Nearly final list w/questions - comments/suggestions please?

This is for a mid-range system primarily used for home office apps, internet/email and some movie/video/picture editing. I would like to OC eventually. I would like to spend as close to $1000 as possible, though I am OK to go over a bit ($1300 max).

Here is what I came up with so far:

Case: COOLER MASTER Centurion 532 RC-532-SKN1 Black Aluminum bezel, SECC chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Item #: N82E16811119094 $44.99
(I like this one because it has the ports on top - also looked at Thermaltake Matrix VX. Comments?)

Case Fan: COOLER MASTER SAF-S12-E1 120mm Case Fan - Retail
Item #: N82E16811999072 $7.99

PSU: FSP Group (Fortron Source) AX450-PN, 12cm FAN, version 2.2, 2 SATA, PCI Express, 450W Power Supply - Retail
Item #: N82E16817104954 $53.99

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 (Perpendicular Recording) ST3250620AS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Item #: N82E16822148144 $79.99

Video: XFX PVT73GUGD3 GeForce 7600GT 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail
Item #: N82E16814150182 $145.99

RAM: CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X2048-6400C4 - Retail
Item #: N82E16820145034 $276.00

Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-965G-DS3 LGA 775 Intel G965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813128018 $134.99

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 Conroe 1.86GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6300 - Retail
Item #: N82E16819115005 $195.00

CPU Fan: ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro CPU Cooler - Retail
Item #: N82E16835186134 $29.99 (I believe akhilles suggested a cheaper place than NewEgg for this - about 1/2 price)

DVD Burner (SATA): SAMSUNG 18X DVD±R DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write, LightScribe Technology Black SATA Model SH-S183L - OEM
Model #: SH-S183L
Item #: N82E16827151141 $46.99

DVD-ROM: SONY Black IDE DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1615/B2s - OEM
Item #: N82E16827101131 $18.99

Sound: for now just onboard

What's left is a monitor and I will use the OS (XP Home), kbd/mouse from the machine this is replacing. I hope I didn't leave anything else out.

This brings up a few questions primarily about the mobo, CPU and the RAM.

Which of the following 4 mobos would you recommend? (I would like Firewire, but I can get that on a PCI card, right?)

Mobo 1 - GIGABYTE GA-965G-DS3 LGA 775 Intel G965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813128018 $134.99 (listed above)

Mobo 2 - ASUS P5B Deluxe LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813131045 $179.99

Mobo 3 - ASUS P5B-E LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813131070 $150.99

Mobo 4 - BIOSTAR TForce965PT LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813138037 $104.99

2 of them have Firewire and 2 don't. 2 have ICH8R Southbridge, 2 don't. ICH8R is not terribly important and if I get the Gigabyte it supports RAID on board w/o the ICH8R (would need another HDD). Are there huge differences between these mobos for my purposes or would you just go according to the price?

Am I better off with E4300 or should I stick with the E6300?

Finally, is the RAM OK or is it overkill? I want 2 GB and since I do want to OC (eventually), should I go for the better timing (4-4-4-12)? Do I need DR2-800 or is DR2-667 sufficient? Does that depend on which CPU I eventually get?

I am planning to build it in February and I can't wait.

Thank you in advance for your help. David
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  1. If you get the E4300 you'll be able to chug along merily with DDR2-667 due to the E4300's lower FSB. Plus you'll save money on ram and CPU that way, just make sure you get some nice 4-4-4-X timings
  2. I would say his RAM is perfect if he is going to overclock ;)

    From the mobos you have mentioned, The DS3 and the P5B-Deluxe are your best options :)
  3. Thanks for suggestions.

    In your opinion, is lack of Firewire support on a mobo a reason enought not to get it? Or get the mobo and a PCI card for the firewire? If you use a PCI card is there a way to bring the port to the front of the case?

    Any other suggestions and comments?
  4. Firewire? Bah, just because a motherboard doesnt have it doesnt mean is not a good board. You can always get a PCI card with firewire ports ;)

    As for your question, the only way to have a front firewire is to look for a firewire card with internal firewire port (you know, with a firewire port but in pins) and thats it.
  5. I'd get the board with firewire built in, it just means less piss farting around installing cards and drivers, and being able to wire up the front port is a maybe with a PCI card.
  6. actually the ds3 and p5b-deluxe should come with built-in firewire, they are high-end boards.

    since i dont own the boards, i cant confirm 100% but im pretty sure they do come with it.
  7. Unfortunately the DS3 doesn't come with firewire. The P5B-Deluxe does. Actually, if I end up getting the board w/o firewire, I already found a PCI card that has internal pins to bring the port to the front. Thanks for that in a previous post.
  8. Dont worry, we are here to help ;)

    BTW, you also tought me something :D thx!
  9. Quote:
    BTW, you also tought me something :D thx!


    No problem; as you yourself said:
    Quote:
    Dont worry, we are here to help ;)


    Does anyone else have any comments/answers to my questions re: CPU, mobo and RAM posted at the top? Thanks.
  10. One more question - I see lots of recommendations on this board about tight timings on the RAM and using 4-4-4-12 RAM for good OCing. However, all of the mobos (P965) that I am looking at say that they require CAS5 or 6. Isn't that inconsistent?
  11. BUMP!
  12. Quote:
    One more question - I see lots of recommendations on this board about tight timings on the RAM and using 4-4-4-12 RAM for good OCing. However, all of the mobos (P965) that I am looking at say that they require CAS5 or 6. Isn't that inconsistent?


    I never heard of ram running at cas 6. But for overclocking, get the lowest timings you can. 4 is cheap and good. 5 is not that good. 3 is perfect but tooooooooooo expensive.
  13. SATA has no real advantages as far as optical drives go. Apparently they sometimes are worse then their IDE counterparts.

    Until it goes more mainstream, I recommend getting an IDE DVD-Burner
  14. Yes, I dont recommend SATA drives right now. Some people even report they cant boot in DOS to install XP so whats the point??
  15. Harty and Slim - thanks so much for your insight. I am told by a friend that Lite-On is the way to go rather than Samsung.
  16. Lite-On and plextors are good right now

    I also have a Sony DRU-820A which performs really good too, never had a problem with it. (Although there is a 830A now)
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