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December 19, 2008 6:29:27 AM

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.

VIDEO CARD: XFX PVT84JUDD3 GeForce 8600GT XXX 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

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

Intel Core 2 Quad 6600

Thermaltake Purepower W0100RU 500W ATX 12V 2.0 Power Supply - Retail

COOLER MASTER Centurion 534 RC-534-KKN2-GP Black Aluminum & Mesh bezel / SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case -

ASUS P5Q LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

ASUS P5E-VM HDMI LGA 775 Intel G35 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

ASUS P5Q-EM LGA 775 Intel G45 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

P5QC P45 775 ATX Motherboard

Thanks for taking the time to read my post and I appreciate any feedback I can get.

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a b V Motherboard
December 19, 2008 7:18:27 AM

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.
a b V Motherboard
December 19, 2008 10:32:22 AM

+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)
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December 19, 2008 5:14:03 PM

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?
a b V Motherboard
December 20, 2008 12:44:24 PM

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.
December 20, 2008 4:51:33 PM

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.