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  1. #1
    Member huey's Avatar
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    Which CPU for my new setup :)

    I am upgrading my computer, and looking at cpu's. Alots changed since the day of the newcastle and the winchester 939's. I want to get a chip with a good amount of cache that also has a good amount of speed. I dont want to spend more than 300 on the chip. I was wondering what would be a good chip for my budget/rig.

    Heres what i will be running
    2x512 GSKILL FX's
    DFI lanparty ultrad
    ocz powerstream 520.
    7800 GT
    Watercooling. (not a kit)
    AMD 3800x2 @ 2700mhz prime95 and superpi32m stable
    G.Skill fx's @ 300mhz 2.5-4-3-7
    ocz powerstream 520
    homegrown wc
    DFI Ultra-d ad0
    x800GTO2-550/600 16pipes

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    Member castroman's Avatar
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    Cortland, NY
    Well I love my 3700+ Sandy you can get them for as low as 202 with free 2 day shipping
    Desktop Specs:

    CPU: Intel Core I7 920 Stock
    Heat Sink: Corsair H100
    Mobo: EVGA X58 FTW3 1366 Intel
    RAM: CORSAIR DOMINATOR 12GB (6 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
    GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 2
    Case: Corsair Graphite Series 600T
    PSU: Silverstone ST1000-P 1000W
    OS: Windows 7 x64 Professional

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    Member IWasHungry's Avatar
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    Seattle, WA
    Definetly looks like San Diego core will be the way to go with this setup. Here are your choices:
    - 3700+
    - Opteron 144
    - Opteron 146
    - Opteron 148

    If you buy any one of these, chances are you'll be able to overclock it to >2.5GHz

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    Member darksparkz's Avatar
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    Chicago, IL
    All the 144, 146, and 148 should OC to 2.9ghz or so, results vary, but many have done it.

    If you are willing to break $300, you'd get a great CPU, the Opteron 165 dual core, just by spending that extra bit of money, you'd have a huge upgrade from the 148s.
    Antec P182 w/ 3 Yate Loon D1SL-12
    Intel DG965WH Motherboard
    Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600
    G.Skill 4x2GB DDR2 PC6400 4-4-4-12
    WD Raptor WD1500ADFD 150GB
    OCZ Vertex2 60GB SSD
    eVGA 8800GTS 512MB
    Asus DRW-24B1ST
    Corsair HX520
    Scythe Ninja w/Panaflo 120mmx38mm FBA12G12M

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    Senior Member funnyperson1's Avatar
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    It would be like 20 bucks out of your budget, but imho dual core would be worth an extra 20 bucks.

    If not, I think the 146 Opteron gives a nice balance of high clock speeds with high HTT speeds.

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    Senior Member The Coolest's Avatar
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    I would also suggest you consider adding those $20-30 and get the dual core 165 Opteron.
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    Core i7 2600K 3.4GHz @ 4.5GHz (Scythe Mugen2) / Mobo: Biostar TP67XE / SSD: Crucial M4 128GB (+ HDDs) / GPU: HD5450 or 8800 Ultra / Mem: 4x4GB DDR3-1600 G.Skill 4GBXL RipJaws X - 16GB total / PSU: Seasonic S12II 620W.
    Secondary rig:
    Core i3 540 3.06GHz @ Stock / Mobo: MSI H55M-ED55 / GPU: Integrated / Mem: 2x2GB DDR3-1600 G.Skill 4GBRL RipJaws - 4GB total / PSU: FSP ATX350-PNR 350W.
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    Member huey's Avatar
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    Ok, going to go with the 165
    AMD 3800x2 @ 2700mhz prime95 and superpi32m stable
    G.Skill fx's @ 300mhz 2.5-4-3-7
    ocz powerstream 520
    homegrown wc
    DFI Ultra-d ad0
    x800GTO2-550/600 16pipes

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