First ever build. Could someone look at this before I mess up?

Like I said this is my very first custom built Computer (A Gaming machine). I picked out some supplies, but I'm unsure if they'll work. There probably will be some problems, but I figure its better to goof up here and get them spotted then wait to find out after I bought the parts. So, yeah, here's my list:

CPU: E8400 3.0 Ghz (I want to overclock this to 4.0)

Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-EP35-DS3P LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Dynamic Energy Saver Ultra Durable II Intel Motherboard

RAM: Team Xtreem DARK 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Hard Drive: SAMSUNG SpinPoint T Series HD501LJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

Case: Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Video Card: EVGA 512-P3-N865-AR GeForce 9600GT KO 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

Fan: ZALMAN CNPS 9700 NT 110mm 2 Ball Ultra Quiet CPU Cooler

DVD: Samsung SH-S203B Black SATA DVD+RW 20X8X16 DVD-RW 20X6X16 DL 18X/12X INT DVD Writer OEM

I realize I don't have a PSU. It isn't here becuase I really don't know what Wattage to get. Could someone suggest one?

Well, that's my build. Can someone Critique this please? Like I said this is my first build, so I'm expecting to have messed up somewhere.
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  1. It helps if you mention if you're overclocking and what your budget is.

    Don't forget the OS unless you already have XP/Vista you're planning to use.

    Don't get that RAM. Most likely good DDR2 800 RAM will be fine. A lower stock voltage RAM like the one below is more likely to fire up the first time without problems:

    Consider waiting until the new GPU's come out in two weeks, then decide if you want one of those or if you want to stick with the older cards (and the price will be lower after the new ones come out). This one is cheaper and a little faster than the one you chose btw:

    PSU - you need at least 500W, good quality power supply. Here's what I'd suggest:

    Don't get the Zalman CPU cooler. This one is much more effective:

    Otherwise, your choices look good to me.
  2. Ok. Looks good, except I might add a few minor changes. I just bought the 9600gt stock clock. Don't waste the extra bucks for the overclocked edition. I just went for the evga one for $149.99 and I can oc it using evga's tool to the overclocked speeds of the other 9600gt's.
    And I would swap that zalman cooler for the cheaper Xigmatek. I just bought that one too and it works VERY VERY well! I recommend it over stock cooling. I did my research on it too, and it turns out to be one of the top coolers right now. There's the link for the xigmatek cooler. It just barely fit in my aspire case, but i'm sure it'll fit in the antec if it fit in my case so you should be good to go. I just had to remove the side duct to make space for it, no biggie. Besides, there's a huge price difference!

    On the psu, I would recommend anything over 550watts, but make sure to stick to good names like pc power and cooling, silverstone, fsp (aka: forton), corsair, OCZ, some of the Thermaltake psu's over 700w. There's a list somewhere on tom's about psu's.
    Anyone have a link?

    You might want to switch the ram for something from OCZ, Corsair, Crucial, Mushkin, Adata, etc...they are the most used brands here on the forumz. If you go with one of those, you shouldn't go wrong.

    Other than those few things that'd save you money, your system should be freakin awesome. Possibly with the money saved on the gpu and cooler you might be able to bump your gpu up to an 8800gts or possibly a 9800.

    EDIT: i agree with modode on the ram. Ironically, modode, you posted while I was posting! DARN! We even selected the same heatsink...strange...:)
  3. Yeah, I'm sorry, I should have mentioned that. Yes, I am overclocking. My budget is about $1200, I can go a little over, but not too much. And thanks for the help! I really appreciate it.
  4. I like that corsair that modode picked. However, I'd suggest going for at least the 620 watt model. That gives you more headroom for ocing. However, i'm sure a 550watt would cut it for the time being. I have a 550watt psu and it's working fine for me.

    Try that one. It isn't too expensive, but has a massive amount for overclocking.
  6. the zalman cooler isnt worth the money for the performance its giving!and as others have said just get the stock 9600GT and dont waste your money.

    you wont need more then 600W(conservative) just take a look at those Corsais PSU.they are all nice and love to be work like a housewife!lol
  7. Click on the link below and scroll to the bottom of the page for info and guides on PSU's.
  8. Guys, thanks for your help! But I have a question that may or may not make me look like an idiot. What do you guys mean by "stock"? I'm totally new to this, sorry.
  9. They are referring to the stock gpu clock and memory speeds.Its not worth paying for the factory overclocked versions when you can just buy the cheaper "stock" clocked cards and over clock them yourself.
  10. stock means the original speed set by the chip maker.say like the E8400 stock speed is 3Ghz.just dont buy a card with tags such as "OC" "Overclock" "Extreme edition" on it.or alternatively the cheapest one you can get!they are all refernce board so its the brand name that charges you premium.
  11. swap out 9600 gt and get 8800 gt
  12. if you say that i gonna tell him to get a 8800GTS(G92) for a much better cooler and quieter operation and will have better OC potential.
  13. Just for the psu . I prefer that one

    SILVERSTONE SST-ST75ZF 750W Power Supply - Retail

    For the case It's ok ... The memory... I got 4gig of Oc ReaperX ... Works like a charm for me... taking my e6600 to 3.54 in no time.

    cpu cooler... My advice look some specialized site and took the best, you always need that as one of the best part.

    Good luck with your build
  14. 750w is way overkill for his dont need that much BUT a bigger PSU will safe you upgrading next time when you get a better system.your call.
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