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Building a pc for a friend Need advice crucial decision

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February 21, 2007 4:17:35 AM

Hi the following is the configuration

ASUS P5W DH Deluxe

2Gb Corsair DHX XMS2 Dominator Dual Channel 2048MB PC6400 DDR2 800Mhz Memory

8800 Gts 320/640

Now what we cant decide is that would a E6300 C2duo be good enough for his build. As he can easily over clock it with that Ram and Motherboard or should he just go for a e6600 .

He games on a 19 inch monitor and mostly plays a mix of sports , strategy and Fps .

So what processor should he go for and if you have any opinions on the motherboard or Ram . :) 

Thank you
February 21, 2007 6:18:03 AM

Hmm thats my problem :(  like what is the sweet spot , i mean if he spends this much money on the rig he shouldnt feel as if it is slow or anything . :(  :( 

He is upgrading from a athlon 3000+ . Does the extra power justify the money :?:
February 21, 2007 7:01:30 AM

if you overclock the 6300 well it will outperform a stock 6600 in most cases I do believe.
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February 21, 2007 7:04:21 AM

Also is the motherboard and Ram a good choice for overclocking :?

If they are then he can just get a e6400

:) 
February 21, 2007 7:11:20 AM

here is the overclocking guide

http://forumz.tomshardware.com/hardware/Core2Duo-Overcl...

That motherboard is listed as one of the good OCing mobos so I think you're good there.

And the ram I think is good. its important to find ram with at least 4-4-4-12 timings so that you can losen them when you overclock (to like 5-5-5-15). But really you can get better ram for less money.

G.Skill DDR2 800 2GB (2x1GB) (4-4-3-5) $200
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...

Super Talent DDR2 800 2GB (2x1GB) (4-4-3-8) $190
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...


I would recommend one of those two.
February 21, 2007 7:32:33 AM

Okay cool ill go with the Gskill ram that looks good :D 

Thanks for the help and the time /effort :) 
February 21, 2007 9:22:43 AM

strategy games require lots of CPU power esspecially SupCOM so i would push for the 6600 if you could
go with the gskill listed above and spend the savings on the CPU and cooler then OC

you should benefit quite a bit from the extra Cache
February 21, 2007 9:40:48 AM

Well yeah i have convinced him to go with the E6600 and the Gskill ram i think it would be a good setup.

Should last him a while 8) also convinced him to dump Asus and Go for evga 680i mboard

i think i am nnot good for his wallet but then again :tongue:
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