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I'm getting awefully curious about the core2duo Intels...but am on a slight budget. $500-600 absolute MAX I can spend. I have a good computer case, SATA HD, and peripherals and monitor. I need suggestions on:

CPU - (as close to $150 or less as possible) , I'm currently looking at the 6300. Needs to OC well, but doesen't need to be the best. I'll need to stick to the stock HSF at first, then upgrade later.

MOBO - definitely need quality and upgradeability here Is this one any good?
- this is where I'm gonna spend the majority of my money right away but would like to keep "reasonable" - any suggestions welcome...

RAM - (under $200) Overclockability is main issue here, as well as a cheap price. This is the main single thing I need help wth right now.

Video card - This will be a gaming computer, but doesen't need to be the best since I don't have any current games right now. Thinking about going cheap now and upgrading later as money permits.

Power Supply - (under $150) OCZ Gamexstream 700
I need a stable PSU for OC'ing, as well as future upgrades. Keep in mind I will be using a high powered video card eventually, but not right away.

Edit: I'm starting to realize that this is almost impossible to keep under $600. I may go with a cheaper CPU that is not core2duo. That will lessen it by $100.
    
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Just go with the E6300, get the 600W GameXStream, 1GB of RAM for now, since its Intel, you can use 4 modules of RAM without having too many problems.
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Just go with the E6300, get the 600W GameXStream, 1GB of RAM for now, since its Intel, you can use 4 modules of RAM without having too many problems.
Oh yeah. I forgot this could run 4 modules of RAM. Thanks!!
    
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The P5B Deluxe would serve you well as an overclockable MOBO. If you don't want SLI you can go with the D/S3 for a cheaper solution though.
    
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The P5B Deluxe would serve you well as an overclockable MOBO. If you don't want SLI you can go with the D/S3 for a cheaper solution though.
I don't plan to go SLI, I'd rather spend all of my money on 1 card as opposed to 2 (when I get more of a budget, that is..) . I'll check out the D/S3. I'm assuming it's Asus? I'll check it out on the 'egg.

I can't find it for Asus, but I see a Gigabyte. Is that what you mean? If not, could you send a link or more detailed description? The gigabyte is looking pretty good, though.
    
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Why upgrade? You're current rig is more than enough for anything and everything
    
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Why upgrade? You're current rig is more than enough for anything and everything
Yea. The only thing I would upgrade is your GPU.
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I don't plan to go SLI, I'd rather spend all of my money on 1 card as opposed to 2 (when I get more of a budget, that is..) . I'll check out the D/S3. I'm assuming it's Asus? I'll check it out on the 'egg.

I can't find it for Asus, but I see a Gigabyte. Is that what you mean? If not, could you send a link or more detailed description? The gigabyte is looking pretty good, though.
Yes it is the gigabyte.

I'll give you some info about them.

The D/S3 boards are a great budget overclockers board choice as they can reach 400-450 FSB, sometimes reaching 500. Now while this doesn't exactly match the P5B deluxe, it's pretty good for something thats £90..

Make sure you get a 965P chipset, rather than a 945P on the S3, or a 965G on either. The G means onboard graphics, so the northbridge has to do more work. This means it wouldn't be able to OC as well, if at all.

The difference between the DS3 and the S3 is practically non-existent. Their technical specifications are exactly the same (AFAIK) and the only difference is the DS3 has solid capacitors which increases life span by 2-3 years. If you only plan to use the system for 2-4 years, the S3 should be fine. Any longer and you'd want to go with the DS3.

Now, one or two problems... the DS3 and the S3 only have 1 IDE port, which means you can only run 2 IDE HD's or 2 CD drives. This could be a problem if you have a lot of drives. I definitely recommend SATA for your hard drives on this board. Also, RAID options are limited, and slower than other boards, since it goes through the PCI bus rather than the Southbridge.

The northbridge gets VERY hot, so it would be worth either replacing the stock passive heatsink with an active one, or simply setting up a silent 80mm fan to blow cool air over the stock one, which should improve temps a lot.

I've not heard anything bad about this set of boards and there are many reports of E6300s reaching 3+GHz. Remember though, you might not always get lucky with your chip. However, 2.8 should be easily reachable.

^ I typed all that so some things might be missed out.. if you want any reviews, use google and search gigabyte DS3 review. There are plenty of them.

Hope this helps
    
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Why upgrade? You're current rig is more than enough for anything and everything

I'm bored....I don't know. I am curious about those Intel Chips I just thought I may be able to piece together a cheap but reliable system to give Intel a try. It would be possible if it weren't for the RAM being so high.

I've also never overclocked an Intel of any kind, and would like the experience.
    
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yeah get the s3. reviews really well. best for the buck
    
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