Any comments or advice on this build.

I am looking at putting this togeather and I am looking for any advice or comments people on here may have.

CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Quad Core LGA775 2.40GHZ 1066FSB 8MB Retail

DVD: Samsung SH-S182 DVD+RW 18X8X16 DVD-RW 18X6X16 DL-8X IDE Lightscribe Black OEM W/ SW FREE Upgrade*

RAM: 4GB's so 2 sets of Patriot Extreme Performance 2GB 2X1GB PC2-6400 DDR2-800 CL5-5-5-12 Dual Channel Memory Kit

Hard drive: Western Digital SE16 500GB SATA2 7200RPM 16MB Cache 8.9MS NCQ Hard Drive OEM 3YR MFR Warranty

Case: Big seller for me on the case is it has free ground shipping for your entire order when you buy it.
*Free Shipping* Antec Sonata III Black ATX 16IN Quiet Case 3X5.25 2X3.5 4X3.5IN 500W 120MM Fan

Motherb oard: EVGA Nforce 650I Ultra Conroe LGA775 ATX 1PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 3PCI SATA2 RAID Sound GBLAN Motherboard

Heat sink: If I do not overclock do I need anything besides the one that comes with the CPU?
Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro LGA775 2500RPM 45CFM

I am also unsure if I should even bother with Vista or just stick with my XP.

Grand total for all of this including a 50 cost for building it and running it in for 24 hours is 1308.07 Canadian.
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  1. What are you going to be using the PC for? You have no video card listed. Whether or not I'd recommend the 650i board and the PSU that comes with the Sonata III depends on what graphics card you'll need.

    If you decide to stick with Windows XP there's no point getting more than 2GB of RAM.

    If you're not overclocking then the stock CPU cooler will be fine, yes.
  2. I thought I had listed a Video card. Weird.

    I would be mainly using it for playing games and I was looking at a 8800Gts 640 or possibly a 8800GTX Ultra (depends if I win the bid)

    I have never overclocked before but maybe I will give it a try some day.
  3. Don't bother with Vista, stick to XP, but just so you know, if you don't use a 64-bit OS you won't be able to address all that memory. And no you won't need anything besides the stock HSF if you don't plan to overclock.

    Drop the 650i SLI mobo, if you want to go SLI either use a 680i or don't bother until X38 arrives. Use this one instead:

    Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3R ATX LGA775 Conroe P35 DDR2 1PCI-E16 3PCI-E1 SATA RAID Sound am p;manufacture=Gigabyte

    Two things, you're missing a Graphics card and more importantly a POWER SUPPLY, even though it's an antec product, they are bundling some of the more economic PSUs they have, so you're going to need to buy something better in order to keep that system safe. I'd take either of these three (All are manufactured by Seasonic, so it's top notch quality either way)

    Antec NeoHE 500 High Efficiency 500W Power Supply 8500-1%28NEO%20HE500%29&manufacture=Antec

    (I have this one, great PSU)

    Antec NeoHE 550 High Efficiency 550W Power Supply 550-6%28NEO%20HE550%29&manufacture=Antec

    Corsair HX520 CMPSU-520HX 520W ATX Triple 12V 40A Continuous 24PIN ATX Modular p; amp;manufacture=CORSAIR
  4. See I had read that the Earthwatts 500W PS that comes with the case was actually a good PS.

    Also is there any point to really get more then 2 gigs of RAM? I am just trying to future proof myself for the new games that will be coming out. That is why I am thinking the q600 would be better then the core 2 E6750 which is almost $100 cheaper.
  5. I'd say for you get the E6750, usually when someone feels that they will need the Q6600 then they should get it, but not if they are second guessing it because of price. There's no point for more than 2 gigs of ram if you're only gaming, at least for now. I would honestly get the E6750 over it for myself if I needed a CPU, because I honestly don't think I'll use it to it's full potential and I know I'll upgrade/rebuild by the time I start needing it's juice, but that's not going to happen, because I already have an E6400 :)

    The Earthwatts PSU is a good unit, but not for gaming cards, it's good for someone who doesn't need PSU capable of matching a Nuclear Power plant output, i.e. video editors with 7300/7600GT, so.... not us gamers.
  6. Ok I made some changes of what I was thinking of getting. Let me know what you guys think of this now. I am open to changing somethings and I still have some cash in reserve.

    The main point is to have something that will play most of the games out now at max and still be fairly good once the direct x10 ones come out. I can upgrade the graphics card and CPU later if I want but I want to make sure my RAM, Mother board and everything else will be good for a few years.

    Samsung SH-S182 DVD+RW 18X8X16 DVD-RW 18X6X16 DL-8X DVD Writer IDE Lightscribe Black OEM W/ Software SURPRISE SPECIALS!
    Available in limited quantities only, with a limit of 2 per customer. Hurry! No rainchecks or Price Matches for these items are available after limited quantities are sold out. Note: Your order for these items are counted only after you've completed your purchase.

    In Stock 21331 $28.99 $28.99
    Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro LGA775 2500RPM 45CFM

    In Stock 17225 $22.99 $22.99
    Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3R ATX LGA775 Conroe P35 DDR2 1PCI-E16 3PCI-E1 SATA RAID Sound GBLAN Motherboard
    In Stock 24650 $164.45 $164.45
    Crucial Ballistix PC2-6400 2GB 2X1GB DDR2-800 CL4-4-4-12 240PIN Dual Channel Memory Kit

    In Stock 24641 $134.99 $134.99

    Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 Dual Core Processor LGA775 Conroe 2.66GHZ 1333FSB 4MB Retail

    In Stock 25298 $206.99 $206.99
    Antec Nine Hundred Mid Tower Gamer Case 900 ATX 9 Drive Bay No PS Top USB2.0 1394 Audio

    In Stock 21123 $108.99 $108.99
    Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium Edition 64BIT DVD OEM

    In Stock 22438 $123.98 $123.98
    Corsair CMPSU-620HX 620W ATX Triple 12V 50A 24PIN ATX Modular Power Supply 120MM Fan 2X PCI-E

    In Stock 19831 $138.99 $138.99
  7. You're done... now go build :) Bye, have fun!
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