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    Rate my upgrade please!!

    Upgrade time again...comes around so soon doesn't it. Not going to go mad and spend a fortune this time as this system is going to be used only for work soon and i'll build a new gaming machine.

    I'm thinking of:
    AMD AM2 Athlon 64 5200+ Dual Core 2.6GHz, 2x 1MB Cache for £145 (scan of course)
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    ASUS M2V, VIA K8T890, S AM2, PCI-E (x16), DDR2 533/667/800, SATA I, SATA RAID, ATX for £41 (also scan)

    I already have 1gb 667mhz corsair value select and a xfx 7900gs and plenty of hd's to go with this.

    I must state that I DO NOT INTEND TO OVERCLOCK THIS SYSTEM, hence not going with a core 2 duo system that would be a much better overclocker.

    I think this is a pretty good value upgrade at £186.

    What are everyone elses views on this?

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    If you're not overclocking thats pretty good.. But even stock the e6400 would be nipping at the heels of the amd.

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    No overclocking? For less money you could buy a C2D board and CPU that's practically guaranteed to overclock past 3GHz by only changing 1-2 BIOS options....You also get a considerably better mobo going the C2D route.

    The thought of a Via chipset makes me shiver.
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    This is better for the money(from Scan):

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    Intel Core 2 Duo E6400, Socket 775, 2.13 GHz, 1066MHz FSB, Allendale Core, 2MB Cache, Retail £117.99 £138.64
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    Asrock CONROE945G-DVI, i945G, S775, PCI-E (x16), DDR2 533/667, SATA II, uATX, On Board VGA £39.29 £46.17

    Net Total £157.28

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    V.A.T. £28.57

    TOTAL £191.83

    The E6400 is faster than a X2 5200:

    http://www.legionhardware.com/document.php?id=621&p=0

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    Quote Originally Posted by staffsMike View Post
    If you're not overclocking thats pretty good.. But even stock the e6400 would be nipping at the heels of the amd.
    The E6400, even at stock would be faster. The E6300 would afaik aswell

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    Is there some reason why you need an AMD chip?

    Otherwise at stock speeds the core 2 duo is much faster.

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    Hmmm, touch and go between the c2d and 5200 now...too many choices!

    Thanks fopr posting that link Mr Fifth, that was just what I was looking for.

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    If it helps at all, I just upgraded to an E4300 which now runs at 3Ghz. Absolutely no regrets with that purchase!

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    Overclocking is becoming easier than ever now. It can be done in Windows itself alot of the times. You should seriously consider a moderate overclock, as for a C2D processor like the E4300, you can make it run about as fast as one of the C2D processors that costs anything up to £200 more (and over).
    Try a budget Asus P5B. I'm going to get one soon, they are apparently great OCers.

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    I've been persuaded. Been reading up about overclocking and it seems quite simple so I think I am going to go with the e6400 and a 965 board and then spend an extra few quid on a decent cooler.

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    good choice

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blitzen View Post
    The E6400, even at stock would be faster. The E6300 would afaik aswell
    The E6300 will not beat a 2.6Ghz X2 at stock, and the 6400 is very close at stock as well.

    Would be silly not to go Core 2, but really some people are delusional about there performance some times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mathewdbarlow View Post
    I've been persuaded. Been reading up about overclocking and it seems quite simple so I think I am going to go with the e6400 and a 965 board and then spend an extra few quid on a decent cooler.
    Don't bother with the E6400. Get a E6300/E4300 instead and overclock it. You can hit 3ghz easily, which is more than enough.

    The E6400 is sort of midway between the two step types of processor, ie the next up from the E6400 is the E6600, which is faster at stock speed but has a bigger L2 cache aswell, making it more expensive, whereas the E6400 and the E6300 have the same size L2 cache. So unless you are going for a E6600, get the E6300.

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