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Old September 24, 2008, 04:23 PM
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I'm in quite a dilemma at the moment... I'm building my first ever rig, upgrading from an old Athlon XP desktop. I had chosen the q6600 as my processor, but after looking around, I can get a newer e8400 for about 20 dollars cheaper.

I'll be running linux as my main OS while using windows for gaming. I compile the bulk of my software from source. One advantage I thought that a quad core would have would be to compile code at a much faster speed than a dual core. But after reading up on the GCC compiler, I'm not sure if it's even multithreaded.

Another thing I've noticed, is it would probably be best to use a P45 motherboard with the newer proccesor, but that I can get by with just using a p35 for the older quad. A benefit I see with that, is that a lot of P45 motherboards such as the EP45-DS3L, come equipped with a TPM(Trusted Platform Module.) As an advocate of internet anonymity, and given the possibilities of the TPM chip being used as a way to identify a user online, and to restrict what software that user can use, and how they use software and other digital meda, I'd prefer not to purchase a motherboard with such capabilities.

While keeping in mind that I don't plan on overclocking what so ever, what would you guys recommend?

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Old September 24, 2008, 05:30 PM
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The AMD 6000+ x2 is only 99 bucks canadian... If I get that, I could get a better monitor, mouse,keyboard and speakers.

Would that be an alright choice?
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Old September 24, 2008, 06:30 PM
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The AMD 6000+ x2 is only 99 bucks canadian... If I get that, I could get a better monitor, mouse,keyboard and speakers.

Would that be an alright choice?
Intel is definitely a better route IMO.

Not saying that the AMD is bad by any means, but I find that AM2 motherboards have a lot less choice compared to LGA775 motherboards, but if you can find one that you like then go for it I suppose. Anything will be faster than what you have now.
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I would go with 8400, it will be 600Mhz faster than the quad plus the extra L2 cache. You can get a budget board to save a few dollars, there are decent ones for less that $100.
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Old September 24, 2008, 07:49 PM
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If I went the AMD route.. What sort of mobo should I be looking at?
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Old September 24, 2008, 08:08 PM
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I've been running this AM2+ mobo......... NCIX.com - Buy Gigabyte MA790X-DS4 ATX AM2+ AMD790X CrossFire 2PCI-E16 2PCI SATA2 Sound GBLAN 1394 Motherboard - GA-MA790X-DS4 In Canada., for about 10 months now. It's a great product for the price IMO, and it has ran flawlessly so far. *knocks on wood*
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Old September 24, 2008, 08:14 PM
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And if I got an E8400 would a p35-ds3l suffice?
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Old September 24, 2008, 08:24 PM
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I just realised that the P45-ds3l doesn't have a TPM chip like the Ds3r and Ds3P, sweet!
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Yup, ran that 8400/P35-DS3L combo for 6 months myself.
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