Hey guys. I'm helping a friend of mine choose the components for his next computer, which he's going to build. I just wanted to make sure that the core components I selected for him are completely compatible before I go and send the list to him. Your input is appreciated by the both of us!
Case: Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Processor: Intel E8400 Core 2 Duo (3.0 GHz)
Graphics card: GeForce 9800 GX2 (he'll be getting another one of these at the end of the year, but only one for now)
*Motherboard: MSI P6N Diamond LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard
Power Supply: BFG Tech BFGR800WPSULE 800W ATX 12V 2.2
*I originally was going to set him up with the motherboard I have, the Asus P5N-D, but it's a 750i board. I've heard that 9800 GX2s work best with 680, 780, or 790 boards. Would a 750i board be okay, or is he better off just getting the above 680i board?
First of all, 800W should be sufficient to power a quad-SLI setup with the above specifications, right? Also, I have heard reports of bottlenecking with dual core processors and quad-SLI 9800 GX2 rigs. Can anybody confirm or deny this? Is he best off getting a quad core CPU, like the Q6700?