$350 build budget: cpu, mobo, ram

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  1. Toology

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    cliffs: a8n-e mb chipset fan dies, i dont do shit about it, 6 mo later my mobo is about to blow... decided screw payin $100 for a new 939 socket mobo... mine as well replace it all for a few hundred.

    i havent been keepin up on the market lately, whats the hotness for price/quality atm amd or intel... ive had both over the years...

    find me a motherboard, cpu, and 2gb of decent ram... $300-$350 ... dont want more than 2gb ram since i still run xp (fuck vista) and xp cant recognize 4gb

    GO!:x:
     
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    would it be worth it to go with a mobo that can handle the newer 1066 ram (or 1200), i'm not much of an overclocker, i OC my vid card but normally leave everything else stock... would i notice much of a difference?
     
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    no that chip does fine with 667MHz or higher memory.
     
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    i have the first revision of that ram, it sucks balls. rev 2 is hopefully better, look into it though.

    keep in mind you *might* have to raise the voltage on your mobo for your ram to work. so if you have problems, that very well might be why.

    rev 2 has a minimum of 1.9 volts, rev 1, which i have, was 2.1 volts.

    oh also, died after a day of using it. had to RMA.
     
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    not sure what you're smoking. 2.1V is pretty damn standard, now-a-days. 1.9V is damn-good. 1.8V would be low.
     
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    there are TWO options that are both 1.8V, come in a 2GB kit, and are of a decent brand. That's not a whole lot of choice, and both are more money.
     
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    he didn't say he needed video. I assme he has a video card, already.


    And the Intel option does have video.
     
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    gigabyte :greddy:

    and for most people a 3GHz dual will beat a 2.4GHz quad.
     
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    Item to note about pot's suggestions: There are no PS/2 connections on the Intel mobo, so USB mouse/keyboard only

    Assuming that's not a problem, either option would be good.
     
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    I haven't seen someone still use ps/2 in a loooooong time.
     
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    HEY! I just got my first USB keyboard for christmas.... been using USB mouse for sometime though.

    Plus, all of the keyboards at work are PS/2 (other than stuff people specifically requested). I think its still common for keyboards.

    At the same time, shits so cheap no reason it should sway the decision on a mobo, just get a new $20 USB keyboard.
     
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    Why didn't you just buy a new chipset fan?

    Hell, if you're going to toss the CPU and mobo but they still work, send them to me -- I'LL replace the fan.
     
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    Other interested people may have an AGP card. Just trying to help.
     
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    then either spend money on something current, or get the intel board.

    either way, stop complaining. He didn't give me the info, so I went on what I had. :fawk: ;)
     
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    Meh. An Asus P5K SE would be another good option, it's about the same price. Or that Abit you posted, though I don't have any experience with them.

    And if the dudes still rocking a 939 setup, he probably doesn't upgrade often. The quad will probably be better in the long run.
     
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    the dual will be better in the long run for the majority of users.

    The asus P5K SE is a piece of shit. I would take the gigabyte over the asus.
     
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    Who would be the minority be that should go for a quad?

    I intend to do lots of visualizing and a fair amount of compiling. In a few months should I defo be going for a quad?)
     
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    I would be one of the users that would benefit from a quad. I have 11ty apps open at any given time, and my big thing is multi-tasking. I also run around 3 VMs at a time, so things are constantly fighting for CPU.

    most users really only do one or two things at a time, so a faster dual would be better for them.

    multi-threaded compiling, and serious multi-tasking will benefit from quad.

    obviously you can solve this problem by simply throwing money at it and getting a high-speed quad.... but given a finite budget where you have a dual core that is 600MHz faster than the comprably-priced quad, you have to consider it's purpose to determine the better chip.
     
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    I always say,... you can easily overclock to faster speeds, but you can't add more cores.
    get a quad and an enthusiast board.
     
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    whats the difference with the E6850 and E8400?
     
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    E8400 is a Wolfdale core (newer) and the E6850 is a Conroe core.

    E8400 = 6MB L2 cache and 45nm platform
    E6850 = 4MB L2 cache and 65nm platform

    E8400 also supports SSE4, and the E6850 does not.

    E8400 also runs at a lower voltage, yet has the same thermal efficiency -- therefore it uses less power for the same workload.

    You should buy a Wolfdale over a Conroe.
     

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