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June 20, 2008 1:50:26 PM

Hello, I'm a new poster here, and after lots of looking around here, and elsewhere, I think I'm ready to build a computer. Does this look good? My main concern is will a 500w PSU be enough?

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115017

G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231098

EVGA 512-P3-N802-AR GeForce 8800GT
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130319

DFI BloodIron P35-T2RL LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?item=N82E16813136038

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136218

SAMSUNG Black 20X DVD+R DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151153

COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119068

Antec earthwatts EA500 500W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371007

EDIMAX EW-7128G IEEE 802.11b/g PCI Wireless Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833315041

Thanks in advance!

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June 20, 2008 2:42:22 PM

for what you have listed there a 500w earthwatts PSU would be fine, only problem you have not listed what graphics card you are looking at,

i mention this since if you are looking at the new gen cards (especially the gtx260/280) it appears that you need to have your own Nuclear power station to run them (i beleive it is around 240w a card) in which case you will probably need to up your PSU to a 650w or above with a 8 pin AND 6 pin connectors, if you are looking at an 8800GTS or lower then the 500w is fine
June 20, 2008 2:46:08 PM

Whoops, seems I listed the RAM twice. Sorry. D:
The card I'm looking at is the a 8800GT.
June 20, 2008 3:16:29 PM

well the PSU should be fine then, but it might be worth while to look into the crystal ball to see if you might upgrade your graphics card in the future as a 500w will not run the next gen cards let alone the cards after that.

but then if you are like me and get a system and then run it for 2-3 years without upgrading (unless absolutly nessesary) and bank all the money in a savings account that you would have upgraded with, then build a whole new system from the latest parts then you dont need to worry. this ofc is a personal choice.

next thing thou is your motherboard choice, i have personally never heard of DFI, however i do live in the UK so they might not have branched here yet, i personally would go for a gigabyte p35 DS3L as i know they are very good boards

Next HDD i beleive the WD caviar are a little bit loud, the flavour of the month at the moment in the UK is the samsung spinpoint F1 HDD's as reviews have shown them to be nearly as fast as the WD raptors yet a lot quieter and a lot cheaper
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