Midrange gaming build

Hey all,

Long time lurker, first time poster.

I'm building a mid-range, around $800 gaming PC based on some suggestions on the web. I've got a wishlist up and newegg, and I think I've got all the components, I just wanted to hear people's thoughts on it, such as improvements, missing items, or general thoughts.

This is my first build, so go easy on me if I've made mistakes :ange:

COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Model #: CAC-T05-UW
Item #: N82E16811119068 $49.99

GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3 LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Model #: GA-965P-DS3
Item #: N82E16813128012
124.99 -$15.00 Instant $109.99

HIS Hightech H195PRF512DDN-R Radeon X1950PRO 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready Video Card - Retail
Model #: H195PRF512DDN-R
Item #: N82E16814161061 $179.99

Rosewill RP500-2 ATX12V 2.01 500W Power Supply - Retail
Model #: RP500-2
Item #: N82E16817182016
$59.99 -$10.00 Instant $49.99

Intel Core 2 Duo E6420 Conroe 2.13GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6420 - Retail
Model #: BX80557E6420
Item #: N82E16819115016 $199.99

G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-2GBNQ - Retail
Model #: F2-6400CL5D-2GBNQ
Item #: N82E16820231098
$109.99 -$40.00 Instant $69.99

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3160815AS 160GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Model #: ST3160815AS
Item #: N82E16822148230 $53.99

PHILIPS 20X DVD±R DVD Burner 2-Tone SATA Model SPD2513BD - Retail
Model #: SPD2513BD
Item #: N82E16827248008 $32.99

Subtotal: $746.92

Of course, shipping + taxes apply, but that should work within my $800-830 budget. Please let me know what everyone thinks!!

Thanks for very much for the advice and assistance,

-Brian
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  1. looks good but get P35 over P965 board , because they are better and they support newer CPUs , get GIGABYTE P35 DS3R instead of that

    ALSO for CPU definitely get E6750 its even cheaper than E6420 and its faster
  2. Maziar told it like it is.......go for it
  3. sound good, better luck than me hopefully
  4. sounds good, better luck than me hopefully check my thread out i need help
  5. I agree with Maziar. The E6750 already runs at 1333mhz fsb. Go for it!
  6. On the motherboard, do you choose the front side bus when you install it, or does it automatically detect based on the CPU?
  7. I also agree with Maziar. Also, that Rosewill PSU is on Tier-5 ("Do not buy") of the list at http://www.tomswiki.com/page/Tiered+PSU+Listings?t=anon
    Choose one from Tier-3 or better. The Corsair HX models from Tier-2 are nice choices. Be aware that Newegg may not have great prices on PSUs.
  8. Not happy about the Rosewill...
  9. Duly noted so far....

    Another question... the G.Skill memory isn't listed as a Qualified Vendor on Gigabyte's website. Should I take that into consideration, or will it be ok?

    Also, I've found this board:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128059

    Would that be a good alternative to the DS3R? It has less SATA and no RAID (which I wouldn't need) and it's cheaper.

    Here's a power supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128059
  10. As for the Rosewill Power Supply, that specific one got a good review by Jonny Guru here: http://www.jonnyguru.com/review_details.php?id=48&page_num=4

    It got an overall 8.5 and a 9.5 for value. Most Rosewills seem to suck, but the RP500-2 specifically is good, especially for the price.
  11. Overclocking much?? If not OCing at all i think AMD x2 might be better bcause it offers cheaper CPUs and MBs at similar stock speed leaving more money for a better GPU. ><
  12. Save $100 and go with a Pentium E2160 that will overclock easily to 3.2 - 3.4 Ghz, matching the performance of a 6850. Put the money saved into a better video card, like an 8800 GTS.
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