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Okay, so if you all wouldn't mind, check out the following builds:

AM2: Total $505 before taxes

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16819103046
Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16813136014
PSU: http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16817153042
Case: http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16811112099
HD: http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16822148231
Optical: http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16827151141
RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231098

C2D: Total $540 before taxes

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16819115005
Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16813131070
PSU: http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16817153042
Case: http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16811119068
HD: http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16822148231
Optical: http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16827151141
RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231098


This will be a new build for my home computer to replace my current sig rig--I will be using my current sig rig at work. I aim to OC either of the rigs to 3GHz (about) on stock cooling. I am leaning towards the C2D rig at the moment given that prices are very similar, but the power of the C2D is much greater for things that I'd use it for.

I do pretty much a bit of everything at home other than folding--gaming, video encoding (a plus for an Intel build), etc.

The x1950pro will go to my new build, so I don't need a gfx card. I have plenty of extra HD storage currently.

Any recommendations? Advice? All is appreciated. Thanks.
    
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Links don't work. Link to individual items por favor?
    
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Yeah--I just noticed that. Working on it. Thanks for the reply already. Links will be fixed.
    
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Here are the fixed links:

AM2 Build
http://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/...Number=6492028

C2D Build
http://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/...Number=6491788


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I'm assuming you already have the RAM sticks. If you already have an ATI card, why would you get a SLI motherboard for the AM2 Rig? Get a Tforce 550, that will suit you good; you don't need to waste money on a SLI board you won't be going to use. When you're on a budget, the best thing to do is to go with an AM2 Build. If you decide to go with a C2D you will end up mixing very nasty pieces just to afford a C2D.
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Here are the fixed links:

AM2 Build
http://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/...Number=6492028

C2D Build
http://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/...Number=6491788


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I'm assuming you already have the RAM sticks. If you already have an ATI card, why would you get a SLI motherboard for the AM2 Rig? Get a Tforce 550, that will suit you good; you don't need to waste money on a SLI board you won't be going to use. When you're on a budget, the best thing to do is to go with an AM2 Build. If you decide to go with a C2D you will end up mixing very nasty pieces just to afford a C2D.
Thanks a lot for posting the fixed links--I just posted individual components to avoid any trouble.

So I'd like to spend around $500-$600 on the new build. I do have RAM for both--it's already purchased, and is in the individual links.

I chose that SLI Lanparty because it's supposed to be a good OC'er--how's that Tforce? Thanks for the advice--much appreciated. +1 rep for ya.
    
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Go with the gigabyte DS3 for the Intel build to save a about 40$ (it's an amazing board apparently, and doesn't break the bank), and check the Hot Deals section here. I have a link to a 50$ 600w Ultra modular PSU. I know, I know, get what you pay for, but this is the one and only time that I'll give this a thumbs up since the hot deal was originally posted by Jonnyguru, the ol' PSU god.
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If you already have a GPU then C2D is the way to go on that budget. I would go with either a DS3 or a 650i board if you can find one cheap. That RAM is decent but for $100 dollars better ram can be found like the HKs.
    
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Go with the gigabyte DS3 for the Intel build to save a about 40$ (it's an amazing board apparently, and doesn't break the bank), and check the Hot Deals section here. I have a link to a 50$ 600w Ultra modular PSU. I know, I know, get what you pay for, but this is the one and only time that I'll give this a thumbs up since the hot deal was originally posted by Jonnyguru, the ol' PSU god.
Thanks. I was also thinking of the DS3, but do you know how well it OC's? I guess all of the mentioned mobos are in the same class, so they should OC comparably.

I'll probably stick with the Thermaltake PSU in the linky--I'd rather spend more on it and be safe rather than sorry (assuming that it's a decent PSU in the first place).

I'm thinking that since I am already annoyed with how long it takes to rip a DVD movie to AVI, I'd be better off going with the C2D rig--and with the mobo recommendations (which are cheaper and OC just as well), the prices are about the same--but much more bang for the buck.
    
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To save some cash you might consider changing the mobo for ur AM2 build

Get: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813138026
Really good OCer.
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