New Programming/Work/Lite Gaming Build

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)

Here's what I'm looking at thus far:
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield

CPU Heatsink:
Tuniq Tower 120


Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB


(Just caught my eye, was considering a G92 8800GT before)

Antec Sonata III

Included w/ case.
Antec EA-500 500

OCZ Gold 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)

Keep in mind that case aesthetics aren't a big deal either, and that the main purpose of this machine will be code compilation and testing for various environments.

Thanks in advance.
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  1. Ditch the cpu cooler if you don't o/c. Use the stock one.

    If you overclock, swap the mobo out for P5K-E at least or GA-EP35-DS3L/R or GA-EP45-DS3L/R. R means RAID.

    Rosewill cases are ok, but not sure about their psus. I'd go with a Sonate:
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

    No, stick with 9800GTX+. It's $180 at the egg:

    If you really want to save money on a gpu that's comparable to gtx+, look into HD 4850. I love it. Right now it can be had for $160 after rebate.
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