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May 13, 2008 9:39:37 PM

please recommend a memory. My first pick http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?item=N82E16820227267
is out of stock.
How is the Asus board? I read many reviews and seems like many people have issues with wi-fi. Should I get Gigabyte board and put a wifi card and may be esata cards?

cpu - Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor - $219.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/product.aspx?item=6819115...

Motherboard - ASUS P5K-E/WIFI-AP LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard $149.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/product.aspx?item=6813131...

or

GIGABYTE GA-EP35-DS3P LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Dynamic Energy Saver Ultra Durable II Intel Motherboard - Retail Ultra Durable 2 & Dynamic Energy Saver $156.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/product.aspx?item=6813128...

Case - Cooler Master Centurion 5 - silver ATX Mid-Tower Case with Front USB, Firewire and Audio Ports $49.99
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Power supply - SeaSonic S12 Energy Plus SS-550HT ATX12V / EPS12V 550W Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CE, CB, TUV, FCC - Retail 109.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/product.aspx?item=6817151...

Optical Drive - ASUS Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 14X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with
LightScribe - Retail $34.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/product.aspx?item=6827135...

Heatsink - XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?item=N82E16835233003

Hard Drive - Seagate Barracuda ES.2 ST3500320NS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $129.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/product.aspx?item=6822148...

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May 14, 2008 1:51:14 AM

Link for the motherboard is bad (Asus one).

Do you want to overclock and what is your future situation regarding 45nm CPUs? If you want to overclock/go 45nm look at the X38 chipset. X38 also supports PCI-E 2.0.

CPU is fine- that is what I run. Running at 3.6 stable. FSB1600 1:1 ratio with my RAM :) 
May 14, 2008 11:42:08 AM

Link is no worky, but I owned that board. It's a fine overclocker, but there's one issue I didn't like - every time I changed voltages/fsb in bios, the mobo wouldn't post until I unplugged psu. It may just be me. But my Abit doesn't have this issue so it's not my psu. And another non-intel-chipset ASUS board didn't have this issue.

The Gigabyte doesn't have this issue. I've used most of their popular P35/X38 ones.

The SeaSonic is very stable & will last for years. The best selection.

As 800mhz ram is fine. The Kentsfield is x9. So 400 x 9 = 3.6ghz. If you're good, you can do it. If you plan to upgrade to a 45nm cpu down the road, get faster ram as it may help overclocking shall you need the speed.
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May 14, 2008 1:52:36 PM

Sorry about the links. I fixed it.
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Do you want to overclock and what is your future situation regarding 45nm CPUs? If you want to overclock/go 45nm look at the X38 chipset. X38 also supports PCI-E 2.0.

I don't know about overclocking but I would like to try it. It will be used for gaming, home movie editing (transfering old vhs to dvds), and music editing - old collection of cassettes and LP records that I would like to filter out noise as much as possible and transfer them to cds. Here is another question, is onboard audio good enough for my tasks or should I look into buying a new sound card?

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As 800mhz ram is fine. The Kentsfield is x9. So 400 x 9 = 3.6ghz. If you're good, you can do it. If you plan to upgrade to a 45nm cpu down the road, get faster ram as it may help overclocking shall you need the speed.


My original pick was Crucial Ballistix Tracer 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory for $149.99 from Newegg but people had problems with this memory and Asus board so I chose OCZ which is out of stock.

Is Kingston a good brand? and what are other good ones? Sorry for asking too many newbie questions but I don't know much and you guys are pros.
May 14, 2008 8:33:57 PM

I use G.Skill RAM. 2GB kit of DDR2-800 4-4-4-12 is currently on sale at Newegg for $50.

Onboard audio is great for me. Sound cards will give you better sound on high end speakers, but I cannot tell much of a difference.

With a quad core CPU, the 2-3% load the onboard sound puts on the CPU is not significant.
May 15, 2008 2:25:12 PM

Nonsense. People at the egg don't know what they're talking about. I used the very same ram in the very same board. As long as the ram isn't doa, it will work. You may have to install one stick to set up bios before installing the rest. Gigabyte is kinda picky about ram. It doesn't post with high-voltage ram like ocz. I had to use one stick to get it to post & set up bios (increase vdimm).

Kingston is guaranteed to work in any compatible pc. It has lifetime warranty.
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