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Final Build, First Time! Please let me know what you think

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February 27, 2007 5:34:36 PM

Ok, I've been researching for the month and have finally come up with my "final build" specs. Please let me know what you think. If you have suggestions please make them. I am open to spending more but I do not want to break the bank. If you see specific area's where I can increase performance let me know. I plan to do a mild overclock, somewhere around 3.2 ghz. Thanks :D 

Case - Antec P180B

CPU: Intel C2D E6300

CPU cooler: Scythe SCNJ-1100P (Ninja)

MB: Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3

RAM: G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL4D-2GBPK - Retail

Video card: Foxconn FV-N88SMCD2-ONOC GeForce 8800GTS 320MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Video Card - Retail (this is the overclocked version, Core clock 575MHz, Memory Clock 1800MHz)

PSU: SeaSonic M12 SS-600HM ATX12V / EPS12V 600W Power Supply - Retail

HDD: Western Digital Caviar RE WD1600YS 160GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

CD/DVD Drives: Lite-on DVD RW and Lite-on DVD ROM

Extra Case Fans: 2 Scythe Minebea NMB Silent IC Series 4710KL-04W-B19-V54 120mm Case Fan - Retail

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February 27, 2007 6:30:42 PM

Looks very good. You took all the good advice from the forum.

The psu is very good quality:

Case - P180 hands down. Quiet. No bling. Functional. The 900 is a vaccum - perforated front bezel. Sure 900 cools the best in the 1st few months of use. Not after the dust builds up on the bezel.

As for cpu hsf: I have a new fave: Noctua NH-U12F. Beats out Ninja & many others. It's not easy to find though.

The Ninja can take 2 120mm fans. Just add extra mounting clips & a 120mm fan:

Sure you're looking at 400mhz fsb overclock. At 1:1 cpu/ram ratio, the ram will run at specs: 800mhz. I don't see any problems with the parts.
February 27, 2007 6:35:45 PM

Thanks for the response akhilles! Just the info I was looking for. :) 

Anybody else have any opinions/comments/suggestions?
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February 27, 2007 11:25:06 PM

Just a couple. On the OEM hard drive, no problem. All it takes is a caqble which comes with the MB and screws, find those extra in your other parts.
On the OS, if you are buying new, get XP w/ Vista upgrade coupon. The same price as XP and you get 2 OS. Time is a problem as most offers end March 15th.
The rest I agree with Akhilles, I usually do, he seems to know this stuff.
February 28, 2007 3:09:03 AM

Sorry I forgot to mention that I will be using Win XP that I had from my last computer...I do not plan to mess around with Vista until it has really caught on...maybe when I get a new 45nm Intel cpu :) 

thanks for your responses!
February 28, 2007 7:37:49 AM

That will work just fine. You might have to re-activate the XP key, usually done online but you might have to call M$ and tell them you built a new system and plan on getting Vista as soon as everyting works and test ok. We know you are lying but they are happy to help future customers.