Case: You've got a good one, though I would prefer an aluminum case. Normally, I would suggest a full ATX tower case, but since you're not into heavy gaming nor using huge graphics cards, it would be largely unnecessary. A good alternate aluminum case is the Thermaltake Tsunami VA3000SWA
. It's about the same price.
CPU: Are you really sure you want that? There are other quad core processors around that work just as good as the Q6600 for less. The AMD Phenom 9850 Black Edition
(That means it can be more easily overclocked) has the same number of cores and clock speed, just costs $40 less. Since you're not a heavy gamer, the differences between AMD and Intel processors in terms of speed is minor.
Motherboard: EVGA makes excellent motherboards following NVidia specs and yours is no exception. If you do decide to go AMD, the MSI K9N2 SLI Platinum AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA nForce 750a SLI
is a good choice.
RAM: That's good memory, but be aware that the top part of the RAM sticks can obstruct the CPU cooler. DDR2-1066 can be used by the Intel board you selected and by the AMD board I chose. The OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066
does not have the issue the Reaper sticks do, costs less, and is just as good.
Video Card: Great for light gaming and general use.
Cooler: Another good choice. If you go with AMD, Arctic Cooling makes a cooler for their processors as well, the ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 64 Pro
. If you want one that is quieter and moves more air, the XIGMATEK HDT-S963 92mm Rifle CPU Cooler
is a better choice. The XIGMATEK works for both Intel and AMD processors, but it is quite large.
PSU: That's an excellent PSU, I have one myself.
Hard Drive: Good drive, for $15 more you can get double the space and cache with the Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB
Burner: That should do.
OS: You will not be able to use all 4GB of RAM without going to a 64-bit operating system. XP 64-bit blows with poor software and hardware compatibility. Vista Home Premium 64-bit is a better choice. If you go with Vista, add $100 to the total price. If you stay with a 32-bit OS, you will be limited to 3-3.5GB of RAM usable by Windows.
Cost, with the different case, AMD processor, AMD motherboard, AMD Arctic Freezer cooler, new RAM, and hard drive is $853. Rebates on mine reduce the price by $110, giving you a pre-shipping cost of $743. Note that with my configuration, you're only paying shipping on the case and motherboard. (The PC you configured costs $893.52 before shipping and rebates)
Edited by DJBPace07, 31 December 2008 - 10:12 PM.