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Yes that is a decent card but manly for out put. You should always build around what you plan on doing with it. For recording you will want a decent CPU/RAM/Audio card. Here is what I would suggest plus the $99 on the sound card would come to $453
What about just going with a cheaper mobo?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128078

Then I can stick with the more powerful cpu and still afford the $100 sound card. I don't mind going a little over to get the better audio. I don't need any advanced mobo features, and I'm sure I can find some way to OC the Q6600 to 3.0ghz whether it's through bios or the BSEL mod. Some of my recording input devices connect through the USB port anyway.
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What about just going with a cheaper mobo?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128078

Then I can stick with the more powerful cpu and still afford the $100 sound card. I don't mind going a little over to get the better audio. I don't need any advanced mobo features, and I'm sure I can find some way to OC the Q6600 to 3.0ghz whether it's through bios or the BSEL mod. Some of my recording input devices connect through the USB port anyway.
Yes you could always go with that cheaper mobo. It should get you to 3.0. You could always check out daddys junkie music store on-line for an audio card. They sometimes run great deals. Guitar Center also does the same thing. And good choice on the Q6600, I love mine and most likely be using it untill the middle of 09...
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Here are my changes.

I just realized most of my recording equipment connects and records via firewire/usb. SO investing in an expensive input sound card isn't very practical. Since this is the case, I don't have to worry about getting a decent sound card. SO I swapped it out with a cheap 7.1 sound card that will do the job as far as output goes. This allowed me room to upgrade the RAM and video card for added performance. So I upgraded the RAM to DDR2 1000 instead of 800, and threw in a 256mb Radeon HD 3450 and still came out a bit under budget. I think I have my final build, unless somebody wants to suggest a better brand of RAM or GPU.

I'll be purchasing this later on down the road for recording.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829999002

EDIT: Just realized... does the GIGABYTE GA-G31M-S2L that I'm getting support DDR2 1000?
Edited by Optixs - 7/10/08 at 6:03pm
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The final quote is $496 after shipping and before rebates.
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If you are set on getting onboard video, I would up the ram to 4GB.

Although you aren't gaming at all, the lack of a dedicated GPU will greatly hinder your overall performance.

Not only does it put a greater load on the processor, but it will also use up some of your ram. Makes things sluggish.

I would add a cheap, yet efficient video card to keep the load off your cpu and memory. And save some money on a cheaper motherboard without onboard video.

This should be perfect:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102728
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If you are set on getting onboard video, I would up the ram to 4GB.

Although you aren't gaming at all, the lack of a dedicated GPU will greatly hinder your overall performance.

Not only does it put a greater load on the processor, but it will also use up some of your ram. Makes things sluggish.

I would add a cheap, yet efficient video card to keep the load off your cpu and memory. And save some money on a cheaper motherboard without onboard video.

This should be perfect:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102728
I realized this a while ago and decided on the Radeon HD 3450. Cheap, reliable, etc. This should take almost all of the video load off the cpu, but since it's only a 256mb video card, I upped the ram from ddr2 800 to ddr2 1000. This should be more than enough to set the cpu free so I'm getting the most out of it.
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I realized this a while ago and decided on the Radeon HD 3450. Cheap, reliable, etc. This should take almost all of the video load off the cpu, but since it's only a 256mb video card, I upped the ram from ddr2 800 to ddr2 1000. This should be more than enough to set the cpu free so I'm getting the most out of it.
Good choice.

Also, which 2GB Kit did you chose? The 200MHz difference from the ram is mainly going to be noticeable in benchmarking. You will notice very little performance increase from regular usage, if any at all. I would get more ram, as opposed to faster ram. IF it fits in your budget.
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Good choice.

Also, which 2GB Kit did you chose? The 200MHz difference from the ram is mainly going to be noticeable in benchmarking. You will notice very little performance increase from regular usage, if any at all. I would get more ram, as opposed to faster ram. IF it fits in your budget.
The details on everything I chose is on the first page.

http://www.overclock.net/intel-gener...rovements.html

I'll look into getting 4GB's of DDR2 800. Not sure if I can squeeze it in though. I've heard people don't notice much of a difference from 2gig's to 4gig's of RAM when using XP. Do you know anything about this?

Edit: Did it. Switched out the 2gb's of ddr2 1000 for 4gb's of ddr2 800 and I'm still $6 under budget after shipping and before rebates.
Edited by Optixs - 7/10/08 at 7:07pm
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The details on everything I chose is on the first page.

http://www.overclock.net/intel-gener...rovements.html

I'll look into getting 4GB's of DDR2 800. Not sure if I can squeeze it in though. I've heard people don't notice much of a difference from 2gig's to 4gig's of RAM when using XP. Do you know anything about this?

Edit: Did it. Switched out the 2gb's of ddr2 1000 for 4gb's of ddr2 800 and I'm still $6 under budget after shipping and before rebates.
Great!

And yes, you are correct. Windows XP will only recognize 3.5GB's, unless you have the 64-Bit Edition or Vista. It is a better investment for the long run.
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Great!

And yes, you are correct. Windows XP will only recognize 3.5GB's, unless you have the 64-Bit Edition or Vista. It is a better investment for the long run.
Yeah I've got a 64bit edition of XP Pro & Vista Home Premium. I'm going to stick with 64bit XP Pro though, at least for now.
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