best cpu and mobo for around 400$?

Custom / CUSTOM
February 7, 2009 at 21:47:46
Specs: vista ultimate 32bit, p4 3.4 ghz, 2gb ram
what is the best cpu and mobo i can get for around 400$?

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#1
February 8, 2009 at 06:18:00
Best for what? If you are assuming the cost difference is only in those two items then you need to rethink. DDR3 motherboards will require new RAM and it is more expensive than DDR2. You may need to purchase a new PSU (power supply).

In short, you need to set a budget for a complete computer and select a balanced set of hardware components. This should be dependent on what the rig will be used for.


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#2
February 8, 2009 at 07:52:48
You can easily buy a decent CPU/board combo for about 1/2 that much. But if you have your heart set on spending $400, we'd need to know if you prefer AMD or Intel & whether you want a dual or quad core CPU. The primary use of the system would be helpful...if it's for gaming, is running two video cards (SLi or Crossfire) a possibility? Do you plan on overclocking? Do you want a full size ATX board or will an mATX board do? How about memory slots - 2 or 4?

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#3
February 8, 2009 at 09:00:48
Also, do you want to go with the new core I7 Intel cpu ? In that case you'll need DDR3 RAM, which, as OtheHill noted, is more expensive.

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#4
February 8, 2009 at 11:14:57
the only thing i want is new cpu and mobo, i want to use ddr2 ram i have 4gb already 800mhz
also i have that much to spend, and i want the best one for gaming.
i prefer intel but if amd is better than just tell me which one to get

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#5
February 8, 2009 at 12:29:50
You're going to waste $400 (yes, WASTE) because you can't play one stinking game to your liking? And an online game no less?

http://www.computing.net/answers/ha...

I noticed you neglected to list the motherboard & PSU in your spec list.


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#6
February 8, 2009 at 20:47:36
well i want a quad core cpu
i want the fastest computer poss, now anyways does anyone know or should i just give up, all im asking is a recomendation.

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#7
February 9, 2009 at 04:57:06
You're asking for a recommendation but refuse to give us the info we need to make that recommendation. You wanna waste your money, fine. Bump up your budget:

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Yorkfield 2.83GHz - $280

DFI Lanparty DK X48-T2RSB Motherboard - $200


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#8
February 9, 2009 at 06:41:56
Here's a slightly cheaper board based on the X38 chipset...the one above is based on the X48:

DFI LANPARTY DK X38-T2RB Motherboard - $160

BTW, both boards are full size ATX. Make sure your case accepts ATX boards.


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#9
February 9, 2009 at 22:19:02
what about the amd phenom x4 940 quad core 3.0ghz? what do you guys think about that one.?

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#10
February 10, 2009 at 07:23:11
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...

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