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Which CPU chip is the latest or top line?


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Da Dark Jedi

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Just needed to know what CPU do you like? I'm still using the Intel P4, I want to build a new system, thats why the question. Let me know what and why for your choice.
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What are you trying to do with the system? If you're not doing much more than just having a computer, why waste money on 'top of the line'.

I say this because I'm about to post my possible machine build and I think it might even be a little too much
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Yeah, it is not a valid question. There are 100s of CPUs out that, and all are excellent, reliable CPUs.

If you want to build a new system, you need to do 2 things - (1) establish a budget and (2) define your needs or the primary use for the computer.
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My strategy of building was this:

Choose a processor based on cost & performance. (I found the i5-2500 $209 to be plenty powerful and I just kinda wanted a 64 bit Quad Core... also came with a free blu ray burner until July 31st)
Find an appropriate MoBo. See my recent topic on which one. Chosen because of the SATA 6Gb ports, USB3, 4 memory ports, and the audio connections. You might want other options (embedded video, etc.)
Find a case that supports the MoBo size.
HD - Seagate and WD are tried and true.
PSU - Digerati has some sage advice on them :)
GPU - How much do you want to spend? I chose around $120

I had keyboards & monitors. Grand total was $700. With no video card you should be able to build a plenty powerful computer for general use for under $500.

Voila.
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And with today's advanced integrated graphics, if you choose a motherboard with integrated graphics, you may not need a card - depending on the intended use of this machine.

And if you select a µATX board, I would still get a mid-size case as they offer more room for components and hands, and still let you see what you are doing. Plus, they tend to offer much better cooling options.
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