building a moderate gaming rig. Will these parts work ok?

How did I do for a first timer? Please comment, thanks. I need advice before I buy. :) I did all this for around $842 including parts from home and a new OS.

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

GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3 (rev. 1.3) LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

GeIL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

SAPPHIRE 100176U Radeon X1950PRO 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Ultimate Video Card - Retail

FSP Group (Fortron Source) FSP350-60THN-R ATX12V Ver.2.0 350W Power Supply 115/220 - 240V NEMKO, TUV, CSA, IEC, UL, CE - Retail

Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz 4M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor - Retail

SAMSUNG SpinPoint P Series SP2004C 200GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

Microsoft Windows XP Home With SP2B 1 Pack - OEM

sound blaster live

linksys 10/100 LAN card



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  1. Western Digital Caviar SE WD800JD 80GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
    What about this hard drive?
    Its only $3 more, gives you the SATA interface for faster access and less cable clutter...not to mention, twice the capacity of the IDE drive you listed. The PSU you listed also has the SATA power connectors, so no worries there. The listed mobo also supports SATA.
    I'm guessing storage isn't your main concern, but i think this is the smallest SATA drive out there.
  2. Not bad. I wonder if that 350w psu is sufficient for the build though. I'd get at least a 450w fortron/hiper.
  3. I would deff get a SATA harddrive. There is really no reason not too, fast and more space.

    Or you can spend 9 dollars more (this one has free shipping) and get this samsung 200gig Sata drive for a measly 56 dollars. 40 gigs will seem like not enough before very long, and the sata drive offers better performance and less clutter inside your case.
  5. Check out this motherboard for $10 more while it lasts. Much better quality.
  6. thanks to everyone!! I have updated the hard drive to the samsung, althought the 80 gig did look great too. So many choices, so little money.

    I am still hunting for a power supply that would be a good match for my system. Maybe around 400W or so.

    Hashbrown, may I have a link to your recommended Mobo? :)

    Thanks again everyone! I will be buying soon. Please keep the evaluations coming.
  7. I second the DS3. $10 extra is no brainer. Guaranteed to overclock crazy & last a long while.

    As to psu:

    Should last one more video upgrade.
  8. Perhaps too you could swap out the processor with the 6320 or even 6420, overclock for the difference in MHz, and put your savings towards a 1950XT rather than the crimped 1950Pro. The XT is far better if you want to stay in 1900-series cards.

    If it's gaming your after, I'd shy back on the processor and put the most amount possible towards the graphics card.

    My $.02.
  9. Get a PSU with a higher output. And I would go with a GeForce 8 series video card because of the Direct X 10 support.
  10. All very good advice. Case is a personal preference. A good PSU is a must too.

    If this is a gaming rig, get an 8800GTS or X2900 card instead and if you have to, scale back on the CPU, although with that CPU and an 8800 you should be able to pretty much fly. For DVD burners and HDDs you'll wish you'd gone SATA if you don't. Newer SATA drives are often cheaper anyway. Be a minimalist and don't skimp on PSU, processor, or video card and you'll have yourself a nice gaming rig. Try to get two gigs of ram as well. Motherboards vary in quality, a bit in speed, how much overclockability they offer, and features - but most do fine if they work. The Intel chipsets are still among the best, particularly if you're not going to overclock.
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