Please comment on this build idea

I have decided to build another computer. This new box will be used mainly to play games, i.e. COD4, RTC3, NWN2, TF2, HL2. After scouring the forums for advice I have decided on this build, all parts coming from New Egg. Please feel free to comment and critique this set up. Any advice at all is appreciated as I am not the most up to date on builds and compatibilities. I humbly submit my mid-grade system below:

COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKA1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case Real Power Pro 550W Power Supply - Retail
Model #: RC-690-KKA1-GP
Item #: N82E16811119142

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$149.99 $149.99

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ABIT IX38 Quad GT LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Model #: IX38 Quad GT
Item #: N82E16813127033

Return Policy: Limited Non-Refundable 30-Day Return Policy

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$239.99 -$20.00 Instant $219.99

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EVGA 512-P3-N841-AR GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Model #: 512-P3-N841-AR
Item #: N82E16814130325

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$314.99 -$45.00 Instant $269.99

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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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$269.99 $269.99

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Kingston HyperX 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model KHX8500D2K2/2GN - Retail
Model #: KHX8500D2K2/2GN
Item #: N82E16820104008

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$139.99 -$60.00 Instant $79.99

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Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Model #: ST3320620AS
Item #: N82E16822148140

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$79.99 $79.99

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LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write Black SATA Model LH-20A1S OEM BK - OEM
Model #: LH-20A1S OEM BK
Item #: N82E16827106070

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$25.99 $25.99

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LITE-ON Combo Black IDE Model DH-52C2P-08 - Retail
Model #: DH-52C2P-08
Item #: N82E16827106082

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$23.99 $23.99

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Creative Sound Blaster Audigy SE 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Card - Retail
Model #: 70SB057000001
Item #: N82E16829102012

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$32.99 $32.99

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MASSCOOL 8WA741 92mm Ball CPU Cooler - Retail
Model #: 8WA741
Item #: N82E16835150082

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  1. Why not get a SATA combo drive? I'd get a different PSU, the Corsair VX 550 is a better unit than the Coolmuster;
    http://www.buy.com/prod/Corsair-VX-550W-Power-Supply/q/loc/101/205852646.html
    The same case w/o the PSU is $80. If you're interested in the Antec P182 here's a good deal after MIR;
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0257446
    You should give the on board sound a listen before you buy a card.
    If you're sure about the 1066 ram, this is a better deal;
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148069
    Lastly, not sure about the cooler, have alook at this one;
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148069
  2. I adjusted the build. I don't think I will over clock this. I'm hoping this will be fast enough running at standard settings. A few things I'm unsure of though; 1) can I run 4 gigs of ram with Windows XP Pro SP2? 2) Can I install Windows on a Sata hdd? Will Windows recognize it natively or will I have to install drivers for Sata?
    Here's the adjustment:
    COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    Model #: RC-690-KKN1-GP
    Item #: N82E16811119137
    $79.99 $79.99


    ABIT IX38 Quad GT LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
    Model #: IX38 Quad GT
    Item #: N82E16813127033
    $239.99 -$20.00 Instant $219.99


    EVGA 512-P3-N841-AR GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
    Model #: 512-P3-N841-AR
    Item #: N82E16814130325
    $314.99 -$45.00 Instant $269.99


    CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX ATX12V V2.2 550W Power Supply - Retail
    Model #: CMPSU-550VX
    Item #: N82E16817139004
    $104.99 -$5.00 Instant $99.99


    Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80557E6850 - Retail
    Model #: BX80557E6850
    Item #: N82E16819115028
    $269.99 $269.99


    Kingston HyperX 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model KHX8500D2K2/2GN - Retail
    Model #: KHX8500D2K2/2GN
    Item #: N82E16820104008
    $139.99 -$60.00 Instant $79.99


    Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
    Model #: ST3320620AS
    Item #: N82E16822148140
    $79.99 $79.99


    LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write Black SATA Model LH-20A1S OEM BK - OEM
    Model #: LH-20A1S OEM BK
    Item #: N82E16827106070
    $25.99 $25.99


    LITE-ON Combo Black SATA Model DH-52C2S-04 - OEM
    Model #: DH-52C2S-04
    Item #: N82E16827106100
    $22.99 $22.99


    Creative Sound Blaster Audigy SE 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Card - Retail
    Model #: 70SB057000001
    Item #: N82E16829102012
    $32.99 $32.99

    MASSCOOL 8WA741 92mm Ball CPU Cooler - Retail
    Model #: 8WA741
    Item #: N82E16835150082
    $20.99 $20.99
    Subtotal: $1,202.89
  3. Almost perfect. Switch E6850 out for either E8400 or E3110 which are the same thing. Aww, just what I said yesterday. E8400 may be delayed to April:

    http://www.shopblt.com/cgi-bin/shop/shop.cgi?action=thispage&thispage=0110030005017_BN60960P.shtml&order_id=!ORDERID!

    1) yup. I am. But only up to 3.5gb can be used. Sometimes 3gb.

    2) Yup. Might need SP2.

    3) SP2 will see SATA optical & hard drives. If you install the drivers from the manufacturers, they may run faster.
  4. Thank you for your helpful reply. One quick question if I could, I have XP Pro SP1 on the disk, and then I download SP2. Will that older version of XP see the SATA drive natively?
  5. I know that 2-3 years ago I installed XP on a SATA HD (actually I have done this several times). I have two copies of XP, though, and I can't remember if it was the one that had SP2 or not. I want to say the non-SP2 XP works on SATA too, but I'm not certain.
  6. I retract my last statement. I know non-SP2 XP will recognize and install on SATA HDs, because until I switched to an ATI card I never installed SP2, but I had to before the drivers would work (this comp is never hooked up to the internet).
  7. I think you want to install from the SATA DVD to the SATA HDD. I have done that with SP2. Not sure about SP1. You can build a XP setup disk with SP2 with:

    http://www.ubcd4win.com/slipstream.htm

    If you make a SATA driver floppy in advance, any XP will see the HDD at install.
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