I need advice with components for a GA-EP45-UD3R build

I'm ordering parts to build a new pc on a GA-EP45-UD3R motherboard; it's been 8 years since I built a pc so I'm being cautious here ;-) I'm hoping to build a reasonably fast budget Win XP Pro system for use with mostly digital audio but some video processing, too. If you can recommend better components that are the same price or cheaper, please tell me.

I'm a little confused about the PSU I need to get. Does it have to have a 24 pin connector, or is a 20+4 the same thing? Is 600W enough? Are there other features the PSU should have? Can you recommend a good PSU for under $100? (I was thinking about getting a OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ600MXSP 600W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V [$75 AR]

For the CPU it's either an E8400 or a Q6600. For the CPU cooling I'm going to get a XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler and a retention bracket [$36 AR]. I've read a lot of people complain about fitting cpu coolers with this MB. Any advice? Is it feasible to install the cpu and its cooling onto the motherboard *before* I mount the motherboard in the case?

For ram: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) [$55]

and for graphics: ASUS EN8400GS SILENT/HTP/512M GeForce 8400 GS 512MB 64-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready [$30 AR]. The only games I do is maybe Flight simulator - is this card sufficient?

For hard drives I'll get a Western Digital Caviar Black WD7501AALS [$90] and hopefully install my current drive, a WDC WD5000AAKS-75YGA0, as the boot drive. Will it work to do that?

Thanks for any advice.
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  1. A 20+4 PSU will be fine. The OCZ you are considering should work fine too.

    I have a UD3P and it has a Xigmatek S1283 cooler /w bolt kit and it doesn't have any mounting problems.

    Depending on your budget, E8400 is cheaper than Q6600, both will work for what you intend to use it for.

    8400GS is not powerful enough IMO. Minimum GPUs you should consider:

    Nvidia - 9600GT 512mb or 9600GSO 784mb
    ATi - HD4670 512mb, HD4770

    You can find these video cards, well under $100. The HD4770 is new, so prices may still hover over $100.
  2. 20+4 is the same as 24 - only difference is that 20+4 PSUs will accommodate older MOBOs that require 20 pin plugs; OCZ PSU will be fine...

    For video, go with the quad - duals overclock better, but throughput for video (which is very demanding, and core-intensive) will be better (I have an HVR-2250 in the box, and an HDHomeRun on the net; can watch/pause live TV on one tuner, while recording two more channels, while transcoding wtv files to dvrms for commercial removal) with clean, 5.1, artifact-free TV - Q9550) will be helped greatly by the quad...

    G.Skill 1066 will work fine, I'm using 8g of F2-8500CL5D @ 1080 - if you need help getting it to 1066, just post...

    Nearly any recent GPU will work fine - I use a pair of lowly 3850s, get 5.9 in Vista, 6.2 in Win7 - bought 'em cause they're low power with plenty oomph...

    Drives will work fine...
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