Is this a good computer for the price

I am looking to purchase a new computer that can handle gaming, as well as extensive multimedia work, and was wondering if this computer would work, and is it worth the money.

Intel Core 2 Quad Processor Q6600 1066MHz 8MB LGA775 EM64T CPU
ARCTIC PREMIUM FREEZER PRO COOLER
OCZ Ultra 5+ Silver Thermal Compound
Asus P5N-E SLI Quad-Core/ nForce650i SLI/ A&GbE&1394/ ATX Motherboard
AENEON (AMPO) 6GB DDR2 800MHZ PC-6400 (3 X 2GB)
Western Digital WD5000AAKS 500GB SATA2 7200rpm 16MB
SAMSUNG 20X DVD-RW DUAL LAYER W/LIGHTSCRIBE
2 VIDEO CARDS NVIDIA 8800GT 512MB IN SLI MODE
AVerMedia AVerTV Combo PCIe MCE ATSC/NTSC/QAM Tuner Card (64BIT OS COMPATIBLE, EXCELLENT REVIEWS)
Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Audio 7.1 24-bit PCI Sound Card
10/100/1000 Fast Ethernet Network Card (onboard)
NZXT APOLLO MID-TOWER ATX
THERMALTAKE 550 WATT PUREPOWER ATX
SAMSUNG 245BW Black High Glossy 24" 5ms DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor with Height Adjustment 400 cd/m2 1000:1
Microsoft Windows XP Home W/SP 2
2490.00

I am planning on replacing the Windows xp home with xp pro or vista home.  What do y'all think?  Any help would be greatly appreciated.



 
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Gary CaseConnect With a Mentor RetiredCommented:
Agree it's too high.   If you bought everything in your list it would cost you $2067.86, and you could get $140 back in rebates, for a net cost of $1927.86 plus shipping.

So at $2490 you're effectively paying about $500 to have the parts assembled.

In addition, the choice of components isn't what I would choose ... but that's clearly a somewhat personal decision.   I'd suggest you take a look at the system in the link Callandor gave you above; be sure you choose an SLI motherboard; add a couple of 8800GT's; buy the nice 24" monitor from this system ... and you'll have a very nice system for about $2000 ==> $500 less than the price of the one you're looking at.   Callandor's estimate of $1500 is pretty close ... but I don't think he included the 24" monitor :-)

Just for grins, here's your list w/prices:

Intel Core 2 Quad Processor Q6600 1066MHz 8MB LGA775 EM64T CPU  ($276.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115017

ARCTIC PREMIUM FREEZER PRO COOLER  ($26.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186134

OCZ Ultra 5+ Silver Thermal Compound  ($9.99)
http://www.cpu.com/product.php?ID=1185&src=frgl

Asus P5N-E SLI Quad-Core/ nForce650i SLI/ A&GbE&1394/ ATX Motherboard  ($114.99)
http://www.xpcgear.com/p5nesli.html  [Note:  There are newer & better motherboards for not much more $$]

AENEON (AMPO) 6GB DDR2 800MHZ PC-6400 (3 X 2GB)  It makes NO sense to put 6GB in an XP-based system.   Further, installing an odd # of modules would make the system run in single-channel mode.   You can get 4GB (the max you need to install).   ($129.00)  [$40 rebate available]
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145176

Western Digital WD5000AAKS 500GB SATA2 7200rpm 16MB  ($104.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136073

SAMSUNG 20X DVD-RW DUAL LAYER W/LIGHTSCRIBE   ($33.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151154

2 VIDEO CARDS NVIDIA 8800GT 512MB IN SLI MODE  ($479.98)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130318

AVerMedia AVerTV Combo PCIe MCE ATSC/NTSC/QAM Tuner Card (64BIT OS COMPATIBLE, EXCELLENT REVIEWS)   ($89.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815100015

Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Audio 7.1 24-bit PCI Sound Card  ($80.99)  [$30 rebate available]
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829102006

10/100/1000 Fast Ethernet Network Card (onboard)   [$0.00 => on motherboard]

NZXT APOLLO MID-TOWER ATX  ($69.99)  [$20 rebate available]
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146025

THERMALTAKE 550 WATT PUREPOWER ATX  ($109.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817153051

