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post #1 of 10
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I am thinking of building a new pc. Due to my budget these are the choices I am looking at. My cpu choices are Q6600, Q6700, and the Q9300. The Q6700 seems to be most expensive but can be had in some bundles at a pretty good price. Motherboard choices are between EVGA 780i and Asus P5N-T. That's pretty much what I am looking at now. I am up for suggestions.
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post #2 of 10
Depending on your budget. I'd go with the Q6600 because that is a PROVEN quality cpu. And you might consider the DFI Blood Iron mobo, or the P5K's for proven overclockability.
That's just my 2 cents worth.

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post #3 of 10
I think there's a few things you might want to consider first.

1. Do you need a board with SLI? If not, the boards based off the Intel X35, 38, 45 chipsets (for instance the P5K, and Blood Iron) tend to be better overclockers.
2. Do you intend to upgrade soon/often? Not too far down the road the 45NM Intel quads will be readily available and will probably be better overclockers (so getting a cheaper processor for the meantime might be an option).
3. What will you use the computer for? For gaming, the money might be better spent on a better vid card instead of the processor.
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post #4 of 10
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I was kinda wanting PCI express 2.0. SLI is not that important to me but there is few boards out there that are 2.0 without being set up for sli or crossfire. I probably will not ever use sli. I game some but not enough to justify 2 cards. I am using a 8800 gts 512mb now and I am very pleased with performance.
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express 2.0 is a gimmick at the moment becuase we havnt fully utilized pci e x 16
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post #6 of 10
Because of the low multiplier of the Q9300 and the massive price drops of the Q6700s, the latter seem as a good choice at the moment.
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post #7 of 10
Shave off some money on the motherboard and pick up a decent P35 chipset board, and spend the money from there on the Q9450.
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post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by RayvinAzn View Post
Shave off some money on the motherboard and pick up a decent P35 chipset board, and spend the money from there on the Q9450.
I would recommend the ABIT IP35-E, which is usually $90-$30 MIR=$60 at Newegg, or the board I have. The IP35-E is perhaps a bit buggier but perhaps a bit better for overclocking, and it's prettier.

X38/X48, and PCIE 2.0, are not really real-world useful yet.

You can run an 8800GT G92, the gold standard of current GPU's, in a PCI x8 slot without bottlenecking, let alone a PCI x16. PCI 2.0 won't be relevant until Nehalem anyway, when you'll need a new motherboard because Nehalem is a new socket.
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post #9 of 10
Q6600
IP35-E
8800GT

$500 that you won't miss.
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DFI P35 Dark
Q6600
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