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.
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.
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.