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Hey all,

This is largely copy and pasted from the Intel Motherboards section, as I originally had a question about which motherboard to get, but given that it does list my initial ideas for the build I'm trying to put together with a $2000 - $2250 price range, I wanted to posted it here per CyberDruid's suggestion to get some feeback on it, and whether or not I'm spending the money on the best possible solution for what I want, etc. To help you a bit, I suppose I should tell you what I want to do with my rig, and what I've already decided on:

I want to have an all around solid computer that can handle most any game I want to toss at it. Music production, etc. could also be a feature I decide to get involved with, so a good soundcard is probably a smart investment.

In terms of what I've already decided on when it comes to parts:

*Q6600 from TankGuys (the G0 or whatever it is) once the price drops.
*Lian Li V1000 case.
*A RAID 0 array using either the Seagate 7200.10s, or even better, the 7200.11s (any idea when those are coming out?) or the new WDs that just got a fantastic review at Tom's Hardware, along with a 500GB storage drive.
*4 GIGs of RAM, not sure which kind.
*I'm a bit hesitant to shell out for the 8800GTX as the NVIDIA 9 series should be coming down the pipe in Q4 of this year, so maybe a 8800GTS 320MB to hold me over until then.
*Tuniq Tower or Thermaltake 120 Ultra
*750W PSU (PC Power & Cooling / Silverstone / Enermax). Maybe 650W if 750 is overkill?
*Samsung Syncmaster 226BW 22" LCD (already own this, don't factor it in with total price)
*Saitek Eclipse II keyboard.
*Logitech 518 gaming mouse.
*Pioneer DVD burner.
*Soundcard - still unsure.

I do plan on overclocking, but don't need to push it hard as 1) I've never done it before so don't know how and 2) really don't want to burn out my stuff.

Obviously, the big missing piece is the motherboard. Still not sure about it. 650i, 680i, P35, X38? All a bit confusing. From what I understand, 650i or 680i if I want to SLI, otherwise the P35 is a better OCing platform. As for X38, lots of speculation, but not enough solid info, so perhaps not worth waiting for? SLI could be nice, but the way I see it, one 8800 series, or certainly one of the new 9 series, is way more than enough, especially since my monitor won't go past 1600 by 1080 I think it is. Am I wrong about this? Is SLI a must have for a system that wants to be able to game well for a few years at the very least?

Any opinions on good motherboards for this system? Any comments on the build so far? Any glaring mess ups / omissions?

Thanks.
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1.) 750W PSU is probably overkill, get a good manufacturer like Antec or BFG and OCZ
2.) Get RAM with D9 Micron Chips ((G.skill HZ's//Crucial Ballistix//Cell Shock//Team Xtreem))
3.) 8800GTX is a great buy IMO since the 8900's will probably cost more than the 8800Ultra's do
4.) Q6600 is a good choice
5.) For a soundcard I would say get the Soundblaster X-Fi Xtreme Gamer for $99, I love mine
6.) I hear the Logitech 518's are good but I love my 2000DPi Razer
7.) Get either a Tuniq Tower or Zalman CNPS9700
8.) Either buy the P35 now or wait for the X38. DO NOT buy 650i/680i
9.) 8800's in SLi is complete overkill in my opinion, the logic behind this is that GPUs process a lot faster than CPUs...that being said CPUs will always bottleneck your GPU and not that other way around

If you need anymore advice feel free to ask
    
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74GB 10,000RPM Raptor SATA LG DVD-ROM Windows XP SP2 22'' Samsung 2ms 3000:1 Widescreen 
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1.) 750W PSU is probably overkill, get a good manufacturer like Antec or BFG and OCZ
750W may be overkill but the PCP&C Silencer 610W (which is capable of running two 8800 GTX in SLI) will be a much better choice (and brand) than those three other.

Tuniq Tower 120 is by far the best air-cooling for C2Ds IMO.

And for a Quad-Core, go for a P35, best overclocking chipset for the Qs.
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And for a Quad-Core, go for a P35, best overclocking chipset for the Qs.
Any suggestions on the best P35 board for the job? I've been leaning toward the Gigabyte with both DDR2 & DDR3 support. Any other suggestions?
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Well, DDR3 is not going to be great till a year or two from now. So, by then you'd probably want a better board or whole set up.

But the GIGABYTE is a good board based on what it seems, because the ASUS P5K-Deluxe is the one that's getting the great reviews, so that's what I'd highly suggest.
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