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I have a friend that wants a quad (intel) at 3ghz (with overclocking)
Dont get freaked out by the budget he has most of the computer already

Budget: How much money are you willing to spend on the new build?
$650 max of 700 (would like to avoid that)

Brands: Are there any brands of components you want or don't want?
Intel quad, good motherboard

Multitasking: Will you be multitasking with this computer and if so, how much?
Latest games, music, alt + tabbing out while playing games and using the intenet.

Gaming: Will you be gaming and if so, how much and how new are the games?
All the time and the latest

Calculations: Will you be doing any intense calculations or media encoding?

(to test the overclock lol)
Overclocking: Do you plan on overclocking and if so, how much?
Probably the q6600 to 3 ghz

Storage: How much storage will you need and what will you be storing?

Has hard drives
Legacy Support: Will you need support for older hardware like parallel, serial, or PS/2 devices?
Dont beleave so

Operating System: Do you want Windows XP or Vista, or Linux compatibility?
H has vista premium (problem?)

Case: Do you want help selecting a case and if so, how big do you want it?

Has a antec armor
Accessories: Do you want a keyboard, mouse, or other items included?
has

Recycled Components: Will you be reusing any components you already have?
A 750 watt silverstone, a 8800 gtx, 2 1gb sticks of ddr2 patriot, a sata hard drive and 2 ata disc drives, his antec armor case

Monitor: If you want a monitor, what size do you want and should it be widescreen?
has

Stores: Do you have any online stores that you prefer to purchase from?

newegg
Location: What country do you live in?

:4-dontkno The united states.
 

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Just for peace of mind I would go for a nice Zalman. They seem to have been performing nicely.
 

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Either one will do the job i think, both are better than stock units but if he feels he can fit the 9700 in ( which i think he can) I would go with that due to the 110mm fan
 
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