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MB, CPU and mempry suggestion

Wanting to build my son a new PC.  Doing it is not the issue as is the fact that I have not kept up with actual building of pc's, like I have in the past.

He is a heavy program, user with multiple monitors.  I intend to reuse his current hard drive, DVD Drives, "a" floppy and Ati all in one dual monitior video card.

I intend to purchase the following for install:

Mainboard
CPU-(DUal Core)
Memory
Built in card reader
Case

I need suggestions on the above, especially MB, CPU memory.  Points will be awarded to all with valid viable info.  


Thanks!
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Viper2299Commented:
First things, first...  

The most important thing right now, because you are reusing your video card, is...  Is it AGP or PCI-E?  You cannot purchase a motherboard without knowing this.

The second most important thing is Budget.  What is your budget, because with all of the available hardware out there, there are many, many options to go with.  Some being quite a bit more expensive than others.
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CallandorCommented:
Viper2299 is correct - if you are keeping the current video card, it is important to know if it is AGP or PCI.  The budget is important if you really can't go beyond a certain number.  I would recommend the following:

Athlon64 X2 3800+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819103562

Motherboards with Athlon64 X2 support and AGP are hard to find
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum
http://www.shentech.com/k8nneo2plat.html

Asus A8N5X if PCIe video
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813131569

OCZ 2GB RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820227210

Antec Sonata II case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811129155

Seasonic card reader
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820124001

or floppy replacement
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16821104108
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StardotstarAuthor Commented:
I think the ATI was AGP.  WIll need to check.

Also I will not say budget is not a question, but I would rather spend good money on a great CPU, MB and memory than buy a built HP, DEll total pacjkage with lessor processing power.


Also, looking at Extreme Intel VS DUAL core, is it worth it?  Say a lessor model extreme versus a top end dual core?

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StardotstarAuthor Commented:
Sorry also forgot to say, want to stay Intel on the processor.

No offfense to anyone.

Thanks!
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Viper2299Commented:
Intel Motherboard:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813131567

Intel Processor:   Half the price of the Extreme Edition and Just as fast.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819116247

RAM:  I agree with Callandor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820227210

Case:  Same
Card Reader:  Same
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CallandorCommented:
The Intel Core Duo T2600 (Yonah) is a very impressive cpu - it goes head-to-head with an Athlon FX60: http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?t=90743

You will need a special motherboard with a 975X chipset for it, like the AOpen 975Xa-YDG: http://www.vr-zone.com/?i=3086
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Viper2299Commented:
I would agree with you on the Yonah, but the 975x chipset will not support his current AGP video card.
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CallandorCommented:
You're right - I forgot about that.  It seems odd to have all these high performance parts, but have an AGP video card.  The market is definitely moving away from them.
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StardotstarAuthor Commented:
Thanks, when I get home this afternoon the first thing I will check is the new ATI all in one that we bought him for xmas.

Thanks,  more later.
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StardotstarAuthor Commented:
Its definatley AGP.
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Viper2299Commented:
The motherboard I suggested earlier, supports AGP, but if you don't want a micro-ATX, here is one that is full size that will support AGP and a Dual core Pentium D.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813157080

Intel Processor:   It'll work with this processor.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819116247
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StardotstarAuthor Commented:
Does dual core not do Hyperthreading?
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JimsZCommented:
Staying with intel?  Aww, I have such great performance with my new Athlon 64 processor that it makes my buddies intel dual core look like roadkill
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Viper2299Commented:
If I remember correctly, I believe only the Pentium Dual Core Extreme Edition supports Hyperthreading.  The Pentium D and other dual cores do not.
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CallandorCommented:
Yes, that's correct - the 840 Extreme Edition is the dual core with HT: http://www.overclockers.com.au/article.php?id=384519
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