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

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

    The psu is very good quality:

    http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?t=108088

    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.

    http://www.bjorn3d.com/read.php?cID=973

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

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16835185043

    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.

    http://forumz.tomshardware.com/hardware/Guide-Overclocking-E6300-E6400-DS3-Mobo-ftopict201220.html
  2. Thanks for the response akhilles! Just the info I was looking for. :)


    Anybody else have any opinions/comments/suggestions?
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. 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.
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