Was looking for rig idea to be built around this mobo and cpu. I have a monitor, keyboard, and mouse but would need a cooler and the rest. As far as gaming I would mainly use it for sc2 and would like to play at 1920x1080 but could go down to a lower res if needed.
well since its an nVidia chipset board and SLI capable
I'd add a GTX 460
a samsung F3 500 gig hard drive
and a 600 watt psu
and either 2 or 4 gig of 1066 MHz DDR2 depending on which OS you are going to run
plus a cost effective cooler . A scythe Mugen maybe . Read a few reviews , maybe you can do better for the money
I still like the antec 300 as the best budget case
Is your monitor actually 1920 x 1080? The gtx 460 should handle most games at reasonable settings . And if it doesnt you can add a second one later on .
With the cpu overclocked it will still be a very competitive pc
For the operating system I could put either windows 7 32 or 64 bit on it. I would probably go with 4 gigs of ram about was wondering how big of a difference ddr2 800mhz would makes.
I been eying the gtx 460 and it seems to be a very good card but wouldn't sling them bottleneck my cpu. I dont have much experience overclocking even though I heard very good things about the e8400 as far as OC's. Also if the cpu can effectively run them in sli woudn't I need a better power supply like 750watts?
The monitor I have is actually as 24'' westinghouse lcd which as a resolution of 1920x1200. It doesn't have a dvi input which is weird but it is a little old plus I can just pick up a dvi>hdmi cable.