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First build - Conroe or Cheaper S939 ...?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Stiffler05, 27 Jul 2006.

  1. Stiffler05

    Gangster

    Joined: 13 Jul 2005

    Posts: 132

    Hi guys,

    I want to upgrade my system soon and when i do it'll be my first build. I'm liking how well conroe seems to be performing and well they clock with a decent motherboard. However i'm also tempted to get a cheaper S939 system to tide me over till the middle of next year when i can upgrade to Vista, DX10 etc...

    I've come up with a couple systems. So i'm basically wondering what you guys would do in my position? Get the more expensive conroe or the cheaper but slightly less performance S939 system.

    Conroe System:
    CP-127-IN
    Intel Core 2 DUO E6400 "LGA775 Conroe" 2.13GHz (1066FSB) - Retail (CP-127-IN) £154.95
    HD-046-WD
    Western Digital Caviar SE16 250GB 2500KS SATA-II 16MB Cache - OEM (HD-046-WD) £46.55
    CD-041-PO
    Pioneer DVR-111BK 16x16 DVD±RW Dual Layer ReWriter - (Black) OEM (CD-041-PO) £22.95
    CA-054-LL
    Lian-Li PC-7 PLUS Black Aluminium Midi-Tower Case (No PSU) (CA-054-LL)
    £48.95
    CA-017-OC
    OCZ ModStream 520w ATX2.2 Power Supply (CA-017-OC) £54.95
    MB-062-GI
    Gigabyte GA_965P_DS4 (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard (MB-062-GI) £109.95
    GX-044-CO
    Connect3D ATI Radeon X1800 XT 256MB GDDR3 AVIVO TV-Out/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail (GX-044-CO) £129.95
    MY-014-GS
    G.Skill 2GB DDR2 NR PC2-6400 (2x1GB) CAS5 Dual Channel Kit (F2-6400PHU2-2GBNR) (MY-014-GS) £114.95

    Total inc Vat. £802

    S939 A64 system:
    HD-046-WD
    Western Digital Caviar SE16 250GB 2500KS SATA-II 16MB Cache - OEM (HD-046-WD) £46.55
    CD-041-PO
    Pioneer DVR-111BK 16x16 DVD±RW Dual Layer ReWriter - (Black) OEM (CD-041-PO) £22.95
    GX-044-CO
    Connect3D ATI Radeon X1800 XT 256MB GDDR3 AVIVO TV-Out/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail (GX-044-CO) £129.95
    CP-150-AM
    AMD Athlon 64 3700+ San Diego (Socket 939) - OEM (CP-150-AM) £54.95
    FG-000-AR
    Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro CPU Cooler (Socket 754/939/940) (FG-000-AR)
    £9.95
    MB-014-DF
    DFI LanParty UT NF4 Ultra-D (Socket 939) PCI-Express Motherboard (MB-014-DF) £74.95
    CA-040-AN
    Antec Sonata II Piano Black Quiet Case - 450W Smart Power PSU (CA-040-AN) £65.95

    Total inc Vat. £476 (i've got Ram i can use for this system already)


    Any thoughts would be appreciated.
     
  2. Admiral Huddy

    Caporegime

    Joined: 17 Feb 2003

    Posts: 29,614

    Location: Chelmsford

    I would go for the Conroe tbh.. From someone who has been using AMD chips for years, it looks like Intel have finally a processor worth switching for.
     
  3. SiriusB

    Capodecina

    Joined: 16 Dec 2005

    Posts: 14,448

    Location: Manchester

    I would look at it from a finances point of view first.

    Can you really afford a more expensive Conroe rig right now? If so then great, go Conroe. If not stick with an AMD system [or not bother at all]

    I only buy a new main PC every 2-3 years so I am usually looking for the best - which means lots of money I have to save. Buying an intermediate PC would cost more in the long run so to cut this long post short - go for the Conroe rig if you have the money. If not wait.

    SiriusB
     
  4. Stiffler05

    Gangster

    Joined: 13 Jul 2005

    Posts: 132

    At the moment, i'm running an old dell 8300 (3ghz P4, 1gb of ram and a 6800gt), it handles games ok... but i do like playing stuff with all the eye candy on.

    Tbh, the thing which entices me to get a new pc now is building the rig myself and overclocking it. Since i bought the Dell over 3 years ago, i've got really interested in pc's... so the building/OCing side of it is something i'd like to get into.

    I imagine like everyone else, conroe is looking a very good prospect atm... especially the lower 6300 and 6400 models which seem to overclock really well. But like you guys say, the cost is a bit more what with having to get new ram and a decent overclocking/priced conroe motherboard, of which there seem to be a bit of a shortage.
     
  5. b.cummins

    Hitman

    Joined: 23 Mar 2006

    Posts: 907

    Location: Guildford, Surrey

    anyone had a good test run of the conroe? how does it compare?
     
  6. SiriusB

    Capodecina

    Joined: 16 Dec 2005

    Posts: 14,448

    Location: Manchester

    If you can hang on a month or two there should be some really nice Conroe motherboards coming out. Apparantly Abit are making a comeback with their Conroe boards.

    SiriusB
     
  7. t31os

    Mobster

    Joined: 24 May 2006

    Posts: 3,575

    Location: Surrey - UK

    It should give the mobo companys time to fix any bios issues they have to, i know there is a few ickle problems here and there.

    And of course as said above, there should be some more boards coming out to choose from.
     
  8. Stiffler05

    Gangster

    Joined: 13 Jul 2005

    Posts: 132

    Yeah, i'd heard there were a few good MB's on the horizon. Is it the Nforce 590's that are due out soon? Perhaps the price on the current ones may have dropped a little by then too.

    My only thought is whether the price and availability of the amd processors will be similar to what they are now. So if i did decide to take the cheaper route after a month or too i'd be stung by price increases due to low stock levels.
     
  9. The Running Man

    Caporegime

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 35,370

    Location: block 16, cell 12

    lol, why on earth would u spend double the cash to get a small % increase in performance?