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First Build, Advice Needed

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December 14, 2008 2:36:59 PM

This is my first crack at building a system and wanted to get some advice before I checked out at NewEgg this afternoon.

Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz
GPU: EVGA 512-P3-N871-AR 9800GTX
RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066
HD: Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s
OD: LG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner
Case: Antec 300
PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W

Also, I was possibly thinking of going:

Case: Antec 900
PSU: Antec NeoPower 550 550W

My main concern as of right now is the size of the 9800GTX fitting into the cases I've selected.

I think I may get more use of the 650W PSU, as I'll be bringing over a HD from a previous computer and possibly implementing a BluRay player in the future.

Any advice or things you'd do differently?

Thanks in advance!

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December 14, 2008 3:03:07 PM

Keep this:
Quote:
Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz
GPU: EVGA 512-P3-N871-AR 9800GTX
RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066
HD: Western Digital Caviar
SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s
OD: LG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner
Case: Antec 300
PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W


Switch RAM to this:
G.Skill PI DDR2 800. $50 @ Newegg. Runs 4-4-4-12 with only 1.8-1.9v! And OCes to 850Mhz with 5-5-5-15 no voltage change.

What OS?
December 14, 2008 3:08:05 PM

Shadow703793 said:
Keep this:
Quote:
Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz
GPU: EVGA 512-P3-N871-AR 9800GTX
RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066
HD: Western Digital Caviar
SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s
OD: LG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner
Case: Antec 300
PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W


Switch RAM to this:
G.Skill PI DDR2 800. $50 @ Newegg. Runs 4-4-4-12 with only 1.8-1.9v! And OCes to 850Mhz with 5-5-5-15 no voltage change.

What OS?


Dual booting Vista 64-bit (99.99 @NewEgg) and Ubuntu.

Thanks for the advice on the RAM, probably not going to OC anything, but want the best bang for the buck (though I'm sure everyone does).

Any advice on the case? The 300 is my "good enough" case, but I'd like something a bit further upscale w/o completely breaking the bank on it. I'd love to get the Anetc P182, but its hard to justify that much.
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December 14, 2008 3:25:08 PM

As far as cases goes Antec 900/1200 are my favorites. The Antec 300, P182 works just as well. Should have gotten your self the Antec 900 over black Friday, it went for about $50 or 60.
December 14, 2008 3:32:56 PM

Shadow703793 said:
As far as cases goes Antec 900/1200 are my favorites. The Antec 300, P182 works just as well. Should have gotten your self the Antec 900 over black Friday, it went for about $50 or 60.


So I've heard. Unfortunately this build just came to be in the past week, as the previous PC I had that I've been updating for the past few years ran into some major issues last weekend and is necessitating the upgrade.

Basically I just want to make sure my card, 2 HDs, 2 ODs, etc. will fit in whatever I buy. I haven't upgraded graphic cards recently, so I'm not real familiar with the size of the new cards, outside from what I've read on forums.

I've read the 900 is great, but very noisey and the 1200 is too much for my taste.

That said, NewEgg is currently running a combo deal with the 900 and the Antec NeoPower 550 550W ATX12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Active PFC. Makes it reasonably priced, but am unsure about the PSU requirements I'll need moving forward. Whats the lowest PSU you would go with?
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