my mobo only has 2 ram slots and accepts 8 gigs, from that I've deduced that it allows 4gb sticks
I just built this system like 9 months ago...for various reasons I went with a q9650 rig instead of a lower end i7. a lot of people will disagree with my decision, but I'm satisfied with it...
although, this looks quite nice to me:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116402
as far as power consumption goes, the Q9650 has similar power consumption to most sandy bridge chips, the watt/performance is very close, also the same tdp...ddr2 dimms only consume like .3 volts more than ddr3...
I've got 2 cavier blacks, a q9650, radeon 6870, sound card and recording interface on a 500w psu... that whole system is well within the psu's limits.
these (which i want) are not on the vql:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231301
but these are:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231182
so I'm sure the ones i want will work fine.
even though I'm going through with my plan I still appreciate your advice!