Posted 22 November 2005 - 08:41 AM
That price is OK for what you're getting, but the processor is kind of a weak point. If you know what you're doing and are willing to invest in some aftermarket cooling and can get it installed safely and properly yourself, you can move up to a 3200+ CPU and overclock it quite a lot. On the other hand, if you want to run stock cooling and not bother messing around inside your machine, just get a 3500+ processor. After you figure in the price of cooling accessories, peace of mind and the value of your time, it usually makes sense to just get the higher end processor.
As for an X2 dual core processor, the first thing to do is to ask yourself "why do I need one?" Do you spend a lot of time doing video encoding/decoding? Do you background tasks constantly while you play games? You can build a nice 3800+ X2 system for around $1500 (no OS), but you have to know how to build a PC, and you should also have a need. The vast, vast majority of people do not need the extra core offered by X2 and would be better served by a cheaper, faster single core processor. Don't get stuff just because you think it's cool or you'll end up kicking yourself for wasting money later on.
The video card could use work too... 6600 is OK, but you can check reviews of the 6600 vs. the 6600 GT and see if the difference is worthwhile to you. If you're going to get an Nvidia card, you want to make sure that it's SLI compatible, even if you aren't going to use it in SLI mode right away. Speaking of which, it sounds like you're putting together a machine to be used mainly for gaming and that you mainly play shooters, which makes you a candidate for an SLI capable board. MSI's SLI board is pretty nice and will let you add another vid card later on if you decide to go that way.