Process + Mobo OK?
I am planning to build a new system (my first one) for Christmas, and so far I have zeroed in on an Intel DP35DP motherboard and E6540 processor with Kingston 2GB DDR2 memory (part no. KVR667D2N5/1G). Am I OK so far?
this is a better processor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115037
better mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=50001314%2040000280&Description=p45&name=GIGABYTE
this is possibly better ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148163
I would recommend the ASUS P5Q Pro with the Intel Core 2 Duo E8400
$254.98 - $15MIR = $239.98
CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Chan
$54.99 - $30 MIR = $24.99
Total: $309.97 - $45 MIR = $264.97
BTW, whats your budget?
My budget for the everything + UPS/SMPS/case etc. - HDD & monitor is INR 20000 inclusive of taxes (about $400). It is my first computer assembly, and I was recommended to go with an Intel mobo for the first one. Also, the components I choose have to be available here in India.
There are no obvious incompatibilities among my chosen components, are there?
I wish I knew of a online supplier for India but I don't.
At that budget, your best bet would be to go with a G31 motherboard coupled with a E5200 or E2180 with 2 gigs of DDR2 800 ram with low voltage consumption (1.8-1.9v) and respectable timing(5-5-5-15 or 5-5-5-18)
Btw, you plan on overclocking?
Depending on prices and your goal of this computer, I'd even consider an AMD 780g mobo w/onboard GPU. This will be the cheapest option right now, since it's onboard GPU (AMD 3200) is pretty good. You can always add a dedicated GPU later, when you have more $. You could also go with an AMD 790gx based mobo too, since it's the upgraded version of the 780g one, but that depends on budget too.
Have you looked into an AMD build??
Intel can compete, but usually the mobo's are a bit more, in general. Like Slomo4shO said, you could go with an e5200/e2180 if it's reasonable too. They OC quite a bit easier than the AMD bretheren.