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September 20, 2007 7:31:45 PM

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,


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a b 4 Gaming
September 20, 2007 7:47:11 PM

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
September 20, 2007 7:52:31 PM

Maziar told it like it is.......go for it
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September 20, 2007 7:57:51 PM

sound good, better luck than me hopefully
September 20, 2007 7:59:01 PM

sounds good, better luck than me hopefully check my thread out i need help
September 20, 2007 8:18:19 PM

I agree with Maziar. The E6750 already runs at 1333mhz fsb. Go for it!
September 20, 2007 8:20:32 PM

On the motherboard, do you choose the front side bus when you install it, or does it automatically detect based on the CPU?
a b 4 Gaming
September 20, 2007 8:29:50 PM

I also agree with Maziar. Also, that Rosewill PSU is on Tier-5 ("Do not buy") of the list at
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.
a b 4 Gaming
September 20, 2007 8:34:22 PM

Not happy about the Rosewill...
September 20, 2007 8:44:16 PM

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:

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:
September 21, 2007 7:03:13 PM

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. ><
September 21, 2007 8:02:15 PM

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.