What's your price range? Also, you'll need a case to put the components into.
Motherboard: Good choice, a solid and inexpensive mobo supporting SLI.
Processor: If you go Quad, you will be futureproofing yourself more than if you went Duo. If you go quad, the Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200
or the Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300
would make good choices. If you want a dual core processor, the Intel Core 2 Duo E8500
is a nice processor.
Graphics: Almost all of NVidia's cards have SLI capabilities. At the expensive dual-GPU top-of-the-line end is the GeForce GTX 295
, which is essentially two GTX 280's SLI'd into one card. At the more reasonable end of the graphics card market is the GTX 280
. Going further down the performance line is the GTX 260
. Note that all of these are very long cards, you need at least 11 inches of space in your case to use them.
PSU: Unless you plan on running two GTX 295's in your case, a kilowatt power supply is overkill. A 750W power supply from a reputable manufacturer like Corsair would do fine. The CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W
would be a good choice. If you feel you must have an uber-powerful PSU, the CORSAIR CMPSU-1000HX 1000W
or the SILVERSTONE OP1000-E 1000W
would be the way to go.
RAM: According to your motherboard specs, you can take 8GB of DDR2-1066 sticks. Two OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB)
kits would get you there.
OS: There is really no reason to run XP with this PC unless you are using very old programs with no Vista compatibility, which is very rare. You will need a 64-bit operating system to use 4GB or more of RAM, Vista Home Premium 64-bit
should do nicely.
Edited by DJBPace07, 13 January 2009 - 04:24 PM.