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December 13, 2007 11:29:13 AM

Ok, did some thinking and looking around. With all the help from everyone here and some of the review's here, I think I am going with the following:

MB $139.00

CPU $279.00

PSU $119.00

Video $359.00

Memory $74.99

HDD $69.99

Slightly over my initial $1k budget, but worth it I think to get the Q6600 processor and the SLI (for the furture) motherboard from the holiday shopping guide. Thoughts/suggestions?

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December 13, 2007 12:35:13 PM

Still looking for some input on this build, anyone?
December 13, 2007 12:44:16 PM

Your Memory link goes to the PSU. Anyways, it looks pretty good. I don't know how much to trust MSI as I've never used their products, so maybe someone else has some more input.

Not sure if you're going to OC, but just though I should let you know that at stock settings a C2D E6750 will outperform that Q6600 in games. I think benchmarks showed the Q6600 pulling ahead by ~5-15% when OC'ed to 3.2Ghz.

If you are going to OC, I recommend an aftermarket cooler like the AC7 Pro, TR Ultra 120, TT, or Zalman 9500/9700. There are others that are decent, but these are just the ones I can think of off the top of my head.
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December 13, 2007 1:04:21 PM

Consider Getting the Q6600 from CLUBIT.COM

They guarentee the G0 stepping which is important.

Why the 650i mobo?
Are you planning on doing SLI?
December 13, 2007 1:20:27 PM

Just saw Zenmasters reply, again would like to be able to go with SLI down the road if I decide to. I went with the MSI mb based on that and the review of it here in the holiday shopping guide. I figure if I have the SLI capability I can add a second card if software support for SLI becomes more prominent and/or down the road just to try and stretch the life the system.
I am open to suggestions for a different SLI mobo in the same price range if anyone has one, not set on the 650i chipset or that particualr board.
December 13, 2007 2:04:18 PM

One final bump for input, getting ready to hit the order button and want to be sure I get it right. Anyone else have some thoughts?