$650 Budget Build Opinions

Looking for something that will hold me over for a year or two. Want to get quality PSU, HDD, RAM, case for future builds. Mainly concerned about the mobo, doesn't seem to get raves for OCing but I cant seem to find anything else at the ~$100 price point that does. I know the ram is a lil light but i'm still runnin XP and will add another 2Gs when I upgrade. What yah think?

Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W
SAPPHIRE 100242L Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16
mushkin 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s
SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA
Antec Three Hundred Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case


Comes in just over $650 when factoring in rebates, combos, getting case @ Buy.com
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  1. If you're willing to give up some of your rebate money, Super Talent has a 2 gig set of ram that's 4-4-3-8 for $50. Check it out on NewEgg.
  2. go for it
  3. That ram looks really nice, not familiar with the manufactuer, will I have problems locating a matched set a year or two down the line?

    Still strugling with the the mobo question, whats the difference with between the Gig DS3R vs. DS3L? Was looking at the Foxcon, Abit, MSI offerings too. Dunno so many to choose from and so hard to get recently updated info on. I'm looking for something thats good for simple OCing and has 1600mhz support.
  4. The D3SR has raid and I think but I'm not sure 2 PCIex 16 slots. I don't reccomend getting 4X1GB. If you want 4GB down the line, you should consider buying them now, they're generally only $20 more than 2 gigs.
  5. I was considering getting 4mbs as the prices are only marginally higher then 2mb kits but running xp32 I thought the system can't use it. I guess its only a problem if the it actually hurts the system to run 4ram on a 32 bit system, which I'm not really sure about.

    As far as the mobo is concerned now i'm starting to think about the MSI P45 Neo-F, seems to get pretty good comments on newegg concerning out-of-the-box-useability and simple OC'ing.
  6. or the MSI P45 Neo3-FR for $99
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