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Got an old E6600.. what mobo should I buy?

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February 25, 2010 2:02:28 PM

I've got around $200-$250 to spend.. need to get a mobo, graphics card, hard drive, and maybe RAM. I have a case, power supply, an E6600, and 2GB of decent DDR2 667 RAM.

I need to get a new mobo, hard drive, and probably graphics card (I've got an old AGP one that gets the job done but it's hard to find mobos for it, I think it's time to bite the bullet and get a new one). I'm considering the DDR3 jump if I can afford it.

1) Do any mobos that are compatible with E6600's take DDR3? Would it be worth it? I mostly work with reasonably sized files in Illustrator and Photoshop, with ~10 tabs open in FF or Chrome and iTunes running. Overclocking/gaming is not important to me, reliability is. I know, I'm boring.

2) What graphics card should I get? I want it to run two monitors and be as quite and efficient as possible. Are there any fanless ones worth a crap? It's been a long time since I've been in the market for one, they must have gotten way better/cheaper since the last time I shopped (3-4 yrs ago).

Feel free to make recommendations or point me to some good resources. It feels good to be back in here.

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a b U Graphics card
February 25, 2010 3:47:59 PM

For the board, asus p5g41c-m g41 chipset with hdmi connections. $74.99.
For the hardrive, western digital cavier 500gb retail boxed $69.99.
For graphics, Biostar BA7643NH51B Radeon HD 4670 512mb ddr3 $62.99
zerotherm 92 HDT cooler can be added for $31.99 shipped only if needed, not included in the pricing.

Shipping charges, about $20
Reuse your ddr2; ddr3 upgrade is too costly and performance isn't worth the money with such a low budget.

Total around $227 at newegg.com.
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February 25, 2010 5:42:11 PM

You just saved me a ton of time, I really appreciate it.

o1die said:
For the board, asus p5g41c-m g41 chipset with hdmi connections. $74.99.
For the hardrive, western digital cavier 500gb retail boxed $69.99.
For graphics, Biostar BA7643NH51B Radeon HD 4670 512mb ddr3 $62.99
zerotherm 92 HDT cooler can be added for $31.99 shipped only if needed, not included in the pricing.

Shipping charges, about $20
Reuse your ddr2; ddr3 upgrade is too costly and performance isn't worth the money with such a low budget.

Total around $227 at newegg.com.

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a b U Graphics card
February 25, 2010 6:00:45 PM

Or the Gigabyte GA-G41M-ES2L motherboard instead ogf the Asus. It has pretty good overclocking capabilities for an economy board.
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