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Im interested in building a new computer. My current computer I built 4 years ago and is barely above the min. specs for the new high intensity games coming out. I built before dual core was popular and havent learned much about dual or quad core CPU's and never really knew how to pick out a good motherboard, just knew the CPU socket had to be the same basically.
I dont do hard core gaming but i do play some games with friends on occasion and we are looking at playing the new age of conan and hopefully starcraft 2 if it ever comes out. I dont care about running on high specs in game and stuff as long as I can play without lag every couple minutes, but i also want to try to make it last as long as possible for the money. The way RAM keeps coming out as fast as it does, I hear there is DDR4 by rumor already and i have regular DDR right now, i want a motherboard and processor that will last a while before becoming too obsolete. But I will probably stick with DDR2 RAM since its so cheap, just not sure if i should get a 4 GB or 8 GB slots. my main concerns are motherboard, CPU, and video card.

Im thinking of getting this CPU http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819115017 ...... Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor - Retail
but not sure what kinda motherboard to go with it. Not sure what the PCI EXPRESS x16 and all that stuff means I will probably never put 2 video cards in this at the same time so not sure if that matters. I will probably be getting a top of the line video card though. I also was hoping to find a board that had a good audio onset for my surround sound speakers but thats not that important, can always buy a sound card. Im just looking for suggestions on a good name brand board, Ive always used Asus or Abit before, that will run cool with this processor. Also if you have any tips on a better CPU please let me hear what and why. Not looking to spend much more than 250 for a CPU and around 165 for a board.
Thanks for any advice given
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Hi there,

Just wondering if you'd like to give us a list of the components you intend to use for this build? I'd be interested. :) Plus we might be able to help you find some better deals, or a better component for the money. :)

If you like Abit then this would be a good choice for a motherboard.

This Gigabyte motherboard would also be a good choice - both boards are similar price and performance.

These boards support DDR2 RAM, which just cannot be beat for price/performance at the moment. Grab yourself a good 2GB or 4GB kit and it should last you a while. Either way, no matter what you get, it will be obsolete in a few years anyway - such is technology. :)

Don't forget, while these motherboards have a PCI-Express x16 graphics card slot, these are compatible with PCI-Express 2.0 cards (the newer ones out), and perform very well. :)

I would be happy to recommend either of them. If you have a look, though, the Abit is advertising a rebate - so if you can make use of that, you're laughing! These motherboards will give you excellent performance with the Q6600, comparable to more expensive boards - but they may not have as many features as some of the more expensive boards (i.e. no onboard wi-fi, not as many SATA ports or RAID capabilities etc...).


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