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October 5, 2008 1:13:00 AM

Long time lurker but first time poster seeking advice on the following build. Almost forum standard build but wanting to confirm compatability. First, not really planning on overclocking or crossfire but leaving the option open for later. I've buit my two current system but didn't have the great advice from this site. Most taxing use of my computer is games (nothing hardcore).

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Item #: N82E16811129021 $109.99

PSU more costly than others I've seen on these boards but it's advertised as efficient and quiet.
Antec NeoPower 650 Blue 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
Item #: N82E16817371010 $139.99

Looking for a solid performing board that is easy to setup out of the box. I believe this is also a decent board if I do try and OC later.
DFI LP LT P35 T2R LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813136039 $179.99

$20 more than the E8400 and about $80 cheaper than the E8600. Combo deal with this CPU and a ASUS PQ5 Pro for about $80 cheaper however some reviews say the DFI is easier to setup and get going.
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8500 - Retail
Item #: N82E16819115036 $189.99

SAPPHIRE 100245L Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
Item #: N82E16814102770 $159.99

hmm...does buffered and unbuffered still apply...it used to but not sure anymore as newegg didn't list it in the specifications? I've read here this memory is pretty good but wondering if it will work with the DFI board above?
mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 996587 - Retail
Item #: N82E16820146731 $76.99

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM Item #: N82E16822136218 $79.99

LG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner w/ SecurDisc Tech Black SATA Model GH20NS15 - OEM Item #: N82E16827136149 $24.99

maybe not needed if I'm not OC'ing but keeping options open for later.
XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail
Item #: N82E16835233003 $36.99

XIGMATEK ACK-I7751 Retention Bracket - Retail
Item #: N82E16835233019 $6.99

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
Item #: N82E16835100007 $5.99

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit English for System Builders 1pk DSP OEI DVD - OEM
Item #: N82E16832116488 $99.99

Subtotal: $1,111.88

I have a 22" monitor already. Appreciate feedback, thanks in advance.
October 5, 2008 1:29:26 AM

This PSU has a promo code for a discount and a rebate... and is just a bit better all around than your choice:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


"Looking for a solid performing board that is easy to setup out of the box. I believe this is also a decent board if I do try and OC later. "

That's not the best choice because it's the last gen board, and so is more likely to need a BIOS flash to work right... always a dice roll.

Better OCer, more features, easier out of the box, hey 20 dollars less :)  :
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DFI easier to set up and get going? That's news to me. I had always heard that DFI was the more technical brand requiring the higher degree of knowledge.

Price drop on the Mushkin! Yep that's the right stuff for either board.

Always spend the extra 2 bucks for a retail DVD burner because you'll get software with it.



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