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Core 2 Quad Q9550 2.83GHz + Asus P5KPL-AM Motherboard @ Scan £225.39

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Cheapest i've seen this awesome processor around. The processor alone normally costs around the £220 mark. Don't forget free postage by signing up to the forum: http://www.avforums.com/forums/scan… Read More
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8y, 1w agoFound 8 years, 1 week ago
Cheapest i've seen this awesome processor around. The processor alone normally costs around the £220 mark.

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Processor:
Leaders of the pack seeking monster performance, look no further. With four execution cores, the Intel® Core2 Quad processor blows through processor-intensive tasks in demanding multitasking environments and makes the most of highly threaded applications. Whether you're creating multimedia, annihilating your gaming enemies, or running compute-intensive applications at one time, new quad-core processing will change the way you do everything. Pioneer the new world of quad-core and unleash the power of multithreading

The Intel® Core2 Quad processor is the latest in cutting edge processor technology. Based on the new Intel® Core microarchitecture, the Intel Core 2 Quad processor delivers four complete execution cores within a single processor, delivering unprecedented performance and responsiveness in multithreaded and multitasking business and home-use environments.

The Intel Core 2 Quad processor features four complete execution cores. More instructions can be carried out per clock cycle, shorter and wider pipelines execute commands more quickly, and improved bus lanes move data throughout the system faster.

The evolving set of threaded multimedia applications, including digital content creation, shines as users are able to complete tasks faster. Game play can achieve even greater visualization and realism as tasks such as artificial intelligence (AI), physics, and rendering can be distributed across each of the four complete execution cores and run in parallel.

Motherboard:
P5KPL-AM with Intel G31 chipset inside supports Intel Quad-core CPU and features 1600(OC)/1333/1066/800MHz FSB, PCI Express x 16, Serial ATA interface, high performance integrated graphics engine, dual-channel DDR2 1066(O.C.)/800/667 memory, and 8 Channel HD Audio CODEC.

Users can experience faster graphics performance and higher video quality today. P5KPL-AM is the most affordable all-in-one solution platform for Intel® Core2 Processor with Intel G31 chipset inside.
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#1
anyone know if this is any good if im looking to build a media PC...was a little confuised as I know it has decent onbaoard graphics, but as it doesnt have and HDMI post, would I have to buy yet another decent grahics card as well anyway...any help appreciated
#2
i am out of touch with xfire and sli. could you tell me if this mobo will work with an sli or x-fire graphics card?
#3
krjgreen;5239752
i am out of touch with xfire and sli. could you tell me if this mobo will work with an sli or x-fire graphics card?
SLI & X-fire are using 2x (or more) graphics cards on one motherboard. So this won't be suitable for either.

However, any SLI/X-fire-capablesingle graphics card will work fine in this :thumbsup:
#4
jouster
anyone know if this is any good if im looking to build a media PC...was a little confuised as I know it has decent onbaoard graphics, but as it doesnt have and HDMI post, would I have to buy yet another decent grahics card as well anyway...any help appreciated


You dont need a fast graphics card in order to use a pc as a media centre unless you processor isnt upto the job of decoding HD video and you want to offload it onto the graphics card. I have Q6600 with an ATI 2600 XT running connected to a Sony 46X3500 decoding 1080p mkv's.
If you arent decoding any HD then this processor is probably way over spec'd
#5
Thanks

Ill be playing back HD MKVs....but wondering if I should spend the extra and go for this chip and a motherbaord that has built in HDMI.....any suggestions as to what I should get.....
#6
I've not been following the reviews of the latest hardware so I dont know whats out there at the moment. The only thing that strikes me about that board is that there arent many PCI slots so once you add in a tuner card or two there isnt much room for anything else.

Dont worry about overclocking features as overclocking is the last thing you want to do as there will be more heat and a greater need increase the airflow generating more noise from the fans.
#7
jouster
anyone know if this is any good if im looking to build a media PC...was a little confuised as I know it has decent onbaoard graphics, but as it doesnt have and HDMI post, would I have to buy yet another decent grahics card as well anyway...any help appreciated


It looks like it only has VGA (D-Sub) so as long as you're connecting it to something that support VGA you'll be fine.

