Re: Is my build good?
not bad build, do up the memory to at least 4 gigs, the q6600 is a good choice, down the road as you do HD, you can put in a q9550 or 9650.
I am in the process of building a new gamming rig too, and let me suggest buying the video cards last. They change every 3 months just about, and prices always come down, so get your case and good power supply first, then mobo and memory, then optical drive, look at cooling fans and cabling schemes in the meantime, but make the video cards last.
you'll just save money goin that route. Think about an sli solution, I didn't refrence if your mobo has sli, but it is worth it for the added power.
your looking at ati for your solution right? make sure the mobo has crossfire and project to spend about 600 on two 300 dollar cards, when you are ready to buy.
sli is real easy to set up, but if you just want one good card thats not a bad choice either.
for the cpu, theres nothing wrong getting a core2quad. some feel it is not fully utilized yet, I don't know software and chip design well enough to say anything accurate about it.
but! for a dual core which your mobo will support, the core 2 duo is a proven solution with great performance and reduced cost. Right now the chip makers are pushing the quad cores so the recent dual cores are reduced in price to finish off shelf quantities.
and, you can always roll with that solution and upgrade when the quads come down in price. heck the q9550 core2quad is right about 300 bucks, thats not bad either. your call ultimately.
I have a brand new q6600 never used, I am debating gettin the q9550 instead since my new rig is still under construction.
so if you haven't bought your cpu yet give me a hollar I may sell mine at a reduced price cause I may very well not use it.
be patient and your timing and pricing will be right for good performance.