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First time builder! Build advice please

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February 4, 2007 7:36:34 PM

I'm a first-time builder and after much research have decided to build my own system. I've listed the build below. I'm trying to keep the price around $1000.

Antec Sonata II Case (I want a quiet unit)

Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 Mobo

Asus x1950pro video card

Intel E6300 cpu (should I go E4300 instead?)

Gskill 2GB mem

WD 250gb SATA drive

Lite-on DVD writer

Creative Audigy SE sound

and Windows Vista Home Premium

I will overclock some, but not a tremendous amount.

Feedback please! ;) 
by the way, let me know if I'm leaving out anything I need!

February 4, 2007 8:24:15 PM

If your not going to overclock heavily I would stick with the E6300. Also considering you're getting DDR2 800 memory and the CPU is still in your price range, the E6300 is a good choice. If your looking to save money, you could drop down to the E4300 and DDR2 677.

You also left out the power supply, other than that all the components look good.
February 4, 2007 8:32:26 PM

You also left out the power supply, other than that all the components look good.

I was hoping that the PSU included with the case (SmartPower 2.0 450w) would do the trick.

If not, I may go with a different case and a separate power supply.

I've seen that this PSU has very good reviews and very bad reviews...
it is listed as a "tier 2" psu which is good....
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February 5, 2007 2:34:37 AM

That PSU will not work too wel with your video card, or if it does there will be no room for expansion. 500W is about the min you need now, and dual +12Vs of around 35A. (Someone correct me if that is wrong).

I would consider at 550W at least to give future expansion options.
February 5, 2007 6:38:00 PM

Actually 550w isn't neccesarily needed, but of course if you would like to upgrade in the future a bigger power supply is always better.

Use to figure out how many watts would be needed and make sure you have enough power on your 12v rails for your video card.