Need help in choosing mother board

Hi Guys...
I need your help suggesting few components. I'm planning to replace my dying p4 with a C2D E8400. I will be using the pc mainly for movies and games. After some research I've shortlisted few components and i hope they are good enough.The system will be required to run for long hours (18-20 hrs) because me and my brother work in opposite shifts. My overall budget including Monitor in $1000. So please advise a good motherboard and any other component that you think i should change to obtain good performance. I wouldn't be looking at upgrading for at least 2 years. Thanks in advance.

1GB GF 9600 GT DDR3
Seagate 1TB SATA -
I-BALL GAMER ( Cabinet )
DDR3 - 1333 MHZ RAM 2 GB :(
20'' LG TFT / A.O.C F 19 ("19 TFT)

I'm from India and the prices vary. So please help me finalising the components.

I don't need a DVD writer/Speakers/Keyboard/Mouse as i've one which is still doing good.

Please let me know if i need to change anything, i'm planning to build the system by end of the week.

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  1. I would look at the ASUS P5P43TD Pro. For this post, Newegg was used purely as an example.
  2. COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    Item #: N82E16811119137

    Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
    Item #: N82E16822136319

    ASUS VW224U Black 22" 2ms(GTG) Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail
    Item #: N82E16824236050

    SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100269VXLE Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

    CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ... - Retail

    CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X4096-6400C5 - Retail

    GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
    Item #: N82E16813128359

    Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8400 - Retail
    Item #: N82E16819115037

    967 + SH – 45 in MIR

    I would really look into a AM3 build tho but if you want Intel this is what I would get
  3. above list looks good, if u dont plan to use the pc to game that heavily, u might downgrade the 4890 and choose a quad.
  4. be careful that you match the mb and RAM

    DDR3 will not run in most socket 775 mb's . Most will use DDR2
  5. For a E8400, look for a P45 based motherboard from gigabyte, or asus.

    Get 4gb of ddr2-800 ram in a 2x2gb configuration.
    Cpu performance is not very sensitive to ram speeds.
    If you look at real application and game benchmarks(vs. synthetic tests),
    you will see negligible difference in performance between the slowest DDR2 and the fastest DDR3 ram.
    Perhaps 1-2%. Not worth it to me.
    Don't pay extra for faster ram or better timings unless you are a maximum overclocker.

    Coolermaster psu is ok, but corsair, PC P&C, Seasonic, and Antec are considered better.

    Get an oem cpu cooler with a 120mm fan.
    It will keep your cpu running cooler and quieter, particularly if you are running 24/7.
  6. Thanks for the response guys. I'm not keen on DDR3, Intel or AMD. If you guys think i can get better bang for buck with AMD or something else please advise. As far as the games are concerned i would go around 5-6 hrs a day. So please can someone give me a final list of components that i can buy.
  7. ^ Well the DDR3 boards and the DDR3 RAM, still have a high price premium attached to them...So I would suggest you stick with AMD and DDR2 as there is not much performance difference going with DDR3 over DDR2...

    I would suggest this config...

    CPU - X3 720
    Mobo - The Biostar boards are cheaper and are of decent quality...
    Get any of these boards...
    RAM - Going with DDR3 wont increase your performance much...So I would suggest you stick with DDR2...
    Should be able to get 4GB DDR2 for about 3.5K( Preferrably Corsair/ OCZ with heatsinks)
    Graphics card - Instead of the 9600GT, get the HD 4850 512 DDR3 for about ~7000
    And while getting the HDD, get the Seagate 7200.12 and not the 7200.11...
    PSU - If you can get a 80+ PSU like the Corsair/ Antec EA series...But for the HD 4850, that CM 500W should be suffice...
    Here are few websites, that could help you...
  8. Guys....

    Any one else other suggestion left in store. I just to finalize a mobo under $120 which can handle E8400 + 9600GT + 500W COOLER MASTER.I need to build a pc by this weekend.

    Thanks guys.
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