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I'm looking at building a cheap computer that is used for music, lite office stuff, movie watching, surfing net running either XP or Vista Basic Premium (only Vista if requested by buyer). I want it to be "As Future Proof As Possible" with capability for quad core, Vista, more RAM, Higher video card.

I have got everything down except for RAM and Video Card/On Board Video.

Processor will be Intel Core 2 Duo E6300.

Question 1:
Setup Option 1:
Asus P5B-VM $179 with 256MB on board Video used with
Option a: 2-Kingston KVR667D2N5(RETAIL)PC2-5400 1GB VALUE RAM $252
Option b: CORSAIR XMS2 TWIN2X2048-6400 2GB 2X1GB PC6400 DDR2-800 CL 5-5-5-12 (2x 1GB) $345 (Toms Hardware recommends PC6400 for onboard video with this MOB but is it really needed?)


Setup Option 2:
Asus P5B-E $209
- XFX GeForce 7600 GS 400MHZ PCI-E 256MB 128BIT 700MHZ DDR2 Dual DVI-I HDTV Out Passive Video Card $130
- 1-Kingston KVR667D2N5(RETAIL)PC2-5400 1GB VALUE RAM $126



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  1. The second option is better, I'd say. Less RAM, but memory is also cheap and easily upgradeable, so in a few weeks / months it could be easily doubled. The video card, too, can be upgraded cheaply in the future. I'm assuming this is Canadian dollars?
  2. Yea this is Canadian pricing. I'll go with Option 2 then.

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