Originally Posted by Robilar
The E6600 is excellent. You should be able to get 3.5 to 3.6 Ghz easily on this board with air cooling...
Wow perfect! That's exactly what I need to hear! My plan is indeed to go to two 8800s down the line. I want to get a machine that I can basically put together and keep stock for now, as long as it plays STALKER and OBLIVION with no trouble on max'd settings. Gaming is my only thing, that's the only purpose of this box besides minor office stuff and web surfing.
So I want something I can run for now, and then start OC'ing and adding onto it later as the games become more demanding. I have an Antec Titan 550 case still (roomy!), and lots of good fans, as well as two WD Raptors in raid 0. So with the adjustments you suggested, I should be looking at a nice setup!
I plan on doing the NB/SB cooling solutions like you have right off the bat, as well as the a CPU cooler (you suggest yours for an E6600?). I also have a portable air conditioner that I put right on the side of my last box, venting out the window (little custom job I rigged to keep my 7950s and AMD X2 +4400 cold) so I can use that to make it frosty inside.
The only thing I am unsure about still is the PSU. I have read so many reviews stating that 1Kw is almost required for dual 8800s, but I picked that one on egg b/c well, I'm cheap! But I will look at your suggestions and read some more reviews - no sense in wrecking the whole thing to save a few bucks.
EDIT: Can you use 2 PSUs? I always wondered that. Could you like use one just to plug in your video cards and the other for your mobo etc, Or does the main cable have to be attached to the mobo for it to work? I'm a dolt I know, but I'm just good at killing digital monsters, not building boxes ;P
And lol on the memory, I took that OCZ out at the last second! Back in it goes
Any other suggestions you might have would be very welcome, and thanks again
for the help, it's awesome to get advice from someone that has tested it and knows!