First thank anyone and everyone for helping me out here.
I came across a bunch of spare parts and would like to get opinions on which combinations to use.
It looks like I will be able to put together 4 or 5 systems. I will only keep 2 and either give the others away or sell them.
Usage for the 2 systems I would like to keep.
Internet, watching MLB TV, Photoshop, light home video editing, and light gaming (Hearts of Iron 3, Medieval Total War 2, Fallout New Vegas, Civilization).
Wife's/HTPC, light photoshop, web browsing, office apps, and HTPC.
Here is an inventory of all of the kerappin parts I have.
I agree with alot of tlmck choices
I think on System 1 he is exactly right
I would think about the E8400 for system two
system two wont be doing any heavy multithreaded work
unless you are willing to OC the Q6600 then that would be better
just not sure if you want to OC a CPU meant for HTPC
the good thing is that you have a good cooler for the Q6600
so setting it at 3ghz would be a easy OC and not so much that it would
that temps would get too high
so if you are OCing the Q6600 then I agree
without OCing then the E8400 makes more sense for system 2
also the HD 3600 would be choice for system two especially if it is going to be used with the HD TV
Thank you guys for responding. I really appreciate the input. I was thinking of going with the quads and OCing both mildly. I have a couple of questions if you guys don't mind.
Why use onboard sound? Would it be better quality sound or is it better for sys performance?
Also I read some reviews about RAM problems with the Gigabyte board. Is it a much better board than the 750i. I like the fact that the Gigabyte board has enough USB I/O for a 3.5" media reader to be installed, but was leary because of the reviews about RAM.
I dont have personal experience with the Gigabyte board
but what I would do is to "breadboard" it
just set it up just the mobo,PSU,cpu,ram,onboard video if possible
and just see if it posts with the ram before installing everything in the case
I would think since you are using Corsair ram which is a major name brand you should be fine
you could look up the board on Gigabyte support and usually they list supported ram
by model number
with newer mobos the onboard sound is pretty good (5.1,7.1 etc) that a sound card is only needed in limited circumstances
if you were running some really high end audio equipment or if you need more outputs for analog surround than the mobo gives you than you would use a card
but otherwise if you have the audio outputs on the mobo you need
then using onboard sound will save you some trouble plus save some wattage from having another PCI card installed
I can compare the 750i and the Gigabyte but that would take some time Googling both for reviews
if you like me to let me know and I will
Good luck with the systems
for frankencomputers they are pretty decent systems
they should work well
Core2 are still very viable and powerful CPUs
with the OCing they would beat out alot of newer AMD cpus still on the market
I hope you have a very easy time building them and that all goes smooth
and your welcome
I was glad to help