Have posted a few times, and just want to say thanks for all the advice I've received. Playing on a 1280x1024 monitor.
This is my build, basically done. I've bought everything except for a case and a cooler. I really want an Antec 900, but Don't know if they will come back into stock soon. I have also been looking at a Coolermaster 690. What would be the best cooler for this set-up?
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $136.99. Caught one when they went back into stock. Still think it is a good deal.
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8500 - Retail $174.99. All the advice and the price point became too much to pass up. Overclock the hell out of it.
snag some MX-2 thermal compound and an aftermarket heatsink as well.
Yeah, figured it was overkill. Will probably upgrade the monitor in the next year or so. Plan on keeping the system for a while and only doing minor modifications, hopefully.
Is Xigmatek the heatsink I should go for? Everyone seems to be a big fan of those.
Yea they are quality heatsinks. Just remember to pick up the retention bracket and a tube of Arctic Silver 5.
I have the Xigmatek HDT-S1283 , ill vouch for it, It is a good Heatsink. Apparently the sunbeam core contact is better, but it is very large.
Go with mx-2 thermal compound over Arctic Silver 5 … It is better, same price.
imo s1283 wins over the sunbeam core contact freezer because of how easy it is to install with the retention bracket
That looks like a very nice rig.
A definite +1 to a new monitor. There are some pretty cheap right now in the 22" category.
Solid build. Almost like the one I just ordered yesterday except I cheaped out slightly on the CPU and mobo compared to yours - got the E8400 and gigabyte UD3R which is like $20 less than the one you listed. So if you don't care about having 2x LANs or "Dolby Home Theater®" you could save $20 there.