Well Ive finished building a computer for a friend. It was the first time Ive built a computer with 100% new parts. The specs are as follows:
E6600 with Zalman cooler
P5B delux Motherboard
2 gig Corsair ram
Silverstone modular 600w power supply
Thermaltake Armor case
Samsung Light scribe DVD drive
2 Western digital 250g drives
The build went pretty good, I had a lot of trouble getting the Zalman cooler mounted on the CPU. Im still not sure if its on 100% right, but the idle CPU temps are around 34-36C on stock speeds. The graphics card was running at a high 74C but after cleaning up the cables in the case it dropped to about 61C, according the Everest. We ran 3dmark 06 and scored a relatively low 9880. But this is stock everything and we havent messed with any settings, pretty much loaded windows and ran 3dmark. I think the ram is still running at 5 5 5 18 which I need to fix as well.
I like the motherboard a lot. The wireless LAN that comes with it is great and the magnetic bottom sticks right on the Armor case. One problem I ran into is that I could never get the raid to work. We tried forever but it wouldnt work. We ended up just loading the OS onto one drive and using the other for storage though I havent figured out how to format the second drive in windows yet. It recognizes it in device manager but not any place else.
One thing to watch out for is that the power supply I chose is so big that it interferes with the optional fan that came with the Armor case. I want to try and mount the fan above the front LED fan, but I havent really tried yet, I hope it goes well.
Overall Im satisfied with the parts and performance of this computer. All the parts were ordered from newegg and no DOA as far as I know. Though I havent messed with the ram timings yet so they might be messed. Thanks to everyone who gave me input on the build when it was still in concept. Have a good Christmas everyone.
I might post some pics a little later.