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Recommendations for new gaming/multitasking build

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July 6, 2008 3:30:54 AM

I am building a new PC to replace my old ASUS A7V-333/Athlon XP 1800.

I want to build a solid PC that will be used for gaming and multitasking. I plan on using only one graphics card. I may want to over-clock it but that is not a priority. I am willing to pay for quality components that will give me a trouble-free, fast machine that will play the latest games on my 19” LCD monitor. I already have a tall tower case, IDE hard drives and IDE CD/DVD drives.

I have been checking out the components that are available and would like your recommendations/comments on the following:

CPU - Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor - Retail $210
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor - OEM $190

Should I buy the OEM and get a cooler or is the retail fan good enough? What cooler would you recommend?

Motherboard - ASUS P5Q Pro LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard – Retail $150

Memory - CORSAIR XMS2 DHX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2
800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail $109 -$30 rebate

Hard Drive - Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $95

Graphics Card - ASUS EAH4850/HTDI/512M Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Video Card – Retail $195-$30 rebate.

PSU - Antec earthwatts EA500 500W ATX12V v2.0 Power Supply $90
CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 Power Supply 90 - 264 V UL, CUL, CE, CB, FCC Class B, TUV, CCC, C-tick - Retail $100-$10

Do both of these have all of the power connectors I need?

Thanks for your recommendations and help.
July 6, 2008 3:34:43 AM

Overclocking to around 3.0 the stock cooler is fine. Just scrape off the useless thermal pad Intel provides and use some MX-2 thermal paste.

Get the Corsair PSU.

Since you have really no reason to Crossfire with a 19" monitor, you don't need a CF motherboard. Look at the MSI Neo-3FR instead. Its $50 less after MIR.
July 6, 2008 9:31:31 PM

Can I use my old HD's and DVD drives with the IDE connector?

If not, what SATA DVD recorder drive do you recommend?
July 6, 2008 11:59:35 PM

IDE = 2 devices.

You can but airflow is poor with IDE cables. You should replace them all with SATA stuff if you can.