Final Check Before First Purchase

I already got a ton of help from you guys in my first thread, and it looks like today is the day to make my first purchase of a computer from scratch and I just wanted to see if you guys have any final thoughts. Also, I unfortunately am shipping this in NJ which means ~$90 in taxes (+~50 shipping) if I purchase from newegg, is there any other one-stop place I could turn to? I'm currently at college and I'm getting the parts shipped to a friend's house so I don't really want to order from multiple vendors and have things arrive at different times though. Thanks in advance.

The list! Prices are pre-rebates.

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail: $109.99

I was contemplating a coolmaster, but from what I hear this is better at keeping the computer cold (and is much better looking honestly).

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor - OEM: $179.99

ASUS P5Q Pro LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail: $139.99

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory: $74.99


mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory: $76.99

My friend uses G.SKILL and it has never let him down but mushkin was suggested in my last thread. I honestly have no idea.

SAPPHIRE 100245L Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported: $159.99

If I end up managing to save money somewhere (the ~$150 in taxes and shipping maybe) would it maybe be worth it to move up to the 4870? If so which brand do you think?

OCZ GameXStream OCZ600GXSSLI 600W ATX12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Active PFC: $99.99

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s: $79.99

SAMSUNG 2253BW Black 22" 2ms(GTG) DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor with HDCP Support 300 cd/m2 DC 8000:1: $269.99

Pioneer Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X: $29.99

ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler - Retail: $19.99


ZEROtherm ZEN FZ120 120mm CPU Cooler - Retail: $39.99


Tuniq Tower 120 Universal CPU Cooler 120mm Cooling Fan and Fan Controller/Heatsink: $49.99

This seems more a question of what price point to purchase. I once again have no clue :P. I'm under the impression the case already provides a decent amount of cooling and OCing wise I might do some but I'm not going to go crazy with it.

Cooling Compound
Arctic Silver Ceramique Thermal Compound: $5.99

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit English for System Builders 1pk DSP OEI DVD: $99.99

Logitech Media Black 103 Normal Keys 12 Function Keys PS/2 Wired Standard Keyboard: $14.99

Just a basic keyboard. Wireless would be nice but I don't want to deal with changing AA batteries on another peripheral.

Logitech S-220 17 Watts 2.1 Multimedia Speaker System

Seems like the best base-line speakers. Frankly I usually have my headphones plugged in anyway.
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  1. Build looks good, you can avoid taxes by going with , but they don't have the reputation that newegg does. They ship from Florida and a quick glance showed pretty equal pricing. They don't have the selection that newegg does.
  2. Go with the Mushkin RAM. It will operate at its advertised timings on the JEDEC standard 1.8V. The G.Skill probably drops back to 6-6-6-18 (or worse) on 1.8V.
  3. Looks good.

    I prefer the PC Power & Cooling S61EPS 610W for $10 more. The $10 is in the rebate as well.
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