Does this build make sense?

Hi all

I've come by some components and thought I'd make good use of them, so I'm trying to build a system with them. What I've got:

Mobo: ASUS P5E AI Lifestyle
CPU: Intel Core2 Quad Q6600
GFX: Nvidia Geforce 8800GT

To this I thought of adding:
Ram: 4 x 1GB DDR2 800MHZ DIMM
Case: NZXT Beta Classic Series
PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W
HD: 1.5TB Samsung SATA300 drive

I'm looking to make this a work box, capable of playing some games but not the newest/most demanding. I want stability and the possibility for installing some games from 1-2 years ago without getting disappointed. Will it support that? Am I missing something crucial? Any incompatibilities?

Thanks in advance!
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  1. What 1.5TB Samsung drive? For a boot drive the 500GB or 1TB Samsung F3 would be great. I havent seen a 1.5GB Samsung other than the eco green one, which is slow and not a good boot drive choice. Make sure its a 7200 RPM F3, not a 5400 RPM Eco Green model.

    Cpu cooler to allow overclock.
  2. as it is? the main thing I'd upgrade is the GPU to a GTX 460, as that 8800 is really at the end of its useful life. you wouldn't need a 600W PSU, a 450 is plenty.
  3. Thanks for the replies :) I'll consider a smaller boot drive or a different drive as the main. In terms of CPU cooler, it came with a fairly big chunk of metal to put on top of it, so I'm guessing I might be set for cooler/heatsink (again, going with the idea it's not a full-on gaming rig).
    As one of the parts I got was the 8800GT card I won't be exchanging that - but I'll take the point about the PSU and downsize it.

    Thanks again
  4. the stock cooler is fine if you don't plan to overclock
  5. ScrewySqrl said:
    the stock cooler is fine if you don't plan to overclock
    Its a Q6600. Of course you overclock it. ;)
  6. ScrewySqrl said:
    the stock cooler is fine if you don't plan to overclock

    I'm not entirely sure it's the stock cooler - it's about twice the size of the stock cooler that came with my newer work box (sporting an intel core i5).

    Yeah, I'm a builder newbie as you've probably guessed.

    Thanks for the help so far :)
  7. does it have a name on it?
  8. ScrewySqrl said:
    does it have a name on it?

    Not that I could see, supporting the idea of stock cooler. There's a fan to stick on top, Intel brand - I suppose the two go together and it is indeed a stock cooler.
  9. Like this?

  10. get a 2x2gb set of DDR2 if you can.. easier for the motherboard to make stable esp. if overclocking
  11. @dndhatcher: yup, that be the one.

    @aberchonbie: thanks, I'll have a look for 2x2 instead of the 4x1.

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