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Hi,

Objective... oc quad 6600 left the voltage on default, and raised my FSB to 333, for 3.0GHz.

Budget ... under $1000 Cad

os = winxp sp3 and vista premium dual boot [have already]

Use for mostly video editing, dvd encoding but some minimal gaming.
not going to SLI/Crossfire , not raiding

Please check if my configure will work together or recommend me others better parts.


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cpu -- Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Quad Core Processor LGA775 Kentsfield 2.40GHZ 1066FSB 8MB oem


video -- EVGA E-GEFORCE 8800GT 600MHZ 512MB 1.8GHZ DDR3 PCI-E Dual DVI-I HDTV Out Video Card


motherboard -- ASUS P5Q ATX LGA775 P45 DDR2 PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 3PCI SATA2 Sound GBLAN 1394 Motherboard (support 1200/1066/800/667 MHz)


ram -- Mushkin XP PC2-8000 Redline 4GB 2X2GB DDR2-1000 CL5-5-5-12 240PIN Dual Channel Memory Kit
-- I am really confuse about chooing the correct DDR2 ram please double check or suggest better ones.


psu -- Corsair HX520 CMPSU-520HX 520W ATX Triple 12V 40A Continuous 24PIN ATX Modular 120MM Power Supply
-- do i have adequate psu wattage ? If it is over can i go for a lower wattage?


hd -- Western Digital SE16 500GB SATA2 7200RPM 16MB Cache 8.9MS NCQ Hard Drive


case -- please suggest very confuse with will fit the cpu heatsink and fan


cpu cooler -- Xigmatek HDT-S1283 Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 LGA775 S754 S939 S940 W 120MM PWM Fan
-- will replace the stock fan with Scythe S-FLEX SFF21F 120MM Cooling Fan 1600RPM 28.0DBA 63.7CFM FDB since higher rpm
-- do i still need to purchase thermal paste for Direct Touch 3 Heatpipe Heatsink ?
-- is Arctic Cooling MX-2 Thermal Compound Paste NON-ELECTRICAL Conductive 4 Gram ok ?


dvd -- LG G-H20NS10 Black DVD+RW 20X8X16 DVD-RW 20X6X16 INT SATA OEM DVD Writer
post #2 of 3
cool, looks good so far, I would go with a little higher wattage PSU just to leave you a bit more headroom, Modular psu from what I understand are less efficient due to extra resistance from all the connectors but that was just something I read some where, no biggie. If your going with a q6600 get an oem processor instead of retail, they are cheaper, only difference is that it doesnt come with a stock HSF, since you are buying an aftermarket one you wont need it. saves you like 30 or 40 us dollars, your ram speed isnt too crucial because at 333mhz you cant really find a ram in ddr2 to match your bus speed, you can either underclock to 667, buy 667 or go with a different ratio and just get some really good quality ram, I have Mushkin ddr2-6400 ram, more sufficient for me because I underclock mine to 667, but its cheap too, only 42 for 2 gigs so around 100 for 4. I see that your unsure on a case for your rig, just about any mid-tower or Full-tower should accomidate your setup, I would go with a full tower if you dont care about wieght simply because you have more room for everything, and you wont run into any dimentional problems, but a mid will work too. other than that looks like your within your budget and ready for a pretty sweet system. :
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Eh, no, stay with that PSU, they are very nice, and you don't need headroom if you're not raiding or CF/SLI'ing, and I wouldn't really consider it overkill. The modular attribute does nothing to jeopardize the output, don't worry about it. And are we talking about serious video editing, where attention to detail is crucial, or what? If so, the 8800GT's are slowly becoming obsolete, you might want a Radeon 4850 for that (tons of shaders, only $200). But yeah, for your quad, get the OEM, the stock coolers are worthless. For the case, just make sure it has AT LEAST one fan for pulling air in and another for pushing it out. If it were up to me, I'd just find one with good airflow. Uh, it's not that big of a deal to find DDR2 RAM. Basically the 667/800/1066 etc. is the speed in MHz, and then that number multiplies to give you its relative value compared to other kits. RAM also has timings, so yours is 5-5-5-15, which is basically how fast the RAM talks to itself, lower numbers are better (5-5-5-15 is pretty much the standard for DDR2 memory).
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Seagate 250GB Sony and TSST Windows XP (SP2) Acer H213H (21.5", 1080p) 
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Logitech G15 Corsair TX750W NZXT Tempest Logitech G5 
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