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Old 06-11-08, 05:42 PM   #1
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I plan on making the jump to Intel here in the next couple of weeks. However, I don't know much about what to get. I don't need a Quad Core, so Dual Core will suffice. I need input from you guys on what to buy. Please give me your thoughts on the following items;

CPU
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Memory

Also, would I need a new PSU?

I do have a budget of around $500.00 for the first 3 items. I don't need anything major, but would like a good dual-core processor that can overclock to 3.0GHz or close to it and of course a good motherboard that will allow that to happen with some ease.

Thank you.
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Old 06-11-08, 05:46 PM   #2
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The Intel Core 2 Duo E8200 and E8400, I hear, can over clock very easily.
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Old 06-11-08, 05:48 PM   #3
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What do you need feature wise SLippe? The P35 based Asus P5K SE I had was a super overclocker, very stable and around $100 depending on where you shop. Thing is it's about as barebones as a board can get.

The X38 I have now was $200, and is fast becoming the favorite board I've ever owned.

CPU - E8400

Ram - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227269
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Old 06-11-08, 06:16 PM   #4
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+1 for E8400

For RAM, I'd recommend 2x2GB G.Skill DDR2 1000 for $84.99
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Old 06-11-08, 06:20 PM   #5
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grey_1, I don't really need 4GB of memory since I'll be running WinXP Pro 32bit.

Here's what I am looking at;

Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813188026

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115037

As for RAM, I don't know, but like I said, I only need 2GB. Unless I might as well get 4GB and just let WinXP eat part of it. The DDR2 RAM (2GB 2x 1GB) with the best rating (G.Skill) on Newegg is about $60.00, making all 3 items around $440.00, which would work.
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Old 06-11-08, 07:42 PM   #6
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grey_1, I don't really need 4GB of memory since I'll be running WinXP Pro 32bit.

Here's what I am looking at;

Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813188026

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115037

As for RAM, I don't know, but like I said, I only need 2GB. Unless I might as well get 4GB and just let WinXP eat part of it. The DDR2 RAM (2GB 2x 1GB) with the best rating (G.Skill) on Newegg is about $60.00, making all 3 items around $440.00, which would work.
That's the board I was choosing if I went for SLI, i like it. Good picks on the CPU also.

Or you could take Darthbeavis up on his offer for the E6600. Everything I've read about them says they overclock like crazy. Then take the extra cash you would save and consider a stouter PSU. Your antec may work fine, but overclocked, and if you go SLI you may want a bit more power.
I just grabbed this Seasonic which is a bit pricey, but well worth it imo.
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Old 06-11-08, 07:43 PM   #7
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e6600's will run at at least 3.2 easy, and some run at 3.6.

For a new cpu I'd vote for the e8400 too.
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Get DB's E6600 and take the rest and get a good motherboard, I wouldn't get the Nvidia chipset. Get the P35 or X38 for the money they are good. The E6600 can do 3.2 to 3.6 easy.

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I'd recommend 2GB Corsair XMS2 DDR2-800 for $56.00 with free 3 day shipping.
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Thanks for the suggestions, fellas. I'm sorting thru this all now.

Does the X38 support SLI?
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Thanks for the suggestions, fellas. I'm sorting thru this all now.

Does the X38 support SLI?
Nope.

Only nforce and Skulltrail chipsets do.
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Nope.

Only nforce and Skulltrail chipsets do.
Well, then I need suggestions for a motherboard that will support SLI.

I was just going to spend the money on an AMD Opteron 185, but it seemed kind of dumb to spend that much money on a single CPU, when for just another $100 or so I could get a newer system.
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