~600 Dollar Upgrade.

videsh

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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Sometime this week, early next week(monday) BUDGET RANGE: 500-600 USD

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Most Important: Gaming -> Watching Movies (through Tversity) -> Surfing the internet.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, HDDs, power supply (750w Xclio), video card (8800gt g92), sound card (xfi xtrememusic), and case.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: www.newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: I hear Intel is still king so I'd like a system built around that.

OVERCLOCKING: Yes / No / Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No SLI, might OC.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680*1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Trying to future proof a little bit. This system was currently built in '05 (old socket 939 amd x2) I'm going to be using XP Pro 32bit until Windows 7 comes out then I'll make the switch to 64bit. I usually just play WoW, CoD4, TF2, and L4D.


Currently I have selected the cpu I would like:
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor - OEM

Also the cooler:
ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler - Retail



So basically I need a motherboard and some ram (pref 4gb~) which I'm lost on.

Thanks in advance.
 

xthekidx

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Intel is still king in terms of performance, but AMD is king in terms of bang for your buck, and since you aren't looking at getting the high end processors, you should really look to AMD. The AMD Phenom II 940 is a much better processor than the Q6600 and its cheaper, and it overclocks higher. I would only say go intel if you already had an intel MB or if you were looking to go i7, or perhaps building a cheap system you wanted to OC really high, in which case the E5200 is an excellent value.

A 2005 Xclio PSU needs to be replaced IMO, its not a great PSU to begin with and PSU's age. For a 8800GT, you would be fine with a Corsair 550VX.

I would go for this combo deal: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.190732

This ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231241

This DVD drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136153

Cooler: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835207004&Tpk=cctf

PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341010

HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319&Tpk=wd6401aals

If you don't play any new games, then the 8800GT will be fine, but if you wanna play crysis or something like that consider something more powerful:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125279

Without the GPU, its a little under $550 including shipping and before rebates.