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Want to go Core 2 Dou, but im on a *TIGHT* budget

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Hey guys, I want to go core 2 duo, but am on an extremely tight budget, like $200+s/h+tax. Its for my main rig, the San Diego 939 one, so I need a cpu, ram, and mobo. I am scouring the web for budget stuff but the thing is im not up to snuff with Core 2 Duo, so I was wondering if you guys could help me out. The only parameter is that I want a mobo that can do vcore, so I have a bit of overclocking options, and I want it able to support quad core, I was thinking it would be better to get a decent mobo, and overclocking the heck out of a E2XXX than getting a meh mobo and having a pretty stock E4XXX.

Do you guys know any hot deals, or anything to get this to fit my budget? Can you help, I have the money now and want to finally ditch my faithful San Diego.
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I think you're going to find it very difficult to go C2D on $200. Mainly because you'll probably need a new copy of Vista as you probably have an OEM version. And a new copy of that costs $110.

It might be worthwhile to watch the for sale section for a while to look for a bargain.
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try this onehttp://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=247123
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a p5k-e.the p5ke is newer and OC's better.ram is on sale somewhere always. Sorry din't post that link proper.
    
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MOBO - Gigabyte P35-DS3L - $79.99
CPU - Intel Pentium E2140 - $69.99
RAM - G. Skill DDR2-800 2 x 1GB NQs - $44.99


It's free shipping on both the RAM and CPU. The motherboard isn't, but, here is a similar motherboard that is:
Gigabyte P31-S3G
The total would come down to $183.97, free shipping. No rebates to deal with.
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Ohh wow reps to you guys!

Im digging the GA-P35-DS3L because it has four ram slots, but I dont hear anything about overclocking in the reviews, will it overclock?
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It's a P35 chipset, and they are pretty darn good at overclocking. It should be able to overclock as well as it's bigger brother DS3R. The main differences from it, is that the L has 4 less SATA ports, no RAID support, and less USB ports.
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Ohh then thats ok, I can live without those. Thank you so much man!!!
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i have 3 of those boards(P35-DS3L, and have just ordered a fourth from the egg). the board is simply awsome for the price, it has o/c'ed my quads with no promblem. my GO i'm currently running at 3.3, my e6550(stock - 2.33) is running @ 3.25 folding 24/7. those guys got some really good choices for you. you should be really happy with those products!
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If it is a tight budget build, may go for $50 E2180 OEM.
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