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    I'm looking to buy a new, whitebox PC. Don't need a lot of power & so am probably looking at an Intel Core 2 Duo processor. Would like to stick with an Intel processor, but am fine with an off brand (ASUS) board with Intel chip set. I find myself confused selecting among the available boards which fit a full tower case. I have seen several boards and chip sets offered by different vendors.

    Also, can someone recommend a good shop who will build to my specs, either on-line or in the Los Angeles area?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ivan Hipschman View Post
    I'm looking to buy a new, whitebox PC. Don't need a lot of power & so am probably looking at an Intel Core 2 Duo processor. Would like to stick with an Intel processor, but am fine with an off brand (ASUS) board with Intel chip set. I find myself confused selecting among the available boards which fit a full tower case. I have seen several boards and chip sets offered by different vendors.

    Also, can someone recommend a good shop who will build to my specs, either on-line or in the Los Angeles area?

    Thanks
    Ivan,
    Hello, although i have not "built my own", i am and would consider dong so . You can then get exactly what meet's your needs. I have looked into this briefly and there are three vendors that i would use Directron, Newegg, and TigerDirect all have great choices and have dealt with all of these vendors with no problems whatsoever.Right now my only recommendations that i can pass on are the following
    1. Get a tower that has plenty of room to expand
    2. Get a power supply that's larger than you need ( i have a Corsair 750W ) they have large fans. As i run at times 5 internal hard drives, and two CD / DVD RW Also you need this for a good VGA card
    3. Get a "MOBO" with at least 5 or 6 SATA ports My pc only has 4 and had to use a separate SATA PCI E card .(added 4 more internal ports) and now am utilizing 7 of the 8 that i have available (i like ASUS stuff)
    Can't speak about "LA" as i live in the mountains of NE Tennessee. Hope this is of some help Regards Fred
    PS: why don't you just build it yourself ? , as it would be a fun project.
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    Fred,

    Thanks for the suggestions. I agree that a tower with plenty of room to expand and a large power supply are important. I too have run into expansion and low power problems in the past. I am aware of Tiger Direct but not Directron, Newegg and will give them a try. Still need help with chipsets and motherboards if anyone can give a hand.

    Ivan

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    Intel Core 2 Duo processors
    Corresponding LGA 775 Socket Motherboards
    CPU Socket Types
    Form Factors
    Intel chipset Wiki
    Intel Chipsets:
    Intel Q33,35,43,45,57
    Intel G41/G43/G45
    Intel H55/H57
    Older
    Intel X48, 38
    Intel P45, 43
    Newer
    Intel X58, LGA 1366
    Intel P55, LGA 1156

    I'd go with either one of these newer chipsets unless your under a serious budget.
    Check Newegg for prices and comparisons between products.
    Newegg is the best site for looking over a wide selection of products and doing comparisons with links back to the manufacturer, and customer reviews to boot.

    How to build your own computer
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    You should be prepared to do your own research even if you are planning to have someone build a computer for you. If your are able find someone, it will not be cheap.

    If your not feeling up to the task of researching all your hardware components and making a compatable match, then you may want to consider sticking with a store bought/built model.
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