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First time build, how did I do? Assembly tomorrow!

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February 14, 2007 1:36:42 PM

Western Digital Caviar RE WD1600YS 160GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 Conroe 2.13GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6400
GIGABYTE GA-965G-DS3 LGA 775 Intel G965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model
SAMSUNG 18X DVD±R DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write, LightScribe Technology Black IDE Model SH-S182M/BEBN
Antec P180B Case
Antec neoHE 550 watt PSU
Samsung 32" LCD lns-3296

I will be adding a data harddrive with the next paycheck, representing the low funds group. I want to add a graphics card eventually but I want to keep it under 200. Any suggestions or when I should wait till. I also want to add a sound card for basic dts dolby surround.

I am stuck as to what OS to through on though. I want vista eventually but I dont know if its worth getting now? Any thoughts...right now unitl graphics gets installed this is a office/internet/media computer.

Thanks guys, best board on the net and I couldnt have done it without your knowledge.
February 14, 2007 1:54:36 PM

I eventually want to game but I just wanted to get some perspective. I am waiting for the expected gpu to drop before I pull the trigger, I have done no research on that yet. Would you recommend getting xp media oem with the upgrade and waiting...if I do upgrade can I still order the 64 version later?

By the way, is the c2d dual 64 or duel 32?

thanks guys
February 14, 2007 2:11:45 PM

Looking good, picked out a pretty nice system for yourself.

I love fresh builds, the anticipation while building it is awesome once you see it running good...

Like already said, wait till the new video card models come out and watch the price drop on the n7950's and a1950's and you could get something good for around 200$... Although with that system I would want to be DX10 ready , so when those game's are released your ready for them..

good luck and let us know how the build goes :D 
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February 14, 2007 4:33:29 PM

So would xp be a better option with the upgrade. Also, would it be possible to put 1+1+512+512 in the memory slots to get to 3?

Brock
February 14, 2007 4:37:51 PM

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Also, would it be possible to put 1+1+512+512 in the memory slots to get to 3?


Yes, but I don't believe there is a significant performance difference between 2 and 3Gb of ram.
February 14, 2007 4:38:15 PM

I would use XP PRO sp2 for now if I were you...

Sure, you can use that memory config, as long as the memory works together (it's rare, but does happen that they don't like each other). I'd just put the two 1giger's in the Primary slots and the 512's in the secondary...

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So would xp be a better option with the upgrade. Also, would it be possible to put 1+1+512+512 in the memory slots to get to 3?

Brock
February 14, 2007 4:40:03 PM

what do I upgrade to with xp pro for my coupon?

brock
February 14, 2007 5:38:32 PM

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what do I upgrade to with xp pro for my coupon?

brock


What do you mean? it includes VISTA and by not getting VISTA you will have some credit/money left over and are wondering what you should do with it?

Is that what you mean by that?
February 14, 2007 5:55:01 PM

if I get xp now It comes with a coupon to upgrade to vista in the future. I was curious which it upgrades to and if I can get 64 bit still later.

Brock
February 14, 2007 6:06:34 PM

Ahh I see, I'm not sure as every retailer could have different vouchers and promotions.

As a reference though, I recently bought a laptop and it came with XP HOME, although I got a voucher for a free copy of Vista home (Home Basic i'm sure, they prob too cheap to give me the Home Premium)..

You might wanna check that out with who/where you are getting it from..


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if I get xp now It comes with a coupon to upgrade to vista in the future. I was curious which it upgrades to and if I can get 64 bit still later.

Brock
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