New to the site and hoping to get some help. No flaming please, I just want legit advice.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next month (but I am willing to wait for a good amount of time, if the payoff is worth it)
BUDGET RANGE: $500 (I have more money, but I would rather set this as the limit)
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies, light video editing
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, and I have an unreleased CPU "YFD C-1 [(QDF: LAN2) 3.2 GHz XEE 1600 MHz]" (which I was told is a Core2duo Extreme edition; correct me if I am wrong)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com - but any place that is reputable and has good deals
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1600x1200
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I need something that will last for a few years and play games like D3/SC2 no problem. I would like it to be quiet but it's not necessary. Performance is the most important factor. My last homebuild caused lots of trouble, overheating and a bad hdd. Yes, I know it's a pricey chip that I have, but if I don't use it in some way it will basically collect dust because we can't sell it.
I might be able to get ram, hdd, and case for free. The optical drive I can probably get for free as well. So, depending on what I can dig up, the amount that I can spend may end up covering mobo and video card.
Like I said, I am willing to wait if it is worth it. I know that this build will not unleash the full potential of this chip, but that's why I need help making something that I can upgrade. Thanks for the help. I've read a lot on this forum and look forward to some good advice.
I have that unreleased CPU. If you search up that exact title, google will come back with results from another forum which a poster said "YFD C-1 [(QDF: LAN2) 3.2 GHz XEE 1600 MHz] This is either QX9770 or QX9750. They tested on X38 board but I prefer P45 or X48 board."
Assuming that you are asking why it cannot be sold: It's given to only intel employees who worked on the project and was never released to the public. There may be something with liability issues. To be honest I don't know. If I could sell it, an extra $1000 would have been nice for bills or college tuition fees at one point.
Anyway, I think I found my final build. I got:
GPU: HIS Hightech H485FN512P Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit.
Ram: ocz 2 x 2gb
HDD: 2 x 320 gb Hitachi
PSU: 500w cool master
Heatsink: Asus Triton
Optical drive: I have a few options here
Mobo: The Asus P5Q Pro p45 or Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P