the 8800GTS 512mb does not blow air back into the case. it blows it out of the case. that is good. the 8800GT blows it into the case, not out. the extra performance and cooling is worth the extra bucks.
quadcore is good future proofing, and its plenty fast, i read somewhere that AoC utilizes it, i need someone to verify this for me. read the newegg reviews for q6600, its like 93% 5 stars and the rest are 4 stars. why pay 200bucks for dual core. remember, u can can overclock ur q6600 up to 3.6ghz but u cant add 2 more cores to ur e8400 when games utilize the extra cores. the e8400 overclocks to 4.0 though. both are excelent processors. u couldnt go wrong with either one.
simply, u can overclock both processors. q6600 OCs reliably to 3.6ghz, e8400 to 4.0ghz. but u cannot add 2 more processor cores to the e8400. if u go quadcore, make sure to get the G0 stepping. most likely the B3 have been phased out.
So all in all good build? I basicly just looked about like 30-40 threads on this forum and pieced together advice out of all of em to make it. Wanted to keep it close to a grand - max 1500. But really would rather closer to a grand.
So, quad vs duel... anyone else have a preference?
u could get a 2053bw for about 30bucks less and still have the same resolution, itd just be 2" smaller. i have the 2053bw, typing on it right now. its plenty big for me. everythings up to u. they both has same resolution.
The quads will only match the Wolfdales gaming performance if you overclock them to nearly the same speed. Why? Most games can benefit from dual cores, and it's still more Mhz is good for gaming when you are talking about a processor family.
If you plan on overclocking, and you do other things besides game, heavy multitasking, video encoding, Photoshop, etc. the Quad is an excellent choice.
If you are not a big overclocker, play lots of games and surf the net, a few offices apps, Mp3's, watch a few videos, etc. A fast Wolfdale dual core will suit nicely.
My suggestions probably won't make it cheaper but it'll play better.
I played the AoC beta and had an e6600 @ 2.4ghz at the time, the game barely used 60% of each core while playing. I now have an e8400 @ 3.5ghz and the framerates didn't really improve much. Even overclocking my 8800GTS 640mb doesn't increase the fps much. The e8400 is nice though, it overclocks farely well, only had to up the vcore a tiny bit to get 3.5ghz, once my new thermal paste gets here i'm gonna go even higher.
You may want to hold on off on buying the graphics card, new GPUs should be coming out soon that will play the game easily at the highest settings. Go for a bigger monitor, try something like a 24". You may also want to grab some 1066mhz ram instead of the 800mhz unless you're going to overclock the 800mhz ram up to 1066. Also, make sure your powersupply is both ATX12v v2.2 compliant as well as EPS12v. All the newer PSUs should support EPS12v and a lot of motherboards are starting to use it. Also, make sure to have a fast main drive for your OS. Get one of those new raptors and install whatever OS you decide to use on it and the 500gb for a storage drive. AoC has a lot of loading screens, so a faster drive will be good.
The game plays best on Windows XP (highest fps). It runs fine on vista but the fps isn't as high. Also at some point if not already there will be support for DX10 and 64bit in the game, so if you're going to do vista make sure you use a 64bit version.
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB
5 bucks more for 640GB
runs cooler and quicker
I have same case-it's very nice
-fans are quiet
-alot of internal bays
I got the Q6600 G0 VID1.2625
-OC 3.4 w/ 1.39v(kept is low cause I dont want Zilman cooler to be too loud). Could have OC more but might need water.
Go with XP 32bit sp3.
-i had Vista ultimate sp1
-vista boot faster but too many cons(alot of programs load slower, annoying
window pop up warning of everything you do, no vista optimizing software, etc)