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First attempt at a build, need some advice

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April 9, 2007 2:31:24 AM

Case: COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1681...

Power Supply: ENERMAX Liberty ELT500AWT ATX12V 500W Power Supply 90V~265V
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1681...

MB: MSI P6N SLI-FI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 650i
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1681...

Processor: Core 2 Duo E6320 (waiting till it comes out)

RAM: Kingston 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300)
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1682...

HDD1: Western Digital Caviar SE WD1600AAJS 160GB
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1682...

HDD2: SAMSUNG SpinPoint T Series HD501LJ 500GB
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1682...

DVD: ASUS Black 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1682...

DVD Burner: SAMSUNG 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 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner With LightScribe Technology
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1682...

Video Card: FREETECH PX6200TD-128M GeForce 6200 128MB 128-bit DDR PCI Express x16 Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1681...

Monitor: SAMSUNG 204BW Black 20" 6ms DVI
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1682...

Speaker: Klipsch ProMedia Ultra 2.0 30 Watts 2.0 Speaker
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1683...

I'm still searching for a TV tuner and a sound card. And I'm not buying all of this from Newegg, although most parts I will, I'm using it to help figure out the parts I want.
This is my first attempt at building a computer so I'd appreciate any and all advice.
Thanks in advance.

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April 9, 2007 12:58:58 PM

This is a gaming build? Overclocking?
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April 9, 2007 4:47:00 PM

It'll be my main computer replacing a 6 year old Dell. I don't plan for intense gaming, thats why I have such a low grade VC. I want this to be my all-purpose machine I guess.
I plan to OC the VC a little, outside of that I won't be overclocking.

2 things I'm thinking about changing

Motherboard:
GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3 LGA 775
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or
MSI P6N SLI-FI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 650i
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1681...

Power Supply:
ENERMAX Liberty ELT500AWT ATX12V 500W Power Supply 90V~265V
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1681...
or
ENERMAX Noisetaker II EG495P-VE ATX12V 485W Power Supply 115/230 V
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
April 9, 2007 11:13:40 PM

The memory is one hell of a deal. probably best for a stock pc. Lifetime warranty. Works out of the box.

The cpu is a good choice.

You could get away with a brand name 350w psu. 350w 18a can power 7600gt. 6200 is almost like the onboard 6100 chipset. However, some mobos won't post if the psu is lower than 400w. So out of the two, I'd go with the 485w enermax. Both have the same combined +12v 32a. Either can power 8800 gts. I'd downgrade the psu to fortron or hiper 400w if the video won't be upgraded.

As to mobos, I'd say get the ds3 for the solid capacitors which last longer than typical ones. You can get 5-7 years of use out of it.

The rest of the parts aren't terribly important so I won't comment on them.
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