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New built after a looong time - need help/advice

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December 17, 2007 6:02:05 AM

Finally, I am forced to build a new computer for myself. The computer will be used for Internet browsing 50%, MS Office 30%, and occasional gaming. I am tight on cash, and I want my computer to be somewhat upgradeable. Also, I have no preference between AMD and Intel (the only reason I picked an Intel was OC, and socket). I have never before built a PC from scratch, but I installed every component (WIN included) except Mobo, CPU, and PSU. I also took apart few laptops, and I have been around computers since I can remember (got my first C64 before I even went to school). I am also willing to OC my CPU (since I am building on a budget). My budget is around $550 + OS; I am thinking Vista. Anyways, here is what I have so far:

COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UB Black /Blue Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1681...


GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1681...


Intel Pentium E2160 Allendale 1.8GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80557E2160 - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1681...


A-DATA Extreme Edition 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model ADQVD1A16K - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1682...


Western Digital Caviar SE WD1600AAJS 160GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1682...


Sony NEC Optiarc 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model AD-7190A - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1682...

Total so far $350.94

Since I haven't been following the scene I still need to pick a GPU and a PSU. Please help me build my first PC. Any suggestion is appreciated. Feel free to change anything above, and/or add something new.

P.S. I already have an 'old' CRT monitor that I am planning to use, so I will not be needing one. Thanks in advance

P.P.S Should I get some other HSF too since I plan on OCing?
December 17, 2007 7:43:42 AM

Cooling - The stock Intel HSF is good up to about 3 GHz. The Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro will take you up to about 3.2 - 3.3 GHz depending on your CPU and how much air you can move through your case. Anything better will be a budget buster
December 17, 2007 10:57:07 AM

would also take a look at the ati 3850.
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