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Old 04-10-08, 12:50 PM   #1
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Default Q6600 Build, Need advice

I've been considering an upgrade for my x2 3800 video editing/ Photoshop/gaming box. It's been chugging along nicely for a while now but since I've started editing in 1080i it's been doing its chugging rather slowly. I plan to keep my Vidcard, drives and PSU but want to upgrade the CPU, Motherboard and RAM.

I'm trying to keep the upgrade under 350US. I've started to look at what my options are and saw that Fry's has the Q6600 for 189.99 retail. Any suggestions for a good Motherboard and 2gig or 4gig ram set that would keep the final tally at this price range? I am planning on buying Vista64 but I hope to keep using Xp at least till the end of the summer, if that's of any concern as far as future compatibility.
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Get the cheapest Q6600 you can find, a plus if you get a G0 SLACR stepping. RAM is dirt cheap now, 2GB of DDR2-800 with heat spreaders are around $30. Get A-Data RAM, it's extremely reliable and widely compatible. $42.99 at newegg.com http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820211066

If you want to go cheaper but get RAM with heat spreaders, there's the Wintec branded RAM. I haven't encountered it before, but it's $38.99 at nweegg.com http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820161229

As for the motherboard, I don't know if you are planning on an SLi setup in the near future or not, but if the thought crosses your mind and you decide to invest in another 8800GTS, you can get an Asus P5N-D 750i SLi motherboard for $139.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131232

Or you can get an MSI P7N Platinum 750i SLi motherboard for $164.99.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130159
It's faster than the P5N-D and it's reliable. I can vouch for it because I own it, check sig. If you want Asus, stick with the P5N-D.

If you want to stick with one card, you have a wide variety of boards. I think the most widely used chipset is the Asus P5K. $126.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131180


The Asus P5K, the Q6600 from Fry's, and the A-Data RAM will run you roughly around $360.
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Default Re: Q6600 Build, Need advice

Thanks for the info, I saw the A-Data ram but wasn't sure that that was the way to go since I haven't heard much about the company.

What about this motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128059 ? If I don't have to I'd rather keep it under 100.00 bucks
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Thanks for the info, I saw the A-Data ram but wasn't sure that that was the way to go since I haven't heard much about the company.

What about this motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128059 ? If I don't have to I'd rather keep it under 100.00 bucks
The A-Data RAM is an underdog. The people who have experience with it will say they love it. I loved it, but I'm using Corsair now on my new build. It's a reliable brand, it's just not very well known. As for the motherboard, you'll have your luck with any P35 board. People here will tell you that it's a good board for overclocking. Gigabyte is a well-rounded company. Their BIOS is user friendly to the tech savvy person. It's like Einstein reading The Giving Tree, but in German. I was a Gigabyte board user as well. I had the GA-M57SLI-S4, it was an AMD board and it was extremely great. Gigabyte = ♥.
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