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    Default Whats the best Mainboard CPU combo for under$300 US

    The system will be running Vista:(, will be used for many of todays most system demanding modern video games. Meant strictly for a 13 year old boy to use so I could use some ideas about what type of accessories someone of that age might like.
    How does Vista's media center work with the Xbox 360? I know the feature is there but I have never used it and I have no idea what it does. The reason I ask is because this PC will be next to multiple 360's in a gaming room.

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    Default Re: Whats the best Mainboard CPU combo for under$300 US

    MB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128359
    CPU
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115037

    This should game well.

    I,ve not used Vista, but XP MCE works well with my 360
    CPU-Q6600 B3 Lapped 9X333, ZALMAN CNPS9700 NT w/OCZ Freeze
    MB-GIGABYTE GA-EP35-DS4
    MEM-3 GIGs Crucials
    VIDEO CARD-EVGA 8800 GTS 512
    HD-BOOT WD1600AAJS SATA2
    HD-2x WD5000ABYS SATA2 (RAID 0)
    HD-WD 3200JB 8MB IDE
    DVD-RW-PIONEER DVR-112DBK IDE
    FLOPPY-SONY 1.44MB
    CASE-APEVIA MX-PLEASURE (3x80mm IN & 1x120mm OUT)
    PS-ANTEC NEO POWER 650W
    SOUND-SB EXTREMEGAMER FATAL1TY PRO W/ I/O UPGRADE KIT
    TV-HAUPPAUGE WINTV-PVR USB 2.0
    OS-MICROSOFT WINDOWS MCE 2005 / SP3

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    Default Re: Whats the best Mainboard CPU combo for under$300 US

    Not exactly a timely response here, but oh well..

    I built a Vista system for my dad using the Gigabyte UD3P with the e8400 and it works flawlessly. Throw in a couple gigs of ram and a decent video card and you have a very decent gaming system.

    I'm not sure of the exact tastes of 13 year olds in terms of gaming computers, but I can't imagine it to be that different from that of some college students I know - sleek black bezels with glowing blue LEDs here and there. Can't go wrong with matching backlit keyboards either. Of course you need the all black 360 elite setups as well.

    I've been using the xbox 360's mediacenter feature periodically and I say that it's best use is for streaming movies to your tv when you want to kick back and actually enjoy a movie on a larger tv screen. It is kind of hard to get started since you need to enter the matching code into mediacenter from your xbox (you find this in the dashboard settings), not to mention any problems with networking you may have.

    There is a tutorial right here on tweaktown for setting up to watch movies:
    Playing DivX and Xvid content on Xbox 360 An easy guide! :: TweakTown

    Once you get that mess out of the way though, you and your son will have a gamer's dream setup!
    Case: Antec P180 ** PSU: Ultra-V 600W
    Main: EVGA 680i 122-CK-NF68**
    CPU: E6700 2.66GHz
    CPU cooling: Arctic Freezer 7 Pro ** RAM: 2GB Corsair XMS2
    GPU: BFG GTX 295..** Samsung 206bw LCD
    OS: Vista Ultimate 32bit

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