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Old 12-18-2006, 10:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey all, and thank you for taking the time to read and help with my post.

I have never built my own computer before - right now I am using an old HP 1 GHz 128 RAM; you can see why I need to upgrade. Since I don't really have any parts from this to work with I am starting from scratch by choosing a good mobo/CPU as my starting point. I am not seriously into gaming, but I would like to use the computer as a media center for my household for things such as movies, video/pic editing, some gaming, and as I am an engineering student some CAD programs. As always I am looking for something that won't be obsolete in 10 days (e.g. Vista capable) but won't break my mostly student loan bank account (think Christmas presents). My problem is that I don't have any clue what processor I need versus what would be overkill. My gut instinct is to go Core 2 Duo, and this is one random mobo/cpu setup I came up with at TigerDirect that wasn't too expensive:

Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 1.86GHz / 2MB Cache / 1066MHz FSB / Dual-Core / OEM / Socket 775 / Processor:

Intel DG965WHMKR Intel Socket 775 ATX Motherboard / Audio / Video / PCI Express / Gigabit LAN / S/PDIF / USB 2.0 & Firewire / Serial ATA / RAID:

I am not against AMD and don't wish to start a debate between the two. I realize this is an open-ended question that will vary for each person's opinion; any input is greatly appreciated, and if there is a tutorial/similar post I missed I apologize in advance.

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Old 12-18-2006, 01:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The Core2Duo's are the king of the hill for now, so you won't go wrong with it.

Dunno anything about that motherboard, though. You may want to Google it and find some reviews.

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