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Well, let me start off by saying I LOVE AMD and I love using Nvidia cards. However, I've been reading that Core 2 Duo's are better.. so with that in mind, tell me if I should replace (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811133111) into the build (with a different MB of course) or would the system I list below kick as much ass without a Core 2 Duo?

Lets start off with the motherboard:
I chose this one for the price and because it supports AM2. Has plenty of expansion on it with up to 6 SATA 3.0 devices, 2 PCI-E x16 for my SLI video cards, and plenty of room for RAM. Check it out:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813186098

With that new motherboard, I decided to go the AMD route and use their FX series processor:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103861

Hard Drive:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136014
500 GB to store all my movies and music and pictures, yummy.

RAM:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231098
2 GB of RAM from G.SKILL that looks great and is very fast.

Video Cards:
SLI http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814143071
Two of these 512MB GDDR3 7950GT video cards to support the latest games.

DVD Drives:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827151136
Two lightscribe DVD burners to copy and burn all my media

And it's all enclosed in this (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811133111) Thermaltake xaser case with 7 80mm fans to keep everything nice and cool inside.

Well, what do you think? I hope to be getting this by the end of January. So until then I wanna hear some suggestions! Should I go Core 2 Duo or will this FX-62 still compete in kick-assery?
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First off, that motherboard will more then likely disappoint you. Foxconn has a dubious reputation when it comes to quality at best. Secondly, your very first link is to your case, not a conroe chip. Im guessing the the chip you were trying to link was a 6600 or a 6700. Either of those would end up outperforming the FX-62 you are considering. Lastly, ditch the SLI 7950's and get an 8800 or wait for R600. No point in getting two new shiny cards that arent DX10 compatible.

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Don't get an AMD FX62. Intel's $350 solution (the e6600) at stock out competes it. Doing otherwise is just the result of stubbornness/ignorance.

Don't get dual 7950GT's. For that price, get a single 8800GTS.

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C2D>Anything AMD based

I'd look at different RAM instead those GSkill you picked

For less than the price of 2 7950GT you can get a single 8800GTS which will outperform the SLI 7950GT while giving you DX10 compatibility

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Can I highly suggest this motherboard here.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813136014
DFI's are known to probably be the best name in motherboards for overclocking

Also instead of that one WD hard drive I would go with RAID 0 Seagates
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148144
These both have 16mb cashe and combined into a RAID 0 configuration will scream
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You need a powersupply, here's probably one of the best power supplies on the market
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817703006

Other then that I think the build kicks ass


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Hey I have the same motherboard..or did anyways. I loved my Chaintech. But anyways if you are going with a new build I would suggest a Core 2 Duo because to be honest it is the best thing out right now. Even the lowest C2D is better than anything AMD has out right now.
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Ah, I did not realize 7950's did not support DX10, thank you very much for that bit of info.

Are the 8800's SLI ready? Would one of those outperform two 7950's?

I didn't think Foxxconn was that great of a manufacturer, but I did not know.

What about memory? What should I be looking for? I know I want at least two gigs... I just want to try and keep my build under $2000! hehe And I have never built Intel, so what is the best socket for a C2D and what else should I look at when considering Intel?

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Are the 8800's SLI ready? Would one of those outperform two 7950's?

I didn't think Foxxconn was that great of a manufacturer, but I did not know.
Yes, one 8800 GTX will out perform dual anything out there right now, including ATI's top end Crossfire (though the benchies are really close!). And yes, they are SLI ready (I run 2 in sli)

And your correct about Foxxconn, I have never used one, but the general consensus is they suck.

Ill let boredom answer the ram question, he knows alot more about that stuff then I do... I still have problems with IC names lol.

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And to think I looked at the 8800's and thought "Eh, SLI 7950's will be faster.."

Thanks for the info!! Lots of things already changing in my build!! lol What else?

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