You do realize that you can get a less expensive and slightly more powerful motherboard and CPU combination with AMD? Remember, Intel has more cutting edge technology but is also more expensive. This is a concern if you're on a budget. The Corsair memory you chose in the first post will not work with that Intel motherboard. Also, in order to get maximum efficiency, you should use DDR3 memory with that GIGABYTE GA-EP45C-UD3R motherboard.AMD Motherboard and CPU CombinationASUS M3A78 Pro AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
- A solid motherboard, it mirrors the motherboard you chose for Intel but with AMD. This motherboard will also allow for socket AM3 processors and Phenom II processors when they are released this year. The first Phenom II processors will be arriving in about a week. $100
CPU: AMD Phenom 9850 BLACK EDITION 2.5GHz
- It's only 100MHz slower than the previous AMD. Unlike the Intel processor you chose, the Black Edition processors have unlocked multipliers making overclocking easier. $159
RAM: OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066
- The motherboard takes DDR2-1066 RAM, these will work well and they look cool with the platinum colored heatspreaders. $70 (Before $30 mail-in rebate)
Aftermarket Heatsink and Fan: ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 64 Pro
- If you plan on overclocking or simply want a cooler processor, this is the one. $29
If you insist on spending more with Intel, here is another suggested configuration.
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R LGA 775 Intel P45
- This is basically the same motherboard you chose, only without DDR3 support to save money. $119 (Before $15 mail-in rebate)
RAM: You can use the OCZ Platinum memory from the AMD setup with this.
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 2.33GHz
- This is one of the new 45nm Intel's. It is also considered a budget processor and will be the least costly of Intel's quad core's when the Q6600 is retired. The Q6600 is an older design that puts out more heat and is less efficient. $225
Aftermarket Heatsink and Fan: ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro
- Same as the AMD one, just for Intel. $26
You will also need a case, like this one: RAIDMAX Sirius ATX-701WS
or if you're into something a little less flashy, the LIAN LI PC-61
. Aluminum cases are usually the best. You'll also need a simple optical drive like a LITE-ON Combo
Edited by DJBPace07, 02 January 2009 - 04:35 AM.