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January 10, 2008 2:04:02 PM

Will be used mostly for Gaming. Already have case (Antec P180) with Antec Neo 550HE Power Supply (pls comment on this if it is not enough power). I will be re-using hard-drives for storage as well as re-using optical drives (all SATA).

Intention is to build a good gaming rig for now, with as much future upgrade posibility as possible within budget. I don't plan on Cross-Fire now, hence the single Nvidia card. Any and all help is appreciated!!

Motherboard: ASUS P5E LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor Model BX80562Q6600 - Retail

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

Memory: G.SKILL 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1000 (PC2 8000) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8000CL5D-4GBPQ - Retail

OS Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

Planning on using 32bit XP for now, but possibly upgrading to Vista 64 once SP1 is released and in play for a while. I plan on over-clocking the 6600, - should I use stock HS, or Zalman 9700?

Thanks for your help!

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January 10, 2008 3:26:09 PM

Looks pretty solid to me. I would go with a 650 watt and up PS to be safe, but everything else looks good.
January 10, 2008 4:03:05 PM

Almost identical to what I plan on upgrading to next week. Without starting another whole debate I'd recommend starting with Vista64. With or w/o SP1 beta your hardware is plenty enough that gaming will be identical between Vista and XP for all practical purposes. Plus you'll get your full 4GB of Ram.
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January 10, 2008 4:16:55 PM

I built the system under my name on the left 3 weeks ago, its very similar to your proposed one. I would get more PSU and vista 64. If you like blue neon my case and keyboard look great together. Good Luck :) 
January 10, 2008 4:57:27 PM

Thanks for the comments! Without 'starting a debate', what are the other reasons to go Vista64 (other than fully utilizing the RAM)?
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