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Old 12th September, 2011, 05:57 AM
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I need to be enlightened...

My SATA controller died on my rig in sig. The wife agreed to let me purchase the parts for a new one. Only problem, price limit is $300.

Its been so long since I've built a new computer I almost feel lost looking at whats out there. From what I know I'm going to stick with AMD because the prices are much more fitting and I can get more for my money than with Intel.

I've looked at the APU's and thought they looked good, but also the Phenom II's still look pretty appetizing because of speed and number of cores for your money. I'm just having a hard time deciding which route to take.

I will do some gaming on the new computer but nothing crazy, unless somehow I can land my hands on BF3.... Most of the time will be older games like BF2142 and BF2 and company of heroes. Streaming HD media to the 360 will be one of the biggest things this computer will to so I need something powerful that can transcode quickly.

Please help me with your insight of CPU's (or APU's) motherboards and their chipsets.

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Old 12th September, 2011, 09:51 PM
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Does Windows do transcoding when streaming to a Xbox 360, or is it just something you need to anyhow?
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Old 13th September, 2011, 12:20 AM
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I'm not sure...I use tversity to stream to the 360 and it transcodes my movies that are in the .mkv file format.
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Old 14th September, 2011, 10:39 PM
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I still don't "get" the difference between APU's and CPU's. Why one over the other and for what purpose, etc?
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Why one over the other and for what purpose, etc?
thats exactly why I started this thread to get some input on whether I should get an apu or stick with a Phenom II...Anyone?
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Old 15th September, 2011, 08:54 PM
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I think APUs are well suited to building budget gaming rigs. Perhaps, the best bang per buck, for this right now.

But, for things like processing video, they are a bit below par. Not ideal for someone who edits a lot of HD video. Probably just fine for streaming video to a Xbox 360, though.

A high-end CPU with separate graphics card is still the best, but more expensive of course.

APUs are not good for overclocking, but switching to faster system RAM will benefit both the CPU and GPU.
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so this is what I think I'm going to go with

AMD Phenom II BE X4 955
Newegg.com - AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX

MSI MSI970-G45 AM3+
Newegg.com - MSI 970A-G45 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Crucial Ballitix sport 8GB
Newegg.com - Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT51264BA1339

What do you think...I'll be sticking with my ancient x1900xt but a video card is out of the budget at this time.
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And this is for a 64-bit OS? Sorry, just had to ask with 8Gb of RAM.
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Looks good to me!
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And this is for a 64-bit OS? Sorry, just had to ask with 8Gb of RAM.
sure is
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8 GB of RAM, with a Phenom II BE X4 955? I'm not keeping up with that, good choice, sir!
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Hey Mark, don't forget to use your copy of Windows 7 from the MSDN Academic Alliance... so you don't have to purchase windows...
I have an 8800 for you but don't know if it works yet...
Stick with Phenom, you won't regret it.
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