Wanting to switch to Intel

drjones1

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Hey guys, Im currently running an AMD phenom X4 and really want to make the switch to Intel. I want to go Core I so Im not stuck in a dying socket. However I know absolutly nothing about Intel. Im not looking for the fastest chip out there, just a socket I can upgrade in over time. I also dont want to spend a ton of money. Motherboard and proc, Im not wanting to go much over $200, less if possible. I run single nvidia cards for the most part and have no intention of going SLI. I would however like as much Ram expansion as I can get in that price range. Can anyone point me to a good motherboard, proc setup that meets those requirements? Thanks.
 

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To be honest I don't think intel has much to offer you in the $200 for board+cpu range. Depending on your board you might be able to just drop a Phenom II x4 in place. Of course an i5 750 would be better, but its nearly $200 for the cpu by itself, so its a bit out of your range.
 
There is no way. 1156- the low end socket- is the only solution in that price matched with a clarkdale pentium, which will perform worse than your phenom x4, depending on the speed though, it might outperform it since it is not phenom II.

Unfortunately the lowest CPU on socket 1366 is a core i7 920 at about $300.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=2010340343%2050001157%201051744913&name=LGA%201366

I would recommend going AM3 but that's as much of a gamble as 1156 as it is unknown if AMD's new desktop processors in 2011 will be on that socket or not.

So I recommend waiting until prices drop or you save more money. Also if you want more than 4GB of DDR3 ram, you'll need more than $100.

If you really want to do it now do this:
Pentium 2.8GHz dual core http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131623
Asus motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116283
Gskill 1600MHz ram 9-9-9-24 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277
$301 before shipping

I doubt intel will release anything past the quad core i7 that they have for it now on this socket though.
 

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so im looking at about $400-500 for a good setup? I can go above 200, I just didnt want too, lol. so going I5 at the lowest end, what MOBO and Proc should i be looking at. Guess ill dip more into the tax refund than i wanted. :)
 

drjones1

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oh I should clarify... ANY other quads will probably be faster than my phenom. Its the 1.8ghz 9150e low watt version. The MOBO and proc are the only things left from an HP that Im slowly replacing.
 
I'd say get an Athlon II x4 and overclock it. It will perform wonders compared to your Phenom for $100. Then bide your time waiting for more information on AMD's desktop bulldozer platform. When it comes out, i7 will drop prices and you'll have the option of the bulldozers. 2011 should be.

Don't bother with Thuban. It is a phenom IIx6 and will only be 2.8GHz. Not worth it unless you do mad multi-tasking. For gaming the phenom IIx4 3.2GHz would perform better. Besides, why buy the best of the processor generation that will die when bulldozer comes to desktops?
 

Socket LGA775 has been around since 2006. Intel is still producing CPUs for them.
Socket AM2 came out in 2006 also. Since then they have had socket AM2+ and AM3. Yes there is backwards compatibility but still...