Just a few q's on this new system I'm building

Here goes:

Motherboard: Asus P5Q
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 CPU, 2.40 GHz FSB 1066MHz, or Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 CPU, 3.0 GHz, FSB 1333MHz
RAM: Corsair 2x2GB DDR2 800MHz
HDD: Samsung 750GB 32MB cache
Graphics Card: Inno3D GF 9800GTX Overclocked PCI-E 2.0 512MB DDR3 256-bit, 720/2300MHz
or for $50 less I can get Inno3D GF 8800GT Overclocked PCI-E 2.0 512MB 256-bit GDDR3, 650/1900MHz
DVD: Pioneer 20x DVD-R
Case: Antec 'Three Hundred'
Power Supply: Antec Earthwatts 430Watt

The main things that are confusing me are:

1. The motherboard: Is it overkill?
2. The CPU: Does it really matter? I was planning on going the quad core since i figure in the next couple years games will start using the 4 cores.
3. The graphics card, I don't play at high resolutions, 1200x1024 or whatever, so do i really need the 9800, or will the 8800 perform more or less the same at those resolutions?

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  1. Motherboard: ASUS P5Q
    Not an Overkill.

    CPU: Intel Q6600 or Q9300.
    This does matter! In the future, everything will go at least quad!

    CPU Fan : Xigmatek HDT-S1283, Zalman CNPS9700 or Scythe Orrochi. If you wanna OC your proc.

    RAM: Corsair 2x2GB DDR2 800MHz CL4

    HDD: Seagte 500GB 32MB cache or WD 640GB

    Graphics Card: ASUS ATI HD4850 (in Combo with your P5Q on http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121253). Hey! This baby is better! But don't forget to update your driver, if you have realla bought HD4850.

    DVD: Samsung S203B

    Case: Antec 300 or 900 or 1200, or Coolermaster RC690

    Power Supply: Corsair 550W
    I suggest,you to use only 550W because I think that you wouldn't go for Xfire. You don't really need it for 1200x1024

    Hint : Your P5Q is a P45 mobo, and P45 can only deliver 8x each on a Xfire configuration. Get X38 or X48, if you wanna Xfiring your system, and don't forget to buy a 750W PSU.
  2. You don't need CrossfireX for that resolution. Any 8800 class card will do. The 9800GTX will be fine for that resolution up to 1920x1200. At 2560x1600, you really want a multi-gpu solution.
  3. Well I did a bit of swapping, decided to go for:

    Sapphire HD4870 512M

    Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3R as the Mobo just incase i wanted to get the crossfire going with my new choice in graphics card, probably not but maybe in the future when cards are half the price they are now, and i want a cheap upgrade it could be a good idea, but that's a huge IF down the track

    (the gigabyte board is better than the P5q right? it's the same price for me)
  4. That Gigabyte board won't work well for crossfire because all P45 boards have 1 PCI 16x and 1 8x which will bottleneck your graphics cards at 8x. For effective crossfire you will need to go for an x38 or x48 board. Try http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128336 .
  5. Yup! darkmatter7 is right. Get X38 or X48 if you want a Xfire system.
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