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First build, C2D, advice appreciated

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May 16, 2007 10:05:30 PM

This is what I was thinking for my first build:

COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel, SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3 (rev. 1.3) LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Model #: GA-965P-DS3(rev.1.3)
$119.99 -$20.00 Instant $99.99

EVGA 256-P2-N615-TX GeForce 7600GT 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail
Model #: 256-P2-N615-TX
$109.99 $109.99

Intel Core 2 Duo E6320 Conroe 1.86GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6320 - Retail
Model #: BX80557E6320
$167.00 $167.00

CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X2048-6400C4 - Retail
Model #: TWIN2X2048-6400C4
$159.00 $159.00

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model LH-20A1L-05 - OEM
Model #: LH-20A1L-05

And an Antec Smartpower SP-500 PSU. And I already have a WD 7200 RPM SATA HDD.

I plan on overclocking maybe a little, but nothing major. I mainly burn DVDs, use Photoshop, and play occasional games. Any thoughts?
May 16, 2007 10:47:04 PM

My Thoughts
Case and MB are good parts.
Sounds like the 7600 will work for you and light gaming.
If you can afford it, get the e6420, it has a better multiplier for O/C
That RAM is very expensive, you can find good stuff for $90 now.
Heard people say Lite-on is not the best DVD. Look at a Samsung for the same price.
The Antec Smartpower is their lowest rated model. Look at the FSP 430.
May 17, 2007 3:07:50 AM

I got the same case last week and modded it a bit. I like it so far but then the build isn't quite complete (waiting on some fans I ordered).

I wouldn't get the Rev 1.3 DS3. I would go with the Rev. 3.3. ClubIT has it for $123 including shipping.

I wouldn't get a E6XXX unless you want to go big and get the E6600. It just doesn't make any sense to me when you can get an E4300 or E4400 and OC them. If you are planning on overclocking even just a little, you just don't gain enough to justify the price difference IMO.

So I guess my suggestion, aside from what the other two fellows said about the DVD and RAM, would be to get the better mobo. Get an E4300 or E4400 and then use the extra dough toward a better video card. Maybe a 7900GS or something.

My 2 cents anyway.
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