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Old 08-09-2006, 09:56 PM   #1
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What do you think is the best Intel chipset? I'm building a computer for a friend, and I don't know what kind of Chipset motherboard I should look for.
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What processor? Is s/he going to overclock?
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A core 2 duo. Either e6300 or e6600. His budget isn't clear yet.
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Single or dual card setup?

EDIT: And what kind of RAM?
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Dual. And RAM is whatever the motherboard is capable of.

EDIT: BTW, the board has to be widely availible. Like at Fry's or something.

Is the Abit AW8D Intel® 975X compatible with Core 2 Duo processors? On Newegg it says it only compatible with P4 EE, P4, PD, etc. But your list says it is.
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AW9D is compatable, AW8D isnt. I personally think the AW9D-MAX is going to be a killer board. If he is going to use dual video cards, 975x CF is the only way. Then i would go with an ASUS P5WDH.
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He has to use crossfire? Oh man, I don't know anything about ATI. What is the midrange series for ATI that could be in crossfire? And how do I connect them together?
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Instead of a dual card solution, i would rather get a high end card and the DS3.
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DS3? And what is All-In-Wonder? I found out my friend's budget. It's about $1300.
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nope Gigabyte P965 DS3
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