Can I save some $$ on this?

I'm looking into building a new system and here are the parts that I was thinking of purchasing (all from newegg so I can just place one big order).

$129 ABIT AN8-ULTRA ATX AMD Motherboard
$167 AMD Athlon 64 3200+ Venice 1GHz FSB 512KB L2 Cache Socket 939 Processor
$180 2 Modules mushkin Pro Series 512MB 184-Pin DDR SDRAM ECC
$199 GIGABYTE GV-NX68G256D-B Geforce 6800GS 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16
$54 ENERMAX Pandora CA3030-BS Black/Silver 0.6mm SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case Power UP 400W 24Pin Power Supply
$65 ENERMAX EG425P-VE SFMA 2.0 ATX12V 420W Power Supply
$42 NEC Black IDE DVD Burner Model ND-3550A

Total system cost is $836 (+ shipping). I already have a Hercules GameTheater XP 6.1 sound card, and two IDE HDs which will suffice for the time being until I can upgrade them.

This is my first time building a system from scratch. I am wondering if you have any suggestions on how I might either be able to tweak the setup or save some cash on specific items...

--Chris
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  1. Another option for the case/PSU is the Coolermaster RC-531 with 430W PSU and side window for $99. The included PSU is of good quality. Look at the review on Sysopt.com - it was done by our own Crashman.

    You don't need ECC RAM - in fact non-ECC will actually perform better. Try this Patriot Signature Series for less than half the cost.

    Take the money you saved and get a eVGA 7800GT 256-P2-N515-AX for $284 after rebate.

    Edit: Fixed links.
  2. Awesome .. thanks for the tip.

    I just thought of another question, too ... What kind of a cooling system do I need to buy? I don't overclock.
  3. If you don't OC then use the stock HSF from AMD - it's a quality product.
  4. I've been doing some more research...

    Newegg has a deal where I can get an eVGA motherboard and video card packaged together for $359.

    eVGA 133-K8-NF41 ATX AMD Motherboard
    eVGA 256-P2-N518 Geforce 7800GT 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card

    This review says the two are comparable. I have a PCI firewire card I can use if I need firewire (I rarely use it).

    Thoughts?
  5. "I have a PCI firewire card I can use if I need firewire (I rarely use it). "

    Yep, the mobo has PCI slots so should definately work.
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    Yep, the mobo has PCI slots so should definately work.


    Sorry if I was unclear. I was referencing the eVGA motherboard, which does not have firewire slots.
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    Edit: Fixed links.


    Damn.. I missed that one..

    :twisted:

    happy new year budd!
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