Now as to what I do. I'm a graphic designer who does a bit of everything with graphics, audio, animation and video. I also do some online games when I have time. Time to get a new machine so I give you my very first configuration. Thoughts, comments and suggestions welcomed.
Well both wouldn't be bad. Although, if a single card can be better than double cards of a lower quality, then I guess i would go the single card route
Well for Dual either 2: 8800 gtx or 2: 2900xt !gb (After a few months, when the drivers are more stable with CF, though). I doubt this will fit your budget though so, for a single card configuration I need to know what you are willing to spend on a Graphic card.
Good job! What you have will work fine. There are, however some things which I think could be done just a bit better.
Consider waiting until july 22 for the intel price reductions. For the same price, you could get a Q6600, or an E6850.
Where will you put the case? If it is on the floor, the bottom mounted buttons will be awkward.
Your heat sink has a 92mm fan. I like heat sinks that have rear facing 120mm fans. Bigger fans turn slower, and are quieter while moving the same air. Look at the scythe ninja plus for about the same money.
Good PSU, but the 520W version is more than enough, even with a 8800gts vga card.
For a mobo, don't pay extra for sli and other things if you don't need them. A P965 board from a good manuracturer such as gigabyte, intel,asus, msi would be fine. The new P35 boards look good, but for a first attempt, I would go with a board that has had time to get all the inevitable bios updates out of the way.
For two monitors(a good idea) just connect them both to the same vga card. If you think you might want to play some action type games, then a 8800gts is a good choice.
I would agree with others to skip the sound card.
Any mobo you might consider will already have a lan port and decent onboard sound.
I like the raptor, but it doesn't need a cooler.
If you are looking for monitors, I would suggest getting two identical ones. Get the best ones you can afford. They will be with you much longer than the rest of your system, and they are what you will see and touch every day.
Intel Core 2 Duo 6600 $225 CASE
Cooler Master CAC-T05UW Centurion 5 $60
Antec SOLO $100 COOLING
Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro CPU Heatsink $30
Scythe SCNJ1100P 120mm $45 POWER
Corsair CMPSU-620HX 620W $140
Corsair CMPSU-520HX 520W $90
Seasonic S12 Energy+ 550W SLI EPS $125 MOBO
MSI P6N SLI Platinum $150
Intel D975XBX2 $210 MEMORY
Corsair XMS2 2GB PC2-6400 DDR2 DIMM $260 HD
WD Raptor 150GB $210 GRAPHICS
XFX GeForce 8800GTS $300
e-GeForce Superclocked GeForce 8800 GTS $300 DVD
NEC AD-7170A Dual Layer DVDÂ±RW DL $40
The above is just a recap of suggestions made and their associated cost. I definitely think I'll be going with the e-GeoForce card. Thanks again folks on that. I am keeping the 07-22 date in mind but for the sake of everything else, I'll just run with this.
Price we are looking at a range of $1420 - $1535, a nice tight range there. Considering the original price was $1370 and as per your suggestions, I eliminated a few things and put the $$$ into more practical things.
So as a second round, how do you folks things are shaping up?
It is looking good now. That e-geforce is probably eVga, which is in my opinion the best manufacturer of nVidia cards. I have one of their superclocked 8800GTX cards, and it has given me no problems whatsoever.
I agree to go with the 620w corsair, because if you do decide to SLI your card in the future, you won't have to upgrade your PSU.
and personally..I don't care for either of those motherboards...I noticed both are SLI (I assume thats what you want) so I'd pick from one of these P35 motherboards (better future upgrades! will be compatible with all processors released on july 22nd I think):