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upgrading to core 2 duo and need some advice

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September 9, 2006 2:47:02 AM

First off, do you think the E6600 is worth the money over the E6400? I heard the E6600 is worth it because of additional cache, so I'll probably go with that one.

Also, when I was browsing for motherboards on newegg.com all of them were shit. They averaged like a 3.5/5 as far as ratings go. The only boards I could find with decent ratings were these three:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

I don't know about you guys, but I've never spent 270$ on a motherboard. Is it really necessary to spend this much? Does anyone know if cheaper motherboards are being released in the future or if there is a cheaper substitute I can buy now? Don't get me wrong. I don't want a mobo that is crap. I want something that is good and stable.

Any suggestions on ram to go with the core 2 duo?

Thanks guys.

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September 9, 2006 2:56:01 AM

1. If you can afford the price, E6600 has a better cost-to-performance ratio than E6400.
2. A good motherboard never makes you upset.
3. Computer hardware is always cheaper over the time.
September 9, 2006 2:59:50 AM

Are you planning on overclocking?

If so, then a 975x board would be more suitable than the P965, but there are good P965 boards that overclock very well. Unfortunately, those are also in the $200+ range.

I went with some simple G965 boards, since I wasn't planning on overclocking at all. I think the Gigabyte DS3 P965 is a decent board to use.

The ASUS P5B would be a good choice as well, if the new BIOS works on it for overclocking. I am not sure if that BIOS works only in the deluxe version or not.

Just check Newegg for P965 boards, and read the reviews (but take them with a little grain of salt, as some complain about overclocking ability, but they are busting to 400 right off the bat).

Also, check THG and Anandtech or some other hardware sites for reviews on P965 boards.
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September 9, 2006 3:00:15 AM

i hear some people are going for teh 260$ x2 4800+ over the 330$ e6600... is this the right way to go?
September 9, 2006 3:00:55 AM

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Are you planning on overclocking?

If so, then a 975x board would be more suitable than the P965, but there are good P965 boards that overclock very well. Unfortunately, those are also in the $200+ range.

I went with some simple G965 boards, since I wasn't planning on overclocking at all. I think the Gigabyte DS3 P965 is a decent board to use.

The ASUS P5B would be a good choice as well, if the new BIOS works on it for overclocking. I am not sure if that BIOS works only in the deluxe version or not.

Just check Newegg for P965 boards, and read the reviews (but take them with a little grain of salt, as some complain about overclocking ability, but they are busting to 400 right off the bat).

Also, check THG and Anandtech or some other hardware sites for reviews on P965 boards.


no i wasnt planning on over clocking so i might take this route
September 9, 2006 3:08:17 AM

If you're not going to overclock, then getting the X965 boards (x = P or G) is a decent route.

Also, since you're not going to overclock, you won't need DDR2-800 (PC6400) memory, either. Just get 667 or even 533, but I would go with 667.

I think the Gigabyte or Asus P5B would be the best choices, since there has been some bad press about the G965 series.

Good luck.
September 9, 2006 3:10:08 AM

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i hear some people are going for teh 260$ x2 4800+ over the 330$ e6600... is this the right way to go?

Surely not.
E6600 is certainly faster than x2 4800+.
September 9, 2006 3:11:51 AM

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If you're not going to overclock, then getting the X965 boards (x = P or G) is a decent route.
Also, since you're not going to overclock, you won't need DDR2-800 (PC6400) memory, either. Just get 667 or even 533, but I would go with 667.
I think the Gigabyte or Asus P5B would be the best choices, since there has been some bad press about the G965 series.
Good luck.


Agreed.
Right now DDR2-667 and DDR2-533 are similarly priced, but DDR2-800 is more expensive.
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