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Old 27-02-2009, 08:33 PM   #1
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Help req'd for CPU+mobo purchase

Hi,

My current mobo is old and a bearing has gone in a fan and it makes a racket on start-up so I'm after a new mobo and cpu.

Olly kindly steered me away from quad core CPUs as cores 3 and 4 rarely get used unless you're really giving it some welly. I'll only really be doing your average gaming so that's not me.

Looking on Scan, there are so many motherboards I don't have a clue what's what. If anyone can help decipher the hyroglyphics then I'd be greatful.

I'm not out for spending a great deal. 200 would be tops as far as budget goes. Here's the shopping list of features:

CPU
- Dual core CPU (unless there's some mega reason for quad)
- 45nm (apparently lower is good?)
- Intel preferably

MOBO
- Lots of RAM capacity
- Not bothered about Sli/crossfire, although I'll be staying with nVidia for the foreseeable future
- SATA II
- IDE: Probably need one for a DVD drive
- Network: as fast/good as possible
- On-board sound: not required as I have a sound card
- Wireless: not required because it sucks donkey wang when gaming and I'm sat next to the router
- HDCP: meh, not sure what this does but I'll have it if it's free

I can't really think of much else. I have the case, PSU, RAM and all the other gubbins.


Thanks.
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Old 28-02-2009, 08:09 AM   #2
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Re: Help req'd for CPU+mobo purchase

Just beware buying your motherboard, make sure it takes the right nm technology for your chip. Can be an expensive mistake.
If you want to future proof yourself for a quad core 45nm later then look at the nivida 7 series mobo.
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Old 28-02-2009, 01:52 PM   #3
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Re: Help req'd for CPU+mobo purchase

For the CPU go for the E8xxx series, there the fastest dial cores Intel currently do, I have the E8400 and its a great chip : http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Intel...tiplier-Retail

As for the motherboard if your not bothered about bells and whistles and just want something that you can stick in run the system and leave alone then the P43 chipset looks the best for you, nice, cheap and will do the job.

http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Gigab...7-SATA-300-ATX

Only supports 8gb memory but this should be enough for most people, I expect your running 4gb?

HDCP is High Definition Content Protection, basicly there for Blu Raym your graphics card and Monitor should support it, nothing to do with the motherboard.
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If you want to future proof yourself for a quad core 45nm later then look at the nivida 7 series mobo.
Nearly all modern motherboards support 45nm chips, Nvidia 7 series motherboards are a little overkill for Rogers needs
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Nearly all modern motherboards support 45nm chips, Nvidia 7 series motherboards are a little overkill for Rogers needs
If he went for the cheaper 6 series, they only support 65nm
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