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New C2D build, Suggestions before pulling the trigger

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December 31, 2006 5:22:22 PM

I'm looking to replace my 4yr pc. Generally, need a PC for Excel, Quickbooks, Illustrator, PS, HTML work, music /video. Not really a gamer though I may get a couple games down the line. Not planning to overclock. Planning to stick with XP Pro, may go with Vista later on depending on my needs. Looked around several forums, read tons of posts and this is what I came up with:

Intel E6600 Core Duo Conroe

ASUS P5B Deluxe Socket T (LGA 775) Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard

eVGA 512-P2-N637-AR GeForce 7950GT 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP KO Superclocked Video Card

Patriot eXtreme Performance 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)

Western Digital Raptor WD740ADFD 74GB 10,000 RPM 16MB
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD2500KS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache

LITE-ON 16X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model

ENERMAX Liberty ELT500AWT ATX12V 500W Power Supply

COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel, SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Questions:
Ram: Since I'm not planning to overclock should I just go with a DDR2 667 ram instead? If so what's a good brand to look for?

PSU: Want something that'll give me room to expand. Also modular construction and good quality. Is that enhance a good choice?

CPU cooling: should I get something like the Ninja Scythe Plus?

Thanks for any advice
December 31, 2006 7:49:57 PM

Ram is overkill if your not going to oc, 533 or 667 value ram will do fine. Same with the mobo, a P5B-E or vanilla P5B will be fine. An aftermarket hsf isnt necessary either, but the Ninja is a pretty good hsf. If your not gaming much a 1900gt or a 7600gt will be more then enough. That psu is a good choice, i have the 620w version and its awesome.
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