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New System Build - Sub $800 non-gaming system

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August 19, 2008 8:16:43 PM

Looking for input on a first-time build.

I want this system for running multiple OS's with virtualization software
(hence the quad core CPU). I probably have more motherboard than I
need, but the abundance of SATA, USB, Firewire ports drew me to the
ASUS P5Q Pro.

I could also save money on cheaper hard drives, but I like all of the
positive comments on the WD 640s.

My graphics selection is probably considered weak by all of the gamers
on the forums, but I won't be doing any serious gaming. The EVGA 8600GT
seemed like a pretty good buy with the rebate even though it is likely
overkill for me.

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor
Model HH80562PH0568M - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115018

ASUS P5Q Pro LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Model #:p 5Q Pro
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131299

EVGA 256-P2-N751-TR GeForce 8600 GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Model #:256-P2-N751-TR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130085

Rosewill R5601-BK 0.8mm Japanese Cold Rolled Steel Screw-less Dual 120mm Fans ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Model #:R5601-BK
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147038

PC Power & Cooling S61EPS 610W Continuous @ 40°C EPS12V Power Supply - Retail
Model #:S61EPS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703005

OCZ Reaper HPC Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2RPR800C44GK - Retail
Model #:o CZ2RPR800C44GK
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227267

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Model #:WD6400AAKS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136218

I also added the Artic Cooler Freezer 7 just in case I decide to overclock.
I didn't see the OCZ Reaper memory on the list of supported DIMMs
on the ASUS P5Q Pro, but it looked like others have had success with
this memory. The current deal makes them pretty attractive.

Just looking for a sanity check. With rebates this system should come
in just under $800, so I feel it is a pretty darn good value. I welcome
any comments on the components I've selected.[][/]

I would like to purchase this so that I have a nice project for Labor
Day weekend. :) 

Thanks

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August 19, 2008 10:25:28 PM

Solid build. That's a bigger power supply than you need, but it's such a quality unit at such a great price I wouldn't change it.
DVD burner ?
August 19, 2008 10:36:45 PM

You may be able to use a cheaper RAM. RAM really doesn't make much of a difference for Intel builds. Just keep it DDR2-800.
August 20, 2008 1:56:03 AM

Thanks for the reviews. I already own a DVD burner in another
system that I will likely transfer to this system ... and yes, the
power supply is a bit large, but this will give me some headroom
if I choose to upgrade my graphics down the road.

Yes ... I looked at other memory, but this is a good deal if I can
get the OCZ rebate. I've heard they are notorious for not delivering
on rebates, but I'm pretty good at making multiple copies of my
UPC labels and receipts, so I'll nag them if they don't provide the
rebate in a timely manner ... we'll see. :) 

Thanks again.
!