First Homebuilt - Advice Welcome'd

To start, I would like to thank anyone and everyone who helps me out or gives me suggestions; this is going to be my first build so any suggestions will probably help. I'm looking to do graphic and digital imaging with this system as well as have fun with any game out there. As with any consumer I'm trying to get the best system for my money, money is not really a factor but i would rather spend money on other stuff, but im lookin to spend +/- 1400 (less is always better of course) :?

- Thermaltake Tsunami VA3000BWA Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $115.99 (
- Intel BOXD975XBX2KR LGA 775 Intel 975X ATX Intel Motherboard - $249.99 (
- MSI P6N SLI Platinum LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - $164.99 (
- EVGA 320-P2-N811-AR GeForce 8800GTS 320MB 320-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Video Card - $279.99 (
- OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI ATX12V 700W Power Supply 100 - 240 V - $139.99 (
- Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz 4M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor - $313.00 (
- Patriot eXtreme Performance 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - $194.99
- NEC Black 18X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 18X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2M Cache E-IDE / ATAPI DVD Burner Combo Drive - $30.99 (
- ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler HeatSink - $39.99 (
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  1. All very solid picks. Of the two, I would choose the MSI board. Cheaper and Intel MB are solid reference boards and that is all, I have had a problem with one since I bought it. I have heard Samsaug DVD's are quieter and are priced the same. NEC is a good pick for the money also. What monitor are you using? I guess you have it along with KB and mouse. And the OS? Some programs might be able to use 4 gbs but you can always add more if needed.
  2. I would personally go for a motherboard on the 965 chipset rather than 976X or 650i, something like the Asus P5B with the inbuilt Wi-Fi - 965's generally overclock better and have better HDD performance.
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    money is not really a factor

    If you're not overclocking, bad axe 2 is the best imo. If you are, get p965, 650i or 680i. I'm overclocking the p965 which needs high quality & expensive ram to go higher. 650i & 680i can use cheap or even generic ram & o/c's only the cpu to as high as you can get or the parts allow. The 6x0i is easier to o/c.
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    The 6x0i is easier to o/c.

    I agree, the nForce 6 platform does seem to overclock "easier" but the 965 will go slightly further.
  5. Intel Core 2 Duo E6600: Looks good.
    Thermaltake Tsunami: Looks good.
    Intel Motherboard: I would never buy an intel motherboard.
    MSI Motherboard: Bad experiences with MSI.
    Suggestions: Try an ASUS P5B or a Gigabyte DS3.
    eVGA 8800GTS: Get the 640MB version. It will add longevity to your system.
    OCZ GameXStream: Looks good.
    Patriot eXtreme Performance: For that money go Corsair Dominator.
    NEC Optical Drive: Looks good.
    Arctic Cooling Freezer 7: Get Masscool Shin-Etsu. It is the best for air cooling.
  6. Do not get an SLI motherboard and the 320mb version of the video card.

    In SLI mode this card will hit memory constraints before the processing power of the second card will help. You are far better off getting a less expensive 965 motherboard which will run faster and allow you to save the cash for a better video card.
  7. As far as saving money goes... I personally feel the Coolermaster Centurion Case ($50) is a great choice for a case, and would save you $65 bucks.

    As long as you are not concerned with flash.
  8. That is the case I purchased and am perfectly pleased with the case.

    As some have noted in the reviews, the tool-free PCI/PCI-E snaps are not all that strong, so I did use, heaven forbid, a screw to ensure my video card was extremely tight.
  9. Well I wasnt limiting my self on the motherboard, thats just the 2 of the mobo's that grabbed my attention at the moment. I appreciated all the suggestions that were given they are all very usefull to me, and it will better help me make my decision. :D
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