Building a new gaming rig

Hi, I would like opinions and any recommendations on this new system I'm planning to splurge on with my tax money. I like to think of myself as a hardcore gamer with over 40+ hours in games a week, so the computer must be able to withstand being on at most 48 hours straight. My budget is maxed out at $1500. I came up with these components after a bit of research.

Case: Full Tower
Thermaltake Armor Series VA8000BWS

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-P35

CPU: Intel Quad Core Q6600 Kentsfield
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600

Video Card: Nvidia 8800GTS
EVGA 512-P3-N845-AR GeForce 8800GTS (G92)

Power Supply: Thermaltake Purepower RX 550W
Thermaltake Purepower RX 550W

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 500GB Sata
Seagate Barracuda 500GB 32MB Sata

For the memory I'm still undecided between two.

RAM1: OCZ Reaper HPC Edition 4GB
OCZ Reaper HPC Edition 4GB DDR2 800



Any tips for cooling would be appreciated and considered. Thanks for reading my post. :hello:
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  1. The Thermaltake Purepower series isn't as good as their Toughpower line but it is still an ok PSU.

    Highend video cards at super high resolutions are the only things that take advantage of PCI-E 2.0 right now. With that said I think you might want to consider a board with PCI-E 2.0 so that 6-12 months down the road you have the option of just throwing a new card in, rather than a whole new build, and getting it's full potential out of it.

    With the Q6600 if your going to overclock you need good cooling. Thermalright Ultra 120 or Extreme,Tuniq tower or Thermalright IFX-14 (very expensive) would be good choices but there are others which are cheaper.
  2. Thanks for the tip about the PCI-E 2.0. I was thinking of buying a motherboard with PCI-E 2.0 support but with the way that prices on computer components are dropping like flies, I'm thinking of waiting for the prices to drop on motherboards. Then when the prices drop, I'll swap the new motherboard with the old one.

    I'll check out those coolers, tho I might just take the Zalman CNPS7700-Cu from my old rig if it could keep the Q660 cool enough. :bounce:
  3. If you aren't going to overclock, get the E8400 ...its faster than than q6600 in gaming and almost all other apps...

    Apart from TRUE, the XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 is the best cooler out there.

    ps: i suggest you wait for the new Radeon 4000 series rather than getting the 8800GTS...the new Radeons would be out in late may.
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