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Old 11-13-2007, 10:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys, I have a E6700 CPU collecting dust and I figure I may as well do something with it so...

If you had a E6700 CPU and want to build a high-end system for gaming and graphics (photoshop...) what components would you use? I already have a 22 inch Viewsonic LCD and the basic accessories like a laser mouse, keyboard...

Graphics Card:
TV Tuner?

I don't want to go crazy with this as I already have built a:

P4 3.4 GHz
Nvidia GeForce 6200 AGP 512MB

I don't care for the graphics card I have since it's not really "powerful" in gaming. This system is about two years old but I want something that can handle the latest games smoothly.

It's been a long time since I kept up with the ever-changing hardware so I need your help!



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Old 11-13-2007, 11:26 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Your hard drive is fine, but I don't know what kind of motherboard and RAM you're using. I'm not sure what platforms P4's took to run but I'm guessing that it wasn't LGA 775 and you're not using DDR2... I would pair your e6700 with 2GB of DDR800 or 1066 depending on what your motherboard can handle.
Also for the GPU pick up an 8800 GT when you see them in stock. They're really cheap for how powerful they are.

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Those are some recommendations.
Hope this helps!

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Old 11-13-2007, 02:10 PM   #3 (permalink)
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get these instead: - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail - ABIT IP35-E LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

the RAM is great for the price.. its like one of the best out there... and that p35 board i suggested is great.. because it owns for cheap....
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Old 11-13-2007, 05:54 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Let me clarify this, I am looking to build a separate system and not tweak the existing one. The FSB on the E6700 is 1000... right? Will I benefit from the 1066 motherboard? How about cooling and power supply wattage?
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Old 11-13-2007, 06:26 PM   #5 (permalink)
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fsb on it is 1066
better cooling enables more overclocking headroom
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Old 11-13-2007, 06:50 PM   #6 (permalink)
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one question how did u end up with an e6700 collecting dust?
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Old 11-13-2007, 08:52 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Amd gt player View Post
one question how did u end up with an e6700 collecting dust?
My mother works for Intel and they have a "loaner" program so the last two years they received a "loaner" chip. That's how I got the P4 CPU in my aforementioned custom build. The sad part is I've had this chip since it was selling at $700+ online.
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Old 11-13-2007, 08:55 PM   #8 (permalink)
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So now the memory issue is resolved I am stuck on the motherboard. What is the difference between the different chip sets? Northbridge, southbridge, is it better to get one with SLI support?

There are many different manufacturers making the video card with the Nvidia chip, which is better and why?
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Old 11-13-2007, 10:45 PM   #9 (permalink)
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omfg dude ifyou were to tell us this in person...we would lynch you.
not to be a rude person, but you have one of the best chips made sitting in your, next to your slippers. lol thats just GREAT.
as for your other questions i dont have the time to answer. lol i was just adding my smarty-pants remarks to your thread.
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Old 11-13-2007, 10:52 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Different chipsets have different features, intergrated video, multi gpu support all that stuff. Depending on what brand of video card you chose, Nvdia for SLI support and ATI for crossfire support. Some users will buy a card now and get a new one to add on when they need the extra performance. Most people don't need the multi gpu support so having another PCI-Express slot won't effect them.

As for the manufacturers, some manufactuers have a great reputation like XFX and evga that make reliable cards or factory overclocked cards that work well. Other brands like foxxcon, PNY, foxxconn are known for cheaper but unrealiable products.

Before all those brands just made motherboards like msi, gigabyte and asus. I was pretty surprised at first when some other brand than sapphire was making videocards for ati and some other brand than BFG was making video cards for nvdia

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