Hey there, I'm getting ready to finally order my new system, but as a price cut I was thinking about changing my mobo from a G4-X48 to something cheaper, without crossfire support, but that's as good in quality and has very good OC capabilities, and my CPU from a Q9450 for a Q6600 and OC that.
My question is, what would be the best non-crossfire mobo out there? Preferably the best bang for the buck. Also, to be able to OC my Q6600 to somewhere close to 3.0ghz, would I need aftermarket coolers? I've never used them before, and I'm trying to cut costs wherever possible.
Also, would a 650W PSU be enough for me? My other specs are:
4 gigs DDR2 800 gskill
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
I think the Asus P5Q Pro is probably what you would be looking for. It's about 100$ less than most X48 boards and it DOES support Crossfire, but only in x8x8 mode (but for PCI-E 2.0, there is a <5% difference compared to x16x16).
Well, it's mainly for gaming. I do a lil bit of video encoding aswell, though. I also like to multitask, as in having several firefoxs open with winamp and msn all open at the same time as I'm gaming, I heard quads would serve me better for those ends, I'm not sure though...
A quad would be better yes, you could get a Q6600 for not much more than the E8400/E8500 or switch directly to Q9300/Q9450, but the later 2 cost sensibly more. So you minimally have to ask yourself if you like multi-tasking more than your budget .
The P5Q board support up to FSB1333 (333Mhz) without "overclocking the board itself", the question is if the Q6600 will support it. To that question I have no answer as I own neither the CPU or the board .