Building this for a school project

Hey well this is my first post on this site, i've been reading here for a while now. Anyways I'm building this computer for a school project and it'll be my main computer after the project since I am in need of an upgrade :). I game here and there games like warcraft and bf2. Also for some light programming. Anyways I am going for a budget performance over clocked system. Please help and critique this build any input would be nice thanks :).

Motherboard : GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3 LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel

Cpu/Processor : Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 Conroe 2.13GHz 2M shared L2 Cache LGA 775

: Patriot eXtreme Performance 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800

: SAMSUNG Black 18X DVD+R + lightscribe

Hard Drive : Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s

Video Card : SAPPHIRE 100186L Radeon X1950XT 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 VIVO HDCP

Case : APEVIA X-CRUISER-BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

There are a few things I haven't picked out like the power supply and such cause I am not to familiar with that area. I was kind of leaning towards getting a modular to keep clutter out of the case. Also wondering if that case is good for airflow. Also if that video card is a little over doing it right now i'm on a 6600GT. Maybe something like a 7900GT but that only comes up like $20 cheaper I think. Anyways I hope you can help me finalize my decisions thanks :).
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  1. Wow thats one hell of a system for a school project.

    If you want to save some money go with the E4300 as soon as the prices drop in April.

    Yes that system looks good, I would keep the X1950XT.

    I hope you will OC this system cause what you have there is an OCing machine.

  2. Great rig!
    d :D b

    The X1950XT is great for the money. Good luck overclocking!
  3. Keep the video card, you won't be disappointed.
    I would go with an e4300, OCs great on the DS3.
    CheckPSU 101and get one of the tier 1 PSUs if you are serious about OCing.
    Don't forget to buy a good HSF, or water-cooling setup if you want a good OC.
  4. Tier 1 psus are fairly expensive, you arent going to be disappointed by tier 2 if you need to save money. Btw nicely set out, easy to read.
  5. Hey thx for the replies, It's a little late right now so I'll look for a psu tommorow. Hmm I guess tier 2 is what I should be going for cause Tier 1 is a bit to $$ pricey :).
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