Finally got a completed configuration for my rig -

C2Q Q6600 @ 3.06/1.275v/1360 FSB. Idles at ~46 on the hottest core, loads at ~62 on hottest core.

Cooler Master Hyper TX-2 with stock Intel fan (I've got a tape job going to mount the fan... but it's a heckuva lot quieter than the stock Cooler Master fan)

2x2gb A-Data DDR2-800 @ 850/1.8v/5-5-5-15

Gigabyte G31M-S2L. Gigabyte has VERY friendly BIOS; I can't ever see buying from anyone else now.

XFX GTS 250 Core Edition 1GB @ stock frequencies (738/1836/2200). Bought this as opposed to the GTX260 Core 216 because of the lower power requirement/consumption and close performance for the games I'll be playing.

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 250 GB/16 MB cache

ASUS Vento mATX case

Silverstone ST400 PSU

I was surprised to find that this setup plays Assassin's Creed at 1600x1200/max quality/16xAF/16xQAA and never sees below ~45 FPS. My 3dMark Vantage score seems a bit lowish, though - I score around 7300 total/6550 GPU (PPU disabled). Does anyone else have a similar CPU/GPU configuration? If so, how's your 3dMark score? How does it perform with Crysis/at what settings?
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  1. Don't have a similar setup but was just curious... How are your hard disk and RAM holding up so far?
  2. ^ I'm not sure what you mean... but they're both stable and perform well for everything that I use my machine for.
  3. Ah, was just curious about the reliability of your RAM and hard disk in particular. You've experienced no bottlenecks or anything similar? Am just seeing if I should add anything to my internal must-get-parts list :)
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