All Right. So, if I go for the Q6700, I might as well ask for opinions on motherboards while I'm at it.
Anyone have any recommendations on a motherboard for it? Ricanflow asked for some opinions back in like early February for me (thanks
), but obviously that was almost 3 months ago, so there may be better ones out now. Preferably with 4 RAM Slots. No Integrated Video, and something that'd go along with overclocking? I'm sure I'll end up doing it. Knowing me, I'll do it the same day I get it, but that remains to be seen. It'll happen eventually. If not specific motherboards, then what chipsets should I look for, and what brands should I stay away from?
With my current configuration, I'd need at least one PCI Express slot (2 wouldn't hurt, although I don't see myself using SLI or Crossfire), and I'm currently using 2 PCI Slots, so I'd prefer at least 3, if not more, if possible.
I don't really want to spend more than 200$ for the board. I've had a lot of bad luck with my Current DFI Board. I don't know if it's DFI in general, or just this type of board, as I had to RMA it when I bought it because the Chipset fan didn't move, and then broke off, then after I got my replacement, about 6 months after I got it, the Video card sits right over the chipset fan, and apparently it worked its way in too far, and prevented the fan from moving on the chipset, and burned up the fan, so I had to replace the fan. It also only allows me to use like 1 brand of DDR RAM. Any others I've ever tried, it just won't boot with. Half the time, it won't even boot with the current OCZ RAM I have, if I take one stick out.
I'm willing to spend a between 150-200$ if it's a good board. I don't really want a Cheapy board, that might be iffy.
In all, I'll end up buying a new processor, motherboard, and RAM. I MAY get a new Case, but that remains to be seen.
Will my Antec TPP-550 Watt PSU be sufficient for basically this configuration:
Q6700 Possibly Overclocked to 3.5-3.6GHz at some point
2x2GB of RAM (4GB DDR2)
2-3 SATA Drives
2 IDE DVDRW Drives
Hauppauge TV Tuner (PVR)
Creative SBLive 24
Radeon X800GT PCIe
I'd want some flexibility there. Don't want to be almost maxing it out.
My Current Video card is a Radeon X800GT PCI Express. I got it in Late 05, and it's taken a lot of beatings. The Fan died on it without my knowledge, and the card half burned up. It makes this odd high pitched squeeling sound (From the Card itself, not the Fan), but only in intensive OPENGL Games. I don't really do any gaming, or anything Graphically intensive. I Just abuse the crap out of the rest of the machine, so I'll run like 60+ tabs in Firefox, and like 40 different programs at once.
So, I don't really have a need to get a new Video card Yet. I may do it sometime soon, but it's not necessary. It works for my current needs.
I don't have any way of testing how much power is currently being used.
Also, when I do get around to overclocking, at what point would need non-stock cooling? I plan on buying a non-stock cooler anyway, but just so I know.
Also, any opinions/recommendations on coolers? Obviously one that keeps it as cool as possible (For the most part, for air cooling), and not too loud.
Thanks for everyone's input thus far.