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First Build Need some advice pls

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February 5, 2008 8:16:13 PM

This is my first build from the ground up I have done upgrades on previous computers and completed some other systems. But i have decided to build my first Computer and need some advice, especially with the power supply and case. I will not be doing any overclocking and wish to be able to pretty much set it up and go without extensive software upgradeing and such, I will be playing games and cruising the internet with it mostly. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I already bought the cpu and sound card so those I cant change. I'd like to to keep it around 1500 hopefully less.

CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor - 300.00(268.00)

Cooler/Fan: ZALMAN CNPS 9700 NT 110mm 2 Ball Ultra Quiet CPU Cooler - 59.99

Will this keep the cpu cool enough, fit in the case, do i need anything alse to make it work?

Motherboard: ASUS MAXIMUS FORMULA LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Intel Motherboard - $259.99

Like this motherboard, because of the upgradlbility of it, the 2 PCI 16 Slots 2.0, is there a better choice out there? Can i use penrynn on this mb if i ever decide to try it out?

RamMemory: Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - 89.99(MIB20.00)69.00
Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - 89.99(MIB20.00)69.00

Will this work in the motherboard, is there another typee out there that would be better?

Video Card: BFG Tech BFGR88768GTXOCE GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - 445.99

What can I say, decent price, brand, happy with this choice.

Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card - 80.99

Hardrive: Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD2500KSRTL 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Retail – 79.99

Optical Drive: ASUS Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 14X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe - 38.99

Power Supply: Antec TruePower Quattro TPQ-1000 ATX12V / EPS12V 1000W Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CUL, FCC, TUV, CE, C-tick, CCC, CB - 219.00

*A little pricey is there another brand as good as antec that might work?
*Is this to much power for this setup? How much do I need? What type of power supply am I looking for?
*Will this plug-in to everything fine, I've read about some people getting or having the wrong type of plugins for the Geforce 8800 's?

Case: Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel Atx Mid Tower Case- 109.00
Cooler Master Cosmos 1000 RC-1000-ksni-gp Black/Silver Steel Atx Full Tower Computer Case-189.00
*Will everything fit in these cases? Is this the type of case I'm looking for?
*Will they keep enough air flowing to keep everything cool?
*Which would be better? Do u have a better choice?

Like I said this is pretty much my first build and I'm looking for any advice u can give me, suggestions on parts(better choices, less pricey), anything I'm missing.
I found everything on newegg, if your wondering
Thank You for your time.

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February 5, 2008 9:56:30 PM

You dont need DDR 1066, especially since you're not overclocking. Get the DDR2-800 like me, it runs very well in the maximus. Make sure you set the memory voltage to 2.1 and manually set the timings to 4-4-4-12. Also set the Northbrigde voltage to at least 1.4V to support 4 sticks of memory.

You only need about a 500-600W powersupply. I would highly recommend a modular one like the corsair 620HX, you will never go back.
Antec 900 is a great case, look into mine as well, the p182, everyone raves about it, and I love it.

The maximus will run newer processors, but you will just have to update the bios. I would also recommend updating it even with the Q6600. All you do is download it off of the asus website, put it on a usb flash drive (FAT32 formatted) and plug it into the computer. When you get into bios, run asus EZ flash and in less than a minute your bios will be up to date. I ahd to do this because my E8400 wasn't supported until I flashed it to 0907.

Everything else looks solid, you will have a great time building this, and if you ever have problems, you can always ask people around here for help!

February 5, 2008 10:35:51 PM

If your playing games as opposed to editing and rendering, things that are CPU intensive, you'd do just as well with the E8400. I'd get at least a Tier II PSU. Either of these Antecs would work and have module cabling, which is really nice. A P35 mobo would save you a bundle, something like the P5K E that really has a load of features and with the most recent BIOS should run everything the X38 except faster Crossfire and ease of overclocking.