Quad-core PC project - Parts list

Summary:OK, many of you have asked for a detailed parts list for the two quad-core systems that I'm building. Well, here it is ...

OK, many of you have asked for a detailed parts list for the two quad-core systems that I'm building.  Well, here it is:

  • Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 This is the newer 95W G0 stepping.
  • Asus Striker Extreme This has the NVIDIA 680i chipset and is packed with numerous cool features.  The downside is that it's not the easiest motherboard to set up.
  • 4 x 1GB Corsair XMS6400 DDR2 800MHz
  • ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT 256MB DDR4
  • Western Digital Raptor X It's only a 150GB drive, but it's 10,000 RPM and has an access time of 4.5ms.
  • Corsair HX520 PSU A system like this needs a decent quality PSU.  The 520W Corsair PSU is not only nice and stable but has some beautiful features such as modular cabling to keep things tidy.  If I was planning on going SLI/CrossFire I'd probably go for a bigger PSU, but for the configuration I'm planning, this is more than enough.
  • Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro I really don't like the stock coolers that come with Intel CPUs (of with AMD chips for that matter, but I haven't bought one of those in ages ...) so I replaced them with something better.

I'll tell you more about this system later ;-)

Topics: Intel, Hardware, Processors


Adrian Kingsley-Hughes is an internationally published technology author who has devoted over a decade to helping users get the most from technology -- whether that be by learning to program, building a PC from a pile of parts, or helping them get the most from their new MP3 player or digital camera.Adrian has authored/co-authored technic... Full Bio

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