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January 2, 2008 6:06:56 PM

I will be gaming but not overclocking. I already have a case, sound card, HDD, and monitor. I have also heard mixed things about whether my XP OEM (i purchased it, didnt come with a system) from my last build will be able to be activated with a new build. If not that I will probably get Vista Ultimate 32bit. Are there any recent xp games that wont run on Vista?

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model SH-S203N - OEM

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

CORSAIR CMPSU-520HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 520W Power Supply - Retail

Kingston HyperX 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model KHX8500D2K2/2G - Retail

ASUS P5K-E/WIFI-AP LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 Conroe 2.66GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80557E6750 - Retail

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January 2, 2008 6:13:51 PM

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I will be gaming but not overclocking. I already have a case, sound card, HDD, and monitor. I have also heard mixed things about whether my XP OEM (i purchased it, didnt come with a system) from my last build will be able to be activated with a new build. If not that I will probably get Vista Ultimate 32bit. Are there any recent xp games that wont run on Vista?
Pretty sure OEM can be reused. Just call M$ when you need to reactivate and tell them it's the same computer, but you just changed some hardware and had to reformat.

GPU: Good
PSU: Good
RAM: Good (Although, you don't really need DDR2 1066, DDR2 800 or even 667 would be more than sufficient)
Mobo: Good
CPU: Good

All in all, you did an excellent job choosing quality parts, and I don't see any problems or conflicts with any parts... so have fun building. :)  Btw, your case is a standard ATX case, right?
January 2, 2008 6:18:34 PM

I swapped the memory for:

2x Crucial Ballistix 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Desktop Memory Model BL12864AA1065 - Retail

Buying 2 1GB sticks was cheaper than the 2 stick pack (Thats all it is right?)


My case is standard ATX nothing fancy front and rear fans, and front USB.
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January 2, 2008 6:33:59 PM

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Buying 2 1GB sticks was cheaper than the 2 stick pack (Thats all it is right?)
Yeah, there is no such thing as "Dual Channel" RAM. They just package two identical sticks and label it has a "Dual Channel Kit", that way you guarantee compatibility. If you order them at the same time, then I don't foresee it being a problem. Sometimes they'll make different revisions of a certain stick of RAM which can cause problems. Again, you should be fine though.
January 2, 2008 9:02:26 PM

Nice rig, good luck
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