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donnybrasco

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Hi guys,

I am building a PC and am left with 3 main parts, i.e. Motherboard, CPU and RAM. I am looking around for parts and am not sure what the best is for each of these components. My budget for each is as follows:

CPU (i5 or Q8400???) : R1,500
Motherboard (Intel): R600
RAM (DDR 2 or DDR 3) : R500

On the CPU am not sure which one is better between the i5 650 3.2GHz and Q8400 2.66GHz. Can anyone match my requirements to the best parts???Please
 

Archer

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Rather tell us what your total budget is. Also, for what will you be using the machine?
 

donnybrasco

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Total budget is R2,700. I will be using it for gaming and programming mostly, running apps like Visual Studio 2010 and Expression Blend...I have one currently and its not that bad as it still takes the load, Core 2 Duo 2 E7500
 

sh4rpz

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Picked up my i5 750 Quad-Core in July from Esquire at +-R1500 (Less than R1600 incl VAT) from Esquire.
 

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donnybrasco

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This looks like a cool combo to go for, but may I ask what the main differences are between the AMD and Intel routes. Using AMD, does it limit me on anything, have never really looked into it. Please help, because, might just want to try this?
 

Mike Hoxbig

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Picked up my i5 750 Quad-Core in July from Esquire at +-R1500 (Less than R1600 incl VAT) from Esquire.

Slight correction, it's actually a dual core with two threads per core. But yeah I'd say get the i5 too :)
 

donnybrasco

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If the AMD Athlon II X4 AM3 Quad-Core 640 3.0GHz is similar to a dual core, no thanks, dont want to go backwards,will stick to Intel. Will what Esquire has to offer
 

Mike Hoxbig

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You sure about that?

Processor Number, i5-750. # of Cores, 4. # of Threads, 4.

Mistake, it depends on which i5 - Clarkdale and Arrandale contain two cores, Lynnfield contains four cores. His is obviously a Lynnfield.
 

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If the AMD Athlon II X4 AM3 Quad-Core 640 3.0GHz is similar to a dual core, no thanks, dont want to go backwards,will stick to Intel. Will what Esquire has to offer

Not sure what you are on about :confused:
 

killadoob

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What is better between the i5 650 3.2GHz and Q8400 2.6GHz in terms of performance?

Well you are comparing a dual core with a quadcore, so now if a program uses all 4 cores the q8400 will be faster, if it only uses 2 cores the i5 will be faster.
 

donnybrasco

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Well, Im torn apart with these two as they are the same price, and am not sure which one would best fit programming tools and gaming???
 

donnybrasco

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And am sure which ever I choose will also affect the mother board I am going to purchase, so would need to know whats the better combination?
 
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