New build, please help with better suggestion

Hi all. I am planning to make a new build with the items below. I want to overclock the cpu to atleast 3.0ghz (ideally 3.0-3.2) I will not be doing any SLI or Xfire. I already have a 750gb hard drive. The computer will be for slight gaming and every day normal use. I am mainly stuck on choosing the right mobo. I chose the one below because it seems to be the popular one, however, there are some cheaper ones that may suit me better. Can you guys please direct me to a better mobo along with the other items that fit my descriptions. Thanks

Cooler Xigmatek:
Retention Bracket:
CPU Q6600:
Case Antec 300:
PSU Neopower 550:
Graphic ATI 4850:

The case and psu are in a combo deal. Everything comes out to be $1140 shipped and taxed.
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  1. Get the HDT-S1284EE it's the better one.
    Get a PCPower PSU.
    I like the 300 case.
  2. It's true that the EE is a bit quieter at the sacrifice of a very small amount of cooling. (Just .2C)

    It would be a bit hard to get right I think... 4 pipes means more grooves to be filled in by thermal paste.

    I'm not saying that's a bad recommendation, just throwing out my thoughts on it, as it's the first time I really looked at it.

    The Neo power 550 comes as a combo deal with the case, I realize. It's not a bad PSU. If I could afford it I would certainly get an OCZ 600W, or a PC P&C 610W, for example.
  3. I like your build the way it is... Neopowers are SeaSonic.
  4. The Asus P5Q Pro seems like the motherboard everyone on this site suggests. You said you won't be doing crossfire, so you could save a little money there like you said. Asus and Gigabyte both make great boards. I've personally had great luck with Gigabyte boards lately. The P43 chipset should work fine for your needs.

    GIGABYTE GA-EP43-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $86.99

    Here's a couple low-cost P45 boards also:

    GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $119.99 - $15 MIR


    GIGABYTE GA-EP45-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $104.99 - $15 MIR

    If you prefer to stick with Asus here are a couple recommendations:

    ASUS P5QL PRO LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $84.99


    ASUS P5QL-E LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $105.99

    The ASUS P5QL-E offers RAID and 8-phase power. The 8-phase power should help a little with overclocking.
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