If you want this computer for just playing HD video and other media center duties then you're going about it an odd way - you'd normally want a low-end CPU that doesn't consume much power so you can easily cool it very quietly and a basic discrete graphics card (e.g. Radeon 4450) or a motherboard with very good onboard graphics (HD3300/Geforce 9400) to do the HD decoding more efficiently and provide you an HDMI with sound output.

Crossbow
SLI & X-fire are using 2x (or more) graphics cards on one motherboard. So this won't be suitable for either.

However, any SLI/X-fire-capablesingle graphics card will work fine in this :thumbsup:


You can also use dual-GPU cards on this and any other motherboard.
#8
EndlessWaves;5240679
You can also use dual-GPU cards on this and any other motherboard.
Yes, that's right. As I already stated: any single graphics card will be fine.
#9
thanks for the info crossbow
#10
EndlessWaves
It looks like it only has VGA (D-Sub) so as long as you're connecting it to something that support VGA you'll be fine.

If you want this computer for just playing HD video and other media center duties then you're going about it an odd way - you'd normally want a low-end CPU that doesn't consume much power so you can easily cool it very quietly and a basic discrete graphics card (e.g. Radeon 4450) or a motherboard with very good onboard graphics (HD3300/Geforce 9400) to do the HD decoding more efficiently and provide you an HDMI with sound output.



You can also use dual-GPU cards on this and any other motherboard.


If I was to go for say the Gigabyte E7A Geforce 9400 Motherboard....with two gb of 800 memory...what processor would you suggest....I think you are right that the processor i picked would be over kill...so what would be the ideal processor,, as you say it will be for mediaviewing via MediaPortal or XBMC and playing music, and mostly HD movies...in MKV format....I dont want any slowdown, but will never be playing any games
#11
Hm, a few different motherboard combos to choose, and difficult to see the differences at a glance. Time to upgrade, and this processor looks good, if you cant afford the latest (thats me) :-)
#12
ok I went ahead and ordered everything...and here is what I ordered..

Scythe Mini Ninja Heatpipe CPU Cooler S478/LGA775, AMD S754/939/940/AM2 £28.16
Pioneer BDC-S02BK 5x Blu-Ray Reader Combo DVD±DL Writer inc Software £63.24
Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400, Yorkfield Core, 775, 2.66 GHz, 1333MHz £143.74
2GB (2x1GB) Corsair TwinX DDR2 XMS2 Dominator, PC2-8500 (1066) £33.34
Asus P5QL-EM, iG43, S 775, DDR2 1066(OC)/667/800Micro ATX HMDI £71.30
and finally

Origen AE S14V Home Theatre Media Centre HTPC Case - Black £332.28

They are all the fully delivered prices...and when I add that to my DiNovo Edge keyboard/mouse, FSP 700W power supply and Vista Premium.....and 1TB HD which I had lying about anyway, Ive got myself a pretty sweet little setup I think...as long as it all goes together relatively smoothly...

So thanks to everyone from this post and any previous ones....Ill give you a post with more details of the build as I get them
#13
jouster
ok I went ahead and ordered everything...and here is what I ordered..

Scythe Mini Ninja Heatpipe CPU Cooler S478/LGA775, AMD S754/939/940/AM2 £28.16
Pioneer BDC-S02BK 5x Blu-Ray Reader Combo DVD±DL Writer inc Software £63.24
Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400, Yorkfield Core, 775, 2.66 GHz, 1333MHz £143.74
2GB (2x1GB) Corsair TwinX DDR2 XMS2 Dominator, PC2-8500 (1066) £33.34
Asus P5QL-EM, iG43, S 775, DDR2 1066(OC)/667/800Micro ATX HMDI £71.30
and finally

Origen AE S14V Home Theatre Media Centre HTPC Case - Black £332.28

They are all the fully delivered prices...and when I add that to my DiNovo Edge keyboard/mouse, FSP 700W power supply and Vista Premium.....and 1TB HD which I had lying about anyway, Ive got myself a pretty sweet little setup I think...as long as it all goes together relatively smoothly...

So thanks to everyone from this post and any previous ones....Ill give you a post with more details of the build as I get them


Looks good. Do you need to buy the CPU cooler seperate or does a CPU cooler come free with the CPU? How about a heatsink? I'm asking since i'm gonna build a rig in the next month so I need to learn a bit more about these things :p

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