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im building a gaming system for a friend who doesnt care much for oc'ing, so what he wants is just a mobo to support an e6600, the cheapest of the cheap as long as it runs, and whats some decent but cheap ram to go with it too? pref 2gigs....
    
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im building a gaming system for a friend who doesnt care much for oc'ing, so what he wants is just a mobo to support an e6600, the cheapest of the cheap as long as it runs, and whats some decent but cheap ram to go with it too? pref 2gigs....
ASRock 775Dual-VSTA. Very cheap. Will take DDR or DDR2 with Conroe. SATA and ATA. HD Audio. LAN. It even supports quad core . Stable board as well with the latest BIOS.

He could use his existing DDR RAM (if he has some) and save a fair bit. E6600 is so fast that you don't really notice the divider when running DDR400 .

There are other boards out there, but this one is Budget, with a capital B. It'll even o/c a little if you want .

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thanks dude, would you recommend the generic intel boards? im sure he will like the extra features on such a cheap board as the ASRock 775Dual-VSTA, im just curious of the intel boards.
    
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BUMP!

Somebody help this guy out please. I don't know enough about the budget Intel boards he wants to know about.

Anybody want to help out here?

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I've used this $100 Intel board for a non-overclocking system:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813121049

It's rock-solid stable and cheap.
    
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i like cheap of cheap, but if the extra 25 over the asrock is worth it, should i go with the intel board? toe me it just sounds like it would be stable because intel processor + intel mobo = pure intel and should have not that many problems and full compatibility right?
    
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i like cheap of cheap, but if the extra 25 over the asrock is worth it, should i go with the intel board? toe me it just sounds like it would be stable because intel processor + intel mobo = pure intel and should have not that many problems and full compatibility right?
I would get this board if your planning on OCing. It's much better than the Asrock board and the Intel board. It's probably the best your going to get at that price.

Purly Intel isn't the best in this situation. It's true that products from the same company usually work well together, but in this instance, Intel boards arn't the best OCers.
    
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i like cheap of cheap, but if the extra 25 over the asrock is worth it, should i go with the intel board? toe me it just sounds like it would be stable because intel processor + intel mobo = pure intel and should have not that many problems and full compatibility right?
You shouldn't have any compatibility problems with an Intel CPU and the ASRock board. Sure, you won't be doing much o/c'ing with it, but your friend doesn't want to o/c, right?

It's up to you, but I can assure you the 775Dual-VSTA is very good value for money and highly compatible with all kinds of hardware. DDR, DDR2, AGP, PCI-E, ATA, SATA, it supports them all. No issue with my E6600 and the board at all. It even worked with a BIOS that wasn't supposed to support Conroe and it gives a modest stable o/c (of 12.5%) as well.

If you want the cheapest, most versatile motherboard there currently is for Conroe, The ASRock 775Dual-VSTA is it. Don't worry about the VIA chipset, it works just fine with an Intel CPU, as do all other chipset brands that support Intel CPUs.

It's totally up to you, but I've found this board to be very reliable, have good compatibility, great versatility, solid support from ASRock with regards to BIOS and software updates and basically, probably the best value for money you're likely to see in any C2D motherboard. Heck, it even supports Quad core, not to mention that it's "Vista Ready".

If you want cheap, like you originally said, there isn't any cheaper than the ASRock 775Dual-VSTA. Check out some reviews before you decide against it; you'll find that, although it isn't the best performer there is, it isn't that far behind the "big boys" and "bang for buck" wise it just can't be beaten.

Good luck with your build; whatever you end up choosing.

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thanks for your input guys, he really doesnt mind for oc'ing, so i think i will just settle for the $76 asrock!
    
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