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Im building a computer for a friend of mine and I wanna build him a conroe rig cause from what Ive seen those things are really good. I know which CPU im getting Im getting the <i><u> Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 Conroe 1.86GHz 2M sharing L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor</u></i> now all I need is to find the right motherboard and what kind of RAM I should get. If this was an AMD rig I wouldnt have any probs but I dont know so much about Intel stuff so Id really appriciate the help!
 

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Ok, what are the things he wants to do with this rig... please give us some information like, <br />
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- Price range<br />
- Should the board be ready for dual graphics<br />
- Should the board support RAID<br />
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Some suggestions:<ul><li><a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813128012" target="_blank">GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3</a> $144.99: Good board, no RAID on the southbridge (only on secondary controller over the PCI bus), no dual graphics. If you need to save some more, the <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813128017" target="_blank">GIGABYTE GA-965P-S3</a> is the same, but does not have solid caps. Thus, shorter life span, but cheaper.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813131045" target="_blank">ASUS P5B Deluxe</a> $199.99: one of the best overclocking boards for Core 2 Duo. Supports RAID, and dual graphics can be run, but limited to x16, x4 bandwidth.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=240505" target="_blank">Abit AW9D-MAX 975X</a> $261: excellent overclocking board, Crossfire and SLI (both x8, x8; SLI right now with modded drivers), only one PCI slot which is useless when running Crossfire with dual slot cards.</li>
<li><a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813131025" target="_blank">ASUS P5W DH DELUXE/WIFI-AP</a> $259.99: one of the most popular 975X boards on the market. RAID, Crossfire (x8, x8) and SLI (with modded drivers, x8, x8). Tons of features. Overclocks well, but not as good as the P5B and the ABIT board.</li>
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Can you also give us the full list of components that you were thinking of having.
 

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Also is he/you planning to overclock? If not, this changes the mobo selection big time.
 

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He really is only gonna use it for music playing it and mixing it. Im gonna overclock it for him a lil but not much if at all. Also the price range is $1500.00. Dual GPU's and RAID would be nice but Im just looking for a really nice Conroe board that has enough PCI slots and atleast 1 PCI Express for the GPU.
 

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My suggestions (assuming he only needs the box, and already has a monitor, keyboard, and mouse):<br />
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MoBo: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16813131045" target="_blank">ASUS P5B Deluxe Socket T (LGA 775) Intel P965</a> $199.99 <br />
CPU: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16819115005" target="_blank">Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 Conroe 1.86GHz</a> $180.00 <br />
RAM: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16820231051" target="_blank">G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 667 (PC2 5400)</a> $219.99 <br />
Video: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16814102022" target="_blank">SAPPHIRE 100189L Radeon X1900GT 256MB GDDR3</a> $195.99 <br />
Sound: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16829102188" target="_blank">Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic 7.1 Channels</a> $113.99 <br />
HDD: 2X <a href="http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16822148144" target="_blank">Seagate Barracuda 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s</a> $159.98 <br />
DVD Burner: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16827106019" target="_blank">LITE-ON 16X DVD±R DVD Burner W/ LightScribe</a> $30.99 <br />
DVD Reader: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16827106027" target="_blank">LITE-ON Black ATAPI/E-IDE DVD-ROM</a> $18.69 <br />
CPU Cooler: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16835186134" target="_blank">ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro CPU Cooler</a> $29.99 <br />
Case: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16811119068" target="_blank">Cooler Master Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black</a> $44.99 <br />
PSU: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16817341001" target="_blank">OCZ GameXStream OCZ600GXSSLI ATX12V 600W</a> $119.99 <br />
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Total: $1,314.59<br />
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Now, there is some headroom, and I assume he wants a better soundcard for his music activities. Also, if he needs a monitor, you might think about dropping one hard drive , in which case he has about $250 for a monitor. That's enough for a very nice 19" and close to the cheapest 20" LCD screens.<br />
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Do note I selected DDR2 667 RAM. You stated you are not overclocking this rig a whole lot, if at all. Thus, there is no need for DDR2 800, and DDR2 667 saves some good money. Now, I do advice to take a serious look at the <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819115004" target="_blank">E6400</a>. It's only $40 more, and worth that extra money.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic">MoBo: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16813131045" target="_blank">ASUS P5B Deluxe Socket T (LGA 775) Intel P965</a> $199.99 <br />
CPU: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16819115005" target="_blank">Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 Conroe 1.86GHz</a> $180.00 <br />
RAM: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16820231051" target="_blank">G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 667 (PC2 5400)</a> $219.99 <br />
Video: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16814102022" target="_blank">SAPPHIRE 100189L Radeon X1900GT 256MB GDDR3</a> $195.99 <br />
Sound: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16829102188" target="_blank">Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic 7.1 Channels</a> $113.99 <br />
HDD: 2X <a href="http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16822148144" target="_blank">Seagate Barracuda 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s</a> $159.98 <br />
DVD Burner: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16827106019" target="_blank">LITE-ON 16X DVD±R DVD Burner W/ LightScribe</a> $30.99 <br />
DVD Reader: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16827106027" target="_blank">LITE-ON Black ATAPI/E-IDE DVD-ROM</a> $18.69 <br />
CPU Cooler: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16835186134" target="_blank">ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro CPU Cooler</a> $29.99 <br />
Case: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16811119068" target="_blank">Cooler Master Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black</a> $44.99 <br />
PSU: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16817341001" target="_blank">OCZ GameXStream OCZ600GXSSLI ATX12V 600W</a> $119.99 <br />
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Subtotal: $1,314.59</div>

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</div>Those are some good recommendations <img src="/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Big Grin" class="inlineimg" /><br />
In fact, the CPU, RAM and and hard drive is like my new rig's (except DDR2 800 and a 700W PSU) <img src="/images/smilies/thumb.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Thumb" class="inlineimg" />
 
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