Only built one other system before this, and will be keeping the 250gb HDD from it and selling the rest to my friend to help pay for this one. Have gone through a lot of threads and I intend to OC the cpu to around 2.8-3ghz. Maybe more, don't know yet. Will be using this to do some gaming, dvd burning, video editing, programming and school work. Would it be in my interest to get the Q9500 instead or is it not worth the price increase? What about a better heat sink, $10-20 makes no difference really so is there a better one cooling wise that doesn't sound like an airplane preferably.
Three year warranty with Retal box. NO warranty with OEM. Intel RMA service has no way of knowing you OC'd your processor or not. If you dropped it in the garbage disposal and turned it on for a minute or two, you warranty would be void. Too obvious.
6600 is old I'd recomend getting a newer Q9550
little bit more lots more performance.
If you're into air cooling there isn't really much in terms of quiet cooling...
Zalman 9700 or the coolertherm Nirvana are pretty top knotch
I'm a bit scared to jump into the water cooling department, but how much would a decent kit run me for? (at least better cooling than the Antec 1200 case and the Xigmatek HS/F) Also a bit confused on how they work, so if it wasn't too much trouble could you give me a run down.