compatibility problem...

  arminmckidd 16:31 21 Dec 2007

hey, im in need of a little help and advice on building my first pc.
i know quite a bit about computers, just not the building side of it. what i need help with is mainly compatibility issues and whether a particular component is just not good enough. also some general advice about the building process would help greatly. here are my components:

XFX N680i LT socket LGA775 motherboard ( OR
ECS 650iSLIT-A nForce 650 LGA Socket 775 Motherboard (

Intel Core 2 Quad Pro Q6600 Energy Efficient SLACR 95W Edition 2.40GHz (1066FSB) - Retail (

Graphics card:
XFX 512Mb nVidia GeForce 8800 GT PCI-Express VGA Card (

OCZ 4GB Kit (2x2048) NVIDIA SLI - Ready Edition DDR2 PC2 6400 800MHz Dual Channel EPP 5-4-4-15 Nvidia XTC Heatspreader (

Hard Drive(s):
Western Digital Caviar 500GB S300 16mb 7200rpm ( (X2)

DVDRW Drive:
LiteON LH-20A1S-10C 20x DVDRWRAM SATA Beige ( (X2)

No idea how much is enough to power this system??

Thermaltake Soprano SECC Black, Window VB1000BWS (

also what kind of cables will i need. will i need to buy any coolers for the cpu or case? and am i missing anything essential?

thanks in advance!

  brundle 19:29 21 Dec 2007

Looks like a powerful spec. Suitable cables ought to be supplied with the various components but picking up a couple of extra SATA cables would be a good idea. Intel CPUs come with a decent stock cooler - works fine but go for something better if you plan to overclock. Good quality 600w+ PSU to power that lot, one that delivers at least 24 amps on the 12v line(s) - requirement for the 8800GT apparently.
Bear in mind you won't see the full 4gb if you install a 32bit version of Windows, only about 3-3.5gb. click here

  Totally-braindead 19:45 21 Dec 2007

I would like to point one thing out. You are using 5 different suppliers so bear in mind postage costs.
Better to use 2 suppliers if you can also its worth bearing in mind that unless you have a particular reason to pick a particular motherboard etc you will probably find you can get a prebuilt system cheaper.
Mind you its a lot fun to build your own and you do learn a lot so upgrading becomes less worrying.

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