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Old 03-10-2008, 12:14 AM   #1
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Default Building a new comp need help. thanks!

hey guys, i want to build a new computer. i only have certain parts, but i'm not sure on the rest. heres what i have so far.

CPU : Intel Quad Core 6600 2.4Ghz
Graphic: eVga Geforce 8800GT
Power Supply: Corsair 550vt
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 250gb
Ram: 2x Gskill 1gb 240 pin
Case: Cooler Master 1000

Question on the motherboard, not sure which one to get.... any suggestions?
my price range for the motherboard is around 75-150


my budget for this comp is less than 1k, all i really need is a decent motherboard that supports pci express 2.0 (which i dont know what that is)
if someone does know what does that pci express does, let me know.

suggestions would be appreciated. thanks in advance!
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Old 03-10-2008, 12:24 AM   #2
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pci express is the slot that your video card goes into, what are the full specs of your ram?
heres a good one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128059
i just dont know for sure if your ram would be compatible
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If you search around, you can find an HX520 for the same price as the VX550. As an owner of both, you'll thank me later.
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Old 03-10-2008, 02:25 AM   #4
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pci express is the slot that your video card goes into, what are the full specs of your ram?
heres a good one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128059
i just dont know for sure if your ram would be compatible
I have the same mobo. works great so far if you have 1066 ram
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Old 03-10-2008, 07:54 AM   #5
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pci express is the slot that your video card goes into, what are the full specs of your ram?
heres a good one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128059
i just dont know for sure if your ram would be compatible
hey, im not quite sure what your asking, but these sticks are the ones im going to get. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231047 And about the pci express, someone told me that i have to get a pci express 2.0 mobo in order for my 8800gt to work.... is that true? thanks for the responses.
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What will this PC be used for exactly?

PCI-E 2.0 doubles the bandwidth of PCI-E 1.0a No applications currently use all the bandwidth however and by the time they do, the X38 will be outdated. Don't put PCI-E 2.0 on the top of your list. A p35 board is a great choice. And all PCI-E 2.0 cards like the 8800GT are backwards compatible.
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What will this PC be used for exactly?

PCI-E 2.0 doubles the bandwidth of PCI-E 1.0a No applications currently use all the bandwidth however and by the time they do, the X38 will be outdated. Don't put PCI-E 2.0 on the top of your list. A p35 board is a great choice. And all PCI-E 2.0 cards like the 8800GT are backwards compatible.
basically for normal use (web browsing, office) and some gaming like Counterstrike, D2, SC.

So is the mobo above suggested good for me? thanks.
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You really have no need for the quad then. Quad cores are only necessary for heavy video editing and encoding large files. Higher clocked dual cores generally perform better in games while consuming less power and producing less heat. Most apps today cannot take advantage of quads and by the time they do, the Q6600 will be outdated (it's about to be replaced now) Here are some benchmarks between a dual and a quad in gaming. UT3 is multi-threaded:
HL2: Episode 2:
E8500 @ 4.3GHz- 240FPS
Q6600 @ 3.6GHz- 206FPS
E8500 @ stock- 185FPS
Q6600 @ stock- 144FPS

Crysis:
E8500 @ 4.3GHz- 83FPS
Q6600 @ 3.6GHz- 78FPS
E8500 @ stock- 72FPS
Q6600 @ stock- 55FPS

UT3:
E8500 @ 4.3GHz-186FPS
Q6600 @ 3.6GHz-189FPS
E8500 @ stock- 157FPS
Q6600 @ stock-153FPS
(I remind you that the Unreal 3 engine is multi-threaded)
For you I would recommend something slightly cheaper than the E8400 or E8500. Like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115029
And with the money you save from getting the CPU I suggested, you can get this mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130098
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dam are you serious? i already bought one, and i couldnt even sell it back out, so i decided to keep it and just build a new comp. arggg.
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Yep, I'm serious but you can't send it back now I suppose.
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