Critique my budget built

I've never built a PC before, but i want to build a new pc to replace my craptastic 2.4ghz Pentium4 radeon 9600 ancient sony vaio.

I'm on a budget of $770

Motherboard:

http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=10008509
GIGABYTE GA-EP35-DS3L Intel P35

Case:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042
Antec 300

Processor:

http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=10007603
E8400 3.0ghz Core 2 Duo

CPU Fan:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233003
XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 + Retention Bracket

Memory:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820146731
Mushkin 4gig

Optical:
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=10008493
Sony NEC Optiarc

Hard Drive:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148261

Seagate Barracuda 250 gig

Video Card:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102747

Sapphire Radeon 4850

Power Supply:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371015
Antec EA650 650W ATX12V

Comes to $778.18 with shipping included.

My primary concern is compatibility, whether these parts will work with each other, especially the Mobo, PSU, Memory, and Case.
Any advice on improving my built will be greatly appreciated.
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  1. I just have two changes:

    First is the case. Ideally you want a low front air intake, or two, to pull air in the front and out the back/top.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042
    In your price range.

    This case comes with a good PSU:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129024
    but the airflow isn't the best.

    I'm not sure on the PSU, it looks OK on paper for a budget build...

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371015

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341001

    Both those seem to be good.

    The memory you listed has some pretty hefty voltage requirements for 800.

    Mushkin makes a 4Gig kit with good latencies and better voltage for the same price. I would think that would be more compatible.
  2. +1 for sonata 3
  3. Proximon said:
    I just have two changes:

    First is the case. Ideally you want a low front air intake, or two, to pull air in the front and out the back/top.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042
    In your price range.

    This case comes with a good PSU:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129024
    but the airflow isn't the best.

    I'm not sure on the PSU, it looks OK on paper for a budget build...

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371015

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341001

    Both those seem to be good.

    The memory you listed has some pretty hefty voltage requirements for 800.

    Mushkin makes a 4Gig kit with good latencies and better voltage for the same price. I would think that would be more compatible.


    Changes made, thanks for the critique.
  4. Get a SATA burner, the revised list looks good
  5. dirtmountain said:
    Get a SATA burner, the revised list looks good


    Is there anything wong with the IDE one? Does SATA offer better performance?
  6. Yes and it simplifies things and no oem ribbon cable for air flow
  7. I like dirtmountains idea, if it's not cost prohibitive.
  8. dirtmountain said:
    Yes and it simplifies things and no oem ribbon cable for air flow


    Replaced with

    http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=10008493
    Sony NEC Optiarc
  9. good build, looks promising...i would personally save a couple bucks up for a p45 though, pcie 2.0 might come in handy in the future, unless you dont plan on upgrading?
  10. eklipz330 said:
    good build, looks promising...i would personally save a couple bucks up for a p45 though, pcie 2.0 might come in handy in the future, unless you dont plan on upgrading?


    Probably not, next time i upgrade, it'll be a new Mobo for the new intel Nehalem processor.
  11. The 4870 can be as cheap as $240 w/rebate and a promo code. The GTX260 can be about $230 with the same.
  12. dam that mushkin mem looks good - ordering a very similar system tonite and trying to decide between that mushkin 5 4 4 12 at 1.8v or this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231122

    whch is 5 5 5 15 at 1.8v.
  13. Order placed, thanks for everyones help!
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