1.2K Gaming build, Comments or Suggestions?

Well folks, I'm putting together a 3-year upgrade and I've been watching for some good deals and grabbed a few components on the cheap. I'm looking for a quick look over by ye olde friendly forumers on the rest of the build before I put down and purchase the rest.

I'm a medium gamer, but I'm hesitant to do significant overclocking. I'm not opposed to it later in the machine's life perhaps, but for now I'd like to keep things mostly stock.

Here's my list:
Can't decide between:
COOLER MASTER CAVALIER 3 CAV-T03-UK Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $65
COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UB Black /Blue Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $50

Power Supply
Antec TruePowerTrio 650W - Purchased for $100

ASUS P5N-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI ATX - $140
I like it for compatability up to quad core and SLI functionality (down the road upgrade). Also allows me to plug in my 2 current IDE drives.

CPU + cooler
Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz Retail - $314
I'm not really comfortable with overclocking as yet, so I'd rather stick to stock to start, yet this still has OC potential if I understand correctly. I plan initially at least to stick with the retail fan.

OCZ Gold 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit - Purchased for $160

Video Card
EVGA 640-P2-N821-AR GeForce 8800GTS 640MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Video Card - $390
I understand this can OC easily to stock GTX speed too . . . which might be worth trying for me. Not sure though.

Hard Drive
Western Digital Caviar SE WD2500JS 250GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM - $70
I'm finally running out of space in my two old 80G IDE hard drives. I don't need a gargantuan amount however.This will also allow me to move their data over when they start to fail.

DVD/CD Burners
Recycled from an old machine.

Operating System
Windows Visa Buisiness - Free via promotion

A quick sum shows me at ~ $1230 plus some shipping.

Any comments/suggestions?
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  1. Nothing against Seagate, just never used them and I've had good experiences with WD. Otherwise they're about the same price. Only HD I've ever had issue with was a Maxtor.

    Thanks for the case suggestions, is a sideways HDD cage of particular importance?
  2. After I broke an onboard sata connector by pulling a harddisk out of a case towards the back, I no longer would touch such cases.

    Not only that, there's not enough clearance for removing/upgrading harddisks if there's a pci or pci-e (video) card plugged in.
  3. I have to agree, Drive cages accessible from the side are the way to go....I too have damaged hardware due to the other configuration. :oops:
  4. Eek! So I guess I'd have to remove the PCI cards before messing with HDDs? I think I'll go back and use this (from the list akhilles gave me)

    COOLER MASTER Centurion 534 RC-534-SKN1 Black / Silver Aluminum & Mesh bezel / SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

    Everything else looks good though, right? My selections and reasoning are sound?
  5. Looks good to me but the other guys are more informed. :)

    Im older now and decided that I don't want to really do the leg work any more Time is my most precious asset.....I go straight to Falcon for my PC needs.
  6. Good case choice. The other parts are fine.
  7. Wonderful! Thanks for the help fellas!
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