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  • jellyhead 8 Feb 2010 18:21:35 24,350 posts
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    I've heard good things about the Fuji Speedpoint F1? drives but that was last year so they'll either be a bargain or a newer faster one is out by now. I've got WD Blacks and they're nice. My Barracuda 7200.11 was one of the batch that brick themselves due to a firmware issue. It's all sorted now but it's worth checking forums for such things.

    Luckily i only lost a load of save files and i'll give the old SATA terminal fix a whirl at some point so it's not all bad :)

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  • Deleted user 11 February 2010 19:37:10
    Right, I'm gonna be naughty and use the credit card, these i3/i5s worth looking at or shall I stick the the Core 2 range?
  • Bremenacht 11 Feb 2010 20:08:13 15,819 posts
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    i5's are supposedly a bit expensive for what you get, so compare i3 & Core2 prices and mobo prices too. I've no idea what prices are like at the moment.

    I'm assuming you're mostly gaming.

    Once an eagle taught me courage. And I will never forget that day

  • Deleted user 11 February 2010 20:15:23
    Not modern games no, but the option to play the odd one would be nice (mass effect was my last purchase).

    Any recommended retailers?
  • Dougs 11 Feb 2010 20:43:50 64,962 posts
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    I used Easy PC for my custom build (with an i5, lol!). They have a web store and an eBay shop, not sure if the do mobo bundles or not though.

    Edit: that they built for me, not that brave.
  • Bremenacht 11 Feb 2010 20:49:52 15,819 posts
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    I used to use Tekheads, Oveclock or ebay for odd stuff, and ebuyer etc for common bits. I couldn't honestly recommend a particular one now, it's been so long since I've built something.

    Once an eagle taught me courage. And I will never forget that day

  • Deleted user 11 February 2010 21:35:33
    Think I'm just gonna go for this bundle, seems about right.
  • Deleted user 12 February 2010 14:22:55
    Ended up buying an e8400 and ASUS P5QL PRO iP43, purely for overclocking when needed, 190.

    Not sure if I should have gone for the Quad core really.
  • cianchristopher 12 Feb 2010 14:32:43 6,360 posts
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    I've heard that Battlefield Bad Company 2 is quite choppy on dual-cores and runs much better on quad-cores as that's the way it's been designed.

    Could just be bullshit, I know. But......... IT COULD BE TRUE
  • Bremenacht 12 Feb 2010 14:37:41 15,819 posts
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    cianchristopher wrote:
    I've heard that Battlefield Bad Company 2 is quite choppy on dual-cores and runs much better on quad-cores as that's the way it's been designed.

    Could just be bullshit, I know. But......... IT COULD BE TRUE
    Possibly, but he's already said he'll mostly be playing old games. Dual core would have been fine, but hey-ho - it's hard to make a bad purchase on CPUs these days anyway.

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  • cianchristopher 12 Feb 2010 14:41:25 6,360 posts
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    Bloodkult wrote:
    You should of went for a quad core Phenom II (prob a 955BE).
    You could of got one and a mobo for the same price as that bundle and it would totally annihilate it.

    Nobody buys Phenom IIs anymore...
  • grey_matters 12 Feb 2010 15:00:29 3,406 posts
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    Bloodkult wrote:
    But apparently people are still buying e8400s
    People are stupid.
    It's for MAME. High clocks and single threaded performance seem to be the order of the day. It isn't a stupid purchase. If he gets a good overclock he'll be fine. Would have got a Ph2 myself too but for what is needed, its fine (bordering on ideal).
  • Deleted user 12 February 2010 15:01:19
    Smuggo wrote:
    Most software isn't really taking advantage of quad cores, and if you're not planning on playing new games with maxed out graphics it probably won't be a problem, but a quad core would have potentially future-proofed things for you a little bit.
    Well the fact that its a DDR2 based system means there isn't much upgrade patch anyway. Won't be upgrading for a very long time anyway.

    System will mainly be used for media serving / Mame / SF4 and Left4Dead.

    The e8400 is a really good overclocker, which was my main reason for buying it.

    EDIT: AMD is for gayers.
  • Bremenacht 12 Feb 2010 15:01:31 15,819 posts
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    Not such a huge loss according to the Anand workbench:

    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/default.aspx?p=56&p2=102&c=1

    You might be right about price though.

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  • Deleted user 12 February 2010 15:02:55
    Bremenacht wrote:
    Not such a huge loss according to the Anand workbench:

    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/default.aspx?p=56&p2=102&c=1

    You might be right about price though.
    Yup, but this'll be running at 3.6 out of the box with stock cooling no problem. Apparently.
  • Deleted user 12 February 2010 15:05:03
    Yeah, marginal improvement lol. I'm sure MAME/Dolphin/Left4Dead will give a fuck.
  • Deleted user 12 February 2010 15:25:41
    e8400 will go to 4ghz no problem though, if I want it to.

    EDIT: Cheapest I found the 955 is 122, prices seem to have gone up on certain things over the last few months.
  • Deleted user 12 February 2010 15:26:55
    129 for a E8400 is mental when you can get a i5 for 150. :/

  • Deleted user 12 February 2010 15:28:37
    N@ wrote:
    129 for a E8400 is mental when you can get a i5 for 150. :/
    I know, but I've only got 200 to spend, I'd need motherboard and ram to go with it.
  • Bremenacht 12 Feb 2010 15:30:04 15,819 posts
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    CrispyXUK wrote:
    Bremenacht wrote:
    Not such a huge loss according to the Anand workbench:

    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/default.aspx?p=56&p2=102&c=1

    You might be right about price though.
    Yup, but this'll be running at 3.6 out of the box with stock cooling no problem. Apparently.
    You've not made a stupid purchase. I'm pretty sure that's a decent mobo too.

    Once an eagle taught me courage. And I will never forget that day

  • Deleted user 12 February 2010 15:31:08
    Yeah, I looked at a lot of reviews for that one. I've had a lot of experience with shit motherboards and wasn't gonna get bitten again :D
  • Bremenacht 12 Feb 2010 15:31:10 15,819 posts
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    Still, it's nice to get lots of good advice - after you've bought. :/

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  • Deleted user 12 February 2010 15:31:55
    Bloodkult wrote:
    CrispyXUK wrote:
    e8400 will go to 4ghz no problem though, if I want it to.

    But clock speeds don't really mean anything when you're on an old architecture.
    An i5 750 only sits at 2.6 but still totally buries most 3.X Phenom II and C2D's.
    Again, 200 is all I have.
  • Deleted user 12 February 2010 15:31:56
    CrispyXUK wrote:
    N@ wrote:
    129 for a E8400 is mental when you can get a i5 for 150. :/
    I know, but I've only got 200 to spend, I'd need motherboard and ram to go with it.

    What motherboard do you have?
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