on sale right now for $49.99!!!!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820231098

Newegg is your friend!
 

Your_Moms_Box

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I still am happy with my AMD dual core.


I haven't payed much attention lately... Is Intel really doing that much better than AMD now?

I know for the longest time if you were a gamer AMD was the only way to go.





I'm also using an ATI video card now after years of being a strict Nvidia guy.
 

foyb

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I'm quite happy with my AMD systems. When AMD releases their quad core (next year), it's supposed to kick intel's ass. I'll probably upgrade then. Although the new penryn chips look like they'll be a pretty hard ass to kick.
 

cknight725

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I still am happy with my AMD dual core.


I haven't payed much attention lately... Is Intel really doing that much better than AMD now?

I know for the longest time if you were a gamer AMD was the only way to go.

I'm also using an ATI video card now after years of being a strict Nvidia guy.

Yes, AMD is sucking hind tit because they can't get their 45nm process right, so they are having trouble getting the quad cores to market. Plus their current X2 Athlons are more power hungry and slower than equivalently targeted core2 duos. This has generally been the rule with AMD - they don't have the cash reserves to out R&D Intel esp now that they bought ATI. Honestly their succcess with Athlon over P3-P4 was a fluke. AMD got all infatuated with this idea of a complete AMD product line with discrete graphics that they forgot that unless their CPU's are the fastest and bestest they won't have any luck selling their discrete bundles to the enthusiasts.
 
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I used AMD's for years and realized that when the processor goes, it takes anything else out that it wants, such as memory, video cards, mobo's, drives, etc.
I have switched back to Intel and my problems went away.

Remember it's not just processor speed that makes it go fast. L2 cache in the CPU, front side bus speed, memory latency and speed, and mobo memory are a few.

If you are upgrading from a pentium, just build a whole new machine. That shit is so old by now just file it at the curb and be done with it.