Need advice about this C2D build....

Hi everyone :D

I' going build a PC next week and I got nearby 1300$.
I will use it for genral purpose: Programming, Image editing and sometimes video editing. I wont OC and I not a hardcore gamer too.

I think it would be like that:


Intel Core2Duo E6600
Asus P5W Dh deluxe
2x1Go DDR2 667Mhz
Leadtek Winfast GeForce PX7900GS TDH 256Mo
Seagate 320Go 7200 RPM S-ATA II (Barracuda 7200.10) 16Mo
Fortron 500W
Pioneer DVR-111D



I'm confused which mobo to chosse between : Asus P5B deluxe and Asus P5W DH deluxe and which monitor, I think it would be 19' .
I heard that there is a gain of 5~7% between the E6600 and E6400.
Does the E6600 worth its price?

Any suggestion would be appreciable :wink:
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  1. There is about 13% performance difference between E6400 (2.13Ghz) and E6600 (2.4Ghz). If you were to overclock the E6400 to 2.4Ghz (E6600 speed) you might see a performance difference of 5~7% due to the larger 4MB cache of the E6600 compared to the 2MB cache of E6400. Not all programs will benefit from the larger cache though. Usually those programs that do media tasks (image/video/audio) can get a performance boost from the larger cache. I'm sure you would be happy with the E6400 performance - the extra E6600 speed would be a bonus. If the E6600 fits into your overall budget I'd say its worth the extra cost.
    On the other hand the E6400 will easily overclock well above the E6600 speeds with the right RAM and motherboard.

    However if you're sure you want to go without overclocking you can choose a less expensive motherboard and put the savings toward a higher quality LCD monitor. Asus P5B Deluxe $185US and Asus P5W DH Deluxe $250 are high quality motherboards that are also good at overclocking. The ASUS P5B-E $150 is less expensive and still a good overclocking motherboard. With no overclocking you could look at budget P965 motherboards like ECS P965T-A $85 and MSI P965 Neo-F $93.

    Also media tasks can create LARGE data files so I'd suggest a 2nd 320GB hard drive.
    Don't forget to budget for the case, keyboard & mouse and OS.
    What brand monitors do you have available? Is there an online store you like to use for shopping?
  2. get 533mhz ram if not overclocking, save couple of bucks there.
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    However if you're sure you want to go without overclocking you can choose a less expensive motherboard and put the savings toward a higher quality LCD monitor. Asus P5B Deluxe $185US and Asus P5W DH Deluxe $250 are high quality motherboards that are also good at overclocking. The ASUS P5B-E $150 is less expensive and still a good overclocking motherboard. With no overclocking you could look at budget P965 motherboards like ECS P965T-A $85 and MSI P965 Neo-F $93.


    Don't forget to budget for the case, keyboard & mouse and OS.
    What brand monitors do you have available? Is there an online store you like to use for shopping?


    Thanks for the advice :)

    I think I will get

    C2D E6600 for its 4 MB L2 cache
    Asus P5B Deluxe , its a high quality motherboard with lot of cool functions, its quit and will accept the new processor Core 2 Quadro for later upgrade.
    2x1Go DDR-2 533 Mhz. ( dunno which mark, may be Corsair or OCZ)
    2x250 Go Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 in RAID 0.

    For the OS, I have WinXp Pro SP2. I'll add 100$ for the case and the keyboards and mouse, think of Microsoft Natural keyboard. I like it :D

    They are many brand monitors in the store : LG, Acer, HP, Dell, BenQ...
    I need to know which model....

    Can you give me some PSU model and some cases??

    I've read that the x1950pro is better than the 7900GS for neaby the same price. So what to choose between those? I need a quite system.

    Any suggestions??
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