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Hello everyone, this is my first time posting here but I've been reading the forums for quite some time now. I was wondering if you could help me out and critique the specs of the PC I'm buying within next week.

The specs are as follows:

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4 GHz
Asus P5K-E Wifi-AP (Crossfire Support)
Corsair Dominator 6400 Ram (2x1 Gig sticks)
Western Digital Caviar 16MB cache 7,200 RPM 250 Gig Harddrive
XFX GeForce 8800 GTX XXX Edition
Asus 18x DVDRW Lightscribe/Sata (Quick question - what is Lightscribe? )
Thermaltake Toughpower 750W Modular PSU
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Gamer Fatal1ty Pro Series Sound Card
CoolerMaster Stacker 832
CoolerMaster 120mm fan 44.73 CFM 19.1 dB(a) x 3

And I will probably be buying a Thermalright Ultra 120 eXtreme at a later date and overclock the Q6600 to 3.0 GHz - 3.2 GHz

Also, I've been considering switching the CM Stacker 832 with the Antec P182. I've heard good things about this case; decent cooling, very quiet (The main reason I am considering this case is because of how quiet it is), et cetera. However, I also know that the quad core CPU will generate a significant amount of heat. I'm wondering whether the P182 will be able to get cool air in and hot air out efficiently enough for the Q6600 to run stable at 3.0 GHz or 3.2 GHz without reaching outrageous temperatures. The ambient temperature in the room I will be keeping this computer in ranges from 22°C to around 28°C or 30°C. If it is of any significance in terms of heat, I do not leave my computer on 24/7. It is usually on for 6-12 hours a day.
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Looks solid except for the graphics card, I personally dont like buying pre-overclocked graphics cards as they charge a premium for something you could do yourself. However, if you dont want to fiddle with the clocks on your graphics card its a good buy as it is an overclocked card under warranty. Note though that the card's clocks could be pushed higher so you might as well get a normal 8800gtx and overclock that.
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Just asking, but why would you buy a motherboard with Crossfire support and then get an Nvidia video card?

Anywho, NICE setup ^_^
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Looks solid except for the graphics card, I personally dont like buying pre-overclocked graphics cards as they charge a premium for something you could do yourself. However, if you dont want to fiddle with the clocks on your graphics card its a good buy as it is an overclocked card under warranty. Note though that the card's clocks could be pushed higher so you might as well get a normal 8800gtx and overclock that.
Good point. I'll consider getting a regular GTX and just OC that =D.

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Just asking, but why would you buy a motherboard with Crossfire support and then get an Nvidia video card?

Anywho, NICE setup ^_^
I originally wanted an SLi motherboard, but I figured that I would probably never make use of SLi or Crossfire, so it doesn't really matter in the end. And don't all of the current Asus P5K motherboards support Crossfire over SLi?
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I originally wanted an SLi motherboard, but I figured that I would probably never make use of SLi or Crossfire, so it doesn't really matter in the end. And don't all of the current Asus P5K motherboards support Crossfire over SLi?
All those boards use intel chipsets and therefore support crossfire. If you want sli go for a nvidia 680i based mobo.
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I was glancing over your build again and I noticed what you said about the cases. Which cases you get really depends on what you are looking for. The 832 allows for some very extreme cooling, good for hardcore overclocking while the p182 is very well cooled but is more focused on noise reduction, it is also cheaper but I am guessing that price is not to much of a concern for you.
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I was glancing over your build again and I noticed what you said about the cases. Which cases you get really depends on what you are looking for. The 832 allows for some very extreme cooling, good for hardcore overclocking while the p182 is very well cooled but is more focused on noise reduction, it is also cheaper but I am guessing that price is not to much of a concern for you.
Thanks, I think I'm going to go with the Stacker.

One last question: What is the difference between the P5K Deluxe and the P5K-E? Is it just a difference in heatsinks?
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