Working on a q6600/q9450 based build for the upcoming school/work year.
Wanting to have a q6600/q9450 base with at least 4GB ram, preferably 8gb.
Graphics are not of great importance as my current 8 series in my laptop runs everything I play fine
A better card would be nice, but not the highest priority.
Budget: Under 1000 definitely. Like to keep in sub-800 or so. (Cheaper=Better)
That Sonata looks good at about the same price, but should I go 500 or 550W?
Also, I looked into the mobo's and like the GA EP45.
Two things I'm considering now:
Swapping the q6600 for the q9450 because of the 45nm vs 65nm and l2 cache.
I've thought about OC'ing some, but haven't decided if I will. If so, it won't be too much.
Swapping the 9800GTX+ for a non-G92 8800GT to save a few bucks.
Your call. Either will power the single 9800gtx+. 550w can do sli:
Minimum of a 450 Watt power supply.
(Minimum recommended power supply with +12 Volt current rating of 24 Amp Amps.)
Minimum 550 Watt for SLI mode system.
(Minimum recommended power supply with +12 Volt current rating of 30 Amp Amps.)
IMO, the Q9450 isn't worth the extra $125. It's not $125 faster. It's slightly faster than Q6600 which is $200. You can pick up the Q6600 & o/c it to 3Ghz on stock cooling hands down. However, I'd throw in a good aftermarket cpu cooler like Xigmatek HDT-S1283 + back-plate kit. It'll still cost less than Q9450 in total.