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Im a student finishing up my CCNA certification, after that i should have a nice job. This will be in 2 months. I figured i would get a head start. I was thinking of spending around $1000. I have a nice monitor, graphics card (EVGA GeForce 8800GTS 640MB), and maybe 3 hard drives(im sure 1 works).

In the end, i picked out some parts let me know what you think. This will be for mainly games.

Intel Q9450 Quad Core 2.66GHz $340
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115042

EVGA 780i Intel Motherboard - Retail $240
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813188024

Crucial Ballistix 4GB 2X(2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820146565

Tuniq Tower 120 P4 & K8 CPU Cooler - $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835154001

OCZ GameXStream 700W Power Supply $130
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817341002

Total with shipping $882.67
Total in Mail in rebates -105.00
Total =778.67


What will be the bottleneck? Im thinking about putting another graphics card and usin the SLI. Anything to be wary of by doing this?


EVGA GeForce 8800GTS 640MB - $205 - $35 MIR = 170
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130317
Edited by Mrzev - 6/12/08 at 12:23am
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Just my 2cents but given that your waiting to get your parts the mobo has got to be your most important starting point. Why not cut out the tuniq and save a little more for a 790i like the Striker II. In the long run it would probably make you happier. The Q9450 is good but don't rule out the xeon equivalent (3110 I think).
    
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Also on your graphics I would forget sli and save for a newer gpu like a 9800gtx. Your card is good but again your starting fresh and the money might be better put towards newer architecture. Also don't fear DDR3 prices are really coming down. Check out pricing on 2x1gb kits rated at 1600. Even the 1333 kits are dropping to low $100 and some can overclock to 1600 no problem.
    
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