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Due to an unfortunate turn of events with my watercooling on my aging rig, I figure it's time for a much needed upgrade.

ASUS A8N32 SLI Deluxe
Athlon 64X2 4600
SB XFI Plat.
BFG GeForce 8800GTX
Western Digital Raptork 36GB 10K RPM
Same Case
Same RAM
I have a rig set up for storage over LAN, so I don't need anything else in the way of HDD's.
Options for air cooling?

I don't plan on doing any overclocking unless it's quite mild. I seem to have forgotten just about everything I knew about it in the past year or so, and I don't have the time to devote to it? Could I get some opinions on this build please?

Thanks.
 

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Go C2D.

Sell what you can't use and put it towards new stuff that does "work."

If you don't wanna, get a 4400+ instead.
 

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Go C2D.

Sell what you can't use and put it towards new stuff that does "work."

If you don't wanna, get a 4400+ instead.
i agree Core 2 Duos are alot better bang for your buck for the meantime, but he's right if you want to go amd go with the 4400+
 

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I'd go for the Core 2 Duo indeed. There is plenty expensive stuff in there on which to save money (soundcard) so the DDR2 800 RAM comes into budget.

Also, I'd not get the Raptor, but a pair of 250GB Seagates 7200.10 Perpendicular Recording Technology hard drives. For $150 (Raptor being $105), you have like almost 14 times the storage space and similar performance (actually better in terms of bandwidth). Although you have storage on the LAN, it's nice to have it on your rig (faster data access). Otherwise, get two raptors.
 

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Alright, so If I was going to go with the C2D, what would you reccomend for RAM and the motherboard?
 

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Fire up a post in the Intel section... there are a few Great MBs for OCing the Conroe and the RAM options are great too!
 

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Alright, so If I was going to go with the C2D, what would you reccomend for RAM and the motherboard?
Mobo:
  • Budget: GIGABYTE GA-965P-S3 $115.99 (no SLI/Crossfire, limited RAID options, good overclocker)
  • Best overclocker: ASUS P5B Deluxe $182.99 (limited Crossfire at x16, x4 bandwidth, possibly SLI with modded drivers, excellent overclocker)
  • SLI: Any of these 680i boards, Asus being the best. $250 - $410 (SLI, good overclocking generally, x16, x16 in SLI mode. However, new chipset that still has to prove itself, but it looks promising).
  • Best Crossfire: The DFI RD600 board. Yet to be released, but should be in just a few weeks. $300(?) (supposedly good overclocking, x16, x16 in Crossfire mode, , new chipset that still has to prove itself, but it looks promising).
Regarding RAM, i'd pick either of those two kits:
 
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