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thomas09
18-07-2006, 07:29 PM
ok i want to know weather to go the conroe way or pentium D. i have a budget and want to keep the Motherboard, CPU, RAM and Graphics Card under about $1000 max ( is that resonable? ) also planning to buy parts between September and October. only for gaming such as Unreal Tornament, Half life 2, Counter Strike.

RandomCarnage
18-07-2006, 07:54 PM
It is overly optimistic to expect to get your shopping list within your budget. Conroe by itself will burn half that amount, and a video card easily the rest.

Mother board and conroe packages will likely be the best value for money if you wait a bit longer, but for $1000 you will struggle to include ram and a video card (assuming all new parts) unless you sacrifice elseware.

The flip side is Pentium D is effectivly an obsolete technology. It still performs most tasks well, but I expect the price for them will come down dramatically and you could get some great bang for your buck with this option. This will leave you in a far better position to get ram and a video card.

thomas09
18-07-2006, 08:06 PM
yeah i was thinking it wasnt enough. everyone is saying go conroe but i probably wont be able to afford it. im wanting to get a geforce 7600gs since its quite adequate for my needs.

robsonde
18-07-2006, 08:59 PM
ok i want to know weather to go the conroe way or pentium D. i have a budget and want to keep the Motherboard, CPU, RAM and Graphics Card under about $1000 max ( is that resonable? ) also planning to buy parts between September and October. only for gaming such as Unreal Tornament, Half life 2, Counter Strike.

you want conroe and you can expect to pay $350 for the CPU.
$200 for a system board.
maybe $200 for RAM.
leaving a $200-ish for a good graphics card.

depending on the system board you may not be able to re-use your power suppily/case.

BTW the numbers above are very top of my head figures so no flaming thanks :-)

thomas09
18-07-2006, 09:07 PM
does the cheapest conroe out-perform the pentiums d's? ive been trying to find boards that support conroe but can find very few in nz.

robsonde
18-07-2006, 09:11 PM
does the cheapest conroe out-perform the pentiums d's? ive been trying to find boards that support conroe but can find very few in nz.


check out www.tomshardware.com

conroe kicks ass!!

mejobloggs
19-07-2006, 12:06 AM
Yep, go Conroe. If you are buying a new pc, don't even think about anything else. (unless AMD seriously seriously seriously reduce their prices)

The_End_Of_Reality
19-07-2006, 08:32 AM
(unless AMD seriously seriously seriously reduce their prices) AMD are said to drop their prices by 30-50% on the 23rd, or 24th, I don't exactly remember...

I was reading about the Conroes, and the top one, the X6800 absolutely owns the FX-62 :waughh: and what is more, it is only an extra ~$150, I know this is of no use to you, but for anyone else reading...

I must say, at this current point, my next rig will be a Conroe (and I am an AMD man :p)

straitjacket
19-07-2006, 08:40 AM
NOOOOOOOOOO!! TRAITOR :D

The_End_Of_Reality
19-07-2006, 09:00 AM
NOOOOOOOOOO!! TRAITOR :D Ha ha ha :D, I go where the performance is :p

pctek
19-07-2006, 10:10 AM
Yes the Conroe outperforms AMD. However so farr its the only one that does.
And yes, AMD are reducing prices.
So.....it will take more than one CPU to make me change back.

mejobloggs
19-07-2006, 10:10 AM
The E6600 Conroe outperforms the AMD FX-62

NZ prices are:

E6600 - $650
FX-62 - $2000

(roughly based on pricespy)

Guess which one I would rather have ;)

SolMiester
19-07-2006, 12:22 PM
Any prizes for guessing?

mejobloggs
19-07-2006, 12:25 PM
A free full stop?

. <-- there we are. You better not get it wrong now.

SolMiester
19-07-2006, 12:28 PM
Those prices are just so out of kilter with performance right now, its not funny. AMD has to do something straight away, or they will lose the progress they have made in the last 3 years

mejobloggs
19-07-2006, 01:51 PM
Heck yeah, they need about a 70% price chop (based on the FX-62, which is probably extremely overpriced. I would think on average they would have to chop back 50% or something)

Anyway, I will be sticking with my current AMD.... until I get enough for a big upgrade, bwhahaaaaw. Maybe I should go for the 'second revision' Conroe or something.