Trying to cut some final costs

Hey guys, i can't even express my gratitude towards the feedback i've received and have almost finalized my build. my current build is as follows

mobo ($90)

cpu ($170)

gpu ($140)

ram ($72)

psu ($100)

hdd ($90)

optical ($32)

case ($50)

1) is it worth it to try and cut some costs by substituting the above motherboard with one of these? i don't plan on any future upgrades and i don't plan on using multi gpus.

2) is my memory brand ok? like is it reliable enough? and is it worth it to use ddr2 1066 or 800? (trying to reduce costs)

3) is there any where else i can stretch my dollar any further?

once again, ty for all comments and feedback. tom's hardware is a FANTASTIC site with a FANTASTIC forum~
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  1. I'd say stick with the motherboard that you have already, you don't want one with onboard video if you have a GPU already.
  2. You could save some with combo deals. (95W AMD Phenom II X4 945 + GIGABYTE GA-MA785GM-US2H combo) $229.98

    This RAM is faster, runs at a lower voltage, and is cheaper if you don't consider the MIR:

    G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 900(PC2 7200) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-7200CL4D-4GBPI-B - Retail $69.99

    You can save another $10 by going with this HD:

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM $79.99
  3. what is MIR? and switching to the F3 is very clear. ty for that heads up as well as the product combo deal.
    but about the ram u suggested, the timing isn't off? i thought my mobo only supported 800 or 1066, and i believe the one u suggested was 900?

    mavanhel, my current mobo has an onboard gpu, so you're recommending switching to the cheaper one without the onboard gpu correct?
  4. MIR = mail-in rebate.

    The RAM I listed will work just fine with your motherboard. The RAM speed rating on a motherboard doesn't mean much. It's just the maximum speed the manufacturer will warranty the motherboard for. Your board is rated to run RAM all the way up to 1333MHz by overclocking. Anything below the rated speed is fine.

    AMD chips actually benefit from the extra bandwidth of faster RAM. I use the PI Black kit I linked above in one of my computers. It will easily overclock to DDR2 1066 with 5-5-5-15 timings at 2.1v.
  5. Yup, sorry about that (I read things wrong again :P). If you're going to use a seperate GPU, there's no point in having onboard video, so I'd definitely go with the cheaper one.
  6. cool that's awesome to know. sorry to ask this, but the search feature offers a plethora of overclocking options, and to be quite honest i am a bit intimidated. is there one somewhat specific to the ram you recommended? is there also a somewhat specialized overclocking guide for an amd phen II x4?

    and regarding memory ddr2 ok to stick with instead of ddr3?
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