New Quad Core system


Mar 10, 2008
I'm currently building a new pc but i've been away from the computer market for a while and I don't know about incompatibility issues.

These are the componenets I have so far

Intel Quad Core 2.4ghz
4GB Corsair 800mhz DDR2 (2 modules)
Seasonic 650W powersupply (Is 650W enough? What recommended PSU for CPU used?)
2 Philips 20x DVD-RW
Any 8600GT card (Any recommendation?)
Zalman 9500 fan cooler
Logitech corded mouse/keyboard
Viewsonic 19" LCD
Western Digital Raptor 150GB
Western Digital 500GB 7200rpm SATA 16mb cache
Internal 3.5" card reader (Any recommendation?)
Vista Ultimate 64-bit
Asus Motherboard (Any recommendation? I currently have selected P5k-E) Something around $150-200ish



Mar 10, 2008
This is not a "gaming" pc. It is basically for some Hidef DVD playing, some video recording... I just consider something in the "mid-level".

The budget is max 2000. But ideally something around $1500. I just worry about motherboard, PSU, and DVD-RW. Dunno what is the best MB for a quad core.


Jan 21, 2008
GIGABYTE P35 DS3L, MSI Neo2 FR, Abit IP35 Pro, Asus P5K-E. there are four...

i would reccomend going with ATI because they do better in the way of multimedia / video recording / HD stuffses...


Okay here's a build that I put up on several posts, so you can decide if this will work for you. It's a good solid build that will game real well, but also do just about anything you throw at it. The prices have changed a bit, so beware, but the prices are pretty close.

Okay here it goes. This will give you plenty of power for now and give you good GPU power for the $.

CPU - $255
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Quad-Core Processor 2.4GHz, 1066FSB, LGA775, 8MB cache Retail ***Free Shipping*** [...] Code=80864

Mobo - $98 - $30 MIR = $68!! One of the best budget p35 mobo's out there.
ABIT IP35-E LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail [...] 6813127031

GPU - $277 - $30 MIR = $307!! You can upgrade within 90 days using the "Step Up" program, if you want to get the latest GPU. Limited Lifetime Warranty!
EVGA 512-P3-N841-AR GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail [...] 6814130325

PSU - $130 - $20 MIR = $110!!! One of the best PSU's you can get in this price range. Has plenty of connections for your upgrade needs! Has 5 yr. warranty too!
CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX ATX12V / EPS12V 650W Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CE, CB, TUV, FCC, CCC - Retail [...] 6817139005

Memory - $107 - $15 MIR = $92!! Cheap and fast CAS 4 DDR2. Allows you to upgrade to 8gb's later, if you like.
Patriot Viper 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail [...] 6820220293

HD - $100!! You'll enjoy the extra space. If you need more, just buy more now or just buy another HD later.
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM [...] 6822136073

DVD Burner - $29 shipped!! This is the retail version, so you can view/burn DVD's, because the software is included!
PHILIPS 2-Tone 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 20X DVD±R DVD Burner - Retail [...] 6827248008

Case - $57 shipped! One of the better budget cases out there. Currently there aren't any really good steals, so this is what I found. I'd go for a Antec 900 or Cooler Master 690 case, if they were on sale. They usually are around $60-70 when they are on sale, so consider those when they hit the sales rack!
COOLER MASTER CAC-T05-UB Centurion 5 Mid Tower Case (Blue) Retail [...] ode=141783

Total ~$1,038 - $95 MIR's = $943!!! Not bad for under $1k. You can obviously find better deals if you go hunting for them, but these are from reputable online vendors, so take that into consideration. Newegg seems to have the best customer service, but doesn't always have a good price on things, so shop around before you purchase.


Feb 22, 2008
With 1500$ you can build decent gaming rig :)

Agree with amd_fanboi for ATi :)

But if you want for Hidefplaying (do you mean HTPC?), I would prefer go with ATi/AMD setup: GA-780 is the way to go :) It's low power consuming, versatile HTPC build (w/ Hybrid crossfire options), and low noise.

I would prefer using standard fan instead of additional noisy fan for HTPC build.

Wait a sec here, I just read you already got Q core 2.4GHz (it's Q6600?). Well in this case I agree with amd_fanboi: Gigabyte/Asus/Abit is the way to go. Get any ATi 3xxx video card, depend on your favor :) 3450 will fit your need, if you don't want any game ..

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