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Most rebates expire on the 30th, and instant savings can be changed at any minute. Please help me decide which Motherboard and Graphics card to go with. I hope to take my E6600 to 3.6 ghz with a Tuniq Tower and a pair of Crucial Ballistix BL2KIT12864AL1005 DDR2-1000 Ram. Which motherboard would work best to achieve this speed and which graphicscard should I get?

As far as graphics cards, I can see myself playing to many games in the future, I just want Vista to look and perform smoothly.

Do you thnk I will be able to get by with the eVGA 256-P2-N554-AX e-Geforce 7600 GT KO 256MB (580mhz) at Newegg for $125 or should I consider one of these?

eVGA 256-P2-N584-AR Geforce 7900 GT KO 256MB (500mhz) - Newegg - $220
eVGA 512-P2-N637-AR Geforce 7900 GT KO Superclocked 512MB (600mhz) - Newegg - $275
MSI NX7900GT-VT2D256E HD GeForce 7900 GT 256 MB (500mhz) - ZZF - $200
eVGA 512-P2-N635-AR Geforce 7950 GT KO 512MB (560mhz) - ZZF - $245
eVGA 512-P2-N637-AR Geforce 7950 GT KO Superclocked 512MB (600mhz) - ZZF - $281

As far as Motherboards, I can't decide between the P5B Deluxe, eVGA 680i, the DFI Infinity, and the P5WDH Deluxe. I am kinda strapped for money, so the P5B fits into my budget better, but I would go with one of the others if they would offer a better overclock for my E6600.


Please give me feedback on both parts so that I can hopefully decide by tomorrow night and order those last couple parts.
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E6600 - L631A383 @ 3.6 Ghz (3.2 Daily) Asus P5B Deluxe eVGA 8600GT CO Ballistix DDR2-1066 @ DDR2-1066 4-4-4-12 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Seagate 320GB 7200.10 SATA 3.0 Samsung 18X DVDRW COMBO SATA Mac OSX Leopard (Vanilla Kernel) Gateway FPD1810 (Old I Know, But It Works!) 
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E6600 - L631A383 @ 3.6 Ghz (3.2 Daily) Asus P5B Deluxe eVGA 8600GT CO Ballistix DDR2-1066 @ DDR2-1066 4-4-4-12 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Seagate 320GB 7200.10 SATA 3.0 Samsung 18X DVDRW COMBO SATA Mac OSX Leopard (Vanilla Kernel) Gateway FPD1810 (Old I Know, But It Works!) 
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Asus P5B-Deluxe- best OC'er.
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1x 400GB Seagate 7200rpm/16mb cache Some super combo drive Windows XP Home/Ubuntu NEC MultiSync LCD1970GX 
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1x 400GB Seagate 7200rpm/16mb cache Some super combo drive Windows XP Home/Ubuntu NEC MultiSync LCD1970GX 
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I'd say the P5B Deluxe and an E6400 if you're strapped for cash, the difference is minimal but it's there nonetheless. Once you clock that E6400 to at least 3.0ghz, you'll have a nice system.

As for the video card? Well, it depends. If you want Vista to run well, then you'll need to upgrade to a DX10 card in the "near" future and if you're going to? Then get a used or new card that wouldn't cost no more than $60. And save up when the less expensive DX10 cards arrive.

If you have no plans for upgrading the video card, even when Vista comes out, get the eVGA 7950 GT KO Superclocked, that's the best least expensive card you can get right now. I've been also checking that card myself because I'm not sure if $660 is what I really want to spend on a video card, even though I have the cash now but......I think I'm gonna wait.

Back to MoBo and CPU. Definitely the P5B Deluxe is a great and easy board to overclock with when comparing to the DS3 and don't even bother with a DFI nor 680i chipset and the P5W is expensive and performs just like a P5B DLX.

But if you can/could think about the CPU choice. E6400 will give you better choice for a DX10 card since that you're strapped for cash and the E6600 seems is a tad better CPU but would the choice of an E6600 give you a not so much to choose from in the video card department? It's up to you to wisely spend your precious cash.

If it was me? I'd go P5B DLX + E6600 + DDR2 1000 + $60 VC and wait for DX10 card and if I'm short in cash? would work at McDonalds till I get all the cash and then quit. Or work some place at the mall, they're hiring I guess, because of the holidays.
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So the general consensis on the motherboard is that if I get a P5B DLX, I should be fine for getting 3.6ghz, processor willing?
My First Build
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E6600 - L631A383 @ 3.6 Ghz (3.2 Daily) Asus P5B Deluxe eVGA 8600GT CO Ballistix DDR2-1066 @ DDR2-1066 4-4-4-12 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Seagate 320GB 7200.10 SATA 3.0 Samsung 18X DVDRW COMBO SATA Mac OSX Leopard (Vanilla Kernel) Gateway FPD1810 (Old I Know, But It Works!) 
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GameXStream 600W Armor w/25cm Fan 
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E6600 - L631A383 @ 3.6 Ghz (3.2 Daily) Asus P5B Deluxe eVGA 8600GT CO Ballistix DDR2-1066 @ DDR2-1066 4-4-4-12 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Seagate 320GB 7200.10 SATA 3.0 Samsung 18X DVDRW COMBO SATA Mac OSX Leopard (Vanilla Kernel) Gateway FPD1810 (Old I Know, But It Works!) 
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GameXStream 600W Armor w/25cm Fan 
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I would think even with a e6600 youll be hard pressed to get to 3.6, although some people have with water cooling. That mobo is a fine choice tho for OC'ing.
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
1.858TB (3x JBOD) HP 16x DVD Burner Vista Ultimate x64 SP2 24" FPD2485 Gateway LCD 
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