OK thanks for the advice. From that I've come up with the following components, and a few questions:
- Intel Core2Duo E6700
- Gigabyte GA-P35-DS4
- Corsair 2048MB (2x 1024MB) PC2-6400 DDR2 RAM - later up to 4GB
** Is this speed memory OK? Should I go for PC2-8500?
- Zalman CNPS9700-LED CPU Cooler
** Will this fit my motherboard?
- Zalman 500W ZM-500HP Power Supply
** Will this power suppy be enough?
- XFX GeForce 8800GTX 768MB (PV-T80F-SHF9)
Fitting into an Antec Sonata (first series).... or will I need a larger case?
Other components going into the system:
3x SATA drives
1x PATA DVD-RW
I suggest using either an E6600 or a Q6600, the 6700 isn't worth the extra money for the minimal increase in speed. Your memory should be fine, but as for your power supply, I recommend getting one with a bit more power, you're relying on it to supply a lot of power-hungry components. Something around the order of 550-600W should be better.
definitely, I would suggest a bigger powersupply. I got a 430watt for my system (not paying attention to the 8 pin cpu input on my motherboard) and it is a little unstable. Make sure you double check the connectors that come with the powersupply with the graphics card and motherboard (24pin plus the extra) that's all I can say....