After weeks of research on internet forums and sites I have come up with a list of components that I think would be good for my first home gaming build.
Because i'm new at this i would really appreciate any advice or comments on this build,
Ok. first off: the 9800 gtx is a good card for the money, no matter what the ati fans will say about it.
secondly, crysis as you know is a monster of a game. i can't tell you if you're cpu is powerful enough to run it smoothly, mainly because i don't know what resolution you're playing at. (even beefy systems have a hard time with this game at high resolutions. im playing at 1920x1200 with dual gtx 260's and a 2.66quad overclocked to 3 ghz. even with this system, some of the settings need to be turned down to keep framerates stable.)
that mobo looks pretty good. (it also leaves the door open for sli if you want. the 9800 gtx's have dropped in price recently so they're now only about $200.
also: for your operating system, make sure you use a 64bit system. (32 bit systems will only use 3.5 out of your 4 gigs of ram. also if you use 32 bit, you won't be able to buy more ram later on.)
for the final build, i wish you luck. leave a lot of time to build it. it took me almost 20 hours to get the whole thing built (this was my first time and i made mistakes that make me crack up when i look back on it). note: once you've installed vista (or xp) make sure you take out the installation disk. (AS SOON AS YOU'VE INSTALLED IT, NOT ONCE YOU'VE FINISHED UP THE WHOLE SETUP!)
The motherboard is fine, I haven't looked up its price but you should be fine with a $100 P45 board since you're not doing Crossfire or crazy overclocking.
On overclocking though, make sure you OC your Q6600 to 3.0ghz. The ONLY change you will have to make in bios to do this is upping the fsb to 333. The motherboard supports this speed naturally, while the Q6600 runs at 266. Shouldn't need any extra volts or anything to bring it up to 3.0ghz!
You can get DDR2-800 memory instead of DDR2-1066, which is what you have listed. The Q6600 will OC up to 3.6Ghz with DDR2-800, which I doubt you'll be doing. So can easily save a couple $ here.
Do you really need 1TB of HD space? The Western Digital 640GB is a really fast drive that can be found for ~$90.
The Coolermaster 690 case is another case you could consider, it's a little cheaper. Very similar to the 900, which is also a good case. Just giving you options.
You should try to find the retention bracket for the Xigmatek, much easier to install. There's a Kingwing heatsink that's very similar.
I think MX-2 is more preferred these days than Arctic Silver 5 for thermal compound. I only use it now anyway, it's non-conductive and doesn't need nearly as many burn in hours before you know if it's working or not.
Otherwise, just try not to build this thing when standing on carpet and make sure you remember to touch the metal chasis inside your case as often as possible to ground yourself.
Second vote for the ATI 4850; it is not being an ATI fanboy, it's just being smart.
well if he didn't have the 9800gtx already and he was buying a card. i would say go with a 4850. you'll only get a little performance boost probably not noticeable over the 9800gtx but at the same price. and plus if you want dual card i think crossfire is the way to go (there's less problems with the mobo's)
Come on people please I need some advice before I order, I don't want to order the wrong components.
Whats a good mobo for my build keeping in mind that I may sli later?
And is there any other tips or advice you can give me on better components than what I have?
I really am thankfull for your help, I don't know what I would do without this forum