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Old March 11, 2009, 09:07 PM
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Hey Everyone,

Alright so I've got a little money and I've been browsing around for parts and I've got two pretty decent offers. I'm here to ask you guys what you think is the better deal:

System 1:
Q6700
Asus P5B
3 GB Corsair Value Select (I currently have a 32-bit OS so this is the max)
Zalman 9700

All for 370$, Then I'll buy a 4870 for 200$ in a bit when they drop in price or if I find one used. So total cost will be 570$.

System 2:
Q6600 B3 (lapped and tested at 3.2 stable on stock voltage)
Intel Bad Axe 2
8GB G.Skill DDR-2 1066 (BNIB) (I'll be getting a 64-bit OS eventually...)
BGF 8800GT OC2
Ninja Scythe Rev.2

All for 550$, but I wouldn't have to buy a GFX card.

So this is my problem, Which one is a better deal??? Both are a big step up from what I'm using... The first one also comes with 4 Games for free but they aren't a deal maker.

I'm hoping you guys can steer me in the right direction!!!
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Old March 11, 2009, 09:27 PM
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I'd go with the first one. Get yourself a 4870. you're going to need a power supply with either.
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Old March 11, 2009, 09:36 PM
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I agree, plus you dont get stuck with a lame intel motherboard... and yeah both those CPUs are magor power hogs, but if anything the Q6700 may be "better binned" if you believe in that, it should OC a bit higher id expect.
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Old March 11, 2009, 09:46 PM
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I've currently got a Mushkin 550w, It's about a year old.. Will this handle it??

The Intel board is no good?? I read some good review on it. I think the Q6700 will get me a better OC but the Q6600 has some decent result so far.

Does the RAM make a big diffrence??

Thanks for the replies!!
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Old March 11, 2009, 09:50 PM
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I too would pick the first one...
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Old March 11, 2009, 10:00 PM
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First one is all based on my ability to find a 4870 for 200$... I'm really hoping I can but you never know...

Might as well throw this one in too.. I've been so out of the loop for the last year I don't even know if this is a good deal... Mind you I already own one 36GB Raptor so the one in here would be in Raid for an OS/App drive...

E8400
MSI P35 NEO-F
4GB Mushkins Redlines PC2-8000
Raptor 36GB
HD3870 GDDR4 512MB

For 535$...

Man buying used parts is as hard as buying old ones...

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Old March 11, 2009, 10:12 PM
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Your PSU should be fine for a single video card as long as it has some PCI-E connectors, I believe the 4870 needs 2? anyways I dont like the MSI neo board at all, Id still go with the first one man, and a 9800GTX+ which im sure you can get for $200 or so would probubly eat a 3870 alive.. itd be a good deal if you could get a 4870 for $200. just a note a Q6xxx quad can take up to 200+ watts alone if its overclocked heavily. that plus video card your looking at close to 300-350 watts on the PSU already, not to sure how the mushkins stand up for quality I normally try and stick with the higher end spectrum of supplies.
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Old March 11, 2009, 10:17 PM
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You can get a 4850. Still about 20% faster than an 8800
your 550 power supply will be good also.
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Old March 11, 2009, 10:19 PM
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You never really mentioned what this build is going to be for? is it a purely gaming build or... although id still go with choice #1, oh and yeah I dont like any of the intell boards unless their dual cpu goodness.. They just never seem to handle overclocking very well and there are just so many better companies out there making quality boards to choose from.
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Old March 11, 2009, 10:20 PM
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Ya, It looks to me like the first one is a great deal... Well I'm asking the one guy how much it would be without the Raptor or the GFX card, see if maybe the price drops enough I can grab a 4870 for 200$ all under 570$. Mushkin is a pretty solid brand, I really like their stuff, It's always been good for me.

Do quad-cores actually get utilized?? Because I can probably get a higher OC on a E8400 then on either the others, and if the dual core is gonna be approximately equal then... Well I dunno, was just wondering.

Thanks for all your help man!!! I really appreciate this!!

{Edit} This is mostly just a gaming build. I play crysis and I would play Sup Com if my comp could handle it....

I've been really disappointed with the quality of Asus recently... But maybe just me... That specific intel board is 'suppose' to be a quality OC board, really stable is what they say in all the reviews... I'm not one to argue though, especially with someone who probably knows more then me.. LoL!

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