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February 14, 2007 3:12:26 AM

Hi there - I'm planning on building a new system (first attempt) and wanted to see if anyone saw a problem with the planned components listed below. I'm hoping for a reasonably fast machine that can do ok with some of the newer games (most played is BF2) and handle some video editing/dvd creation. I'm not planning to overclock. My wife tells me that this machine must last at 3 years before a new one. Current cost is about $2k (newegg prices) but could add another few hundred if useful. Thanks for any comments or recommendations!

Thermaltake Tsunami VA3000BWA Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI ATX12V 700W Power Supply 100 - 240 V - Retail

Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz 4M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor - Retail (any need to use non-stock cooling if no overclocking?)

ASUS P5B-E LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

mushkin 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

EVGA 768-P2-N835-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SUPERCLOCKED HDCP Video Card - Retail

Western Digital Raptor WD1500ADFD 150GB 10,000 RPM 16MB Cache Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

SAMSUNG Black 18X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 18X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner With LightScribe Technology - OEM

ASUS Black 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DVD-E616A3T - Retail

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February 14, 2007 4:46:53 AM

Very good build, I might choose other brands but specs look good.

Is a 320 GB Data drive enough, when doing video and DVD's and keep alot of your files on the drive..

I do not know much about Muskin RAM, but if price and reviews are good...specs are right on.

Should work fine, let us know how it works
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February 14, 2007 1:39:30 PM

thanks to both of you - I will look again at the ram/HD/graphic selection
February 14, 2007 11:37:29 PM

If you can wait another quarter, the 8900GTXs are coming out - the second revision of G80. What would you rather have, a 7800GT or a 7900GT?