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Dear Sir,
I am Fahad from Pakistan, I am going to build a Computer with the following things but I will upgrade it with a Graphics Card after wards:

1.INTEL CORE 2 QUAD Q6600 2.40Ghz (8MB CACHE - 1066 MHZ FSB)
2. Asus P5QL-CM with 256mb VGA built-in
3. 160gb Hard Disk
4. 2gb Corsair Dominator Ram
5. DVD-RW
6. Standard Casing

These all things are in my budget. The things I am confused in are. First, the processor, I want to ask that is this processor good or should I upgrade it for future benefits. Secondly, is this motherboard be suitable for future, like I add a XFX Graphics Card to it.

Thanks
Fahad

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    Glenn Rogers May 11, 2010

    I didn't see any detail at Asus on what Bios is shipping currently. Intel and Asus state the Bios needs to be 0211 or greater or you will have to flash it for this CPU to boot.

    That CPU is Wattage hungry so your power supply should be at least 550Watts capable of a sustained demand of 450Watts minimum.

    The motherboard you selected is really small, I wouldn't put this in a small system case and it and your future video card will be heat generators and you will want a front 120mm and rear 120mm fans minimum. The larger the case width the better as you have more air inside, not to mention your hands at work.

    Any Antec Sonata level case will do. A side door with air funnel is advisable for the CPU fan.

    This board is also not able to provide dual PCIe SLI. Which isn't really needed much anymore.

    Since your board can have 6 SATA devices that's suitable for dual DVDs on SATA and four SATA Hard Drives. That's more heat and the need for a case that will support four hard drives with proper cooling, ideally the front 120mm fans should be in front of or just behind the hard drive cage.

    For the money, the motherboard could be better. But, you seem be building an Intel centric system, so it will do. I found its better to have full size AT boards frankly as the components aren't squeezed into a small amount of space.

    What is the make and model of power supply you will be using? What are you actual cooling objectives?

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What are you going to use the computer for? Gaming? Or Office use?

The processor is on the high-end. It's actually overkill for normal word processing / internet surfing. It's pretty good if the computer is for gaming.

Your motherboard is okay, but not great. Perfect for office use, but I wouldn't recommend it for gaming. It will not be very upgradable. It lacks RAID, and SLI/Crossfire support, and it only has two slots for ram, not four, making upgrading your RAM expensive.

My suggestion for a motherboard is the Asus P5N-D:
http://www.asus.com/products.aspx?l1=3&l2=11&l3=627&l4=0&model=2033&modelmenu=1

That one has RAID, SLI, two PCI Express ports, four ram slots, and also has a 5.1 sound card built in.

If you do decide to upgrade your video card, I suggest an NVidia GeForce 9800 GTX. They're about $200 and quite good for gaming.

Don't forget the other things your computer needs:
450 watt PSU or better
cpu fan, chassis fan
thermal grease / silicone paste

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