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Sound Blaster Audigy SE 7.1 Channels PCI ($29) Newegg.com - Creative Sound Blaster SB0570 Audigy SE 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card - Retail
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I know I don't have a hard drive. I'll worry about that later. Would this function as a PC?
Why not go with a Core 2 Duo?
And the mobo from MSI- $120 Newegg.com - MSI P6N SLI-FI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
And the ram and mobo you've selected are problimatic. The ram is DDR 400, but the mobo wants DDR2 800.
Isn't the AMD processor better for the money? Especially since I have to buy a more expensive mobo to use it.
Check out this comparison between the two. Click
Yes I whould go for a core 2 duo to. I whould also select a difrent cpu cooler, a 500 watt power supply and 2 gigs of ram...
Yes the Core 2 Duo trumps an AM2 chip in just about every test. The up side to an AM2 board however, is an AM3 CPU (expected Q4 of this year) will be backward-compatible. An AM3 CPU will have a 940 pin configuration just like an AM2 CPU and therfore will fit in an AM2 board, but not the other way around (AM2 chip in AM3 board). So if you're set on going with AMD and frequently mod or upgrade, you will be able to upgrade just the CPU next year.
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Nicely done n0e. I agree with everything but I want to add someting. If you know howe to overclock and you are going to overclock then I whould recomenden a difrent cpu cooler, something like a zalman cooler. But if you are not planning on overcloking then you can just go with the stock cooler.
The configuration look ok n0e + 320Gb SataII/16mb buffer Seagate hdd will work wonderfull.
You could always purchase the CPU cooler later on down the road. There\'s probably not going to be real point/need for you to overclock that CPU for a couple of years yet.