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My buddy just sold his laptop back to his college for $1200. Coupled with another $1800 from somewhere he wants to build a Conroe machine with him. I'm looking for any suggestions that you peoples could give me.<br><br><a href="https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=3382552&WishListTitle=kablizzle" target="_blank">Here's</a> most of the stuff<br><br><a href="http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=dhs&cs=19&sku=320-4687" target="_blank">Here's</a> the monitor<br><br>
He's going with the dell because of the S-Video in. He wants to use the monitor as a TV tunerless.<br><br>
He's getting the OS separately and he isn't buying a vid card - just setting aside $500 for an awesome DX10 card. He'll just rip his 6600 from his current tower.<br><br>
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K.<br><br>
e6600<br>
2x1GB Mushkin extreme whatever blah blah<br>
dell 3007WFP (might as well, cause it would be better for a TV..even the 2407)<br>
asus p5w deluxe<br><br>
The rest is up to you....maybe phase?
 

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The E6600 isn't a good OCer I'm not sure about the E6700. I know that there were several people selling thier 6600's and getting 6400's cause they OC so well.
 

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Good start. That E6700 should clock just fine (sdumper is doing a 4.5GHz run on phase). Also, my E6600 hits 3.5GHz (motherboard won't take me further..)<br />
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Any plans for Crossfire/SLI in the future?<br />
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If not, then look at this motherboard:<br />
<a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813131028" target="_blank">ASUS P5B Deluxe/WiFi-AP Socket T (LGA 775) Intel P965 Express</a> $209.99<br />
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PSU: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817703005" target="_blank">PC Power & Cooling Silencer 610 EPS12V</a> $159.99
 
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<div style="font-style:italic">Good start. That E6700 should clock just fine (sdumper is doing a 4.5GHz run on phase). Also, my E6600 hits 3.5GHz (motherboard won't take me further..)<br />
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Any plans for Crossfire/SLI in the future?<br />
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If not, then look at this motherboard:<br />
<a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813131028" target="_blank">ASUS P5B Deluxe/WiFi-AP Socket T (LGA 775) Intel P965 Express</a> $209.99<br />
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PSU: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817703005" target="_blank">PC Power & Cooling Silencer 610 EPS12V</a> $159.99</div>

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</div>Yes I like the P5B-deluxe if not going SLI/Crossfire<br />
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Wow.. phase... I can only dream <img src="/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" />
 

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No plans for crossfire/sli - especially considering the g80's power req's <img src="/images/smilies/frown.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Frown" class="inlineimg" /> <br />
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I'm trying to get him to go for a better monitor but it looks like it will end up being the 2007fp<br />
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<a href="https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=3382552&WishListTitle=kablizzle" target="_blank">wish list</a> updated<br />
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I wont be OC'ing this thing to the max possible - he isn't exactly a hardcore enthusiast<br />
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given that - do you think it would be worth it to dip down to e6600 and go for the <a href="http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=dhs&cs=19&sku=320-4335" target="_blank">Dell 2407wfp</a>? even though the 6600 wont go as far - he doenst really need it to (eps given that high conroe OC's pretty much help benchies more than anything else)
 

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As I stated, my E6600 hits 3.51GHz on air, on a motherboard that's not as good as the P5B Deluxe. I think that's more than plenty. I'd knock down to the E6600 and get the better monitor.<br><br>
Also, no interest in RAID? I see a large single hard drive now. Two of these:<br><a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822148144" target="_blank">Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 (Perpendicular Recording) ST3250620AS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s</a> for $79.99 a piece ($149.98 for the pair) will be cheaper and deliver better performance in RAID0
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Also, no interest in RAID? I see a large single hard drive now. Two of these:<br><a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822148144" target="_blank">Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 (Perpendicular Recording) ST3250620AS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s</a> for $79.99 a piece ($149.98 for the pair) will be cheaper and deliver better performance in RAID0</div>
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good advice - if it were my rig i would do that - but i don't want to venture into RAID for the first time on a friend's rig. i'll stick with the single drive for him
 

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Ok.. I understand the logic.<br><br>
RAID ain't that hard though <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
Good luck with the rig!
 

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You are right, RAID 0 isn't that hard for people like us who like to tinker our systems to death, but he might not always be around to help his buddy if one drive fails. It sounds like he is going more for rock solid reliability since he isn't planning on much if any of an overclock. In that case maybe RAID 1 would be a better idea?? Just my 2 cents.
 

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i'm looking for a monitor with s-video in. he wants to go tv/monitor without a tuner (so he doesnt need the pc on to watch tv)<br><br>
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buying <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16815167003" target="_blank">this</a> would be pretty much the same thing right? the PC would not need to be on to run the monitor? bear with me - im a bit new to tuners
 

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Aren't TV's limited in resolution? A 24" monitor can handle a high res. for gaming and such, and if you can watch TV on it, that's just an added bonus.<br><br>
I think that box might work yep.
 
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if he gets a monitor and a tv it cuts his budget a bit.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic">No plans for crossfire/sli - especially considering the g80's power req's <img src="/images/smilies/frown.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Frown" class="inlineimg" /> <br />
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I'm trying to get him to go for a better monitor but it looks like it will end up being the 2007fp<br />
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**EDIT**<br />
<a href="https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=3382552&WishListTitle=kablizzle" target="_blank">wish list</a> updated<br />
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I wont be OC'ing this thing to the max possible - he isn't exactly a hardcore enthusiast<br />
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given that - do you think it would be worth it to dip down to e6600 and go for the <a href="http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=dhs&cs=19&sku=320-4335" target="_blank">Dell 2407wfp</a>? even though the 6600 wont go as far - he doenst really need it to (eps given that high conroe OC's pretty much help benchies more than anything else)</div>

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I have the 2007WFP, and I love it. But for his plans to use it to watch TV...I'd have to say...the extra 4" of the 2407 would be a HUGE difference. That's when it starts to look likea TV. At first 20" wide seems like enough...but then you back up, and you wish you had just a FEW more inches....<br />
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I can watch mine as TV cause I dont' sit far usually...cause my bed is right next to my desk and that's where I watch movies/clips from...but if you back up more than say 4-5" then you'll want the 24"
 

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i suggest a higher end video card, preferably an ATI since they'll do fsaa and hdr simultaneously and they also feature AVIVO video converter - if he does any avi to dvd conversions that'll come in very useful... or any other video converting for that matter...<br>
an x1900gt or higher would be good.
 
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