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OK.

The Situation:

Currently employ a 3.0 HT Prescott, water cooled running 3.6 stable on an Asus P4P800E-Deluxe board (best 478 IMO) with 1 gig OCZ EL Platinum RAM, older nVidia 6200 AGP card. So far so good but we all know where this is going


The Dilema:

Right now I'm limited to what I can upgrade to by both my current investment (under 1 yr old now) and money (wife, kids, life) so I've been checking into the 2 boards out that offer the ability to use existing DDR and AGP with the new C2D 755 cores. Asus makes one that is rated fairly high on NewEgg but of course with such convenience comes limits and it's not able to overclock at all.


The Solution:

Invest in an 6600 C2D with the Asus board, use existing gig of DDR Pc3200 and my AGP card since I have a big investment and not much room to splurge now or just wait? The waiting is hard because at the time of the `jump` per-se I would need new core, board, ram, video since it's an entire paradigm shift.

Comments/Suggestions?

TIA - Ictinike
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For Reference.. here is the NewEgg listed board from ASUS
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i'd have to vote not again'st this, go with a 6300 and get a mbo that suports ddr2 and pci e, little more money but well worth it,
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The downside you will notice very early on is having to run a huge memory divider. The E6600 has a stock of 1066FSB (or 266 logical bus). Now, that means you would be needing PC-4400 memory at that speed to keep up with the bus speed of that processor on stock. Now, for overclocking, you would certainly need a divider. As you know, dividers on Intel's kill performance. You would need an even bigger divider if your planning on using PC-3200 sticks.

With that said, it's either all, or nothing. There really isn't a middle ground between C2D and s478 setups.

Buy the following
E6300 @ $181
Biostar TForce 965 @ $104
2x512 Corsair XMS PC2-5400 @ $104
PNY 7300GT @ $75
Total = $464

Of course you can spend less on the GPU, or stick to 512 instead of 1GB to cut costs. If you go AGP/DDR1 + C2D, you will be stuck upgrading everything eventually. It's better to spend something now that's decent, than doing part by part upgrades for the next few months.
    
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I would suggest you to wait and get more money, or just build a new rig. C2D's are meant to run with DDR2 memory and the newer PCIE cards (bottleneck, perhaps), so by using older AGP and DDR1 memory you will limit its potential. Also, C2D's are among the best overclockers, so you can get a E6300 with a new mobo and overclock it to 3ghz as opposed to use a E6600 @ 2.4ghz and your current motherboard. It will bite back at you sooner or later. Do not let older technology hold you back.

Edit\\\\ I like Wowza's suggestion. By selling your current rig (except HDD, case, and accessories) you will have almost the $464 needed to build the new C2D rig. Good luck on your decision.
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Hmm, to be honest you won't regret moving to a Core 2 setup. I'm glad i did if only sooner... The budget build is to get the E6300 1.86Ghz clocked to at least at 3.0Ghz with DDR2 800. and at least get a P5B (they're not bad just need good rams which i don't have...).

I can do 2.66Ghz but it won't be stable...at least when playing Ps2 on the computer (Pcsx2 0.9.2)... I had to set my memory/ram voltage to a 2.1v!!!! my rams are rated at 1.8v! value OCZ DDR2 533 (PC2-4300)
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