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Need Advice on first build

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February 4, 2007 3:22:33 PM

Well I am about to get my tax return money back and have decided it is finally time to quit upgrading my old machine and get an all new one since I am still running an AGP board I will need to replace pretty much everything anyway. I have a good amount of experience with putting parts in, but I haven't done a complete from scratch build yet. I plan on using this computer for gaming and I also will probably want to overclock it mildly eventually. So any tips would be appreciated. I have a budget of around $1300 and here is what I have picked out so far -

Case - Coolermaster Centurion 534 Link
CPU - Intel C2D E4300 Link
Mobo - GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3 LGA 775 Intel P965 Express Link
RAM - G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Link
Video Card - EVGA GeForce 8800GTS 640MB 320-bit Link
Hard Drive - Western Digital Caviar SE16 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive Link
PSU - OCZ GameXStream ATX12V 700W Power Supply 100 - 240 V Link
OS - Microsoft Windows Vista 32-Bit Home Premium for System Builders Single Pack DVD Link


All of this puts me just under $1300. I am going to use the DVD burner I have from my old box so that is one thing I don't need, as well as my monitor, which is a 20'' Dell LCD widescreen btw. Basically will all of this stuff work together and have I made pretty good choices or are there some parts I should swap out for other ones, I am very open to advice.

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February 4, 2007 7:15:26 PM

You just saved me time for typing up the same list. lol. Thumbs up!

A little tip for installing vista: Since vista drivers are either beta or unavailable, you should install your old xp, all xp drivers from the cd's, & lastly insert vista dvd in xp to upgrade. I did this to install ultimate on my friend's laptop. Working perfect.
February 4, 2007 8:27:43 PM

Like the previous poster said your system looks good.

You might want to wait until Vista's first service pack and more driver support before upgrading.
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