My first time -- be gentle!

Well -- I'm gonna try it! Here is what I'm thinking... any red flags? Is it ok that I picked the OEM Vista? I really wanna keep this as straight forward as possible.

Ultra m998

PC Power & cooling 610

Intel e8400

EVGA nForce 780i

G.Skill 2x2g

EVGA 8800GTS 512 (g92)

Creative Labs X-FI X-Gamer

WD 500g SATA

Asus 20/32 Lightscribe

Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit DVD - OEM
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  1. OEM is fine. I would never buy a retail OS (except OSX its cheap anyway). Unless your the kind of person who needs tech support from some moron on a phone (forums are better).

    everything looks fine, only thing is your links aren't working (for me anyway). But I have looked at most of those components myself when I built my own just a few days ago and look as everything works together. Only thing is, do you want to do SLI? if not you could go with a cheaper Mobo.

    good luck.
  2. OK, lemme see iffin' i got this right... if ya ain't gonna use sli right away -- then there are better mobo options than 780i?

    Whatcha tink of this... GIGABYTE GA-EP35-DS3R?
  3. Another vote on dropping that MOBO, unless you plan on sli soon.
    Nice choice of PSU though. I would recomend this HDD,
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148288
  4. Oh-tay... this is good stuff!

    Is there any advantage to using a gigabyte video card on a gigabyte mb... they play nicer with each other?

    Also -- I can pick faster memory? up from 800 to 1066?
  5. Quote:
    ^^ kill the 780i (data corruption) and maybe get a non-OEM version of Windows


    its the 790i that is causing data corruption: http://en.hardspell.com/doc/showcont.asp?news_id=3166
  6. This beats a WD5000AAKS in performance and cost/gigabyte
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136218

    http://anandtech.com/mb/showdoc.aspx?i=3279&p=1
    All 7x0i boards have issues.
  7. Quote:
    ^ oh good so I'm not mentally insane


    No comment on the sanity or lack thereof, but I would avoid the 7xx series motherboards like the plague as well. Until or unless Nvidia figures out how to cure the problems, they are just too unreliable for my taste.
  8. ^Agreed.
  9. Welp -- how about these adjustments...

    GA-EP35-DS3R

    OCZ Reaper (2 x 2GB) DDR2 1066

    WD640

    Any advantage to pairing a gigabyte mobo with a gigabyte gpu?

    Do ya'll think I need to upgrade the fam and anti-heat slime or is stock good enough?
  10. publicradiohead said:
    Welp -- how about these adjustments...
    GA-EP35-DS3R
    OCZ Reaper (2 x 2GB) DDR2 1066
    WD640
    Any advantage to pairing a gigabyte mobo with a gigabyte gpu?
    Do ya'll think I need to upgrade the fam and anti-heat slime or is stock good enough?

    The motherboard & harddrive are good choices.
    That RAM is good if you intend to overclock beyond 3.6GHz otherwise it's a waste (2x2GB DDR2, PC2-6400 would do).
    Also keep in mind that if you intend to overclock beyond 3.6-4.0GHz an aftermarket heatsink and fan would be wise.
    Cheap but good : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186134
    Great performance : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233003
    Another option is the Thermalright Ultra 120 eXtreme + Scythe S-Flex SFF21F 120mm

    There is no real advantage from pairing a gigabyte mobo with a gigabyte gpu.

    Have fun and good luck.
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