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Build Advice Which board and chip for £100? AMD or Intel?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by xen0morph, 3 Dec 2010.

  1. xen0morph

    xen0morph Bargain wine connoisseur

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    Hi all (not posted here for a while!),

    Need some recommendations for a decent board and chip for under £100 all in. Must support DDR3 RAM. Will mostly be used for light office-type use, coding, and occasional gaming (FSX, GTA4, not really modern stuff).

    At the moment I am using a Gigabyte G31M-ES2L with an old Pentium Dual Core, one option was to upgrade to the G41MT-D3 with a newer model of Pentium Dual Core but it doesn't seem like I'll see much performance gain there. I've not looked at AMD stuff for a few years; is any of that better value for money?

    Going to be using this memory with it.

    I know you don't get much for that kind of money, but I was hoping someone could venture some decent suggestions!
     
  2. Nealieboyee

    Nealieboyee Packaging Master!

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    Which old Pentium Dual Core do you have if i may ask? Are you planning on selling your board and cpu when you get your new stuff?

    The G41 Combo supports DDR3, and its about £39, leaving you with £61 for a new CPU. You can pick up a second hand Q6600 for that money. Just a thought.
     
  3. mrbungle

    mrbungle Undercooked chicken giver

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    Gigabyte G31M-ES2L is a cracking little board

    try and overclock what you have?
     
  4. xen0morph

    xen0morph Bargain wine connoisseur

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    Hi,

    I'm not too sure which Pentium Dual Core it is actually, I can find out for you. I'm not selling it - gonna use it to build a new machine for the wife. (And that also answer's MrBungle's idea - I'm not keeping it when I can get something better :D )

    Not too sure about second hand stuff.

    So, I was looking at the AMD Phenom II. Specifications look pretty good on paper. Here's one possible combination:

    AMD Phenom II X2 555 (or possibly the 560?)

    Gigabyte M52LT-D3 (Can you tell I like Gigabyte stuff?)

    I know it comes in a bit overbudget, but hell, it's christmas.

    What do you reckon? I build PCs every week at work but it's been a while since I actually specced one up for performance on a budget. I have absolutely no clue what I'm looking for these days :D
     
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  5. Deders

    Deders Well-Known Member

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    A 3 core phenom II would give you better GTA4 performance
     
  6. Nealieboyee

    Nealieboyee Packaging Master!

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    Lol both your links point to the Gigabyte mobo. You really do love them don't you? :D


    There is no point staying with LGA775 for a new build. Its out of date. Having said that, i'm building three computers for family for Christmas, and they are all 775 and all use the GA-G31M-ES2l. Overclock the hell out of those pentium dual cores!!! I've got an E5200 myself.

    As for AMD, i'm not sure as i've never built a system using them, but they have started to look VERY appealing for budget builds, because i3/5/7 are still too hard on my budget.

    Second hand stuff is fine if you get it on the Bit-tech marketplace. Prices are generally good compared to ebay, and people on the forum usually take good care of their stuff.
     
  7. xen0morph

    xen0morph Bargain wine connoisseur

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    Oops, sorry about that. Link fixed :D

    Hmm, I'll have to try and find some reviews of the AMD stuff. Hoping to order today but I don't want to make a mistake, especially as this has got to stand me in good stead at least until the next time I'm permitted to buy some new hardware :D

    Deders> X2 seems to be about my limit budget-wise. Maybe second hand is the way to go...
     
  8. Nealieboyee

    Nealieboyee Packaging Master!

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    Might want to shop at Scan btw! You get free next day delivery because you belong to the forum. Good prices too!
     
  9. xen0morph

    xen0morph Bargain wine connoisseur

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    Thanks for the tip Nealie. I actually live about 15 minute's drive from Scan so I don't really need free delivery - might well be worth having a look there though to see if they can offer me better prices than Misco! (Though we use Misco at work so we can get a discount from them sometimes).

    Anyone have any thoughts on that board and chip? Reasonable budget system, or a bit of a dog? :D
     
  10. Fingers66

    Fingers66 Kiwi in London

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    Scan's current prices on that combination are only be a couple of quid cheaper, if you can get a discount from Misco and free delivery then it is probably worth it.

    If you can unlock a third core on the AMD Phenom II X2 555 then it will definately be a better purchase than a dual core Pentium given your usage. A similarly priced dual-core G6950 will clock to 4GHz but the H55 motherboard will cost you more.
     

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