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Old 06-20-2005, 12:56 PM   #1
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Im building a new computer, geared towards speed and gaming, but it would seem that you can't get a good CPU without dishing out about $600. My budget 1s $1500 for the whole computer, and $600 on just a CPU would kind of screw me for the other stuff. Anybody know a good CPU I could get for a lesser price?

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Old 06-20-2005, 01:03 PM   #2
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good CPU's only cost $200-300. what kind do you want AMD 64 or intel 4?
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Old 06-20-2005, 01:07 PM   #3
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AMD 64 probably, but if there is an Intel 4 that is better and costs less, than I could change.
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where do you live (just need to know currency)

<edit> also do you know what MOBO you want? or a price range
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Yeah, you don't need to aim for the FX-55 in the Athlon 64 range to know you have the best system around...

A 3000+, 3200+, or 3500+ would do you fine for any task you'd want to do, and also doesn't break the bank...

It depends what make of processor you would decide to choose though as to the performance you would get.

Do you play games? Or do you do more Video editing, and CPU intensive tasks like that?

AMD is known to be cheaper though for the same bang per buck as it were, but isn't as good at video editing and such (not by a wide margin) than a good Pentium 4, and AMD's are known to be better for games.

I hope this helps
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Old 06-20-2005, 01:24 PM   #6
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Lol.... $600!?!? No. As Kage and others said, a fast and "good" cpu is really only like $200-$300. Have you been to newegg.com ? They sell really good stuff for really good prices. Yeah, I got my 3500+ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103532
for less than $300. And let me tell you, it is really fast. You don't need the new dual core's that are quite a lot of $$$ unless you multitask like no other. What kind of gaming do you plan to do? CS:S? WOW? COD? Battlefield 2? HL2? If it's games like those, yeah, a nicely built amd 3200+ or 3500+ will serve you well, as long as you get a good enough card to go along with it, say, like a 6600 or an x700 or x800 or even a 6800, if you have the money. What's you budget for the whole computer?
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Thanks guys, this is helping. And yeah, Im more of a gamer. How does this look? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103494

Oh, and I live in America, so its $ for me. Also, Im not quite sure abou the mobo. I was told I should pick out the CPU first. But I don't really want to spend more than $200 on one.
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I think you need to look at the motherboards first then a cpu chip to go with it. My personal fav is MSI followed by Biostar. A lot of bang for the buck and killer warranties to boot.
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Thanks guys, this is helping. And yeah, Im more of a gamer. How does this look? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103494
It's good, but I would go with the venice core.
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Old 06-20-2005, 01:38 PM   #10
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Yeah Jac, I'll be running some of the games you mentioned as well as the next gen games, like Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and Gothic 3. And you mentioned Venice Core, would this do nicely?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103533
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