Start with a dell precision M6400 or the like that will support The core 2 extreme. it looks like i can a breabones used one for about $50.
It looks like I can buy a qx9650 for about $70 used on Amazon or a QX9775 for the same.
Adding 16gb or ram and a ssd should bring me up to about $300 and I like the dell equipment. It's easy to work on and they are pretty bulletproof. I like that this can also hold two hard drives.
My question is this... the laptop spec sheet says it takesUp to 16GB3 of high bandwidth dual-channel 1066MHz DDR3 memory
But the QX9650 is 1333mhz and the QX9775 is 16000mhz.
I know it will work with lower mhz ram, but if I get ram faster than what the sheet says will it make the system faster? Can I use 1600mhs ram and get the benefit?
Also, I have owned half a dozen latitudes and they are tanks, are the Dell precision also sturdy?
Edited by hamluis, 22 January 2016 - 11:32 AM.
Moved from System Building to Buying New - Hamluis,