Got a free mobo the other day (long story) - it's an ASUS P5N32-E SLI.
Now for various reasons, including financial and also uncertainty about game utilization of quad cores (let's not bring that debate here...), I want to purchase a place holder cpu. I'll buy a more expensive cpu down the line... I think someone said it was good to wait for "go" stepping for quad anyway.
Upon the advice of a couple people I guess I'm abandoning the idea (still wavering) of using the Celeron 420 Conroe-L 1.6GHz - it's only $50 bucks shipped as my place holder. This would certainly bottleneck an 8800gts-320 right? but how bad would it bottleneck it?
Here are some other options for the cpu.. any thoughts on if they will bottleneck the 8800gts-320 and, if so, to what degree?
Dual-Core E2140 or 2160 Allendale 1.6/1.8GHz 1MB L2 Cache $85-$95
anything higher priced than these I would'nt consider a "place holder"... would love it if that $50 dollar 420 would work, but I've been advised against it.
HERE'S SOME ADDITIONAL SPECS
- just got an antec 900 for the case
- just ordered an antec TPQ 850 psu -ala JonnyGuru
- going to order a 8800gts-320 (soon I hope - can't decide which manufacturer)
- have some Corsair TWIN2X2048-5400C4 2GB DDR2-675 XMS2-5400 (not on the mobo QVL, but I'm hoping it will work ok until I can upgrade it - if not I'll get tracers)