Inexpensitve but Quality Intel CPU?

frankyk

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I'm building a computer right now, I'm not sure what MB I'll get just yet but overall, my budget for MB and CPU is $200 combined. Any suggestions? I'll be using the computer mostly for SC2 and D3 when they come out as well as viewing Blu-ray movies and Excel/Surfing stuff.

Obviously, the cheaper the better, but I want something quality that will be good. I don't really know how to OC either, so "OC'ability" isn't much value to me.
 
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E6300 + GA-G31M-ES2L. So, that would leave you 65 bucks in the clear, that's a 4GB kit of RAM or 65 extra to spend on a video card, or get a nice HSF for it and learn to OC.
 

J So

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I just got an E5200 and a crappy (for overclocking) Asus MB. I've got it overclocked to 3.5Ghz 100% stable without really trying. 3.6Ghz works but was giving me errors when using the Intel test program.

Pretty sweet for only $70.00
 

drescherjm

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Sorry for the double post. I can not find out how to delete. edit/delete seems to be just edit.
 

drescherjm

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On ebay you should be able to get a mobo and a Q6600 for less than $200 combined.
 

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I have an E6400 which does 2.8, 4GB DDR2, and a 965P/DS3 if you are interested.
 

FM 3370

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I'm guessing that an E6300 will blow a Pentium 4 at 3Ghz out of the water right? I always think of going high end but going low end and cheaper seems to be making more sense right now.
 

drescherjm

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Almost every AMD and Intel CPU that is currently in production will blow away a P4 3.0 GHz. In single core applications that is equivalent to a less than 1.6 GHz core 2.
 

kirbyrj

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Strange name for that particular part seeing as they already had an E6300, but oh well. Looks like the difference between the E6300 and the E5200/5300 is just the FSB speed. Am I missing something else?
 

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$90 - E6300
$80 - GIGABYTE GA-EP43-UD3L

TOTAL: $170 before shipping & taxes

Go with this. I have the GIGABYTE GA-G31M-ES2L LGA 775 w/E5200 in my daughter's comp and the FSB is REALLY FINICKY. Had a hell of a time getting multi/fsb combo's to work with Corsair XMS DDR2-800. Had to settle on 12.5 x 240mhz (3 Ghz). I know its not the memory cause I had this chip and memory running 10 x 400mhz stable in my mobo. So yeah, I definitely CANNOT recommend this mobo. (Yes I have the newest bios for it also.)
 

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Strange name for that particular part seeing as they already had an E6300, but oh well. Looks like the difference between the E6300 and the E5200/5300 is just the FSB speed. Am I missing something else?

This is a pentium e6300 vs a c2d e6300.
 
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