I'm getting ready to buy components for new computer build. The computer will be mostly for gaming. Previously I was going to purchase a Intel Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 on a GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS4 Rev. 2.0 LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard. I have not been following hardware over the last six months. Is the Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processors a better choice? Also is the Mother Board still a good choice?
Go for the E8400 because they go through the 45NM manufacturing process
which means they run cooler,consume less power and that means you can achieve higher overclocks.Also your mobo is a good choice but I was wondering what kind of budget you are on.If you were to go an extra $70-90 you could get an ASUS Maximus Formula.(Don't get extreme unless you can afford DDR3).
I think a good question is "what video card are you going to use???" to best determine what system-board may be the best suited for your needs and also if you are on a budget, so we don't suggest an over-kill mobo if you will not be doing SLI or Crossfire.
Also will you ever be using 2 displays or just one and Silverion77 is right (as always) what is all the components you will be using???
Thanks for the input. Sorry I should have given a brake down of my proposed build, I will use this system for gaming and storing pictures. I would like to setup multi monitors in the future. Here it is:
CASE Antec 182 (purchased)
MOBO GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS4 Rev. 2.0 LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Ultra Durable II Intel Motherboard
CPU: I Intel Core 2 Duo E8400
RAM CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
CPU FAN Tuniq Tower or 120 ZALMAN CNPS9700
Power Antec True Power Trio TP3-650 ATX12V 650W Power Supply with Three 12V Rails 100 - 240 V (Better choice)?
GPU EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP–
HD Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb
DVD Player LITE-ON DVD-R
Widescreen 24 inch Monitor
I'd pick the Tuniq Tower rather than the CNPS9700. It cools better and it's quieter.
Maybe upgrade the disk to WD7500AAKS for better speed and more room.
Comment from a newegg reviewer of the P182:
Pros: Very quite. Efficient cooling with additional fans. Looks sharp. Great manual. NewEgg got it to me on time and undamaged.
Cons: Extremely difficult cable management w/ large, non-modular power supplies. Additional, necessary, fans are not included. Would purchase a different more standardized case or modular PS in hindsight due to installation difficulties.
Other Thoughts: This case was a nightmare to install with a P5Ke WiFi, Tuniq Tower, and a PCP&C 610. 5 hours working on cable management and getting the 4 pin power connector attached after MB installation. Installed 2x Enermax fans for VGA cooling and 3870 loads at 65c at 50% fan on the card. If you buy this case go with a modular, 120mm cooled, power supply. You will thank yourself later.
This shows that the Tuniq Tower fits in the P182.
Also, you're better off with a modular PSU like the 620HX. Also, the TruePower Trio has rather short cables, which can be a serious problem with that case. The 620HX has very long cables.