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Decided to build a new PC with some parts that I already have such as:-

SATA 2 160gb HDD
4 x 1gb Corsair CM2X1024-6400 DDR2 RAM
nVidia 512mb 7600GS PCI Express graphics card, (to be replaced later in the year with a DirectX10 compatible card).

So, basically looking for a good future proof motherboard and processor that will be capable of running the latest games and everyday task.

I know it depends on how much I'm prepared to spend but looking at $450 for mobo, processor, case, PSU, 1x DVD drive (for now) and ancillories.

Thinking of these two options...

EVGA 122-CK-NF68-T1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz 4M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor

I will be running Vista 32bit & 64bit (on a partition).

I would appreciate any thoughts or suggestions before I spend my hard earned cash.

Many thanks for any replies.
 

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for $450 i really doubt that you will be able to get a half decent motherboard, cpu, case, psu and dvd drive.

for $450 your looking at a good motherboard, psu and cpu. no case or dvd drive.

something like this....

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131232

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115030

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817153059

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146025

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106228
 

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Great reply.
I really appreciate the time and effort you have put in for and I will give the purchases some serious thought.

Thanks once again.
Keep in mind that if you may be able to use parts from your current PC in your new build.

For example, you can obviously reuse any CD or DVD drives, as well as your existing hard drives.

This might save you the cash you need to get good quality components in your new build, then you can upgrade these older parts when you have the chance.
 

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I know it depends on how much I'm prepared to spend but looking at $450 for mobo, processor, case, PSU, 1x DVD drive (for now) and ancillories.
Sorry, I meant £450 UK GBP, approx $900.

Keep in mind that if you may be able to use parts from your current PC in your new build.

For example, you can obviously reuse any CD or DVD drives, as well as your existing hard drives.
I will be keeping my old PC intact for the missus and kids to use. It has two hard drives so one will be coming out. (160gb SATA2)
I still have the graphics card that came with it, nVidia 6700xl (Medion OEM) , that will be going back in.
 

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lol well 900 bucks certainly opens it up a lot. You can get some good stuff for that. I would look for a motherboard with an X38 chipset, and this power supply should be very solid:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139004
And it's a little cheaper than the one posted above.
Also, if you are an overclocker then I would get the Core 2 Duo E8400 processor. If not an overclocker then go for the Q6600.

As for a hard drive, the western Digital or Seagate 500GB drives are very fast.
 
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