Updating aging system

I am upgrading an aging system. I plan on trying to use these parts from the old system.

I want to use the gtx 8800 oc I already have and the WD Raptor WD740ADFD 74GB 10000 RPM
and add these new components:

Antec Twelve Hundred
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB
ASUS P5Q Pro LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1100 (PC2 8800)

This will be a Vista machine mainly for gaming and HD movies. I am mainly concerned with game quality. I use a dell UltraSharp 2408WFP 24-inch monitor at 1920-1200 resolutions. Any suggestions you guys can make that would ensure good performance on that monitor would be appreciated.

I could also use some info on setting up the hard drives. If it would be better to get another new drive instead of using the raptor I can do that as well.
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  1. All good stuff: the latest WD VelociRaptor is about 30% faster, however.

    The 150GB model is on sale at Newegg today:
    Use Promo Code "EMCLNLT32"

    Partition C: at 30-50GB, and format the rest as a data partition.

    Keep your OS and private data on separate partitions,
    so drive image restores do not destroy private data
    created after the last drive image was written.

    When you create drive image files, write them to your Caviar
    for speed, then copy them back to the data partition on your Raptor,
    for redundancy.

  2. For $90 more, you can have the Cooler Master ATCS 840:



    Cooler Master listens to their customers:
    we recommend the CM 690 all the time
    to first-time builders = fabulous ventilation.

  3. +1 CM 690, I have it and love it.

    I would recommend this Mobo, it has the same features as the one you selected and after the rebate is cheaper:
  4. thanks for all the replies. The Raptor is being recycled from the old system so unless its a deal breaker kind of stuck with it. What type of Fps do you guys think I will be getting with this system at 1920x1200 res with the single 8800 gtx OC? My current system is a AMD 64 2.1ghz I am only gettting 5-10 fps in WOW when in High POP areas or Large encounters and its driving me nuts!
  5. :??: ehh its probably more your GPU than your cpu that is responsible for your low FPS, although if you had a better CPU it would definitely help. If you want to game at 1920x1200 resolution I would suggest a GTX 260+ or better
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