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post #1 of 18
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My buddy just sold his laptop back to his college for $1200. Coupled with another $1800 from somewhere he wants to build a Conroe machine with him. I'm looking for any suggestions that you peoples could give me.

Here's most of the stuff

Here's the monitor

He's going with the dell because of the S-Video in. He wants to use the monitor as a TV tunerless.

He's getting the OS separately and he isn't buying a vid card - just setting aside $500 for an awesome DX10 card. He'll just rip his 6600 from his current tower.

Thanks in advance peoples
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post #2 of 18
K.

e6600
2x1GB Mushkin extreme whatever blah blah
dell 3007WFP (might as well, cause it would be better for a TV..even the 2407)
asus p5w deluxe

The rest is up to you....maybe phase?
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The E6600 isn't a good OCer I'm not sure about the E6700. I know that there were several people selling thier 6600's and getting 6400's cause they OC so well.
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post #4 of 18
Good start. That E6700 should clock just fine (sdumper is doing a 4.5GHz run on phase). Also, my E6600 hits 3.5GHz (motherboard won't take me further..)

Any plans for Crossfire/SLI in the future?

If not, then look at this motherboard:
ASUS P5B Deluxe/WiFi-AP Socket T (LGA 775) Intel P965 Express $209.99

PSU: PC Power & Cooling Silencer 610 EPS12V $159.99
    
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post #5 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chozart
Good start. That E6700 should clock just fine (sdumper is doing a 4.5GHz run on phase). Also, my E6600 hits 3.5GHz (motherboard won't take me further..)

Any plans for Crossfire/SLI in the future?

If not, then look at this motherboard:
ASUS P5B Deluxe/WiFi-AP Socket T (LGA 775) Intel P965 Express $209.99

PSU: PC Power & Cooling Silencer 610 EPS12V $159.99
Yes I like the P5B-deluxe if not going SLI/Crossfire

Wow.. phase... I can only dream
post #6 of 18
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No plans for crossfire/sli - especially considering the g80's power req's

I'm trying to get him to go for a better monitor but it looks like it will end up being the 2007fp

**EDIT**
wish list updated

I wont be OC'ing this thing to the max possible - he isn't exactly a hardcore enthusiast

given that - do you think it would be worth it to dip down to e6600 and go for the Dell 2407wfp? even though the 6600 wont go as far - he doenst really need it to (eps given that high conroe OC's pretty much help benchies more than anything else)
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post #7 of 18
As I stated, my E6600 hits 3.51GHz on air, on a motherboard that's not as good as the P5B Deluxe. I think that's more than plenty. I'd knock down to the E6600 and get the better monitor.

Also, no interest in RAID? I see a large single hard drive now. Two of these:
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 (Perpendicular Recording) ST3250620AS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s for $79.99 a piece ($149.98 for the pair) will be cheaper and deliver better performance in RAID0
    
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post #8 of 18
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Chozart
Also, no interest in RAID? I see a large single hard drive now. Two of these:
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 (Perpendicular Recording) ST3250620AS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s for $79.99 a piece ($149.98 for the pair) will be cheaper and deliver better performance in RAID0
good advice - if it were my rig i would do that - but i don't want to venture into RAID for the first time on a friend's rig. i'll stick with the single drive for him
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post #9 of 18
Ok.. I understand the logic.

RAID ain't that hard though

Good luck with the rig!
    
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post #10 of 18
You are right, RAID 0 isn't that hard for people like us who like to tinker our systems to death, but he might not always be around to help his buddy if one drive fails. It sounds like he is going more for rock solid reliability since he isn't planning on much if any of an overclock. In that case maybe RAID 1 would be a better idea?? Just my 2 cents.
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