I must admit I've always supported AMD because of their powerful yet amazingly cheap processors, but now I've won a i845e chipset mobo in a contest and I think it's a good time to switch to intel. I'm not very up-to-date so i don't really know which proc i should get. I'm currently working on a 486 DX100 so i will not wait until the next pricedrop.
I'm on a strict budget (looking for best bang for the buck below 300$), so don't advice me a 2.8B proc.
C1 stepping processors seem to be to expensive (haven't found one for less than 500$ here in europe), so I'm doubting between these two:
P4 2.4B 533FSB, 250$
P4 2.533B 533FSB, 300$
I can't find a 2.23B proc for less than 250$, so I asume it would be a better buy to get a 2.4B?
I would couple it with a MSI 845E mobo (won in a contest, best casemod ) and a stick of samsung PC2700 512MB. I've got a very decent watercooling rig, so I hope to achieve 18*170 (3060Mhz). Sounds possible to you guys?
Another question, I've got a DD chipsetcooler which I used to cool my kt266A chipset with, but this i845e chipset seems to be without heatspreader (afraid to crush it) and no mounting holes (nforce-like clip system). Any idea's how to attach a waterblock on a i845e northbridge??
Common intel boys, gimmie your advise.