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    Today, if everything goes well, I will be ordering the parts to finish my computer (finally!) I do need some last minute advice though. I need some help deciding what processor, motherboard and cooling to get. Normally this wouldn't be to tough but I have a $300 budget. I already have two SATA 80GB hard drives, a HIS 4850, 2 GB of Crucial Ballistix Tracer's, a Antec Truepower Trio 650 watt, i have IDE combo burners but i would like SATA burners. So all i need is a CPU, MoBo, and cooling for $300, any suggestions.
     
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    i'd suggest looking at what people are running in their specs and see what comes up.

    off the top of my head: Q6600/E8400 for CPU, DFI blood iron (or the mobo i have) paired with a xigmatex 1283 with optional retention bracket.

    The board i have does 400FSB 'stock' and manages 500-550FSB with 45nm chips.

    most modern boards have only one IDE connector, which may prove a problem for your IDE burners.
     
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    Mussels, one problem. That is $50 over my budget with shipping and my Gf won't let me spend over $300.
     
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    hey its not like i know your prices, im aussie here.

    grab an E8200 then, its got a lower multi but the high FSB's of the board and your tracer rams OCability oughta let you get some decent clocks out of it.
     
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    Would a
    E7200
    Biostar TForce P43
    Xigmatek 1283 with retention
    and a RAID Controller work OK?
     
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    E7200 is also a good CPU choice, forgot that one.

    never heard anything about the biostar board, so no comment there.
     
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    Do you know what a good CHEAP raid controller would be. I only need RAID0 for two drives.
     
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    not a clue. if you want cheap, just use the onboard raid. the board i have, and the DFI i mentioned both support raid via the onboard SATA controllers.
     
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    Yeah I know but they have PCI-e 1 instead of PCI-e 2 and with the new cards doesn't the limited bandwidth of PCI-e 1 hurt performance?
     
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    not at all. its PCI-E 1.1, not 1.0 which makes a difference, and the only card i'd think would even take a hit would be the 48070x2
     
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    Ok thank you very much mussels! I've heard very good thing about the MSI P35 Neo2-FR, can these be confirmed or denied?
     
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    the only P35 boards i know of and reccomend are the blood iron because its cheap, and my board, because its an awesome OCer.
     

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