CPU and Mobo advice?
I've lurked around the forums semi-regularly and I was wondering if anyone could help me pick out a good value-priced CPU and Mobo.
Currently I have picked out a WD640GB hard drive, XFX 4890 XT and a Corsair TX750 just wondering what CPU/Mobo would go well with these components?
I'm partial to AMD but am not averse to using intel parts if they have better price/performance.
Mmmm... Price wise I'd like to keep it as low as possible but if there's a good performance boost willing to spend ~$450 CAD before tax for CPU and Mobo.
I'm not too familiar with OC'ing but I'd like to try as well (still looking for a cpu cooler for this too)
Any advice is welcome,
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I'm not sure about the RAM tho.
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Just in terms of gaming how much benefit would it be for dual and quad core, i know currently there is very little support for such things but do you think there will be future benefit?
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AMD Phenom II X2 550 is quite a bit cheaper just wonder how much impact 2 extra cores and 0.1ghz would make.
Alternatively the Phenom II X3 720 apparently overclocks quite well (since it has less cores) and saves >$100
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this is on right now a ncix looks pretty good to me
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Thats 390 Before Taxes. Gets you the latest Quad Core from AMD.
I think its a good deal,
Since I'm all about "bang-for-buck", my own personal choice would be for one of the Phenom II 3 core chips on a board (you'll have to do some research) that could unlock the 4'th core.
Here is the list:
• ASRock AOD790GX/128M
• ASRock M3A790GXH/128M
• Asus M3A79-T Deluxe
• Asus M4A79-T Deluxe
• Biostar TA790GX3 A2+
• Biostar TA790GX 128M
• DFI LANParty DK790FXB-M2RS
• Gigabyte GA-MA790GP-DS4H
• Gigabyte GA-MA790GP-UD4
• Gigabyte GA-MA790GP-UD4H
• Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P
Anyways... i guess really i want the most benefit for my money, I don't know if i made it too clear but i was willing to spend the $450 bucks if it was really a significant benefit over spending like ~300 bucks for an X3 720BE and AM3 Mobo.
So following sswilson's statement i think "bang-for-buck" is really my aim here, not just a price limit. I don't know if it makes things more clear.
Can't remember if i mentioned that the comp is mainly for gaming and homework so i mean yeah... Does that make it any easier?
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