SAMSUNG 245BW Black High Glossy 24" 5ms DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor with Height Adjustment 400 cd/m2 1000:1  ($449.99)  [$50 rebate available]
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001234

Microsoft Windows XP Home W/SP 2  ($89.99)
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2552182&Sku=M17-7501&SRCCODE=GOOGLEBASE&CMP=OTC-GOOGLEBASE
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cbmmConnect With a Mentor Commented:
this is hard to answer, i would suggest pricing parts @ www.newegg.com
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Robert Sutton JrConnect With a Mentor Senior Network ManagerCommented:
I think the price is a bit steep. Secondly, the power supply will be a bit borderline for the equipment already installed. 550w for :
Intel Core 2 Quad Processor Q6600 1066MHz 8MB LGA775 EM64T CPU
ARCTIC PREMIUM FREEZER PRO COOLER
OCZ Ultra 5+ Silver Thermal Compound
Asus P5N-E SLI Quad-Core/ nForce650i SLI/ A&GbE&1394/ ATX Motherboard
AENEON (AMPO) 6GB DDR2 800MHZ PC-6400 (3 X 2GB)
Western Digital WD5000AAKS 500GB SATA2 7200rpm 16MB
SAMSUNG 20X DVD-RW DUAL LAYER W/LIGHTSCRIBE
AVerMedia AVerTV Combo PCIe MCE ATSC/NTSC/QAM Tuner Card (64BIT OS COMPATIBLE, EXCELLENT REVIEWS)
Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Audio 7.1 24-bit PCI Sound Card
10/100/1000 Fast Ethernet Network Card (onboard)
NZXT APOLLO MID-TOWER ATX
THERMALTAKE 550 WATT PUREPOWER ATX

: all of that hardware. What hits me hard is that stuff and this below which is where the term "borderline" comes into play. You would be running (2) video cards in SLI..... You are probably running NEAR max on your wattage output on your power supply. Basically, if you add more hardware to that box, you'll most likely have to upgrade your PSU(Power Supply). jUST SOME FOOD FOR THOUGHT.  And I still think the price is a bit HIGH.....

2  NVIDIA 8800GT 512MB IN SLI MODE
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CallandorConnect With a Mentor Commented:
The price of 2490 is too high - the Q6600 cpu and two 8800GT's in SLI mode are good performers, but you can spend less and get essentially the same performance.  For $1000, consider the components in http://www.experts-exchange.com/Hardware/Components/CPU_Processors/Q_23081126.html; add video card(s) of your choice and you can still have a $1500 system that is top notch.
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CallandorCommented:
Oh yes - I forgot the LCD monitor.  That's one of those things that I rarely buy when I upgrade a system, since that technology doesn't change much from year to year.
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mjcoyneConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I agree that the price is too high.  I'm also a bit skeptical about the RAM; I've no experience with Aeneon memory.  In a high-end rig, I'd expect to see Corsair, Mushkin, or OCZ, maybe Crucial.  Also, three sticks is actually counter productive -- 2 x 2 GB is plenty, and will allow the computer to run in Dual Channel mode.

The PSU is going to be taxed running all that stuff at 550W, although it's really amperage per rail that matters.  This is the least wattage power supply I'd even consider using, so I'd dump a stick of RAM and roll the savings into a better PSU.

I might try to bump the motherboard up a notch or two as well...

Have you considered building the rig yourself?
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pakalanaAuthor Commented:
Thank you all for the quick and informative replies.  I was afraid the  system was priced too high and the way to go was a build it yourself solution.  Which I was trying to avoid because I have never build my own, but the information given has clearly shown me that I need to learn, or at least make friends with someone who can =)     Thank you for all of the links for pricing parts.  
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cbmmCommented:
its like putting lego's together
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Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
Don't know that I'd characterize it quite as simple as "putting legos together" => but is is fairly straightforward.    The key is to be VERY "static-sensitive" when handling the CPU, memory, and motherboard;  to get the motherboard properly mounted on its standoffs in the case (don't forget to use the backplate) ==> and then it's just like adding components to a commercial machine -- the hard disk, optical disks, floppy drive (yes, it's still useful enough that it's worth $10), etc.

... building computers in 1975 was a LOT different :-)
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