Final build, any last suggestions?

I posted here a while back, but didn't have the money to start the build. Now I do, but prices/availability has changed a bit, so I've been working on a new build. Please be critical! Here's the build:

Case: Antec 900
99.99 from

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-EP35-DS3P

Processor: E8400

PSU: OCZ GameXStream 700w
89.99 with MIR

Memory: OCZ Reaper 4gb (2x2gb) DDR2
118.99 with MIR

Graphics: EVGA GeForce 8800GT 512mb
159.99 with MIR


DVD Drive: Samsung 20x DVD burner

OS: Windows Vista Home Premium 64bit OEM

Any suggestions/comments would be great! Thanks!
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  1. You need to change out your memory for some DDR2 800. That 1066 will give you stability problems in that P35 motherboard.
  2. boonality said:
    You need to change out your memory for some DDR2 800. That 1066 will give you stability problems in that P35 motherboard.

    Isn't the EP35-DS3P support 1066 memory?
  3. It says it does, but trust me and do a little searching. It doesn't play well without heavy tweaking and loads of frustration. DDR2 800 will save your sanity.
  4. I'll check into it, but from my previous research it seems like it hasnt been a problem for the majority of the people using 1066.
  5. If you don't need the extra 110Gb of HD, I'd suggest the newer 640Gb WD model

    I don't personally own it, yet, but there are some pretty good reviews for it.
  6. I actually like that drive, i'll probably switch mine out for it. Any other suggestions on the other parts? I'm still researching 1066 vs 800 ram. I may switch to 800 just to be safe, but want to find out more still.

    Just to be sure, for 800 speed DDR2, I'm looking for 4-4-4-12 timing, correct?
  7. This is what I think I have decided on. Anyone have any suggestions before I make it final?

    Shipped from CA
    1 Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    Item #: N82E16811129021
    Standard Return Policy $119.99

    Shipped from TN
    1 Antec EA650 650W ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 Power Supply - Retail
    Item #: N82E16817371015
    Standard Return Policy $99.99

    1 Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8400 - Retail
    Item #: N82E16819115037
    Processors (CPUs) Return Policy $199.99

    1 Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
    Item #: N82E16822136073
    Limited 30-Day Return Policy $89.99

    1 XIGMATEK HDC-D801 Aluminum HDD Cooler - Retail
    Item #: N82E16835233002
    Standard Return Policy $3.99

    1 XFX PVT88PYDF4 GeForce 8800GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
    Item #: N82E16814150252
    Standard Return Policy $179.99

    1 OCZ 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2P8004GK - Retail
    Item #: N82E16820227248
    Memory (Modules, USB) Return Policy $93.99

    1 Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
    Item #: N82E16835100007
    Consumable Items Return Policy $5.99

    1 ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler - Retail
    Item #: N82E16835186134
    Standard Return Policy $26.99

    1 GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX All Solid Capacitor Intel Motherboard - Retail
    Item #: N82E16813128059
    Limited 30-Day Return Policy $99.99

    1 SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black PATA Model SH-S202N - OEM
    Item #: N82E16827151155
    Standard Return Policy $26.99

    Subtotal $923.90
    Tax $0.00
    UPS 3 DAYS $44.92
    Rush Processing $2.99
    Order Total $971.81

    100 Dollars in MIRs, free Company of Heroes, and pretty cheap shipping for it all I think. I will be upgrading to 64bit Vista Home Premium as well. The Antec 900 and the PSU were a combo deal through Newegg, which saved me an extra 20 bucks, and the HDD fan was essentially free, doubt I'll use it though. Any other advice?
  8. No one has any comments or suggestions?
  9. The Antec EA650 PSU has a single 6+2pin PCI-e connector and costs $100
    Corsair 650TX has two 6+2pin PCI-e connectors and is $110 plus $20 rebate.
    The 2nd 6+2pin connector gives you a future upgrade option for a video card that take 2 PCI-e connectors (9800GTX 1x6pin and 1x8pin for example)

    The Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro comes with its own very good MX-2 thermal compound pre-applied to the heat sink so you can leave the AS5 off your buy list.

    Maybe consider the CoolerMaster Centurion 590 case $65 in place of the Antec 900.
    With the $15 case savings and the $6 AS5 savings upgrade the video card ECS 8800GTS (G92) $219 plus $50 rebate
    Or the MSI 8800GTS (G92) OC $229 plus $30 rebate
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