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    Spec a Core 2 Duo

    Many years ago I used to spend many an hour within this forum speccing up PC's and know all there was to know about CPU's, Motherboards etc. Now I have no idea what goes with what, who makes the best Ram for which motherboard.

    A friends asked me to build him a PC, the build I have no problem with, Im an IT field engineer. The speccing up of the kit itself is a problem, so hopefully you guys could give me a few pointers.

    Budget is ?320

    Needs:

    Core 2 Duo CPU
    2GB Ram
    200GB or bigger HDD
    then the usual ; Case, DVDRW, Graphics, Motherboard.

    This unit will NOT be overclocked, needs to be 100% stable.

    My effort:

    Intel Core 2 Duo E2160 "LGA775 Conroe" 1.80GHz ?63.44
    Intel DP965LT 965 ?70.50
    Corsair 2GB DDR2 Value Select PC5300C5 ?51.69
    Hitachi Deskstar T7K500 NCQ 250GB ?38.76
    Graphics card PCIe ?40
    Case ?45

    ?309


    Thanks

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    When you say Core 2 Duo, I assume you mean Intel Core 2 Duo, not just any dual core (AMD X2 for example)?
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    Hmm... Just noticed this thread, and I have a few questions.

    With the lowering of Intels prices, I've fallen on the comparison of two Intel processors, the Quad core Intel Xeon 3220 and the Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600, their technical specs are the same, when going over bus speed, cache, etc.
    And their price are virtualy the same, yet from my experience I have a naging feeling that Xeon is more suitable for memory intense programs, as opposed to the Core 2, hence Xeon has been prefered in highend servers.

    My question is, do any of you have a similar comparison of the two, or are they actualy the same under the hood ?

    Why I bring this question up, is because their Comparison chart prevents me from comparing a Server minded processor with a desctop minded.
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