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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.
Yeah, that's what I'm thinking too. I'm surprised at how expensive the AM2 rig ended up.
    
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You picked an expensive mobo, thats why.
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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.
Thermaltake PSUs, in my honest to god opinion, are not worth the money they ask for them. If you're going to spend 100$ on a PSU, get the Corsair 520W PSU. If you'd like to spend less than 100$ and still get a PSU better than that Thermaltake, get the Ultra I was talking about.
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Someone mentioned the 650i - yeah, good board

Oh and e6300? Why? Get the e6320! 4MB L2!
    
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Well I would say get the OCZ gammerextreme but then Paul would start yelling about a non-existent ripple problem
    
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Someone mentioned the 650i - yeah, good board

Oh and e6300? Why? Get the e6320! 4MB L2!
A couple batches havent been great OCers....
    
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A couple batches havent been great OCers....
Yeah--that's why. And also, more L2 cache will cause them to heat up more--since I'm wanting to OC on stock cooling (for now...), I'd be fine with the 2mb cache. Besides, other than benchies and bragging rights, I'm likely not going to be doing much that I'd REALLY see a difference between 2mb and 4mb cache. I mean, unless 4mb L2 cache will give me SIGNIFICANTLY faster video encoding speeds, I could really care less.
    
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Well I would say get the OCZ gammerextreme but then Paul would start yelling about a non-existent ripple problem
LOL. I'm re-thinking the Thermaltake PSU in the proposed rigs--seems like it's not too popular. Thanks people!
    
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Thermaltake PSUs, in my honest to god opinion, are not worth the money they ask for them. If you're going to spend 100$ on a PSU, get the Corsair 520W PSU. If you'd like to spend less than 100$ and still get a PSU better than that Thermaltake, get the Ultra I was talking about.
Thanks a lot for the recommendation--I think I'll take your advice. +1 rep for ya.
    
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Yeah--that's why. And also, more L2 cache will cause them to heat up more--since I'm wanting to OC on stock cooling (for now...), I'd be fine with the 2mb cache. Besides, other than benchies and bragging rights, I'm likely not going to be doing much that I'd REALLY see a difference between 2mb and 4mb cache. I mean, unless 4mb L2 cache will give me SIGNIFICANTLY faster video encoding speeds, I could really care less.
You will see the difference in gaming though. Basiclly the more L2 Cache the smoother the game will run.

For example I have an laptop with an CeleronM at 1.6Ghz and 256k Cache and an desktop with Celeron (R) at 2.8Ghz and 128k Cache. Of course you would guess that the 2.8Ghz Celeron will play CS:S better but guess what it doesn't. The Cache matters man.. I would take a praying buy and get the E6320.

The Gigabyte DS3 is a good board I've seen in peoples sigs they have hit like 3.6Ghz with water cooling lol. The TForce is probablly the best price/perfomance board.. Don't let that scare you. It's a very good OCer (Saw them hit 3.2Ghz for an X2 3600+ Brisbane and 3.0Ghz on air, but that's the heat not the motherboard).

I would go with the Core 2 Duo Build because it will last you much longer and right now you can't get anything better.
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