Planning to build a computer

Ok, so im a highschooler, with some computer experience, im planning to build myself a new system, just wondering what some of you think about this, and if you guys could help me out while i learn.

Heres my planned specs:

GIGABYTE GA-EP35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

PNY VCG981024GXEB-FLB GeForce 9800 GT

Kingston HyperX 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1150 (PC2 9200) Dual Channel

Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

SAMSUNG Black DVD Burner

I already have my processor and case due to a mistake that i made, i tried another mother board that did not support my CPU. :??:

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Intel Pentium E5200 Wolfdale 2.5GHz 2MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor

So i pretty much know that i could have done with a better CPU, but my reasoning was that i was on a budget, and i wasn't really thinking, but at least i learned from that mistake. Anyways, this motherboard supports my CPU and later on I plan to upgrade to a quad core, a more ram, I plan to run 64 bit XP. The only problem i can think of wiht this build is that my motherboard's 4-pin CPU connector might not reach all the way up there. I have an Antec PSU, 500 watt.
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  1. You are paying too much for RAM. What you want is 1.8V CAS5 800Mhz:
    $20 after MIR.

    You should get a newer chipset motherboard:
  2. I actually thin you made a great decision on that'll be able to OC that bad boy beyond belief with a decent cooler

    you definitely need to drop to cheaper but still good quality ddr2 800 ram...

    That 9800gt is WAYYY that price, you might as well get a 4850 that will destroy the 9800gt in everything
  3. Oh yeah good point on the 9800GT... you can actually get one for far less, which I thought you were listing. the 1Gb memory isn't going to do that much for you and can actually slow the card down at times.


    Or get the 4850 Ashlan listed, which is the better choice.
  4. MSI makes some really nice cooling devices for their cards.
  5. 98000GT is a good card. Here is a EVGA unit I like better:
    It is cheaper.
    I like the dual slot cooler.
    EVGA has good support and a "step-up" program.

    Core 2 cpu's are not sensitive to ram speeds. Get a basic 4gb kit(2x2gb).
    Ram is cheap.
    Here is one from corsair:

    As a student look into a heavily discounted academic Vista license. I prefer the 64 bit version.

    Don't worry about a PSU lead not reaching.
    It probably will be ok.
    If not, you can always get an extension like this:

    ---good luck---
  6. I'm almost sold on this:

    reviews say:
    -faster "performance falls squarely between the reference 4850 and 4870"

    Some complaints about price but it looks good to me :)
  7. Thanks guys, i really appreciate all of this, i hope to stay dedicated to this site that i can continue to learn. i REALLY enjoy working and playing with computers, sometimes i can't tell the difference. I appreciate all these tips.

    Hi again, just went back and edited my wishlist, you guys saved me money by getting me a better system. Your all SO cool.
  8. I'd go with a P45 board, runs an extra $25 over the P35, but has crossfire support. The P43 that the proximon recommended is also a good board at the same price as the P35.
    ECS P45 with crossfire if budget is really a problem $75 after rebate (FSB 1333/1066MHz)
    Gigabyte DS3R with crossfire $107 after rebate
    Sapphire HD4850 $140 after rebate

    DDR2 800 RAM

    By going with a P45 crossfire board you leave some options open for the future, first the 4850 is hands down a better performer then a 8800GT/9800GT and it can also be used in crossfire. They are slowly phasing out the P35s so support will continue longer for the P45s.
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