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What CPU?

By snacks
Oct 23, 2007
  1. I'm starting this topic the same way I start almost every other topic I post here, by that I am building a computer. I don't have a specific price limit yet, so I'm trying to keep it around $1000. Everyone says Intel is the best value and performance right now, but which one? A dual core seems more likely for me, since quad core is probably too expensive, so what CPU should I buy?
     
  2. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,265   +41

    The entry level quad core goes for same amount as mid level core2duo. Might help make your pc "future proof" if there is something close to it.
     
  3. snacks

    snacks TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 176

    People have been telling me dual core, but how much would a decent quad core be? And which one would people recommend?
     
  4. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,265   +41

    q6600 its about 260usd i believe.
     
  5. snacks

    snacks TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 176

    If anyone is reading this, Q6600 should be fine? Now I need to pick a motherboard, and I already have a graphics card picked, but I don't know which one exactly until I have the motherboard. Does anyone have suggestions for finding a good motherboard/ specific recommendations?
     
  6. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,286   +24

  7. Rilla927

    Rilla927 TS Rookie Posts: 180

  8. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,286   +24

    Oh, I wanted to link to that board but I guess I got overzealous and missed the C. :p
     
  9. snacks

    snacks TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 176

    Just want to keep this bumped.

    What about a case? The reason this was originally in "other hardware" was because I intended to ask questions about parts other than CPU's, chipsets and mobos.
     
  10. samjohnson

    samjohnson TS Rookie Posts: 320

    If you want a case that has good cooling I would look at the Antec cases. I don't personally own one but I hear that they are good.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021 -- Antec 900 case

    You could get something cheaper if you want. I got a $60 case and it works completely fine for me.
    Actually the q6600 is $280 but supersmashbrada was close anyway. :D

    **Edit**
    I actually have that same memory, except it is the platinum eddition. I don't know what the difference is between the two but the platinum ones work great for me. :D
     
  11. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,265   +41

    Yeah I was pretty much guessing from what I remembered. I thought i could give a round figure for a price item. AT least I'm not giving "ballpark" info for pc repair help, lol. Disasterous.
     
     
  12. snacks

    snacks TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 176

    Will the GT be available online soon enough, or should I start looking around at stores?

    And what's the recommended brand? Usually people recommend evga cards.
     
  13. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 5,899

    For a little more you could get the Antec P182 which is quite highly regarded for its excellent noise/cooling ratio.
     
  14. snacks

    snacks TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 176

    Still using this thread. Would like to know if there's a specific 8800GT I should get, and if there are any other opinions on the parts suggested.
     
  15. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,286   +24

    eVGA, XFX and BFG are the top three video card manufacturers you should consider. From what I've seen on these and other forums, eVGA seems to be the top choice, followed closely by XFX.
     
  16. nickc

    nickc TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,634

  17. beef_jerky4104

    beef_jerky4104 Banned Posts: 1,094

    I second that Nick, great card!
     
  18. i'll third that. i'm actually looking to buy that. but not at that price. newegg.com offers it for at least 40 dollars less. but they don't have them in stock atm, you tigerdirect has me beat there. here's to hoping they'll be in stock and even cheaper really soon!
     
  19. mclarenmatt

    mclarenmatt TS Rookie

    Yep Nvidia 8800 GT all the way, great price and it give's some amazing DX9 & 10 performance!
     
  20. snacks

    snacks TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 176

    They're not available there either, but I'm fine with waiting, especially if it saves $40.

    Which one specifically should I get then? An eVGA 8800GT (512mb looks to be the best right now), but there are always multiple results, and I haven't looked at the compatibility differences.
    So far, aside from the graphics card:
    Board
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128048
    CPU
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115017
    Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021
    or
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129025
    If they both work with what's already here, I'll just take whichever would be considered better.
    And other suggestions for PSU and RAM?
    Also a monitor, and what else am I going to need?

    And in case I'm appearing ungrateful, thanks to anyone who has contributed so far.
     
  21. nickc

    nickc TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,634

    that Anetec case is a great one u would like that.
     
  22. snacks

    snacks TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 176

    They're both Antecs.

    I'm going to be ordering the graphics card first, and they appear to be available at newegg now since I don't see the out of stock sign anywhere. The only difference I see is core clock speed. So should I just take the cheapest one, or the best one? It's about an extra $40-$50 I think.
     
  23. guitto

    guitto TS Rookie Posts: 95

    If you wish to make this a form factor or a lan capable computer, I may suggest the Lanboy by Antec, I believe. It is very light and durable, the frame, and has a nice look too. I do not suggest this if you are going to plan on upgrading greatly as heat may be a problem with only 1 intake fan.
     
  24. guitto

    guitto TS Rookie Posts: 95

    Sorry the quick post, but frozencpu.com has a great selection of cases and accessories. I ordered 2 cases from them and they have great customer service. I found that newegg has some items cheaper, but some of the liquid cooling components and the fan selection, such as quieter fans, is more extensive. I apologize if I seem to be advertising for this website, but I have no affiliation with it.
     
  25. snacks

    snacks TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 176

    I don't care about LAN. I just need a case with good cooling that will work with all the other parts.
     
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