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    Question Xeon 5160 vs Core 2 Duo2 6600

    Hello everyone, I just stumbled across these forums, and I think I'm going to like being here for quite a while.
    I am getting ready to build a computer for graphic design stuff, mainly using Adobe(Macromedia) tools, focusing on webdesign. I want a rather high end computer, with all the latest things. Money really isn't a big deal, but keeping it below a few thousand would be nice. I don't need a great graphics card, I was thinking a ATI x1600...

    My biggest question is about the processor and MB, I have most of the other componets in mind. I know that the Intel Core 2 Duo just came out, and thats the chip I was planning on using, but then I read about the Xeon 5160 and that line of processors. Does it make sense for me to use the Xeon instead of the Duo2?
    If so, my next question is, with what MB? I will prob only have 2 gigs ram initially, so thats not a big issue, and I only need 2 SATA, 1 PCI-e, and probably 3 bays/2 hd-bays...
    I'm really unsure and not versed about chip/mb compatibility and learning all the numbers.
    If someone could PLEASE either tell me their 'great' system config, or give me a link to read about this stuff, that would be great. If anyone can find a direct comparison b/t the Xeon and the Duo2, that would be even better!

    Also, what manufacturer of RAM do you suggest?

    Thanks for the help, and sorry for the super-long post!
    Steven.

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    I was bored so I specced you up a full computer, I imagine the Xeon will be better in terms of the stuff that you do but I really can't say for sure... PM me your emaila nd I'll send you the spreadsheet with the spec.
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    You have 2 choices, either to run Dual Xeon (2x2 Cores) or Core2Duo (2 Cores) now and "upgrade" to Kentsfield (4 Cores) later.

    Though either way you don't really need to spend 200 pounds on a case.

    There is little difference between the Xeon and Core2Duo except the Xeon needs FBDIMM and a higher end motherboard with onboard SCSI / PCI-X / Many PCIe slots

    The Xeon will have a lot more ram slots in case you want to go like 32+GB of ram
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