help with new build choices

I'm a noob, so be kind.

I'm looking to build a multi purpose rig (large spreadsheets, code compiling) with good gaming performance as a secondary.

I think I want to go quad core, air cooled, maybe a light overclock down the line when I get more familiar. I'm looking to use a 22" to 24" inch monitor. I prefer full tower case.

Target price range $1100 to $1200 monitor and OS not included. I'm looking to get the most bang for the buck w/out being to cheap on any given part.


from micro center $249
Intel® Boxed Core 2 Quad Processor Q9450 Intel® Boxed Core 2 Quad Processor Q9450

from new egg

Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail

$214.99 -$40.00 Instant $174.99

GIGABYTE GV-R487-512H-B Radeon HD 4870 512MB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
$274.99 -$35.00 Instant $239.99

OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2P10664GK - Retail
$129.99 -$20.00 Instant $109.99

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
$179.99 -$60.00 Instant $119.99


ASUS P5Q Pro LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
$134.99 $134.99



Seagate ST3640323AS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
$79.99 $79.99

total so far is around $1100 not including rebates/combo or discount codes on power supply and case.

Will these components play nicely? Any substitutions recomendations?
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  1. Hi Fred,

    Good choices. Few comments:

    - You won't need DDR2-1066 RAM unless you want a massive overclock, save some cash with DDR800. Keep 4Gb in 2x 2Gb though, use 64bit OS.

    - Xigmatek or OCZ Vendetta coolers are well regarded both fit the Xigmatek retention bracket for easy mounting and slightly improved thermal contact.

    - Go for as much screen area as you can, especcially for coding. You will take a slight hit with fps in games but it is defiantely worth it. If you had enough spare for a second screen you wouldn't regret it (but $$$!!)

    - You will want a DVD drive - cheap things.

    Otherwise looks good.
    Jeremy
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