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racinmason001

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I am soon going to be upgrading my current computer here are the specs:
Intel pentium d 930
Asus Emery mobo
2 gb ram PC2-4200 (brand?)
BFG GeForce 8800gt
300gb sata HDD
O.S. Windows XP Media Center 2005
Ok so now for the million dollar question! I am thinking of going with the Intel q6600 ( I believe that is the $280 quad core right?) I am looking for suggestions on mobo's. I know I will have to upgrade my ram. Now I am trying to stick to a budget of $500. Is this possible for cpu, mobo, and ram? If so give me some suggestions on ram and mobo. Thanks a bunch!!
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You might look at these.

Although i really don't think a lot of this MB the price is right for around $400 with tax and shipping.

http://www.tigerdire...BM-680ILT-Q6600

Heres a Intel MB kit. I do prefer to using Intel MB's with their Processors.

http://www.tigerdire...p?EdpNo=3189530

Looking around at different MB's i think i would buy the second one as i see none that are any better.

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You might look at these.

Although i really don't think a lot of this MB the price is right for around $400 with tax and shipping.

http://www.tigerdire...BM-680ILT-Q6600

Heres a Intel MB kit. I do prefer to using Intel MB's with their Processors.

http://www.tigerdire...p?EdpNo=3189530

Looking around at different MB's i think i would buy the second one as i see none that are any better.

SRX660

No I mean a $500 budget for everything. Mobo, cpu, and ram. Thats why I was asking if it is possible or am I dreaming?
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MOBO: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813128059 - $90

CPU: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819115017 - $276

RAM: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820146118 - $49

Total: $415


No your not dreaming :).

Edited by Titan8990, 16 February 2008 - 03:21 PM.

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Hi there,

In response to Titan8990's suggestion, I would recommend grabbing this RAM instead. It's still within your budget, and if you can make use of the rebates, it'll work out the same anyway. This RAM is slightly better as it has lower latencies, I would go the extra couple of $$$ :)

Other than that, I fully agree with Titan8990's choices - good quality products.

Cheers

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What about this ram?

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820227189
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Hi there,

The RAM you have chosen would be fine, but it has higher latencies. Depending on your uses for this computer, you may not notice a difference in the performance.

The RAM I have linked to is the better choice so far.

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Hi there,

In response to Titan8990's suggestion, I would recommend grabbing this RAM instead. It's still within your budget, and if you can make use of the rebates, it'll work out the same anyway. This RAM is slightly better as it has lower latencies, I would go the extra couple of $$$ :)

Other than that, I fully agree with Titan8990's choices - good quality products.

Cheers

Troy

Actually if you are not familiar with BIOS settings I strongly recommend you stick with the RAM Titan suggested. His RAM works at the 1.8V default settings, so you won't need to adjust anything within the BIOS to get your compute running properly.
James
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Is that mushkin ram good for gaming? That is mainly what I am upgrading for. I don't know I look at the specs on newegg at the OCZ says gaming/performance but the mushkin lacks that spec. So correct me if I am wrong please I just don't want to waste my hard earned money. Oh and yes I am familiar with BIOS settings.
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To be honest if you are not overclocking, you won't notice the difference from one stick of memory to the next. Anyone can slap on a "gaming" label doesn't mean it'll be any better then a product without this title. It's all marketing, just like the vista certification. When your getting down to the nitty gritty, yes the lower timing will make a difference, will you notice it in games? Very unlikely.
The OCZ memory will be fine, Mushkin is slightly higher quality, but again, you won't notice a difference unless you overclock so go with whats cheapest (excluding value RAM).
James

Edited by james_8970, 21 February 2008 - 01:36 AM.

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