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August 14, 2008 8:01:11 PM

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:
CPU:
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Heatsink:
Tuniq Tower 120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo:
ASUS P5K SE
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD:
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD R/W:
SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video:
ASUS EN9800GTX+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(Just caught my eye, was considering a G92 8800GT before)

Case:
Antec Sonata III
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

P/S:
Included w/ case.
Antec EA-500 500

RAM:
OCZ Gold 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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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August 15, 2008 1:28:04 PM

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.
August 16, 2008 12:31:09 PM

Your call. Either will power the single 9800gtx+. 550w can do sli:

Quote:
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:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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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