Hey guys, first time PC builder here, looking to use some parts from my currently broken Dell XPS 420 to build a new PC.
I'm hoping to get some more years from the parts I will be salvaging before I move on to an entirely brand new PC.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Next 2 weeks
BUDGET RANGE: $500 - $800 Before or After Rebates is OK
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Occasional Web Design, Web Surfing
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor and various parts from my XPS 420:
---1. Processor (Q6600)
---2. Memory (4GB DDR2 800)
---3. Optical Drive
---4. HDD (Already have 2 SATA drives but I may buy an third)
---5. OS (Windows 7 Pro x64, not the original OS installed on the Dell)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States
PARTS PREFERENCES: No preference, best quality for the price
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe (since I've read a lot about the overclock ability of the Q6600 but could never do it with the Dell)
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe (looking into the possibility of running 2 8800GT's but I need a proper cooling solution for that)
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: None. Looking for a long lasting power supply but unsure of how much wattage I should go for. I'm also looking to run the majority of games at max settings under 1680x1050 so any recommendations on video cards would be appreciated. I currently have a 512mb 8800GT from the Dell XPS that I plan to use. Also looking for some recommendations for aftermarket coolers for both processors and video cards.
Ah thank you for reminding me that I was also looking for some suggestions on some aftermarket coolers for both the processor and the video card that I currently own. I do indeed plan to get some Arctic Silver since that seems to be the norm for a lot of people building PCs. Woops just realized the rebate for the 750 expired yesterday. It still looks like a good one though I'm not sure if I'll be needing the extra wattage for a single video card. Though I would guess running 2 cards in SLI or Crossfire would require it.
On a side note, would a case fan on the Antec 300 intrude on the PCI-E x16 slot on most motherboards that fit into the case?
So I think for sure I will be going with the Corsair 750W PSU and since there is an Antec 900 case for only about $10 more it looks to be a solid choice over the 300, at least based on the number of reviews and the rating at Newegg.
I looked around at some CPU fans and came across the ZALMAN 9500A and while it looks like it does its job well I am a little worried about the spacing in a case since I also plan to buy a heatsink for my video card.
In terms of the motherboard, I've read some reviews about the ASUSP5N-D board and how the nForce boards tend to get a little hotter then most, can anyone confirm that?
The 9500 will fit fine depending on the motherboard you go with. There are a lot of good cpu cooler choices that will do a fine job. Ill try to get back later and post u some if no one else does it 1st...