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First build, are these components compatible?

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May 13, 2008 10:23:03 PM

Hi, i'm trying to build my first system and was wondering if these parts are compatible with each other:



-Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Dual Core Processor LGA775 3.0GHZ Wolfdale 1333FSB 6MB Retail

-Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L ATX LGA775 P35 1333FSB 1PCI-E16 3PCI-E1 3PCI SATA2 Sound GBLAN Motherboard

-OCZ Gold XTC PC2-6400 2GB 2X1GB DDR2-800 CL5-5-5-12 240PIN DIMM Dual Channel Memory Kit

-ASUS GeForce 8600GT Silentcool 540MHZ 256MB DDR3 PCI-E Dual DVI-I HDCP HDTV DIRECTX10 Video Card

-LG G-H20L-S10 Black DVD+RW 20X8X16 DVD-RW 20X6X16 Lightscribe INT SATA DVD Writer OEM

-Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 250GB SATA2 8.5MS 7200RPM 16MB Cache Hard Drive 5YR Mfr Warranty (X 2)

-Antec Sonata Iii Black Atx 16IN Mid Tower Quiet Case 3X5.25 2X3.5 4X3.5IN 500W 120MM Fan

-Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition OEM


This comes to $783.00 Canadian. Any suggestions?
May 13, 2008 11:35:40 PM

Looks okay, but what is your proposed budget and what is your purpose of this build?
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* I'd get faster DDR2 CAS4 stuff (4-4-4-12 timings), it shouldn't cost much more $5-10 at the most. Unless you don't plan on OC'ing your system.
* I'd upgrade the GPU, if you can afford it. Go with at least a 9600gt or 3870.
* There are a bit faster HD's out there, but if your budget is tight you have a decent one selected.
May 14, 2008 12:06:47 AM

My budget is basically don't go over $800.00. My purpose of this build is mainly for composing music and doing a bit of non intensive gaming. (going to buy an external soundcard and another gig of ram later). I don't plan to do any OC'ing. I think the GPU is okay for me because i'm mainly going to be playing counterstrike 1.6, WoW and Mass Effect. All other games i'll probably just play on my xbox360 or ps3. I'll look around to see if i can get some faster HD's. Do you think what i've chosen so far would all work together without any issues? Thanks.
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May 14, 2008 12:12:23 AM

Everything will work together so I wouldn't worry about that. There are plenty of options, but if this seems to fit your budget (which it does) than get it. I'd probably go with a bit bigger HD, so you'll have to decide. Someone here on the forums is much better at a better "composing" music than me, so hopefully you'll get more input.
May 14, 2008 12:31:14 AM

Thanks. The HD isn't very big but I am getting two of them plus I got an external one already.
May 14, 2008 12:34:42 AM

Sorry, missed the x2 on the end of your list. You might be better off with one big HD, like the 750 gb versions. There are a couple that run pretty quick and are around $120-130 USD for them. Not sure if your going to RAID your HD's, but from what I've read, it generally isn't worth it to do that. Not sure that helps, but that is something to consider.
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