About to buy - any last second advice


Feb 15, 2009
I'm ready to buy this system (probably late tonight) and just thought I'd run it by the experts here for opinions or places for possible modifications...

The system is for me and my wife and I haven't played a game on the PC since about 3 years ago when I quit WoW. I don't want to build a system that is crippled for games, but that isn't my #1 priority. We typically use it for things like video/photo editing. My wife will use it mainly to blog and read websites which anything I build should be fine for. I also use it for development projects using things like Visual Studio, MySQL, Apache, and other development tools.

Budget - Under $1000 is probably alright, but I'd like to stay as close to or under $900 as possible.

Here is what I've got right now - I'm completely torn on the CPU between the E8500 (Core 2 duo) and the Q6600 (Core 2 quad) - many recommendations online say go with the duo, but they're all aimed at gamers which isn't my primary purpose.

Antec P182 ($129.99)

WD Caviar 640GB/7200RPM ($74.99)

HIS 4850 ($169.99)

Corsair 650W PS ($99.99)

G.Skill 2x2GB DDR2 800 (PC6400) ($44.99)

Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P ($134.99)

Intel Q6600 ($194.99)

Xigmatec HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler ($36.99)

That price comes in at just under $900 before shipping ($886.92 exactly if I added correctly).

Again, my concern is mainly with a few things:

1) CPU - I figure since I'm more likely to have a lot of medium intense apps running than I am to have a single highly intense app running, the quad is better, but I'm not sure.

2) Case - I want a case that is roomy enough to support the Xigmatec and that gets good airflow without collecting too much dust (which is the complaint I've read on some of the cooler master cases)

Thanks for any help you guys can offer.
Unless your going to do some serious overclocking, there is no need for that Xigmatek. And if you are going to overclock, then get the Gkill Black for $10 more so that your ram will overclock along with your cpu. Also that Xigmatek is needs the retention bracket for obvious reasons.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233019 $8.49 Free Shipping*
XIGMATEK ACK-I7751 Retention Bracket - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186020 $6.99
ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 Thermal Compound - Retail

Cheaper alternative down below...it also should have that retention bracket.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233001 $24.99
XIGMATEK HDT-S963 92mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail

Down below is RAM with better timings, lower latency = better for overclocking.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231209 $54.99 Free Shipping*
G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

That case down below has mass room, and very good cooling. It's a steal at that price.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119137 $79.99
COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail


Feb 15, 2009
I may overclock - it isn't that I don't want to necessarily, just that I'm not hellbent on overclocking. If I can get my card to run stable and faster, then I've got no problem actually doing it.
One other thing...unless you you plan on going with dual vid cards in the future, you can get a cheaper motherboard. Same with the PSU you chose. You can knock that down to a 450w - 550w Corsair.

Gigabyte has three great P45 boards that are set up for one vid card, and they are all around $100.

Also this card down below is a steal at that price and it has great cooling.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127401 $159.99 ($129.99 after $30.00 Mail-In Rebate)
MSI R4850-512M OC Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail