New system build, thoughts?

COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

EVGA 512-P3-1150-TR GeForce GTS 250 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS - Retail

OCZ 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ3X1333LV6GK - Retail

GIGABYTE GA-EP45T-DS3R LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400 Yorkfield 2.66GHz LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80580Q8400 - Retail


So far this is my plan for my new machine :) I've got a really old system that I need to replace. Only things I do are a lot of browsing, a lot of Photoshop, and some gaming (WoW only). Big things I want to achieve with this rig is a smooth experience with two monitors (probably 24's so either 1680 or 1920 res), as well as smooth gameplay in WoW on a single monitor, 1920res.

Any suggestions, changes? I don't mind the budget fluctuating a bit (~$100), but if you post a link keep in mind that I'm Canadian and I want to buy everything off Newegg.ca.

Thanks :)
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  1. the RAM you have in the list is a triple channel kit for an intel i7 system

    Find a similar ddr3 kit of 2 x2 gb
  2. swap the GTS 250 for a 4870 and the Q8400 and gigabyte motherboard for an amd 720 BE and 790GX motherboard.
  3. GTS 250 is more than enough for what he needs. For for a few $ more, you get the 4870, so its better I guess. 4850 would be good though.

    +1 about the RAM.

    In fact, you get a 4870 for the same price as that 250: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161268
  4. Helloworld_98 said:
    swap the GTS 250 for a 4870 and the Q8400 and gigabyte motherboard for an amd 720 BE and 790GX motherboard.

    NEVER buy AMD.
  5. ^ You sir have no idea, AMD owns intel in the market he is looking at.
  6. Helloworld_98 said:
    swap the GTS 250 for a 4870 and the Q8400 and gigabyte motherboard for an amd 720 BE and 790GX motherboard.


    Any real reasoning behind that? or just personal preference?
  7. ^ no it's just that I didn't know GTS 250's and 4870's were about the same price on your side of the pond.

    Keep the Q8400 and gigabyte motherboard but switch the GTS 250 for a 4870, a lot more power for only a bit more.
  8. Can anyone recommend a good mobo for this setup? I'm a bit iffy on the Gigabyte one right now. I'd like at least 4gb of memory.
  9. Need suggestions on memory now, I'm buying this system in 2-3 days.

    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227290

    Will this work with the system?
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