SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT – Typical Microsoft Office uses + games, Skype and occasional movies. The games are/will be;
Strategy games; such as Civilization IV (still my favorite game)
MMO; not playing any atm… Have played WAR, WoW, COH, etc…
RPGs; Might and Magic, Diablo 2, plan to play a ton of Diablo 3.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers,
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel, Nvidia, Corsair, Gigabyte
OVERCLOCKING: No plans
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No types of games I play do not use this ability
MONITOR RESOLUTION: Current Monitor Dell™ UltraSharp™ 2007FP 20.1-inch Flat Panel LCD 1600x1200 pixels 16 ms high contrast ratio of up to 800:1 1 x VGA cable ¦ 1 x DVI cable ¦ 1 x USB cable
Quieter operation is better, no crazy lights coming from my computer please. Sound quality is of least importance.
$109.99 ($89.99 after rebate) HX considered best PSU but not enough amps for 260?
CORSAIR CMPSU-520HX 520W ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Well since you mentioned you had no plans to OC, there would be no reason to buy a CPU cooler and thermal compound when the stock heat sink is included with the E8500 purchase. I would stick with the Corsair 650W if it is the same price as the 520W. Plus it has a single 12v rail so you don't have to worry about load balancing.
Just wondering what you would be using XP Mode for?
Well... This is where my ignorance could be dangerous
When I make the transition to Windows 7, some of the programs I use from games to utilities will be XP based. Rather than do without or hoping/waiting for “updates” I want to be able to continue to use these applications. I assume from my reading that this VT mode will allow for this.
Does this not make sense, or did I misunderstand XP VT mode?
Appreciate the advice on the PSU and CPU cooler. The 520 was on this list mainly from the excellent reviews on the HX vs the TX and VX Corsair ... but I maybe too much in the weeds for my use. The CPU cooler switch is at the advice of a friend who told me the Intel stock fan was very noisey and limited use.
Any advice on the right motherboard or case for my setup?
I have looked at the 720BE or the 550 build option.
After a lot of study... I came to the conclusion if I am planning to OC they would be the better choice. Since however I am not planning to OC as system stability and reliability is very important to me the E8500 makes more sense. Am I correct in this?
Thanks for the information on the PSU's and SLi it is very helpful.
I do not plan on SLi as the types of games I play do not take advantage of SLi. The same reason I decided on Duo Core over Quad Core, faster processor speed is more important as I do very little with multi-application, Most I have open is Vent and my game I never alt-tab between apps and do not use multi monitor setups.
I will choose the 260, again just using one card. Which requires a special 2 power connector set up and a higher PSU requirement