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Dual-Core or Quad-Core?

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#76 Paul Romero

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Posted 09 August 2008 - 02:59 AM

Hi,

Today, I went dual core...AMD Athlon X2 4200, 1gb RAM, 160gb HDD, Nvidia 6150SE Graphics, Vista Home, DVD/CD Burner, LAN/Modem, 6 USB ports, 1 year Warranty from HP, 24x7 support. Brand: Compaq. Price: $250.
Dual core sure has come down in cost.

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Posted 09 August 2008 - 10:21 PM

The reason\ behind the price reductions in the E8500/E8400 CPUs was revealed yesterday; Intel is releasing (Monday) the E8600 with a stock speed of 3.33 GHz...and others. Still (this declaration is good for 450 milliseconds), the E8500 is the current dual-core sweet spot, at ~40% of the E8600's cost.

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Posted 10 August 2008 - 12:17 AM

I'm going to bump to a quad if the prices come down a bit, and I can get 2.8GHz or better. This 1066 RAM is not breaking a sweat at 800MHz. I built this box with a quad in mind, but dropped a dual in there for now.

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Posted 10 August 2008 - 10:37 PM

Well, the Built-On-The-Basis-of-Sales-at-Newegg peecee passed its "blue-smoke test" today, in that there was none. Sadly, the highly-rated Ciprico 5000 series PCI/SATA drive controller tanked. Although recognized by the BIOS, I couldn't get into the Ciprico BIOS to configure the card for booting. SInce Ciprico is in Chapter 11 bankruptcy, tomorrow I'll switch the 3 HDDs to the onboard RAID controller and relagate the essentially-orphaned Ciprico to the trash bin.

Then comes the "enjoyment" of configuring the new peecee to what I have now...


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