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New Build Advice - Haven't Built in 3 years

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August 1, 2007 2:41:50 PM

Be gentle, it's been about 3 years since I've put together a machine. For the most part, gaming will be the primary use of the machine. My main questions/concerns are:

  • Memory: Picked cheapo DDR2 800 memory and I don't know much about what timings are ideal for an Intel Core2Duo chipset, etc etc
  • PSU: For components I have (8800GTS, raptor drive, data drive, CD Rom), would this PSU be sufficient?
  • All SATA: Any issues with running an all-Sata machine? My last build I ran into problems loading OS onto SATA. Not sure if things have changed for the better with loading OS onto SATA drive.

    Here's link to newegg list:

  • Case: COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UB Black /Blue Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower
    Computer Case
    $49.99 -$10.00 Instant $39.99

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

  • Video Card: EVGA 320-P2-N811-AR GeForce 8800GTS 320MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Video Card - Retail

  • PSU: Rosewill Stallion Series RD600N-2DB-SL-BK ATX Form Factor 12V V2.2 / SSI standard EPS 12V 600W Active PFC
    $87.99 -$10.00 Instant $77.99

  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 Conroe 2.33GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6550 - Retail

  • Memory: Kingston 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model KVR800D2K2/2GR

  • OS HDD: Western Digital Raptor WD740ADFD 74GB 10,000 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM

  • Data HDD: Western Digital Caviar SE WD1600JS 160GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

  • CD/DVD Drive: LITE-ON Combo Drive Black SATA Model SHC-52S7K-05 - OEM
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    August 1, 2007 3:03:19 PM

    Looks get , get P35 boards
    August 1, 2007 3:03:32 PM

    Just a couple things to mention:

    On the RAM, the main thing that's changed is that you need to make sure what you buy is on the board's QVL. I don't think that's the same RAM (the one you have listed) as what they have on the QVL for your board, so you may want to rethink it.

    Also, you might look at the GA-P35-DS3R. It's the supports the same things but has more features (at roughly the same price)...not sure what you're looking for though.

    Lastly, I've never heard of "Rosewill", but I know that the Corsair 520W will support what you have listed. has a great deal for one at about the same cost (after rebate), and you DEFINITELY don't want to skimp on a PSU. I also recommend because they really have their chit together. Ordered - Saturday...shipped - monday morn...arrived - yesterday. It's the only part to my new build that's here already.

    *edit* Nevermind on the rebate towards the PSU...must have been another component. My bad, it's $100
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    August 1, 2007 3:42:57 PM

    Thanks for the replies... I updated the motherboard to the suggested P35. Is there a QVL for DDR2 800 memory DIMMs that I could use to ensure the memory I'm buying would be supported?
    August 1, 2007 4:52:24 PM

    What power supply would you recommend in place of the one I have bearing in mind a limited budget?
    August 1, 2007 6:08:15 PM

    There's this power calculator to give you an rough idea of what you'll need. If you can spend $100, the Corsair 520w is pretty good, but I have limited knowledge on what's best bang for your buck in this area, so others might know more...
    August 1, 2007 7:33:27 PM

    Strange...I got mine up to 538w, but yea, that's what I was talking about
    August 17, 2007 9:33:08 PM

    that power supply is solid. I am currently running one in my rig listed below in sig with no hiccups.