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    Got £50 to spend on a CPU? Read this.

    We take a look at two budget processors from Intel and AMD, overclock them significantly, and tell you which one to buy if you only have £50 to spend.
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    Re: Got £50 to spend on a CPU? Read this.

    Nice review - thanks!
    More disappointment here from a 939 user - looks like intel wins again

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    Re: Got £50 to spend on a CPU? Read this.

    We'd urge AMD to consider its installed user base, made up of countless thousands who jumped shipped when AMD was beating Intel on a clock-for-clock and price basis, made the transition to S939, and now have been left no upgrade path. Surely a BE-2350 S939 makes implicit sense?
    Nice idea, but given the A64s all have an onboard memory controller, I reckon that the costs of re-engineering a DDR2-supporting processor to effectively downgrade it to DDR1 (since S939's pretty much a DDR1 platform) would probably wipe out any benefit. And I say that with some regret, being a S939 user myself.

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    Re: Got £50 to spend on a CPU? Read this.

    I dunno,

    Limited-run production with S939 as the main selling point would be beneficial for AMD, even if the processor is priced at £20-£25 more than the AM2 equivalent.

    AMD needs to start trying new things and this could be one of them.

    Point noted, though.

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    Re: Got £50 to spend on a CPU? Read this.

    nice to see something aimed at those of us on a seriously tight budget.

    any chance of seeing what impact different memory dividers has on performance though (ie 1:1 1:2 etc)

    cheers

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    Re: Got £50 to spend on a CPU? Read this.

    Socket 939 here as well. Debating whether to go core2duo with this e2160 or not. Looks a good value way of upgrading.

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    Re: Got £50 to spend on a CPU? Read this.

    that was a good article, also thinking of integrated graphics. what platform offers the best performance.

    i know you dont get integrated graphics for performance but still, if it's there i would still want it to be reasonable for integrated!

    what would you recommend for the amd and intel platforms?

    it's crazy to think a new decent motherboard, overclockable friendly cpu and 2gb ram cost about the same as a graphics card that might be able to play crysis!

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    Re: Got £50 to spend on a CPU? Read this.

    Great batch number on the BE-2350 (0004)!

    However, it is a great shame you didn't go with the BE-2400, as that is a different processor stepping (G2, instead of G1), which is supposed to overclock much better, and have lower cache latency.

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    Re: Got £50 to spend on a CPU? Read this.

    Quote Originally Posted by roadie View Post
    Great batch number on the BE-2350 (0004)!

    However, it is a great shame you didn't go with the BE-2400, as that is a different processor stepping (G2, instead of G1), which is supposed to overclock much better, and have lower cache latency.
    I think that beats the £50 price threshold though... Its not like the 2350 lost by a little anyway, it was consistently slower by significant amounts...

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    Re: Got £50 to spend on a CPU? Read this.

    Another good review, guys It was almost what I was looking for...

    You see, to tell the long story first, I was about to acquire a set of solid dance mats. Dance mats without stepmania would be a waste of money, so I'd then need a computer for the lounge to run stepmania on. However, if I'm going to have a computer in the lounge, I'd want it to act as a media centre. But I'm still a student with a limited income

    So, the short story is that I have been looking into building a budget media centre system for around £350, including the vista home premium licence. It is just about possible, but the challenge is to give it enough power to deal with timeslipping shows and additional duties whilst still being as quiet as the budget will allow.

    If I had the money, I'd get one of the awesome cases my friend has, completely fanless and working using a mobile CPU to keep the heat down. But I don't

    This would probably make for a great separate article, to be honest:
    • Which is better for the price - a faster CPU, or an aftermarket HSF?
    • How much cooling is required - could a good HSF and a single case fan work?
    • Can you keep the noise down and still overclock? What's the highest overclock on the processors with minimal cooling before temperatures become a worry?

    What do people think?

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    Re: Got £50 to spend on a CPU? Read this.

    get a cheap Core2Duo with 2GB Ram and a cheap P35/650 mobo and your rocking and a rolling!

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    Re: Got £50 to spend on a CPU? Read this.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarinder View Post
    I dunno,

    Limited-run production with S939 as the main selling point would be beneficial for AMD, even if the processor is priced at £20-£25 more than the AM2 equivalent.

    AMD needs to start trying new things and this could be one of them.

    Point noted, though.
    More likely they'd do some black edition runs and charge a huge premium - as long as the cost was less than the upgrade cost to a new m/bo, ram and OEM OS they have a captive market.

    But it won't happen - they don't have the fab capacity or flexibility to shift back to 939, it would be a huge operation.

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    Re: Got £50 to spend on a CPU? Read this.

    We'd urge AMD to consider its installed user base, made up of countless thousands who jumped shipped when AMD was beating Intel on a clock-for-clock and price basis, made the transition to S939, and now have been left no upgrade path. Surely a BE-2350 S939 makes implicit sense?
    AMD: LISTEN TO THE MAN!!!

    I know 4 people who'd jump at the cance of one of those..... lots of very good S939 punters would be all over that chip like a rash

    Because if you don't do that, they'll all go and buy an Intel system. They wont upgrade to an AM2.

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    Re: Got £50 to spend on a CPU? Read this.

    Zak, this already came up in a thread a while ago. I asked Henri Richard directly about it and he dismissed it:

    http://forums.hexus.net/news/104899-...d-hacksaw.html

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    Re: Got £50 to spend on a CPU? Read this.

    We'd urge AMD to consider its installed user base, made up of countless thousands who jumped shipped when AMD was beating Intel on a clock-for-clock and price basis, made the transition to S939, and now have been left no upgrade path. Surely a BE-2350 S939 makes implicit sense?
    I couldn't agree more.

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