First computer build (Please help)

Hi, I'm new to building a computer and i would like to find out some information. This is my configuration i would like to do.

My Budget is 600-800$ Please list any better conponents i could get at a cheaper price

Configuration:

Motherboard-Intel Dx48BT2-249.99$


http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3720517&CatId=1533


CPU-Intel E8400 3.0 Ghz 6mb cache-199.99$


http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3574211


HDD-Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 750GB Hard Drive - 7200RPM, 32MB, SATA-300, OEM-129.99$


http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3561102&CatId=139


GPU-HIS Radeon HD 4850 Video Card - 512MB GDDR3, PCI Express 2.0-179.99$


http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3923845&CatId=2349


RAM-Patriot Dual Channel 2048MB PC10666 DDR3 1333MHz Memory-114.99$


http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3281629&CatId=3433


OS-Windows Vista Home Prem 64-bit DSP OEM DVD with Service Pack 1-119.99$

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3746812&CatId=306


Case-Ultra eTorque ULT33180 Mid-Tower ATX Case - Silver, Front USB, FireWire and Clear Side-59$


http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2337814&Sku=ULT33180


I know this adds to over 800$ but can anyone please suggest some changes that could make this system a little cheaper, Perhaps maybe buying a cheaper proccessor ( Intel E7200) and overclocking save a little bit of money? Any suggestions that would turn this sytem down to around 700-800$ would help.


I believe i forgot a few things and could someone tell me if im missing any parts.
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  1. As far as I can see, you forgot a DVD drive/burner and a power supply.

    For the power supply, get something 550W+ and get Corsair or PC Power & Cooling brands.

    For the DVD drive, get whatever brand you want but I prefer Samsung.

    You could lower the price by switching the Mobo to a P35 or P45, Gigabyte or Asus brand is usually good.

    Also, you should get DDR2 memory, you can get 2GB for half the price(or less) of DDR3, and DDR3 doesn't give any significant performance over DDR2.

    Yes, you could get a cheaper processor and overclock it, but, you'll need an aftermarket cooler and some thermal compound. I like Zalman CPU coolers and Arctic Cooling MX-2 thermal compound but pick whatever you prefer.

    If you can, buy your parts from Newegg.com, they are usually cheaper(unless you live somewhere they don't ship to then forget it).

    I hope this info. helps and I hope I didn't forget anything, good luck!
  2. Power supply and a DVD RW- a pretty high end system with the X48 motherboard and DDR3 RAM. Any particular reason you're shopping at Tigerdirect.com instead of Newegg.com ? Some comparable prices at tiger, but others are lower at newegg with a wider selection.
  3. OK first off why are you using Tigerdirect? They tend to charge more compared to Newegg. I used Tiger once and I won't go back. Anyway, here are some changes for ya:

    Motherboard:
    Here is a nice P45 board for you:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128345

    CPU:
    Intel E7200
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115052

    HDD:
    Seagate 750GB:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148298

    GPU:
    ATI 3870
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125086

    RAM:
    4GB DDR2-800 OCZ
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227267

    OS:
    Vista
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116488

    Case:
    Raidmax
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811156078

    PSU:
    Seasonic 500 Watt
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151040

    DVD Burner:
    Asus 20x
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135168

    Thanks everyone...I did not notice the missing PSU and DVD burner!

    That comes out to $781.88 after all your rebates come back. It is in your budget. Some cuts had to be made in terms of GPU and CPU. Maybe someone else can make some more cuts so that you can get that 4850. Don't waste your money on DDR3. It won't do you much good with the core architecture. Wait until your next system.

    Also: Where is the monitor? If you do not have one already you'll have to make more cuts in this system.

    Here is a nice 19" Hanns G monitor. $149.99 with free shipping
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824254029
  4. One question i have. How do i install a OS to a system?
  5. After EVERYTHING is in the computer you simply put the DVD in the drive. It will automatically run. Answer the questions and wait. That is all there is to it.

    Any specific concern?
  6. I was reading some articles on the internet and they said some things you have to flash and all that and that just got me all confused
  7. Nope no flashing to install an operating system. The P45 chipset will work out of the box with the E7200 so you won't have to flash the BIOS.

    Eventually after you do a little research and become more proficient with your computer then you can flash your BIOS and overclock your processor, memory, etc.

    If you have any other questions let me know.

    William
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