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Bruce Argue
Cheap E6600s. Hot or Not?
on Apr 10, 2007 at 10:30:11 am

I noticed these folk selling dirt cheap Dual Core PCs on eBlag http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Palicomp I've seen the spec below sell for under £350 excl OS. E6400 version from about £260

After several days of studying specs, various advice on the net etc. my head's spinning but I think E6600 is the way to go. However, I noticed that these ones use a VIA chipset, about which Videoguys seem to have some reservations. Is this still an issue?

Anyway, this is what I'm looking at. I'd be looking to add a couple more SATA drives for progs and OS. What do you guys reckon? Hot or Not? Your input much appreciated.

INTEL 'E6600 Core2 DUO' - 1066Mhz FSB

- 64Bit Core2Duo On 1066Mhz FSB
- LGA-775 Design & 2 x L2 Caches
- Genuine Retail Box With Heatsink/Fan

VIA 1066Mhz 16XPCI-E Chipset Motherboard (Made by Foxconn)
- 2 x PCI Slots, LAN Port & 6 x USB2.0 Ports - DDR2
- DDR667/533/400, IDE, SATA, & 16XPCI-Express
- 7.1 Intergrated High Defination Sound & Superb Graphics

2GB DDR2 667 PC5300 RAM Memory
- Major Brand Used For Awesome Performance
- Fully Upgradeable (Larger Size, Faster)

250GB SATA300 HDD (Ultra Fast SATA)
- 7,200 RPM, SATA300 & 8MB Cache
- Major Brand Used For Awesome Performance
- Fully Upgradable (Larger Size, Faster Connection)

18X DVD+/-RW Dual Layer & Dual Format

- DVD+/-RW, DVD-ROM & CDRW All In One
- Fastest DVDRW Available, Burns 8GB Dual Layer DVDs
- Compatible With All Packages, Nero, PowerDVD Etc
- Fully Upgradeable (Extra Drive For Disk2Disk Copying)

Connectivity Range
- 6 USB2.0 Ports (Inc 2 On The Front)
- LAN Port For Networking/Broadband
- 7.1 High Definition Quality Intergrated Sound
- 56K Modem (Optional Extra)
- 3 Port Firewire Card (Optional Extra)

nVIDIA 7300 512MB 16XPCI-Express

- nVidia GeForce16X PCI-Express Graphics Card
- Introducing Turbo Cache Technology
- VGA Out, DVI Out & TV-Out
- Shader Model 3.0 & Direct X9.0


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Bruce Argue
Re: Cheap E6600s. Hot or Not?
on Apr 12, 2007 at 9:19:31 am

C'mon guys! Anyone care to comment on these PCs? The only thing that I have any doubt about is the motherboard. Wotcha reckon?


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Jon Oransky
Re: Cheap E6600s. Hot or Not?
on Apr 12, 2007 at 7:45:03 pm

what is the model of the motherboard?

- Jon


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Bruce Argue
Re: Cheap E6600s. Hot or Not?
on Apr 12, 2007 at 10:25:27 pm

The useless sales person said "ECS or Foxconn. Depends what we've got when we build them" As for the model, that was beyond his knowledge. I guess I need to try to get hold of a techie...


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Evan Newsome
Re: Cheap E6600s. Hot or Not?
on Apr 14, 2007 at 12:12:52 am

I never was a fan of either MOBO.
But if the machine runs and is stable & the right price.
doesn't sound like you can test it out... warranty?


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Bruce Argue
Re: Cheap E6600s. Hot or Not?
on Apr 16, 2007 at 8:17:49 am

Well, I bit the bullet. Got an E6600 on an MSI 975X Platinum, 2Gb RAM and am adding 2 x 500gb Barracudas in RAID 0 plus an X1900 XTX. That should do it. It has a 450w PSU, is this enough?


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Evan Newsome
Re: Cheap E6600s. Hot or Not?
on Apr 16, 2007 at 2:21:12 pm

Unless they merged... MSI and Gigabyte (Giga-byte) are two different companies.

If your computer just powers off in the middle of a function (or reboots without notice), then... no your 450 W is not enough.


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Bruce Argue
Re: Cheap E6600s. Hot or Not?
on Apr 17, 2007 at 12:01:54 am

Doh! Surprised ops: Umm, 'Gigabyte' was a mistake. Edited post to correct this. Head spinning from looking at too many specs.

Anyway, hopefully, it will kick the proverbial. Anyway, it has got to be a load better an non-dedicated, overloaded 2 x 1Ghz Xeon/768Mb RAM/Matrox G450 and no RAID.


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EricBowen
why not the 7600
on Apr 19, 2007 at 5:57:52 pm

Im not sure why your not just looking at the 7600 since the 7 series nvidia chips are a considerable increase in performance over the 6 series. I have a 6600 GT and it was a nice card at the time but its nothing compared to what even a 7600 GS can do.The prices on the 7600 are really low compared to the gamer platform 7 series cards. Just food for thought there.


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