Hey all, I know I may be asking alot, but this is coming from a person whose hurtin with an athlon xp 1800+ still! (student)
Anyways, I've come across a bit of money and the new drops on the Q6600 is intriguing. Thing is, I dont really need an incredible video card just yet, and my friend has agreed to sell me his 8800GTS 640mb in about 2 months for $150. I just want a cheap board that can run my Q6600 with on-board video.
If you know of any, your help will be greatly appreciated.
You can do a lot better than this on features, but for a cheap board for now, this BIOSTAR I945G-M7 V2.X LGA 775 Intel 945G Micro ATX Intel Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1681...
.. .is only $65 after MIR.
I've built 3 non-gamer systems with it this year, and all have been trouble free. Furthermore, since it is a micro-ATX board, you might fit it into a smaller case if your living space (student dorm?) is limited.
If you can spend a little more, I'm awaiting this Gigabyte micro-ATX board, with the G33 chipset: http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1681...
It is $135 though.
Yeah, I stay in a college dorm and of course the smaller the better. I was looking at the Quad because I am a finance and statistics major so I do alot of heavy work within excel, access and spss (statistical/probabilistic modelling) so I figured the quad would be best for that. Video isnt huge because I have an x360 that I really use for gaming.