Age: 2.5 years
E6400@2.13GHz w/ stock cooler
Kingston PC2-5300 2x1GB 333MHz 5-5-5-15 1.8V
P5B Deluxe, PCIe x16
For the PSU
I want to upgrade the CPU-coller, RAMs and G/C:
E6400@ 3.xxGHz w/ coller: Zalman 9500 retail: CA$58 free shippin or scythe mugen 2 retail: US$37
Tell me if the Zalman worths the price difference, keep in mind that the ship is free and it's in CA - take off the price 10-15$.
GPU: Great choice on a video card. Depending on your resolution, you could down grade to the 4870 and still get great performance. Remember, the new 5870 is released, which is the KING now but you are looking at upper $300 for one of them.
HSF: Stick with the Scythe Mugen 2 CPU cooler. The Zalman isn't worth the extra money and won't perform as well either
RAM: Your RAM pick is good. You can go with 4GB of RAM even with Win XP. When you upgrade to Win7, you'll want to get the 64-bit version. Getting 4GB now will save from having to get another 2GB down the road. Running 2x2GB setup is better than 4x1GB setup... IMO.
Concur with getting 2 x 2 gig ram. (Get the DDR-800 (PC6400).
With the E6400 try for Bus = 400 (FSB=1600) and with the DDR2-800 that will be a 1::1 ratio. I had 4 x 1 gigs of ram, swithed to 2 x 2 Muskins and was able to lower my DDimm Voltage (slighty) but the biggy was that with 4 sticks I had to raise my (G)mch and FSB voltage by 0.1 V which I was able to back off by going with just 2 Sticks.
Been runing at 3.2 for about 2 1/2 yrs - no problem.
Concur on HSF. I am using the zalman 9500, but I got it a 1/2 price. It does an OK job but I think the other is better. My idle temps run mid to upper 30's and about 58 in summer (Keep house on the warm side to save on electric bill). During winter I avg 27 -> 30 Idle and 48 -> 50 Fully loaded. My idle is internet usage, Load is with either TAT or furmark (to load GPU)
the 2 x 2 choice seams good ( 1.8 -> 1.9 V) and a CL = 4. Looked at the web site and has about the best rating. (Have not used that brand, but may try when I eventually move up to DDR 3. Be a while as My E6400 does what I need.
The 5850 is gonna need one big ass case. Granted it's shorter than the 5870, but just looking at it I don't think it's by much . Anyway once the 5850 launches at the least it should push down prices of the 4890 and the GTX 275