Wow! You guys are fast. Usually I have to wait a day or so on other forums.
I'm lucky that my budget is pretty flexible but I still wanna save money, y'know? Dropped about 50 bucks off the total following your advice!
I was checking out the different RAM brands like you suggested and I found this Geil memory for $210. I checked the reviews (not terribly reliable, I know) and read:
To the reviewer below: please do not rate this product poorly just because you do not know how to change your DRAM ratios. Motherboards usually come by default with a 1:1 ratio, so to get it to run at 800MHz, you would have to change the ratio to 3:2 (DRAM:FSB).
WOW! Bit over my head. I kept looking and found Kingston memory for about ten bucks more. I think I'll go with them as it's a name I recognize. What do you think? Will I have to...uh...change my DRAM ratios? 8O
I think I'm going to stick the DS3 mother board because supposedly it's easier to install. I'm trying to keep things relatively simple so I don't panic too bad if something doesn't work on the first try.
The hard drive was a good idea as well so I've decided to grab that too.
Haywood, I noticed that the PSU is SLI compatible. Does that bump up the price any? Since I'm not going to be using SLI I figure I could shave off some of the price. Other wise it does look like a good deal, though I always have trouble with rebates for some reason...
Thanks, both of you. I really appreciate the great advice!
EDIT: I found this PSU on Newegg. It's a Sunbeam which is a Tier 3 on the Official XS Tiered PSU Manufacturer Brand Listing (link from mpilchfamily's PSU 101, 90% of which I didn't understand ). Will I be able to get by on 550 since it's not likely I will be overclocking?
Trust me when I say the S3 version of the mobo is identical to the DS3. Well, except for the capacitors. No difference in set up or anything. Not sure one could tell the difference with them sitting side by side.
This Ram is very good also. It's what I'm using currently, and have an OC of 60%.
Ignore the stuff in that rewiew you quoted. If you don't OC, you shouldn't have to mess with your ram raios or timings. However, the CPU/mobo you'll be getting should achieve a 400FSB no problem. Then you'd want to make sure your running the ram in a 1:1 ratio. 800 ram is a bit of overkill if you don't OC, but it gives you the option for the future for around the same money.
It's not the power rating but the amps on the 12v rail that count. SLI probably adds to the cost of a PSU though how much is a good question.
I will not be going SLI, my mobo does not support it but the GTS needs juice and I will be adding another DVD, TV tuner and HD later. Never hurts to have the extra power. If I ever decide to move up th the 8800GTX, it requires 2 PCIE power connectors and I will have them.
Well, here's the PSU I'm looking at. Nvidia recommends it (among many others, of course) and it's Tier 3 on the manufacturing list over on the XtremeSystems forums. Haywood makes a good point though...better to have something and not need it instead of needing it and not having it.
I feel better now knowing that you're using the motherboard and RAM you recommended. I'll check them out again.
Do either you have any ideas for cooling? How does the one I have up in my main post look?
Dont get that psu, Sunbeam makes crap power supplys. This one is a little more expensive, but the quality is alot higher then that other one, and it'll leave you room for a fairly high oc. The 9500 is a ripoff, decent cooling power, but its way to expensive. You could get a Scythe infinity or a Scythe Ninja for about the same price.