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I've made another computer build mostly based off of stettybet's. I'm trying to choose parts for a gaming system and so far this is what i've got.

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811129021 case

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814130318 video card

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817139004 PSU

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819115029 processor

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822144701 HD

What kind of motherboard and ram would go well with this? and does anybody have any suggestions on items that would be better suited to this build?
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I'd get this video card.
It has better warranty and comes with Company of Heros for free.
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814150252

I would get this motherboard.
http://www.newegg.co...mp;Tpk=P35-DS3L

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ok, and what about cooling? is there anything extra i should be considering? Also, how is the e8000+ series of intel duo core processors?
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Currently the only 8xxx Core 2 Duo is the 8400. If you can afford the $245 price tag it is not a bad buy: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819115037.

The Antec 900 will come with plenty of fans. You will only need an aftermarket CPU cooler if you plan on overclocking. If you are wanting to overclock you might also want to look into DDR2 1066 RAM
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Depending on when your board was built it may not boot. In which case you'd need to updated your BIOS via a floppy.
More information here.
http://www.giga-byte...bios_qflash.pdf
It's an added hassle and an added cost.

Like titan mentioned above, there is no need for another cooler unless you plan on overclocking.
If you get the E8400 and want to push is past the ~3.8GHz range, you'll need 1066MHz RAM, otherwise 800MHz RAM will be plenty.
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Edited by james_8970, 10 February 2008 - 07:41 PM.

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Depending on when your board was built it may not boot. In which case you'd need to updated your BIOS via a floppy.
It's an added hassle and an added cost.

Is there any way I can avoid this problem? Also, I do not plan on overclocking at this point.
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Depending on when your board was built it may not boot. In which case you'd need to updated your BIOS via a floppy.
It's an added hassle and an added cost.

Is there any way I can avoid this problem? Also, I do not plan on overclocking at this point.

The only way to avoid it would be to get a motherboard built after a certain period of time. That's kinda like entering a lottery.
Floppy drives are only ~15$.
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How is he going to flash the BIOS without a currently working CPU?
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:)
I thought it could boot into the BIOS but couldn't work in windows (which theoretically wouldn't make any sense), but after doing a little googling around this doesn't seem like the case.
If you bought this CPU and your computer wouldn't boot, the only way to fix it would be to go to a local store and ask them to use one of their CPU's lying around and flash the BIOS.
Though it's best to save yourself the hassle and just get a E6xx0 or E4x00 CPU.
James

Edit: Sorry about this mistake.

Edited by james_8970, 10 February 2008 - 11:50 PM.

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I agree, stick with the e6750 you selected originally.
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What if I want to upgrade later on? would I end up having to purchase a whole new motherboard? Anyway, thanks a lot this has all been a ton of help.
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No you won't. The BIOS update would be simple with a CPU.
However when Intel moves to a new socket, Nehalem, yes you will be required to. But that's not coming till Q1 2009. Also, if you switch over to AMD you will obviously need to switch your motherboard.
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I've made another computer build mostly based off of stettybet's.

:)

I'd get this video card.
It has better warranty and comes with Company of Heros for free.
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814150252

I picked EVGA due to their Step-Up Program. It's your decision on whether you want that or Company of Heroes. They both have limited lifetime warranties, so I'm not sure what James was referring to by saying XFX had a better warranty.

I would get this motherboard.
http://www.newegg.co...mp;Tpk=P35-DS3L

Yup, I agree. This is the motherboard I suggested in my build.
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I picked EVGA due to their Step-Up Program. It's your decision on whether you want that or Company of Heroes. They both have limited lifetime warranties, so I'm not sure what James was referring to by saying XFX had a better warranty.

It's a better warranty because of the following.
-Warranty is transferable to the new owner of the card, should you resale it. Therefor it's resale value is greater then other cards.
-Warranty will not be voided with a few mods. This doesn't include hard mods such as volt mods.
-Overclocking is covered.
-Lifetime warranty.

I'm pretty sure I'm missing something, but XFX's warranty is better. As for the step-up program, while it's a good idea, you're left without a card for 2-3 weeks. :) Also if you live outside of the USA, shipping charges become pretty brutal.
James

Edited by james_8970, 11 February 2008 - 10:31 AM.

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-Overclocking is covered.
-Lifetime warranty.

EVGA also has these two things. If you use their Step-Up Program, the non-transferable warranty isn't really an issue. And if the OP doesn't plan on overclocking, I doubt they plan on modding.

Also if you live outside of the USA, shipping charges become pretty brutal.

As the OP is ordering from Newegg, they can't live outside the US.
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