I don't agree, I think WC'ing is worth it, but only if:
- You have a CPU that is actually going to go further will water cooling that with air (Q6600: check)
- You know what you are doing. Having past experience overclocking your Q6600 to 3GHz is NOT enough. You need to really know what you are doing to make WC'ing worth it.
- You're prepared to spend the money needed to make water cooling worth it, which is a fair amount.
ok, how about this? its a bit over budget but should allow the best of both gaming and cooling
So those points don't apply to you?
Only go with the X2 if you have at least
a 24" monitor, it's just not worth it otherwise.
The TRUE works best with a high RPM, static pressure fan, and that's way too much spent on a P12 IMO.
And way too much spent on that RAM. You only need 1066 for Q6600 OC'ing if you're going past 400 FSB, which usually requires water cooling. Stick with 2x2xGB DDR2 800
And you can get a P5Q PRO (Crossfire support) for that same price as that P5Q: Here.