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March 6, 2007 2:37:43 PM

I am trying to build a gaming PC without going overboard. I do not plan on overclocking. My budget is around $1200. Please comment and make any suggestions on what I have selected so far. Thanks.

COOLER MASTER Centurion 534 RC-534-KKN2-GP
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1681...
Nothing special, which suits me just fine.

GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3 LGA 775 Intel G965
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1681...
I heard that there are some memory compatability issues with this motherboard, should I be concerned?

EVGA 320-P2-N815-AR GeForce 8800GTS 320MB
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1681...
I don't play at high resolutions, so the 640MB should not be necessary.

CORSAIR CMPSU-520HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 520W Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1681...

Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1681...

G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1682...
I do not really know this brand. Any issues? The price is right.

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD2500KS 250GB
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1682...

Thermaltake CL-P0092 90mm 1 Ball, 1 Sleeve Cooling Fan
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1683...
Just looking for a cheap and quieter fan that the stock fan.

All other parts, such as DVD-ROM I am using from my old system. Thanks again!

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March 6, 2007 2:39:52 PM

Looks pretty good, though if youre not overclocking you could save a bit of money going with this DDR2 533 RAM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...'

which is all you need for stock speeds

EDIT: oh also there are FSP group PSUs that are also high quality and cheaper than Corsair. But Corsairs good too.
March 6, 2007 3:20:26 PM

Make sure your PSU is beefy enough because the graphics card is a power hog. Also, if you're not going to overclock, consider going up one more step to the e6700. The CPU cooler you're looking at should do, but for about the same price you can get an Arctic Cooling Freezer Pro 7. Just don't buy it from Newegg because it's a rip off right now at $70. I got mine from a different place for $34. I think you got a great system going, though--good job.
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March 6, 2007 3:29:06 PM

Meh, the e6700 is a LOT more expensive. ~$200 I think. Getting kinda close to double the cost of an e6600, just for an extra 266 MHz.

As for the PSU, all you need is at least 400 watts with 26 amps on 12v. The one you have listed could easily do it.
March 6, 2007 3:54:41 PM

See, you learn things here all the time. :lol:  I myself struggled over getting the e6600 or e6700 with my own setup and ended up going with the e6700 because I have no experience in overclocking so getting an albeit slightly faster processor was the way to go for me. Now, should I need to overclock in the future to play all my games at the highest settings, I'll probably try and figure that out rather than buying an entirely new rig.

My build right now:
e6700, evga 680i mb, evga 8800gtx, 2 gig corsair ddr2 800, wd 150 gig, 10,000 r.p.m., thermaltake toughpower 700w psu, thermaltake armor case, benq dvd/cd/and all the other stuff
March 6, 2007 4:20:16 PM

I would say you can get a much nicer PSU for that money, or a much cheaper one that is just as good. The first would save you some cash, the latter two are more powerful and in about the same price/quality range.

$80 550W Mushkin
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

$125 700W OCZ
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

$110 650W Antec Trio
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...


Also, save yourself some money and use the stock HSF, what makes you think that this one is any better?



Also I would either get really nice ram for 30 more bucks, or save yourself some money and get some cheaper ram.

$200 G.Skill DDR800 (4-4-3-5) 2GB (2x1GB)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...

$135 OCZ DDR667 (4-4-4-12) 2GB (2x1GB)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...
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