I am in a bit of a hurry to build a new gaming/general use system before moving oversees in a month. System needs to be stable/reliable (w/o me having advanced skills). Budget is a loose $2250k. Could go up another $250 if it yields excellent results. I already have Windows XP Pro 32bit.
Motherboard ??(suggestions)?? budget $200
Processor Intel Core 2 Quad QX660 2.66GHz $278
Memory Patriot Extreme Performance 4GB (2x2) DDR2 800 $105
Graphics 2x ZOTAC 8800GT 512MB AMP Edition in SLI $375
Case NZXT Hush ATX mid-tower $70
Hard Drive 2x Western Digital Raptor 150GB 10,000 RPM
in Raid 0 (and existing HD 330GB at 7200 $345
Optical Drives 2x Samsung DVD+/- R/W combo burner
with lightscribe $54
Monitor Sceptre 22" Widescreen 2ms $229
Monitor Cable $5
Sound Card SB X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series $130
(will be using alot oversees)
Speakers Logitech 5.1 Surround Sound ? up to $200
Power Hiper ATX 880watt quad 12v rails $150
Cooling Zalman 2 ball CPU cooler $40
Operating System Window XP Pro 32bit -
I think dual-slot cards will block the PCI slots, so if you go with that mobo you need single-slot video cards or you'll have to ditch the sound card. The Zotac cards you picked are single-slot, so that's OK, but you need a case with great cooling for that sort of thing.
If the sound card is not that important, forget it and upgrade the video to 8800GTS G92 512MB.
I assume you meant Q6600 or Q6700 for the CPU. Good choice.
I'd wait for the Raptors until the VelociRaptor is out. For that money you may be able to buy a 300GB V-Raptor that holds twice as much as the RAID0 and works at about the same speed. The old Raptors don't have PMR, and that makes them obsolete IMO.
Case: I have no clue about that NZXT. Check out the RC-690, that one is good enough for a SLI build.
Opticals: get different drives if you really want two, not identical.
PSU: get the Silencer 750W Crossfire Edition from newegg.
Cooler: Xigmatek HDT-S1283.
I'm not sure Zotac or Sceptre are reliable. Not saying they aren't, I just don't know. I'd switch to eVGA or BFG or XFX for the video and to Samsung or Viewsonic for the LCD, unless the price difference is big.
Sorry about that mistake on the processor- I was considering
1) Intel Core 2 Quad Processor Q6600 2.4GHz 1066MHz 8MB LGA775 EM64T CPU, OEM $202
2) Intel Core 2 Quad Processor Q9300 2.5GHz 1333MHz 6MB LGA775 EM64T CPU, OEM $265
3) Intel Core 2 Quad Processor Q6700 2.66GHz 1066MHz 8MB LGA775 EM64T CPU, OEM $277
1) any concerns over OEM vs. Retail
2) I struggled b/t the Q9300 and Q6700. Which would people recommend and does it influence the choice of motherboard and memory?
^Agreed. Well done. You are talking about the G92 8800GTS right? .
ofc. I just upgraded my PC to those spec. Well I had a 8800GT...and my raptor is the older verison...and the monitor im buying in 1-2 weeks...and my PSU is a $25 Antec EArthwatt 430W...but its basically the same.