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June 17, 2008 3:32:36 PM

MOBO: Gigabyte GA-EP35C-DS3R

CPU: e8400

RAM: G. Skill 4GB 8500 (F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK)

Video: Asus EN8800GTS/HTDP/512M

HDD: Seagate 1TB 7200 rpm 32mb cache ST31000340NS

Chasis: Antec NineHundred

PSU: Antec NeoPower 650W

I'm not hard set on anything, been out of PC building for a while so I'm not sure where the money is at.
I appreciate any advice you folks might have. Trying to keep the box between $800-$1000.


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June 17, 2008 4:09:08 PM

Don't see anything wrong with those parts. They should work fine as a medium gaming machine and general purpose use. Should fall right in line with your budget also.
June 17, 2008 4:19:40 PM

DDR2-1066 has compatibility problems. I would stick with DDR2-800.
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June 17, 2008 4:38:18 PM

The Neopower 650 is $150 after shipping at Newegg. The 650TX is only $100.

The GA-EP35C-DS3R costs $30 more than the GA-EP35-DS3R and all you get is (pointless) support for DDR3. You can't use DDR2 and DDR3 at the same time, and throwing out DDR2 just to put in DDR3 is a waste even if DDR3 becomes much cheaper in a year or two.

That Seagate is very nice, but $240 for 1 TB is a lot. You can get two WD6400AAKS disks for only $200, and you'd save $40, get 30% more space, and lose no performance whatever.
June 19, 2008 12:16:34 PM

A warning about the Antec 900 case: It does not include a system speaker - you know, the one that gives the short beep indicating that the POST passed - at least, mine didn't. And my DS3P didn't have one built into the motherboard.