I've been looking to buy a new gaming PC for Christmas, and have been researching the parts for the past few months. I will be gaming quite a bit on it, using it for college, etc. Will these parts be compatible? I figure this build should last me a while if so.
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600
Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops
Motherboard: ASUS P5Q Deluxe
Newegg.com - ASUS P5Q Deluxe LGA 775 Intel P45 Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling S75QB 750W
Newegg.com - PC Power & Cooling S75QB 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI NVIDIA SLI Certified (Dual 8800 GTX and below) CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies
Video Card: Dual Radeon HD 4870s in Crossfire mode
Newegg.com - ASUS EAH4870/HTDI/512M/A Radeon HD 4870 512MB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
Memory: OCZ Reaper HPC 4GB DDR2 1066
Newegg.com - OCZ Reaper HPC 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory
Hard Drive: Seagate 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache
Newegg.com - Seagate ST3640323AS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives
Case: Antec 1200
Newegg.com - Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases
Questions: I have a tentative plan to overclock my Q6600 to 3.0 GHz. As far as I know, the Q6600 is quite overclockable, and the P5Q Deluxe will be fit for the processor overclock as well. Is this correct?
The FSB for the P5Q Deluxe is 1600/1333MHz, while the FSB for the Q6600 is 1066 MHz. Does this matter? Will it simply take a minor adjustment, or should I look for another mobo with the same FSB as my processor?
Is a 750 watt PSU enough for my system? I read in a forum that 750 watts was more than enough for a build that was relatively similar to mine.
Are 2 HD4870s in Crossfire a bit overboard? If the monitor matters, I will probably be using a Samsung Syncmaster 152T, which I just measured with a ruler, and is only 12 inches across. I want to play at the highest resolutions possible though (Oblivion, F.E.A.R., Crysis, Half-Life 2, WoW); I'm pretty sure 2 HD4870s will be able to tackle it. I shouldn't go for one 1GB HD4870, GTX 280, or one of those GTX 260 core 216 cards should I?
-Sorry to throw this into the mix, but I'm considering a new monitor:
Newegg.com - Acer X203Wbd Black 20" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 2500:1 ACM - LCD Monitors
- Will 2 4870s still be able to play games at high settings with this 20 inch widescreen?
I think the Antec 1200 is my best candidate for an optimum cooling, fairly roomy case. 6 fans, plus two spaces more for optional fans (CPU and GPU I think) which I plan to fill with 2 Newegg.com - Scythe S-FLEX SFF21F 120mm Case Fan - Case Fans
. Am I missing something, or would this be a good case (shouldn't reconsider for a NZXT Tempest or Zero)?