I have done quite a bit of research on the compatibility of these components and all seems well but this is the first time I have ordered parts to build a computer. So I am a little bit worried about ordering the wrong parts.
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 GFXCard: EVGA 896-P3-1260-AR GeForce GTX 260 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard HD: Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Memory: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) DVDDrive: LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH22NS30 Power Supply: Rosewill RP550V2-D-SL 550W ATX12V v2.01 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready. Case: Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
I have ordered Thermal grease and a wrist strap. Is there any random tools or parts I am forgetting?
I did not order a CPU cooler because I wont be OCing. Should my temps be ok?
Also should a 550w PSU power these components ok?
Forgive me if I am wasting your time I just really dont know who else to ask or where else to go.
Any comments or concerns of any kind would be greatly appreciated!
Yes, all of those parts will work together, and yes, a 550w PSU should be enough.
Although, if you plan on going SLI/Crossfire, you should grab a bigger one. You may want to grab a bigger one anyways, so the next time you build a computer or want to upgrade to more power-hungry components, you don't need a new PSU at that time, as well.
The Q6600 is an older and slower cpu. For the same price you could get a faster Dual core cpu like the e8400/8500. Unless you really need all 4 cores, you are much better off with the faster dual core.
The mobo you have chosen has only one PCIe slot, so you need not worry about a larger PSU to run SLI.
3. You are using only one disk drive, which is fine, so You won't be using RAID . . . which IMHO is the correct choice.
4. The 260 is a good choice . . . hopefully you ordered the core 216 variant.
5. IIRC, you will not need the thermal paste if you are using the stock cooler supplied with the cpu. I've never looked at the heat sink on one - I never take them out of the box lol - but don't they come with glue/paste?
6. I concur 100% with aford10 who suggest dropping the old, slow quad in favor of a faster, cooler dual core like the E8400. Unless you are going to overclock that 6600 you will be far, far happier with the performance of the E8400. Even then, you could OC the E8400 as well.