I'm currently in the process of building a new system, and therefore would like your opinions on it. I will be adding a liquid cooling system at a later date, so I will be doing some pretty good overclocking on the cpu, ram, fsb and maybe graphics cards. I'm bringing a Creative X-FI Elite Pro soundcard over from my current computer.
I will be using the computer mainly for gaming on a 1920x1200 resolution, but I also do 3D Rendering work and graphics.
Here is what I've got so far, I havent listed any retailers or prices as I am buying this in Denmark.
Case: Lian-Li PC-A7110.
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X48-DQ6.
CPU: Core 2 Quad Q6600 8 MB (Intel Boxed) . (Should I be going for the Q9450 instead, considering I will be overclocking?)
RAM: 2x PDP PATRIOT 2 x 2 GB, resulting in a total of 8GB DDR2. (I'm not to sure about the RAM, these are the ones I came up with after reading around)
GPU: 2x Radeon HD4870 in CF. (I haven't decided on a manufacturer yet, waiting for the cards to land in Denmark)
HDD, System/applications: WD VelociRaptor WD3000GLFS 300 GB. (I know it's pretty expensive, but unless it's totally useless I don't mind spending the extra money)
The Q6600 is hard to beat for the money but if you will be doing anything that benefits from SSE4 I would reconsider the Q9450. At the same OC the 45nm chip will beat the Q6600 by 8-10% and run cooler. Get fast, good quality DDR2 ram to take advantage of the neccessary higher FSB speeds for high OCing on the Q9450