Hi all - finally getting around to actually building my system. Since last time I was here, I've made some changes. I already have a case, power supply, and CPU cooler. I believe I'm ready to get the rest of the system all in one shot - maitaining a remaining budget of $650 to possibly $700.
I've gone back and forth on the quad-core Q6600 and the dual-core E8500. The bottom line is that I mainly need the speed for gaming. I do a small amount of encoding, but I do much more gaming - so I'm heavily leaning towards the E8500. Of course, I'm still somewhat open to either.
I'm stuck between 2 motherboards. Also, I had originally planned on getting a HD4850 vid card, but I may decide to hold off on that until Christmas - hoping for some big cuts in price. In the meantime, I think a HD3850 will suit me.
I also haven't checked the memory compatibility for the Corsair. I've seen a lot of people here buy Mushkin. Which is better?
This is mainly for gaming. I primarily play WoW, but will get Diablo 3 and Starcraft 2 - and I am an FPS'er as well.
I will, in the near future, pick up an optical drive (will re-use one for the initial build), and - like I said - either replace the graphics card within a few months or get another 3850 for crossfire.
Get the Gigabit mobo. the corsair memory is fine. i would defiantly stick with the E8500 cpu. and i would strongly suggest going ahead and getting a 4850.
i would stick with 4gbs of ram for now and if you have trouble buy another kit like the one you picked out. most people say 4gbs is fine. and hey if you absolutely arient going to get the 4850 now, maybe look at a 3870.
I would get the 8500 and 4850 now.
Prices always drop, but so do resell values.
So if you try and resell the GPU you get now at christmas, you will likely lose as much money as you may have gained by a 4850 price drop.
Make you life easy and get it now.
Since the card is not overpriced now, the drop will likely not be significant.
The combo deal for the E8500 knocks $35 off the price of the Asus P5Qpro, get it and use the money savings to get the HD4850. The same combo deal also applies to the E8400, for a saving of $55. The HD4850 is worth it over the 3850 if budget is a concern.
Well - I've ordered from NewEgg. I now officially have the tense "new-build" feeling that won't go away until I get a successful post and start-up approximately 3-4 days from now (this is only my second "ground-up" build).
Thanks for all your help! I ended up going with the Giga board, however I switched to the UD3P flavor b/c of news of slightly better cooling/OC - plus I believe it has 2 extra USB ports.
Hopefully I'll reply back in a few days with news of success.