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What do I lose by going G31 over P35/P43/P45?

Discussion in 'Intel x86 CPUs and chipsets' started by CrazyDez, May 1, 2009.

  1. CrazyDez

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    I'm speccing up a budget gaming box for my nephew.

    The G31 chipset motherboards are by far the cheapest. I have been to the Intel website and done a chipset comparison:
    http://compare.intel.com/pcc/showchart.aspx?mmID=34470,36521,29001,30686&familyID=10&culture=en-US

    So far as I can tell the limitations are 4GB memory max, as well as a few less USB and SATA ports. Is there anything else missing? Is there less overclocking headroom? I am looking at Asus boards.

    Onboard video will be disabled, and there will be a PCI-E x16 video card and budget C2D processor to go with it.
     
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    If you are on a budget for a cheap gaming machine, I would save money on the mainboard and cpu and put the most $ into the video card.

    The better chipset might give you up to 5% or so more performance, but a better video card will give you much more...

    What other parts are you looking at getting?

    CPU I would get a Pentium Dual Core. Cheapest will do.
     
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    A C2D is the plan. The video card depends on the final budget. A motherboard with a bit of overclocking headroom would be good.
     
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    Gigabyte EP31-DS3L, E5200 and clock the bajesus out of it :thumbup:. The EP31-DS3L is a really capable board, especially with an 800FSB processor.
     
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    Totally agree with this!

    E.g. above + 9600GT is heaps better than a P45 board and E8x C2D + 9500GT...

    As long as the mobo + cpu + ram offer a certain base performance you are fine. And the E5200 is a fine chip. And once you overclock it around 3 GHz or so (which should be a peace of cake), you will have a really awesome budget gaming machine...
     
  7. jboles

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    Agreed, go with a P31 rather than a G31 if you're planning to clock it and won't be using the onboard video. they are similar technology with the difference that the G31 has onboard and video and P31 doesn't.

    the onboard video is good as a backup option so you can keep using the system if the graphics card fries itself, but will only hinder overclocking (even when deactivated)
     
  8. biasasaja

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    yep, go with the GB-EP31-DS3L with E5200
    I've got to a pretty stable 4GHz on it
    and go with the 9600gt or 9600gso

    got 12000++ with 9600GT overclocked and E5200 @ 4Ghz in 3Dmark 06
     
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    also, check out this thread, gives u an idea of how good the GB mobo and e5200 are.

    http://forums.overclockers.com.au/showthread.php?t=776178&highlight=e5200
     

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