Quad-core PC project - Parts list

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

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  • Alternative Motherboards?

    The Asus Striker has a price of $300. Any alternative motherboards that you would use to keep the price down?
    • Yeah, lots!

      Yeah, there are lots of alternatives ... some that I like are:

      ASUS P5K
      EVGA 122-CK-NF66-T1
      MSI G33M-FI

      If you want to spend $300 but not on an Asus, there's always the ABIT IN9 32X-MAX.
      Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
  • Cheaper motherboard

    I never spend more than $100 on a motherboard. And, I usually get the same features (which are usually more than I or most others need) as a $300 motherboard. Since enthusiast computers are replaced every 1 to 2 years, it's just not worth it to over-spend on a motherboard.
  • Not even close !!! I a have a 2 by 4 on by desk

    any supercomputer discussion must start with a motherboard of at least 4 processors, and a few motherboards I have recently pricesd - one from Tyan is able to be expanded to eight processors. The base mother board has a price of 800 dollars and runs amd F-socket (1204) processors - none presently have four cores. I do not consider my dual processor - quad core 2 ghz with 1333 front bus * 8 gb using XP 64x - a super computer using. I built it - to edit and render video.
    coffee junky
  • RE: Cost of the items:

    Would have liked to have seem the prices posted. SHOW ME THE MONEY!
  • RE: Quad-core PC project - Parts list

    Vista or XP ???? The question or the rising UBUNTU?

    Let us know!
  • RE: Quad-core PC project - Parts list

    Is the Corsair memory compatible with the alternative motherboards you like?
    Can you recommend a quiet effective cpu cooler that is not so large and potentially difficult to install?