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I've got a friend who is in the market for a new PC. His budget will be around 2-3k (It'd be good to try to settle around 2.5k) and he needs everything... case, psu, monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers and/or headphones... everything.<br />
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I told him that the way to go is w/ a Core 3 Duo system, and he will probably have me to build it for him. also, he would like this system completed in about a month (he's still got to save up a bit more)<br />
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The problem is that I know lots about AMD skt 939... but not a whole lot about Intel or C2D. So, what would the best bang for the buck C2D cpu be? and what's a good mobo that can handle a decent OC. He also would like to possibly be able to go SLI or Crossfire sometime in the future.<br />
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I can handle most of the other components, but I'm also open to suggestions for everything else as well.
 

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I told him that the way to go is w/ a Core 3 Duo system, and he will probably have me to build it for him.</div>

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</div>Whoa Core 3 Duo? Is that better then AM4? <img src="/images/smilies/tongue.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Stick Out Tongue" class="inlineimg" /><br />
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Anyways, tell him to get an E6700 and an Asus WiFi board or the DFI CF C2D board <img src="/images/smilies/thumb.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Thumb" class="inlineimg" />
 

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I like what the previous posters suggestions were:<br />
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Motherboard:<br />
<a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813131028" target="_blank">ASUS P5B Deluxe/WiFi-AP</a> [Price: $229.99 + Shipping]<br />
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CPU:<br />
<a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819115002" target="_blank">Intel C2D E6700</a> [Price: $524.00 Free Shipping]<br />
or<br />
<a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819115003" target="_blank">Intel C2D E6600</a> [Price: $316.99 Free Shipping]<br />
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Personally I would stick with the ASUS and E6600 and buy two well performing <br />
video cards. As well have enough to buy a nice 20.1" LCD. I just dont see<br />
spending a ton on the CPU and motherboard. Unless you were to go Kentsfield<br />
. . . . but thats another month away <img src="/images/smilies/glasses.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Glasses" class="inlineimg" />.
 

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I want Core 3 Duo! Where??? I don't see, lol. Get E6700, and GFX.....Get some X1900, 7900GT, 7600GT for now, if he want to upgrade to DX10 in the future
 

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Get the E6600. The only thing different on the E6700 is the multiplier. I don't think it's worth going with an E6700, because it doesn't improve anything by much.
 

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I would say if you know your getting a C2D then just check reviews on each CPU and compare them. I read a while ago that the e6400 can oc to a higher core clock than the e6600 making it a better choice and thats my 2 cents.
 

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P5W64 WS PRO<br />
E6600<br />
G.SKILL 2GB HZ<br />
2x320GB Seagate Perpendicular<br />
700W OCZ GameXtream<br />
XFI Music<br />
X1900XT or 7900GTO<br />
Big Typhoon VX<br />
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I'll let you or him decide on case and other small stuff <img src="/images/smilies/thumb.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Thumb" class="inlineimg" />
 

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<div style="font-style:italic">P5W64 WS PRO<br />
E6600<br />
G.SKILL 2GB HZ<br />
2x320GB Seagate Perpendicular<br />
700W OCZ GameXtream<br />
XFI Music<br />
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I'll let you or him decide on case and other small stuff <img src="/images/smilies/thumb.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Thumb" class="inlineimg" /></div>

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</div>Have you had the chance to test the P5W64 WS PRO?<br />
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A few months ago, people were recommending the P5W DH Deluxe. Now it's pushed aside into a corner.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic">Have you had the chance to test the P5W64 WS PRO?<br />
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A few months ago, people were recommending the P5W DH Deluxe. Now it's pushed aside into a corner.</div>

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</div>I'll test it tomorrow but i really don't need to. Since Sdumper already did it and so did everyone else over at XS.<br />
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That was a few months ago. Then there was no P5W64 WS, but now its here<br />
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P5W64 WS overclocks better than P5W DH
 

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Ok, just looking for some backup. I don't want soemone to get a dud for a motherboard.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic">Ok, just looking for some backup. I don't want soemone to get a dud for a motherboard.</div>

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</div>lol i would never recommend anyone anything that i don't know. Never! <img src="/images/smilies/tongue.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Stick Out Tongue" class="inlineimg" /><br />
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Sdumper, TheWaxShop, RGuy will be more than happy to back me up 10000%<br />
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Edit: The P5WDH can't seems to get past 450FSB even with mod. While the P5W64 WS runs 470FSB straight out of the box
 

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My question is why would you need four x16 PCI-e slots? Hmmm maybe for <br />
additional SATA RAID expansion cards, lol. Even PCI-e x1 RAID cards are <br />
ridicously priced. Maybe Im just a minimalist but even if his friend was a <br />
benchaholic I couldnt justify why he would have to have this board. could<br />
you clue us in?
 

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thanks for all the input guys. I'm thinking that the E6600 looks like the best bet for the cpu.<br><br>
for the mobo though... I'm not too sure. He doesn't need quad pcix16 slots that's for sure! lol.<br><br>
what's the best chipset to get for C2D now?
 

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bump and I started this thread which is a bit more general<br />
<a href="http://www.overclock.net/intel-general/126851-new-c2d-build-friend.html#post1369935" target="_blank">http://www.overclock.net/intel-gener...ml#post1369935</a>
 
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