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Discussion in 'Building a new PC' started by windman43, Feb 22, 2008.

  1. windman43

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    ok i want to build something new, and ive been reading around but i cant make a decision. i have the parts in my sig that i can reuse if need be which will either be the cpu or the motherboard. the problem is i cant decide between getting the E8400 or GA-EX38-DS4 (or recommend a better board)
     
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    The 965P-DS3 is still a decent motherboard, but it'll probably need a BIOS flash to support an E8400, better check with Gigabyte on that one.
     
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    yea i checked on that already, they have a new bios for it (F13o) but it says its still in beta, but the main reason i was considering a new mobo was because it wont let me overclock my e4300 past 3.15GHz. but you think a e8400 would be a better choice? or should i wait for some more wolfdale models to come out?
     
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    3.15Ghz is as far as I can get my E4300 with the P35-DS3R, the chip can't go much beyond that without high voltages.
    I personally think the ex38-ds4 is overkill considering you already have a decent board, an E8400 seems a much logical choice, if you can get a reliable BIOS to support it.
     
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    You can expect about 3.6 Ghz without OC'ing your Ram. You don't really need a newer motherboard either. The fact that the E8400 has three times the L2 cache will help performance too.
     
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    That's the E8400 right? lol
    As for not needing a new motherboard, I agree, on the proviso that a stable BIOS will run it. The P35 boards seem to accept the new CPU even without the required update, but I don't know if that goes for the 965 too.
     
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    aren't 965p chipset outdated?...if it was me i'll go for the mobo, but like you said it's a over kill. E8400 is a better option if the mobo can support it
     
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    It's old, but not that old, and when it was new it was an awesome board. It's still well up to the task of powering a top end PC.
     
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    so getting a E8400 is a better option. Then windman43 you'll have a decent rig
     
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    awesome thanks for the help, now just to find one in stock somewhere, lol.
     
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    Yeah, it's not easy unfortunately.
     
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    The cheapest I found in stock is on ebay and that's for around 270. Just get a E6750 or a Q6600.
     
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    E6750 would be cheaper but Q6600 would be better
     
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    Well obviously. Both are cheaper than the E8400 though.
     
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    Out of all those, the E8400 is probably what I'd have, even though they're £200, mainly because of how outrageously fast it is. That's if I was rich though. Right now I'm sticking with my 4300 until Quad cores offer significant benefits in games, and when they do I'll probably get something along the lines of a 9450.
     
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    Q9450 will only be avaliable Q3 2008 and only 10% i think will be quad cores
     
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    Mid March.
     
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    i hopoe that true AND enough stocks
     

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