Mid-range Intel Build???

Hi everyone, I have finally decided to throw down some cash and get all my parts for an up-to-date system. After much research, I decided on the following components, with a limit of $1300 CAN. Since I live in Canada, keep in mind the prices are fairly equal to american dollars. I have done my best to search for the best prices in different locations.

My thinking process all along the way was for a build that would be speedy in everyday use (office productivity, multimedia, file processing), good for some video/photo editing, and to play some of the newer games at 1440x900 (I will be using a 19 inch LCD, and I have to admit some of the amazing newer games are reason alone to be looking at a new rig). I also want to leave some headroom for the future, since I tend not to upgrade much. All of this without breaking the bank, but also with the ability for a much more improved overall PC experience than what I have now (I'm still using old Athlon and PIII systems for the most part).

Will this fit the bill as a reasonable build ? (Also keep in mind that I do not overclock, so everything here will be used stock, and I am not interested in crossfire).

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L $98.99

CPU Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 $289.99

Memory OCZ Platinum XTC rev.2 DDR2 PC-6400 (800 Mhz) 4 GB $79.99

Video Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 3870 512MB $249.99

Audio Onboard 7.1 Surround

Optical Drive LG GSA-H62N DVD-RW $31.49

Hard Drive Western Digital Caviar 500 GB (WD5000AKS) $102.99

Speakers Logitech X-540 5.1 $78.99

Case Coolermaster RC-690 $73.99

Power Supply PC Power and Cooling Silencer 470W $74.99

OS Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64-Bit $131.99

Total: $1213.99 CAN

What do you guys think? Do you have any other recommendations or anything else I should keep in mind? Thanks a lot for your help and your patience, I know you deal with questions like this all the time.
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  1. Looks very good man.
    Not sure about the case, but if it allowes good airflow, and has a reasonable amount of space, then it's all good.

    Btw, i'd go with a 8800GT, but that's just me.
  2. I second that.

    I too would go with a 8800GT.
  3. Very good deals. I suggest you look at ncix.com & if you shop there, price-match directcanada.com. The next sale starts 24th. Shipping costs money, but you pay only 6% tax if you're from outside BC.
  4. well, i know you guys are partial to the 8800GT (it is an amazing card), i still have a soft spot for ATI after all these years... :D Still, it is a point of content for me, since they are fairly closely priced and are also close in terms of performance..(argghh NVIDIA or ATI???)

    GJX, do you have any recommendations on a good case for around ~$75? The RC-690 seems to be ok, but I would like to know your opinion.

    What do you think of the Silencer 470W?? I've read reviews about PCP&C's higher rated PSU's but I still haven't come across one for this model (do i need more power? should I be looking at the Silencer 610W?)
  5. Requirements:

    450 Watt or greater power supply with 75 Watt 6-pin PCI Express® power connector recommended (550 Watt and two 6-pin connectors for dual ATI CrossFireX™)
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