Please rate/help me with my first-time build.

Hi, please help me with my first-time build. Frankly, I don't even know if this stuff will even work together. I plan on using this to play on a 28 inch monitor with 1920*1200 native resolution. Will mostly be playing things like CoD4, WoW, Crysis, etc. I guess I'll have to run Vista since they're screwing with XP now, but don't really know.

Also, please let me know if I'm forgetting some vital part of the machine. I have the peripherals, but I almost forgot to put the hard drive in there, so god knows what else has slipped my mind.

Thanks for your help!

Antec Solo Black/Silver Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Model #: Solo
Item #: N82E16811129018

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$99.99 -$20.00 Instant $79.99

Want a case that will hold everything without getting too hot and is not too terribly big as my manhattan bedroom is tiny.

GIGABYTE GA-EP35-DS3P LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Dynamic Energy Saver Ultra Durable II Intel Motherboard - Retail
Model #: GA-EP35-DS3P
Item #: N82E16813128083

In Stock
$164.99 -$10.00 Instant $154.99

I have no idea whether this is the best motherboard for me.

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Model #: 768-P2-N831-AR
Item #: N82E16814130072

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$469.99 -$20.00 Instant $449.99

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Crossfire Edition) EPS12V 750W Power Supply - Retail
Model #: S75CF
Item #: N82E16817341011

In Stock
$199.99 -$40.00 Instant $159.99

Looks like I'm overspending here, please tell me.

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor Model BX80562Q6600 - Retail
Model #: BX80562Q6600
Item #: N82E16819115017

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$275.99 $275.99

Not sure whether it would be better for me to use the processor above or below.

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80557E6850 - Retail
Model #: BX80557E6850
Item #: N82E16819115028

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$279.99 -$5.00 Instant $274.99

CORSAIR XMS2 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X4096-6400C5DHX - Retail
Model #: TWIN2X4096-6400C5DHX
Item #: N82E16820145176

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$149.00 -$25.00 Instant $124.00

Since ram is so cheap, I figured buying 4 gigs isn't a waste.

Sony NEC Optiarc 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model AD-7190A - OEM
Model #: AD-7190A
Item #: N82E16827118003

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$23.99 $23.99

Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Model #: ST3500320AS
Item #: N82E16822148288

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  1. 1) This is your MB - It is crossfire, your Vid card wont work, you need ATI vid cards with this. You need a SLI motherboard for Nvidia cards.

    2) Do you plan to SLI/Crossfire? If not lets get you a NON SLI/Crossfire board.

    3) The 8800GTX Vid card is not really worth the extra cash, It is the fastest card right now however the GT 512mb card can be purchased for $200 and is marginally slower. (If money is not issue, GTX is faster/better)

    4) Processor… you really want the E8400 or Q6600, I for one like the Q6600 as it is every bit as fast in games as the E8400 and the 4 cores make it better in some, also in general use the Q6600 is dominant.
  2. If you overclock, pick up ASUS P5E with DDR2 support, along with a good cpu cooler such as thermalright ultra 120 extreme and a Scythe 60cfm+ 120mm fan, then you're golden. Even on stock cooler, up the fsb to 333 to get 3ghz out of the quad.

    If P5K is too expensive, grab ASUS P5K-E which is slightly better than P5K in terms of overclocking.

    Lastly, for 1 GTX, a brand name psu with 450w & 30a is sufficient. A bigger psu will last a bit longer. 550-600w is the sweet spot.
  3. First, thanks a lot for your help.

    grieve -

    1) phew, thanks.
    2) I don't really know what that is, so I'll do whatever you think is best.
    3) I kind of have to get the gtx because my little brother has it and if I don't get it, he'll make fun of me. Also, I feel like with the 28 inch monitor I'm getting, I should go ahead and get a faster gpu.
    4) Unfortunately the 8400 is sold out at newegg, which I'll probably use exclusively because of their financing options. It seems to me like a 3.0ghz dual might be better for games than a 2.4 quad, but then I don't really understand the difference between the 8400 and the 6850 above.

    akhilles -

    I don't really plan on overclocking initially, since I hope the parts will be enough to play today's video games on max or close to max settings on the 1920*1200 resolution. However, when games start getting greedier, I'll probably turn to OCing.

    How is this board?

    ASUS P5E LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
    Model #: P5E
    Item #: N82E16813131219

  4. You don't have to o/c the Wolfdale which is pretty fast for most everything at stock.

    The difference between e2/4/6xx0 & e8x00 is that the 1st are 65nm and up to 1066mhz fsb whereas the latter are 45nm & 1333mhz fsb. Also, the cache is 6mb on e8400. Also, some new features. Go to intel site for details. Just search e8400 for example.

    The P5E is a solid X38 board. Get it.
  5. go for the quad...

    or wait a bit and grab the Q9450
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