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Old September 18, 2011, 03:28 AM
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Default New build - Q6600 REvival

Hi all. I recently just upgraded PC's from an old pre built store bought HP computer with an intel Q6600 processor to a home built i5 sandy bridge setup. I was originally going to give my old computer to my brother's kids but I decided I want to rebuild it and "spruce it up" a bit. The processor is still pretty good and the machine used to run Starcraft 2(practically the only game I play) on High graphic settings. I did some pricing and it will be only roughly 250 bucks to get it in tip top shape. I could get away with using the old ram but it only has 3gb which I figure could definitely be improved. I could also get away with using the old case but it is so cramped and such a horrible design I don't ever want to touch it again. Plus the new one looks cooler and has LED's. :P So here's the info so far.

1. What YOUR PC will be used for. That means what types of tasks you'll be performing.
Gaming, web browsing, forum posting.

2. What YOUR budget is.
$ 300

3. What country YOU will be buying YOUR parts from.
Canada or USA

4. IF YOU have a brand preference.
I have come to really like Corsair.

5. If YOU intend on using any of YOUR current parts, and if so, what those parts are.
CPU- intel Q6600
GPU- Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 1gb GDDR5
HDD- 650gb Random thing that came with the old PC
Optical Drive - Samsung DVD Burner again dunno

6. IF YOU have searched and/or read similar threads.

7. IF YOU plan on overclocking or run the system at default speeds.
I would like to overclock.

8. WHEN do you plan to build it?
In the next weed or 2

9. What resolution do you use?
1920 x 1080

So here is a list of the parts. The main thing I am questioning here is the memory. Not sure if it is the correct memory to use. The mobo says "DDR3 800/1066/1333 (OC)" but the processor says "FSB Speed 1066 Mhz". Would getting 1333mhz memory be pointless? I am planning to try and overclock. Also what is the difference between DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600), DDR3 1333 (PC3 10660), DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) and are they all compatible with that motherboard? or should I go with a 1066 speed of memory?

CPU: Intel Core™2 Quad Processor Q6600
(8M Cache, 2.40 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB)


Motherboard: MSI G41M-P34 LGA 775 Intel G41 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Memory: CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model CMX8GX3M2A1333C9

Is 8GB of ram overkill for this system?

GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 1GB GDDR5 PCI-E 2XDVI-I HDCP HDTV Out Video Card

Case & Power Supply: APEVIA X-QBOII X-QBOII-BK/500 Black SECC Steel MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply

Heat Sink: GELID Solutions Slim Silence 775 75mm Ball CPU Cooler

Thanks any help suggestions and input is greatly appreciated. :)
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