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Best Conroe Motherboard?

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Im building a computer for a friend of mine and I wanna build him a conroe rig cause from what Ive seen those things are really good. I know which CPU im getting Im getting the Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 Conroe 1.86GHz 2M sharing L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor now all I need is to find the right motherboard and what kind of RAM I should get. If this was an AMD rig I wouldnt have any probs but I dont know so much about Intel stuff so Id really appriciate the help!
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AMD 3800+ Asus Crosshair EVGA 8800GTS 640MB 2GB Corsair XMS2 DDR2 800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WD 160GB x 2 + Samsung 500GB Lite On SATA DVD Burner Windows XP Professional Dual Dell 20" Widescreen 
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Saitek Eclipse OCZ GameXStream 700W Thermaltake Armor Logitech MX518 
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post #2 of 7
Ok, what are the things he wants to do with this rig... please give us some information like,

- Price range
- Should the board be ready for dual graphics
- Should the board support RAID

Some suggestions:
  • GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3 $144.99: Good board, no RAID on the southbridge (only on secondary controller over the PCI bus), no dual graphics. If you need to save some more, the GIGABYTE GA-965P-S3 is the same, but does not have solid caps. Thus, shorter life span, but cheaper.
  • ASUS P5B Deluxe $199.99: one of the best overclocking boards for Core 2 Duo. Supports RAID, and dual graphics can be run, but limited to x16, x4 bandwidth.
  • Abit AW9D-MAX 975X $261: excellent overclocking board, Crossfire and SLI (both x8, x8; SLI right now with modded drivers), only one PCI slot which is useless when running Crossfire with dual slot cards.
  • ASUS P5W DH DELUXE/WIFI-AP $259.99: one of the most popular 975X boards on the market. RAID, Crossfire (x8, x8) and SLI (with modded drivers, x8, x8). Tons of features. Overclocks well, but not as good as the P5B and the ABIT board.
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E8400 @ 3.8 GHz DFI LANPARTY DK X38-T2R eVGA 8400GS 2GB Mushkin DDR2 800 (single stick) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
250GB WD SATA None Windows XP Pro 32-bit HP Pavilion f1703 
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E8400 @ 3.8 GHz DFI LANPARTY DK X38-T2R eVGA 8400GS 2GB Mushkin DDR2 800 (single stick) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
250GB WD SATA None Windows XP Pro 32-bit HP Pavilion f1703 
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N/A Corsair HX520 Coolermaster Cavalier N/A 
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post #3 of 7
Can you also give us the full list of components that you were thinking of having.
    
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Samsung F3 1TB Hard Drive Crucial CT128M4SSD2 128GB SSD Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO Windows 7 Professional  
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FX8320 Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 XFX AMD Radeon HD 7950 Graphics Card 3GB Corsair CMX8GX3M2A1333C9 XMS3 16GB (4x4GB) 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Samsung F3 1TB Hard Drive Crucial CT128M4SSD2 128GB SSD Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO Windows 7 Professional  
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Samsung SyncMaster BX2431 1080p PCBank PB2700 1440p IPS Be Quiet! Dark Power Pro 550W PSU  Xigmatek Giggas 
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post #4 of 7
Also is he/you planning to overclock? If not, this changes the mobo selection big time.
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Samsung Evo 500GB Thermaltake Water 2.0 Windows 10 LG 27" 4k 
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AMD FX-8320 Asus M5A99FX-Pro MSI GTX980 Gaming Crucial Ballistix 4x4gb 1934mhz @ 8-8-8-24 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung Evo 500GB Thermaltake Water 2.0 Windows 10 LG 27" 4k 
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Huntkey X7 900w Thermaltake Urban S31 Logitech G500 Rocketfish Knockoff of Razer propad 
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post #5 of 7
Thread Starter 
He really is only gonna use it for music playing it and mixing it. Im gonna overclock it for him a lil but not much if at all. Also the price range is $1500.00. Dual GPU's and RAID would be nice but Im just looking for a really nice Conroe board that has enough PCI slots and atleast 1 PCI Express for the GPU.
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WD 160GB x 2 + Samsung 500GB Lite On SATA DVD Burner Windows XP Professional Dual Dell 20" Widescreen 
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Saitek Eclipse OCZ GameXStream 700W Thermaltake Armor Logitech MX518 
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My Rig
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD 3800+ Asus Crosshair EVGA 8800GTS 640MB 2GB Corsair XMS2 DDR2 800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WD 160GB x 2 + Samsung 500GB Lite On SATA DVD Burner Windows XP Professional Dual Dell 20" Widescreen 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Saitek Eclipse OCZ GameXStream 700W Thermaltake Armor Logitech MX518 
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post #6 of 7
My suggestions (assuming he only needs the box, and already has a monitor, keyboard, and mouse):

MoBo: ASUS P5B Deluxe Socket T (LGA 775) Intel P965 $199.99
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 Conroe 1.86GHz $180.00
RAM: G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 667 (PC2 5400) $219.99
Video: SAPPHIRE 100189L Radeon X1900GT 256MB GDDR3 $195.99
Sound: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic 7.1 Channels $113.99
HDD: 2X Seagate Barracuda 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s $159.98
DVD Burner: LITE-ON 16X DVD±R DVD Burner W/ LightScribe $30.99
DVD Reader: LITE-ON Black ATAPI/E-IDE DVD-ROM $18.69
CPU Cooler: ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro CPU Cooler $29.99
Case: Cooler Master Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black $44.99
PSU: OCZ GameXStream OCZ600GXSSLI ATX12V 600W $119.99

Total: $1,314.59

Now, there is some headroom, and I assume he wants a better soundcard for his music activities. Also, if he needs a monitor, you might think about dropping one hard drive , in which case he has about $250 for a monitor. That's enough for a very nice 19" and close to the cheapest 20" LCD screens.

Do note I selected DDR2 667 RAM. You stated you are not overclocking this rig a whole lot, if at all. Thus, there is no need for DDR2 800, and DDR2 667 saves some good money. Now, I do advice to take a serious look at the E6400. It's only $40 more, and worth that extra money.
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E8400 @ 3.8 GHz DFI LANPARTY DK X38-T2R eVGA 8400GS 2GB Mushkin DDR2 800 (single stick) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
250GB WD SATA None Windows XP Pro 32-bit HP Pavilion f1703 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
N/A Corsair HX520 Coolermaster Cavalier N/A 
Mouse Pad
N/A 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E8400 @ 3.8 GHz DFI LANPARTY DK X38-T2R eVGA 8400GS 2GB Mushkin DDR2 800 (single stick) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
250GB WD SATA None Windows XP Pro 32-bit HP Pavilion f1703 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
N/A Corsair HX520 Coolermaster Cavalier N/A 
Mouse Pad
N/A 
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post #7 of 7
Those are some good recommendations
In fact, the CPU, RAM and and hard drive is like my new rig's (except DDR2 800 and a 700W PSU)
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