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Hey folks. I finally decided to switch to an Intel setup this time, as AMD's stuff seems pretty inferior even though I was a fan formerly. Here's my problem, I don't know JACK about Intel setups. I've read around and I've made a few conclusions but I need better advice.
I'm building this for gaming by the way.

1. I heard that the E8400 was a good processor for a price range of $175-$225, correct?

2. I'm also a big Nvidia fan, is the NForce 700 Chipset a good option for a mobo chipset?

3. After a build for a friend I fell in love with ASUS and ditched Giga-byte, but Intel's are a bit different so I'd like some mobo advice in the $200-$225 Range. I'm not into RAID setups or anything so that won't matter much.

4. Need a good cooling fan/sink combo recommendation for around $30-$50 (Not *as* picky about noise as heat, running 6 casefans currently)

5. Will a 500-600w Power supply suffice? 3 HDD's and 2 Burners, no SLI plans (until the future).

Your input is appreciated! Any additional info that I may be overlooking is as well, I haven't built a new system since the days of the Geforce 6800ultra release. Thanks alot!
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ok.......

cpu......E8400 is the daddy dualie at the mo but i would look at the E8190 much cheaper for the same specs almost.. providing u dont use VT software

mobo.... nvidia chipsets seem to be more trouble than they are worth
go ASUS & P35 there are plenty of cheap P5Ks about

cooling... grab an ARCTIC COOLER PRO 775 cheap as chips & great cooling ability

PSU.....500w should be fine depending on its quality, amperage & the video card u have
go 600w just to be safe .....i did

all this is superb for gaming

that should get u started
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1: Yes it is, although I wouldn't completely count out a quad-core chip like the Q6600 either. The E8400 will give you better performance right now and overclock better than the Q6600, but the Q6600 will likely have a bit more lasting power than the E8400.

2: The only reason to even consider an nForce chipset is if you want SLI, and to be quite honest, dual-GPU setups are generally a waste of money. If you game at a really high resolution (above 1600x1200) it's worth considering, but other than that, the hassles honestly aren't worth it in my opinion, especially given how much the nForce chipsets have gone downhill.

3: I'm a DFI fan myself, I'd recommend them. Gigabyte is a great company for a cheaper budget, ASUS has been slacking off on their mid-range offerings quite a bit recently. I probably wouldn't spend all that much on a motherboard though - the DFI LP DK P35-T2RS should be perfect for you.

4: Given your budget, I'd probably look into a Tuniq Tower 120, since it comes with its own fan already, and is a great fan right out of the box. There are better coolers on the market, but they're a bit more expensive, and some require you to provide your own fan. A lot of hype has been generated around the OCZ Vendetta 2 (and direct-heatpipe-touch technology in general), but I'd personally wait for a few more reviews before I jump on it.

5: Depends on the rail distribution, and what graphics card you're running. Power supplies have come a long way since the 6-series, and are easily one of the most overlooked and misunderstood components in any modern gaming rig. Watts don't mean squat - it's like looking at gigahertz on a processor an assuming that a 3.4GHz Pentium 4 will smoke the 3.0GHz E8400. That being said, a quality 450w-650w should be more than enough for any single-GPU gaming rig, even with three hard drives. Bear in mind that I said quality. I'd take a 380w Seasonic S12 II for a high-end single-GPU gaming rig over a 650w acrylic/UV reactive/LED encrusted Apevia unit.
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ok.......

mobo.... nvidia chipsets seem to be more trouble than they are worth
go ASUS & P35 there are plenty of cheap P5Ks about

Define Trouble? I can deal with tweaking. I do plan on going dual-GPU later so I'm thinking the Nvidia chipsets would be better? Am I wrong? And I'm not worried about the price of the processor (I can upgrade into quad in the future if I decide to).

Thanks for the replies folks!
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Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Corsair Force SSD / WD Storage LiteOn DVD_Rw Corsair H80 Windows 7 Home Prem 
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