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kill_hXc

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Hi,

I'm in the process of building my own music-editing suite and am building a PC to go with it. But I don't want to have to do basic home computer functions on the editing PC - I'm going to keep my current one, and (because it's a bit rubbish) upgrade it so it'll run fairly quickly.

I do like to play Civilisation, Command & Conquer, Starcraft etc, but I'm not too interested in PC gaming so I don't need ridiculous clock speeds and the like, just something which'll let me run multiple programs (word processing, internet browsing, downloading) comfortably. I have a very short temper and get very angry at my computer atm... >:-o

I just upgraded to 2GB RAM, and that's done a lot of good, but I really think I need to upgrade the processor to give it a little more whack.

I was thinking Intel Core 2 Duo?

So can anyone recommend a good, mid-range motherboard which will fit my Dell Optiplex case and have slots for 184-pin RAM? Possibly with integrated video & sound cards?
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Dell designs their cases so that you can't put a different motherboard in them. You'll need to look at a new case, I'm afraid.

Intel Core 2 Duo is a good choice. I'm on a laptop, but when I bought it I got the T5750 2.0GHz chip, and it's worked beautifully for me. If you don't do heavy gaming, I would probably recommend the desktop equivalent (I'm not sure which version that is right off the top of my head,) but I've had good luck with mine :)
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Alas, as I feared. I'd heard that they were s***'s like that, but didn't want to believe it.

Any recommendations as to motherboards then (Seeing as I'm buying a new case)? tbh, not too bothered about that; the Dell one is horrible looking!
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What prices are you looking for? You can spend megabucks on a really cool looking case if you want to, but you can get some for under $50 if you don't really care what it looks like. Check out newegg to see what you like the looks of :)
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