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November 11, 2009 9:55:31 AM

Ok,
I'm new to this custom build stuff.
Currently, I have a Gateway GT5238E that I've modded as much as possible.
uBTX is dead, so I want to build myself an ATX box using most of the stuff I have.

Here are the components I want to reuse:
Core 2 Duo 2.67GHz E6700 processor, 1066MHz FB, LGA775 (but you knew that already) w/ the ability to upgrade to Core2Quad sometime.
8GB Kingston HyperX PC6400 800MHz
EVGA Nvidia 9800GT
Corsair 500W PSU
Samsung 19" 16:9 monitor
Right now I have some nice Antec fans too I would like to try and reuse- one 120mm, one 92mm

The three main things I would need for sure would be:
A new case (I would like a mid-tower, no larger)
A new heatsink for my processor
A new CD/DVD drive

I need to get this build cheap because my wife is already busting my balls about wanting to build this.

The case part I think I have sorted out.
There's a nice Cooler Master mid-tower case at MicroCenter I was eyeing.
Heatsink too - not terribly difficult.

Really, I just don't know where to start with the motherboard.
That and I may be totally forgetting something.

Leave me some knowledge.
Thanks in advance.

<edit> I read the noob links at the top of the page..

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This month

BUDGET RANGE: Cheap as possible (wife's demands)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Surfing web, homework, gaming (COD series), playing music

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: *see above

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, buy.com, local Micro Center

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: Mid-Tower case and using existing parts listed above.

OVERCLOCKING: Yes, I would like to tinker with that

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: I would like to buy another 9800GT and setup SLI.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440x900 right now, but will look to upgrade in the future.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'm not a huge fan of lights and what not on my case. I would like it to be black and not-flashy. Some LED glow is ok, but nothing outrageous.

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November 11, 2009 11:50:34 AM

If you want to go cheap on a case get the Antec Three Hundred. If you want something a little nicer look at the Antec Nine Hundred, (but check out the length of the cables on your power supply. Short leads will not reach) or nicer still the Cooler Master HAF-932.
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November 11, 2009 12:33:35 PM

Start at Newegg

Selected options:
Manufacturer: Intel
CPU Socet Type: LGA775
FSB: 1333/1066
Number of Memory Slots: 4x240pin

These motherboards should support your current processor and allow you to upgrade later to a quad-core.

-Wolf sends
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November 11, 2009 3:00:36 PM

Wolfshadw said:
Start at Newegg

Selected options:
Manufacturer: Intel
CPU Socet Type: LGA775
FSB: 1333/1066
Number of Memory Slots: 4x240pin

These motherboards should support your current processor and allow you to upgrade later to a quad-core.

-Wolf sends


Ok, awesome thanks for the replys!

I found this MB on NewEgg.com and it looks impressive.

Mainly, I want to have the ability to setup two video cards in SLI and this is SLI compatible.

My only worry is knowing whether or not my CPU will work this it.

ASUS P5N-D LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 750i SLI
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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November 11, 2009 4:05:08 PM

Most (if not all) motherboard manufacturers provide CPU Compatibility lists on their web sites. Here is the ASUS web site for your selected motherboard. Clicking on the CPU Support List tab shows the motherboard does support the Intel Core2Duo E6700 and can support some Intel Quad-Core after a BIOS upgrade.

-Wolf sends
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