New Core 2 Duo System

unevendozen

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Hello!

My first post here. I have two questions. I am happy to read an FAQ if there is one but I didnt see any...

I havent built a system myself in six or seven years. The variety of RAM alone is terribly confusing. For example there are at least two different types of 240 pin DDR2 667. Both PC2 5300 and PC 2 5400. What is the difference?? The Intel website for the board below simply says it supports DDR 533, 667, and 800.

Additionally, I was hoping you all could take a look at this list and see if I am missing anything or if there are any known incompatabilities I am overlooking.

Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 1.86GHz
Intel BOXDP965LTCK Motherboard
Kingston 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM Unbuffered DDR2 667 (PC2 5300)
Antec Lifestyle SONATA II Piano Black (450w PSU)
Samsung 16X DVD+R w/ Lightscribe
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 (Perpendicular Recording) 250GB 7200 RPM
Western Digital Caviar SE 320GB 7200 RPM UATA 100 (already own this)
Gigabyte GV-NX76G256D-RH- GeForce 7600GS 256MB GDDR2 PCI-Ex
Windows XP Home w/SP2
Microsoft Comfort Curve 2000 Keyboard w/ Mouse
Linksys WMP54G PCI Wireless -G Adapter

Dell 2007wfp

Thanks!!
 

George Powell

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That looks to be a pretty decent setup there.

As for the memory - as long as you get Unbuffered DDR2 in either 667 or 800 varients you will be fine.
 

unevendozen

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Thanks. I think I may go for just a bit more umpf with the E6400. Is it worth the extra $$ or would the speed jump be trivial?

Oh, and does the Core 2 need a third party fan/sink or is the stock one good enough?
 

Talcite

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the jump is trivial. Only the jump to the e6600 is worth it. And yes the stock HSF is fine. btw, DDR5300 and 5400 are the same speed, just one is rated for higher overclocks than the other. If you're not overclocking, don't bother.
 

Dragoon42

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I'm glad you asked those questions, i've been wondering about some of that stuff myself. 6-7 years? @.@

I haven't built a new system in like a 1-2 years and i feel out of touch.