I am looking at getting a new comp for Christmas, as I only have a laptop right now. The laptop isn't early powerful enough for what I need it to do. It gets by, but most of the time it isn't pretty. Anyways, I am going to be doing a lot of work with notation and drill writing software, which is relatively CPU intensive, but I also want to be able to play games with a decent frame rate. Keep in mind that I am on a budget, and I want to be able to upgrade in the future to quad core. So, I came up with this as a kind of general build.
Given my budget, it made more sense for me to go with a duel core than a quad core. Plus, I figured it wouldn't really make sense for me to go for the Q6600 given that quad cores are a "relatively" new technology that most programs and games don't take advantage of.
I think that's about it, unless I missed something. Buying from Newegg, this build comes out at around $935 including rebates. Hopefully, you all can give me some good suggestions on where to go from here, and what I do and do not need.