Please help with mobo and other components for this build...

Really need advice here.


1) Rig is for home business, HEAVY photoshop (thousands of raws images), video editing, and gaming

2) Plan on upgrading to Q6600 in fall, so need 1333 board

3) Plan on going past 4GB RAM barrior in a few months (6 to 8)

Have no clue on mobo that supports #2 & 3. DS3 Rev 3.3 appears to only support 4GB ram???

4) Vista 64 bit (see #3)

5) Not interesting in SLI

6) New to OC'ing... can I do Oc on the stock fans with that case? Need stable OC... hoping for a 2.8-3.0 OC'

7) I get dimmed lights in my home office from time to time (anybody turn on a hair dryer)... I was hoping the APC would protect against damage.

First build here, so help me out... especially with compatiblity.


MOBO -------------



COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UB Black /Blue Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Model #: CAC-T05-UB
Item #: N82E16811119047



EVGA 320-P2-N811-AR GeForce 8800GTS 320MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Video Card - Retail
Model #: 320-P2-N811-AR
Item #: N82E16814130082



Antec NeoHE 500 ATX12V 500W Power Supply - Retail
Model #: NEOHE 500
Item #: N82E16817103940


CPU ----------------------------------------------

Intel Core 2 Duo E4300 Allendale 1.8GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E4300 - Retail
Model #: BX80557E4300
Item #: N82E16819115013



G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL4D-2GBHK - Retail
Model #: F2-6400CL4D-2GBHK
Item #: N82E16820231114


Storage Drive--------------------------

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Model #: WD5000AAKS
Item #: N82E16822136073


Program Harddrive---------------------

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD2500KS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Model #: WD2500KS
Item #: N82E16822144701


Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard - Retail
Model #: 967599-0403
Item #: N82E16823126179



Logitech MX518 2-Tone 8 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB + PS/2 Wired Optical Gaming-Grade Mouse - Retail
Model #: 931352-0403
Item #: N82E16826104178


DVD BURNER-------------------------------------------

SAMSUNG 18X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe and Software Black IDE Model SH-S182M/BEBM - OEM
Model #: SH-S182M/BEBM
Item #: N82E16827151145



Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Home Premium for System Builders Single Pack DVD - OEM
Model #: 66I-00788
Item #: N82E16832116204



APC Back-UPS BE500R 500 VA 300 Watts UPS - Retail
Model #: BE500R
Item #: N82E16842101141


Total $1218
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  1. i suggest you go with a 975x chipset less problems - the bad axe or asus p5w-dh.

    you know 64 is going to have issues - run a dual boot - its easy and when you boot vista asked what os - if you put them on the same drive on partiitons or the same raid.

    if do a dual os u might do dual vista - if you use 2 volumes (2 raid volumes) u can change the boot in the bios

    or the p5n-e its really stable for non raid - raid too i just have not run raid

    go with these ram its only $10 more and they are d9 chips

    the psu is too small for a q6600: (antec might work but it could fail - i have a 125w p4 system with 8800gtx and raid its on neo 550 so they are really good) silverstone are the best - they blow cold air out the rear most of the time so they are super effecient

    silverstone strider 750 $137 at east luna or at least the 550 neo he - when you crank your q6600 up 3ghz+ you need 150w
    - use a thermalright ultra-120 cooler with 120mm fan on fan control i get 2500 rpm lighed one -- you can get them from koolance hard fince 12cm 2500rpm with lights!

    hdd: raid o with intel is flawless i have been running raid10/0 that is i have half of 4x160gb drives in raid 1o with xp and half with rc-1 vista

    you might even put your os on raptor then run raid for storage - i build alot of 3 drive systems 1 os raptor and 2 sata or ide in raid 1 0r 0

    ram - it u use 2gigs u can use a $40 4gb usb for superfetch it works well for low ram systems - 2 gigs works great 4 gigs is kinda of overkill
  2. The DS3 and most current mobos have 4 slots that can use 2gb sticks
    If you are going to clock the e4300 to ~3ghz, you will need an aftermarker cooler.
    You have the right plan, you need RAM, HD space and CPU power.
  3. 1) Q6600 is a 1066 FSB part, unless you mean the yorkfield due out in Q4

    2) I wouldn't buy a board that depends on a revision number, I just don't like the idea of "chance"

    3) From what I can see all 965 boards (680i/RD600/650i also) support 8GB of RAM

    4) wait for a X2900XT if you can, based on benchmarks I saw today it will hand the 8800GTS its ass on a silver platter and AMD intends to match the GTS's street price.

    5) For OC'ing a quadcore I would really suggest paying out an additional $50 or so for a good air cooler. It won't add much to the cost of the system but it will make a world of difference with temps (and overclocking if you go that route)

    For an actual board recommendation I would need your price range. The DS3 is about 120, but is that all you want to spend, or is that a minimum?
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