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Old 30th Nov 2009, 11:54   #1
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Budget overclocking is back!

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Old 30th Nov 2009, 12:28   #2
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Definitely sticking with core 2 for a while. I contemplated getting a core 2 quad, but money is tight, so I'm just waiting it out for i5/i7 prices to drop.

The main thing for me is the price of the motherboards. New cpus tend to always be the same price, but even the cheap 1156 boards are way more expensive than 775 boards were a couple of years ago.
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Old 30th Nov 2009, 12:45   #3
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Perfectly happy with my Q6600. might wait for a price drop, might wait till I'm struggling to play a certain game. Chances are the 4870 will be changed before mobo/cpu/ram
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Old 30th Nov 2009, 12:50   #4
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I'm thinking about a completely new system in the new year and I think I'll probably end up going with an i5 I mean it's getting harder and harder to buy the decent core 2 chips now.
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Old 30th Nov 2009, 13:34   #5
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I am getting the new PDC E6500 2.93GHz to replace an old c2d E6300 1.8GHz@2.8. That was a wallet friendly $95 usd. I figure I should be able to get at least 3.8GHz without going over 1.3625V.
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Old 30th Nov 2009, 14:00   #6
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price-wise, a q6600 still rocks.

but in terms of raw performance, you can't beat an i7 or i5. besides, the Nehalem architecture is so good, i don't see any reason not to own it.

i personally go for the latest, greatest architecture i can afford. GT200 was the greatest (in its size) and now the Nehalem (cos it's the latest and best)
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Old 30th Nov 2009, 14:24   #7
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I won't be upgrading to a new board & CPU for at least 2 years. I have absolutely no need. My Q9550 is more than enough and I haven't had all the fun out of it yet. I'm debating to buy a new motherboard as I believe my current P5E3 is causing some issues with my HDDs.

My next purchase will most likely be an PCIe SSD if the other half buys me a certain DX11 card for Chrimbo.

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Old 30th Nov 2009, 15:47   #8
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My E8400 @ 3.6 and 4890 play Crysis at max with 4xAA @ 1680x1050 and with consolification, I won't need anything faster for years to come. Woohoo!
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Old 30th Nov 2009, 16:30   #9
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Old 30th Nov 2009, 16:39   #10
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My E8400 @ 3.6 and 4890 play Crysis at max with 4xAA @ 1680x1050 and with consolification, I won't need anything faster for years to come. Woohoo!
I don't know about that. I believe a certain someone said, "You'll never need more than 64K of memory". I bet he is scratching his head now. I just upgraded to an i7 a couple of months ago and couldn't be happier. It wasn't cheap but i love being able to run server 2008, backtrack, and xp inside vista x64 and still have enough power to spare. Although i have had to postpone my W7 upgrade........

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My next purchase will most likely be an PCIe SSD if the other half buys me a certain DX11 card for Chrimbo.
I think you will need several more halves to afford that.
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Old 30th Nov 2009, 17:22   #12
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I'm more than happy with my recent upgrade to an E8400 & P5Q-E, currently at 3.8GHz stable at stock vcore. It's more than fast enough for me as I'm not a big PC gamer.

I'd love an I5 but it would have cost double my current setup for me to upgrade what with having to buy new ram too.

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Old 30th Nov 2009, 18:45   #13
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THinking about a Clarkdale system with a mATX mobo (and a 5770) to change my Abit QuadGT (which doesn't have a sound and a network card anymore), E6750 @ 3,2 GHz and a 7900 GTO... No point in staing on LGA-775 anymore i think, but yeah, a new system is quite expensive.
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Old 30th Nov 2009, 19:15   #14
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My single core Opteron 144 does everything I need. Virtual Box runs WinXP for the wife with very little performance hit. I would like an IntelVT or AMD-V CPU but I'd have to upgrade my mobo and RAM as well as the CPU and that's just not worth it for me.
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Old 30th Nov 2009, 21:53   #15
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I built myself an E5300/4GB ddr800/1TB/GTX260+ a few months ago and haven't gone too hard at overclocking yet (got 3.9GHz, but temps creeped up to 80+ and wasn't fully stable, settled for 3.4GHz). I'll be sticking with that till I get a job with a decent amount of disposable income, which will probably be in time for LGA1366 6 core equivalent of the i7 920 (and need to find a new place to live, so that'll bugger the upgrade process for a while).
I built an i7 920/6GB 1866mhz/ 1TB/ 8800gt system for a mate before I built my system, and he couldn't be happier with it, aside from having to RMA his ram cause of one dead stick. his last system was an athlon x2 4800+ machine.
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Old 30th Nov 2009, 22:14   #16
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My newly built e5200 / gts250 system is fine, has no problem playing crysis at my prefered settings.
i5 and i7 is way to expensive for me and will be for some time.
If I was going to build a new system it would be a budget AMD quad core for about $130AU.
What I would like is a descent 775 HSF setup but the problem is they cost more than the cpu I have only just purchased.
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I jumped ship to a core i7 920 setup earlier this year (actually around the launch of the i7 in the UK). It is currently running @ 3.6ghz (Corsair H50 cooling) alongside 2 overclocked GTX260-216's in SLI (had them up to 740/1600/2500 when benching) all contained withing my recently purchased Fractal Design R2.

I was thinking about chopping out the GTX260s for a pair of HD5850s but I realised that no game I play at the moment really stresses the GTX cards enough to warrant upgrading (everything is more than playable).

My next move is porbably a Intel X25-m 80GB SSD and windows 7 X64 (running Vista X64 atm) but, tbh, everything works just right at the moment and I doubt I would notice enough of a difference to warrant the outlay (north side of £250).

Whilst the core setup was expensive (CPU & motherboard) the rest of the system was pretty well priced. I managed to get the two GTX260 cards on offer at £120 each whilst the case was around £80.
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For budget overclocking, it'll be really intresting to see the upcoming i3 CPUs. The i3 530 for example. Dualcore Nehalem with HT and 2,93GHz stock speed at just 100 euros? Yes please! Here's hoping they scale the range all the way down like they did with Core.
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My E8400/X48 is going into a media/backup server and my gaming rig is going to get a i7 920/X58.
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im planning on upgrading in like 4 or 5 years so then lynnfield will be like how pentium 3 is now.

if i was to do it now id go with AMD. im not gonna pay $1k for an unlocked multi
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