Please give comments on my new PC build before I order.

uses: gaming (wow, oblivion, new FPS), DVD ripping, maybe some Java development

want to stay below 1100 if possible but am willing to spend more if I can get some extra value/performance. willing to overclock slightly is if makes sense.


LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185 - OEM
Item #: N82E16827106055
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COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel, SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Item #: N82E16811119068
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Western Digital Caviar SE WD2500JS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Item #: N82E16822144417
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SAPPHIRE 100176L Radeon X1950PRO 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Video Card - Retail
Item #: N82E16814102061
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$20.00 Mail-in Rebate

FSP Group (Fortron Source) AX500-A, 2.0 version, 2 SATA, PCI Express, 500W - Retail
Item #: N82E16817104934
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-$5.00 Instant
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate

CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X2048-6400 - Retail
Item #: N82E16820145590
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GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3 LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813128012
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* Intel Core 2 Duo E4300 Allendale 1.8GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E4300 - Retail
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  1. Looks really good. Assume you don't need monitor, etc?

    Consider getting a backup drive for your data. If your primary one goes down, you're screwed. And then you'll WISH you'd spent the extra $100 in the first place to backup your stuff.

    BACKUP drive, it's your best friend.
  2. Only thing I would change is use a Seagate hard drive instead of WD. Seagates have a 5 year warranty and are more reliable than Western Digital, in my opinion. Although they are a tiny bit more expensive and a tiny bit slower. Nothing noticable. You can get a 250 Gig...Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 (Perpendicular Recording) ST3250820AS 250GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM for about $75.00.

    Also, you will get a better deal by purchasing a case / power supply combo instead of separate. You can't go wrong with Antec. There's a Lifestyle Sonata II with a built-in 450 watt SmartPower 2.0 power supply for $79 from Newegg.
  3. Ya, every single hard drive that has ever fried on me has been a WD. And I've owned WD, Seagate, Hitachi, and Maxtor. Seagate is the way to go really.

    As for case/PSU, the Antec Sonata II is a great choice, EXCEPT that the PSU won't be strong enough if you wish to upgrade your vid card and any other parts in the foreseeable future. Antec is coming out with a 500w version of the Sonata, but I can't seem to find a release it's cheaper that way but not as good as your combo, or else you have to wait.
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