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How about this mouse and keyboard - it'll save you another 17 bucks or so and is just as good as the ones you chose.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16823126017
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Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor - Retail
Best bang/buck processor there is.
I, however, recommend you do an easy, yet guaranteed overclock to ~3GHz. All you will have to do is a single BIOS modification, and stress-test the CPU for several hours to ensure stability. If you choose this route, then I recommend the following:
$177 (+$11 S&H) - Intel Core 2 Quad Processor Q6600 2.4GHz, OEM
$38 $38
(+$0) ($8MIR) - OCZ Vendetta 2 CPU Cooler
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G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
How about this:
$56 (+$0) ($20MIR) - OCZ Gold 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 1100 Desktop Memory

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Foxconn M7PMX-S LGA 775 NVIDIA GeForce 7100 / nForce 630i HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Intel chipsets are superior to Nvidia in many aspects. The 630i chipset also cannot run memory in dual channel mode, essentially halving the bandwidth between RAM and CPU...

I recommend this motherboard if you are not overclocking:
$50 (+$0) - BIOSTAR G31-M7 TE G31 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

If you are overclocking:
$85 (Coupon EMCAHBAAG) (+$9) ($15MIR) - MSI LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard

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Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM:
A cheaper alternative:
$50 (+$0) - HITACHI Deskstar P7K500 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
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LITE-ON Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache IDE 20X DVD±R DVD Burner - OEM
This one is quiter, faster, and uses SATA cables which are less bulky than IDE.
$27 (+$0) - SAMSUNG Black SATA 22X DVD Burner
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ASUS EAH3450/DI/256M Radeon HD 3450 256MB 64-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Low Profile Video Card - Retail
Unnecessary since you can already use onboard video (not the case with the MSI P43 motherboard I recommended earlier for overclocking)
Edited by Abu Som3a - 7/10/08 at 2:50pm
post #43 of 89
Regarding the mouse and keyboard:
$20 - Logitech Internet 350 USB Desktop
There's also a 5% discount if you follow this link.

Since this build is for recording, I believe you will benefit from using a sound card. Here are two choices:
$60 (+$8) - Open Box: ASUS Xonar DX 7.1 Channels PCI Express Interface Sound Card
$86 (+$0) ($30MIR) - Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Gamer
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Alright, I made a few changes based on what you said. However that mobo is a bit more expensive, what would the benefit of having that one over the Foxconn board?

Also, that RAM you mentioned is DDR2 1100 as opposed to 800. I have no idea what the 1100 as opposed to the 1100 is, will it still be compatible with the mobo?
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I've heard that the GA-P35-DS3L is a great mobo. Would it be a good idea to buy it open box? I can get the I/O shield and cables off of ebay.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2E16813128059R
Edited by Optixs - 7/10/08 at 3:18pm
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I've heard that the GA-P35-DS3L is a great mobo. Would it be a good idea to buy it open box? I can get the I/O shield and cables off of ebay.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2E16813128059R
If you have everything you need for it, ie. drivers, I/O pannel/shield. Cables.
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If you have everything you need for it, ie. drivers, I/O pannel/shield. Cables.
Nah I don't. I'll just stick with the cheaper mobo.
post #48 of 89
I bought a few Open box boards to either
1.) Replace dead ones
or
2.) Because I had the stuff already from scrapped PCs
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However that mobo is a bit more expensive, what would the benefit of having that one over the Foxconn board?
The MSI P43 offers better overclockability and more slots (RAM, SATA, PCI...etc).

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Also, that RAM you mentioned is DDR2 1100 as opposed to 800. I have no idea what the 1100 as opposed to the 1100 is, will it still be compatible with the mobo?
DDR2-1100 offers more bandwidth between the CPU and memory, resulting in better performance. I chose it since it costs the same as DDR2-800.
The MSI P43 should run it with no problems. The Biostar G31 will underclock it to DDR2-800.

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I've heard that the GA-P35-DS3L is a great mobo. Would it be a good idea to buy it open box? I can get the I/O shield and cables off of ebay.
No, it is not a good idea. There are many parts you can skimp at other than the motherboard.
And besides, the GA-P35-DS3L was replaced by the more energy efficient GA-EP35-DS3L, which is now replaced by the GA-EP43-DS3L which retails for $100. I prefer the MSI P43 I mentioned before because it is cheaper.
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Edited by Abu Som3a - 7/10/08 at 3:38pm
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The MSI P43 offers better overclockability and more slots (RAM, SATA, PCI...etc).

DDR2-1100 offers more bandwidth between the CPU and memory, resulting in better performance. I chose it since it costs the same as DDR2-800.
The MSI P43 should run it with no problems. The Biostar G31 will underclock it to DDR2-800.

No, it is not a good idea. There are many parts you can skimp at other than the motherboard.
And besides, the GA-P35-DS3L was replaced by the more energy efficient GA-EP35-DS3L, which is now replaced by the GA-EP43-DS3L which retails for $100. I prefer the MSI P43 I mentioned before because it is cheaper.
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Alright, did the suggested upgrades. Thanks for the help.
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