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post #1 of 11
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Motherboard Requirements:
AM2
PCI-E (x16)
vmem = min. 2.0v
nice overclocking features
5.1 surround sound support (or should i get a cheap sound card?)
ATX

Thanks in advance

EDIT: And not too expensive, I'm Canadian lol
post #2 of 11
here are a few priced from $130-170. what is your budget and what kind of proc you gonna use?
anyway hope this list helps.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=2010200022%201070 921489%204017&bop=And&CompareItemList=N82E16813131 011%2CN82E16813136014%2CN82E16813131095%2CN82E1681 3136020%2CN82E16813131013

yes get a sound card. try to find one with a dsp processosr (i think thats what its called).
post #3 of 11
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probably 100-170 canadian, planning on getting a 6000+ and yes i know the e6600 is a bit better..

Thanks for the list, but the vmem is really important and i can't find it listed.
post #4 of 11
the 6000 is a nice cpu. those mobo's i listed should all be sufficient with what you are looking for. why do you need the vmem to be at least 2v
post #5 of 11
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For the memory that I wanted, but I'm just going to spend a bit more and get the OCZ System Elite PC2-6400 (4 gigs) But yeah all those motherboards would work quite nicely. What's the dsp processor exactly?
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Sounds advanced! Can you expand? lol
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Nope, just know the term
http://www.dsptutor.freeuk.com/
    
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Well I took it upon myself to find out what exactly dsp's do, so here you go.

Digital Signal Processor (DSP): Like a graphics processing unit (GPU), a DSP is a specialized microprocessor. It takes some of the workload off of the computer's CPU by performing calculations for analog and digital conversion. DSPs can process multiple sounds, or channels, simultaneously. Sound cards that do not have their own DSP use the CPU for processing. (www.howstuffworks.com)

And the sound cards that come with this aren't too cheap. (The X-Fi series by Creative)
Can anyone tell me if it's worth it? The prices may go down soon, I plan on getting a computer in roughly 2 months so I'd hope that they would be able to fit into my budget.
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Well I took it upon myself to find out what exactly dsp's do, so here you go.

Digital Signal Processor (DSP): Like a graphics processing unit (GPU), a DSP is a specialized microprocessor. It takes some of the workload off of the computer's CPU by performing calculations for analog and digital conversion. DSPs can process multiple sounds, or channels, simultaneously. Sound cards that do not have their own DSP use the CPU for processing. (www.howstuffworks.com)

And the sound cards that come with this aren't too cheap. (The X-Fi series by Creative)
Can anyone tell me if it's worth it? The prices may go down soon, I plan on getting a computer in roughly 2 months so I'd hope that they would be able to fit into my budget.
so in other words a dsp allows your cpu to work less which makes for better frame rates when gaming. it just takes a burden off the cpu.
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