First build check, especially need motherboard recommendations

Hey guys this is my first build and I am trying to use some parts I already own (in order to keep the cost low for now) so can you let me know if everything I plan on using will work? I'm mainly going to use this computer for gaming (COD4&5) and internet/music. I am pretty much set on processor (won't OC it yet), but motherboard is the hardest choice I am having right now.

Here is what I already have from my previous computer:
RAM: G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
I have 4gb total.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231098

VIDEO CARD: XFX PVT84JUDD3 GeForce 8600GT XXX 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150229

Here is what I plan on getting to finish the build:

Intel Core 2 Quad 6600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115017

Thermaltake Purepower W0100RU 500W ATX 12V 2.0 Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817153052

COOLER MASTER Centurion 534 RC-534-KKN2-GP Black Aluminum & Mesh bezel / SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119106

MOTHERBOARDS
ASUS P5Q LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131295

ASUS P5E-VM HDMI LGA 775 Intel G35 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131237

ASUS P5Q-EM LGA 775 Intel G45 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131336

P5QC P45 775 ATX Motherboard
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0294695

Thanks for taking the time to read my post and I appreciate any feedback I can get.
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  1. The only thing I would be violently opposed to would be the PSU.

    Check the links in my sig for some general advice and some alternate parts recommendations.
  2. +1 Proximon - get a better PSU.


    You don't have a HDD listed - I would check out the Western Digital 640GB HDDs. (unless you are keeping this from your old computer too)
  3. Thanks guys, I didn't know about the PSU, I will definitely change that up. Thanks Proximon for the list, I will go for one of the PSUs and MBs you have listed.

    Huron- sorry I forgot to mention I have a WD 160gb SATA from my old computer so I will probably stick with that for now. I have 1TB external which I store my music and media on, so I'm not really in need of more space yet.


    On a side note, what is the consensus now for OS? I get the sense that a lot are going for Vista Home Premium. I would love to take advantage of DX10, but I don't want the hassle of spending more time getting things to work than using my new computer. I'm going to have to purchase a copy of Windows since my old Dell OEM XP won't work, so what would you guys do?
  4. Well, since you have 4Gb, you might as well get 64-bit Vista so you can use it all.

    Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit English for System Builders 1pk DSP OEI DVD - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116488 $99.99
  5. I was dual booting XP 32 bit and Vista 64 bit for a while, until I was sure I really didn't need XP. Vista 64 is very good. I'm very impressed with it now, and I've seen pretty much everything since DOS.
  6. That's great to know Proximon. I have been reading up as much as possible about Vista 64, and it looks like most kinks have been worked out. I think I will be going to Vista 64. Thanks for all the help guys.
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