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  • Fragadelic
    started a topic Need advice for an upgrade

    Need advice for an upgrade

    I currently have Sempron64 2800+(1.6G) that is overclocked to 2.4G on an Asus K8N motherboard.

    I'm looking to upgrade to dual core on a budget. I would like to stay with AGP if possible since I have a BFG 7600GS OC 512MB video card and it suits me fine.

    I'm not really doing any gaming these days so I don't have to stay with AGP but would like to if possible.

    I've been thinking about going Core 2 Duo - either E4300 or E6300 on an Asus P5PE-VM motherboard which uses DDR400 and AGP.
    Does anyone have any feedback for the P5PE-VM?

    I've been using mainly AMD to this point but have been seriously thinking of going Intel CPU on intel chipset since they seem to be becoming very Open Source friendly. That and the fact that the Core 2 Duo's are low power and fantastic speed like the AMD's are.

    I got rid of my P4 524 3.06G since it couldn't even come close to the Sempron in any benchmarks I ran on either Windows or Linux.

    Any other CPU/motherboard recommendations are welcome but I don't really want to spend more than $250CDN on a CPU or about $100CDN on a motherboard. I want to spend less than $500 for the entire system so If I need 1G of ddr2, that has to factor in there as well as a video card.
    Last edited by Fragadelic; 02-10-2007, 10:29 PM. Reason: Update title since I purchased the hardware

  • winkowski
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    Originally posted by Fragadelic View Post
    Dennis - how about for Canada?
    Sorry, I can only deal with US customers.
    But send me an email with your information and I can pass it to one of my colleuges up in Toronto.

    He use to work with me down here, but moved about 1 year ago.

    [email protected]

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  • Fragadelic
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    Dennis - how about for Canada?

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  • winkowski
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    Account Rep for Tiger Direct

    Hello All,

    My name is Dennis Winkowski, a Coporate Sales Rep for Tiger Direct.

    If are in need of anything, let me know as I can offer discounts and we offer a lot more products on our business site.

    Shoot me an email or give me a call.
    Dennis
    888-327-4719
    [email protected]

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  • Fragadelic
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    Well....

    I purchased a Core 2 Duo E4300 and an Asus P5PE-VM motherboard. The motherboard is based on the 865G chipset from Intel.

    A quick kernel compile benchmark compared to my Sempron64 2.4G system:

    Common Hardware
    7600GS OC 512M AGP Video Card
    2x512MB Kingmax Dual Channel DDR400 2.5-3-3-7
    SB Live! Value
    Hauppage WinTV PVR150 TV/capture card
    TD-101 Slim Case
    Enermax 420W PSU
    Panasonic DVD-RW DVR-105
    Seagate 250G PATA on the SATA controller using a PATA to SATA converter
    Linux Mint 2.1(Ubuntu Edgy derivative)

    Kernel 2.6.19 make -j 3 for E4300 and make -j 2 for Sempron64

    E4300 - stock clocking 1.8G 200FSB
    1074.093 seconds to do a complete compile

    Sempron64 2800+ OC'd to 2.4G 300FSB 3xHT RAM 266=DDR400 with overclock
    1971 or so seconds to do a complete compile

    I have to say I'm very impressed with the results. That Sempron is an awesome CPU considering it is only single core and only has 256k of cache.

    This is my first venture into dual core. I've been an AMD fan since the 386 days. I'm not planning on overclocking this system since it is fast enough as it is.

    I'm very happy with my budget system so far.

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  • Fragadelic
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    Cool.

    That motherboard and the Aus P5PE-VM I believe are indentical except for the video and the number of slots.

    I'm kinda leaning towards either the E4300 or E6300 on the Asus P5PE-VM so I can reuse my memory and video card.

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  • ivanovic
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    I am using a Core2Due 6400 with my old 2x512MB DDR400 ram from MDT (a German company). I am also still using my ancient ATI Radeon 9800Pro with 128MB ram that is nicely supported by the opensource r300 drivers.

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  • Fragadelic
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    What cpu do you have in that system?

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  • ivanovic
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    I am currently using an ASRock ConRoe865PE and it works very good on linux. It is based on the good old Intel 865 chip using DDR1 ram and works nicely with my old AGP graphics card. Everything I tested so far works nicely. The only thing I did not test is onboard audio. The bios is not usable if you want to overlock, but for everyday usage it is perfect. Here is a lonk to the Product itself:
    http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=ConRoe865PE
    The board works perfectly with the vanilla 2.6.18.6 Kernel I am using. All 2.6.18.* Kernel did work nicely, too.

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  • Fragadelic
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    The Asus nic woes seem to revolve around the gigabit capable nics.

    Wish I had an unlimited budget - lol.

    Having a dual core would allow me to use the pc while I encode video without affecting either.

    The E4300 and E6300 are $218 and $230 CDN right now up here so thats the biggest chunk of money and 1 G of DDR2 is about $130. The Pentium D 925 is $158CDN. An X2 3800+ is $170CDN. I probably won't be overclocking since most of the budget boards are very limited in overclocking anyway so any overclocking benefits of the CPU are null and void for now.

    Since I'm getting DDR2 anyway, AMD AM2 platform is back on the table as well but onboard video is a must for now.

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