First build, very excited....just want to make sure I "crossed the T's and dotted the i's".......could you please inform me if this is fully compatable, or any suggestions on a better gaming rig setup.
Case: COOLER MASTER Stacker 830 RC-830-SSN1 Silver Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case MotherBoard: Asus P5W DH Deluxe 975X P4/Celeron 1066FSB LGA775 DDR ATX Motherboard w/Audio, Dual Gigabit LAN, RAID/Serial ATA PC: Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 2.67GHz / 4MB Cache / 1066MHz FSB / Dual-Core / OEM / Socket 775 / Processor Memory: CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM Unbuffered DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit System Memory Hard Drive: Western Digital Raptor WD1500ADFD 150GB 10,000 RPM 16MB Cache Serial ATA150 Hard Drive Video Card: yet to decide (want the r600, may opt for cheap card till then) PSU: Thermaltake W0116RU Complies with ATX 12V 2.2 & EPS 12V version 750W Power Supply 100 - 240V CE, CB, TUV, FCC, UL, CUL, and BSMI certified CD-rom: NEC ND3550A / 16x8x16x DVD+RW / 16x6x16x DVD-RW / 8x DVD+R DL / 6x DVD-R DL / 48x32x48x CD-RW / Black / Dual Layer / Retail Box DVD Burner with Software
The components I have selected are all in my "virgin building" eyes is correct. Would deeply appreciate if you could scan it over for me and see if this is compatable.
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 <--- Same as the 6700, just clocked lower. Save yourself the money and overclock it if you want. These chips will perform well enough that for awhile, you won't need to OC.
Motherboard: Abit AB9 Pro, or Asus P5B. Either of these boards will work just as well as the P5W DH Deluxe, but are a lot cheaper. However, if you need the integrated wireless solution that comes with the P5W DH board, stick with it.
Hard Drive: If you want to stay with the Raptor, fine. It's really only necessary for the most serious of gamers though. An excellent alternative would be the Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320GB SATA2
If you're planning on doing a lot of overclocking with the Core 2 (either the 6600 or 6700), pick up a Zalman CNPS9500. I have one of these on my P4 630 OC'ed to 3.4. The load temp is down 15C, and the idle temp is down 5C.
But really, unless you're planning on doing very serious overclocking, just buy the retail version of the processor -- the HSF that comes with it should be just fine for moderate-high overclocks considering how cool Core 2 runs.