Originally Posted by Cr4zYH3aD
CPU: The new dual E8400 beats the Q9300, which is good. and the Q9300 beat the Q6600. You might want an E8400
mobo: 780i SLI, 790i, Blood-Iron, and finally gigabytes are your choices
Ram: Patriot, G.Skill, Ballistix, Ballistix Tracer, etc are all good. You might want to look for 800 or 1066 if your board supports it.. lowest timing for 1066 is 5-5-5-15. Mhz are better than timing, 1066 mhz 5-5-5-15 is better than 800 mhz 4-4-4-12
GPU: BFG/eVGA/XFX 8800 GT, then overclock. If you want stock o/ced, you can choose eVGA superclocked, ssc crysis, XFX alpha dog, or BFG OC2
PSU: If the mobo supports quad-core, take it into consideration. But if youll change it in like 5 years, then stay with a good and less expensive PSU, 450-550 watts, preferably 700 to insure that youll have enough. But 550 is good.
Fan: OCZ Vendetta 2 is the best for 2008. Get some OCZ Thermal paste, or the good old-school Arctic Silver 5
Apparently the e3110 IS the e8400. I consider them interchangeable, I will go with what is cheaper. I will go up to a quad in the future perhaps a few years.
Yes, i was stuck on p35, but my search has widened. I am not stuck on 2 true x16s, but wouldn't mind 2 x16 slots (running at x8 is fine) in case I want to buy another 8800gt in a few years as a cheap upgrade.
Some of the boards don't have 'native' 1066. I don't think it is so important? I plan on touching these timings as I OC. If i find a board with what i want but only 800mhz, I won't shy from it over that issue.
I will be OCing myself. I like the vanilla eVGA I picked out because of the price.
Most likely I will not be going over 550-600W.
For sure on the paste, I know about that. I stayed away from the $50 fans because of the price, also this chip is a pretty cool one, and was thinking of messing with stock fan for a while before I upgrade. When I do upgrade it makes sense to go with a good one like this (even thought the one I picked is very well reviewed). I am taking the fan off my list of want tight now, but will keep note of the OCZ Vendetta 2.