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Old April 14, 2008, 02:48 PM
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Like the topic says, I am no hardware guru and am looking to build the best machine I can for under $900. Based on benchmarks and reviews these are the parts I have come up with. I am wondering if anyone here has any suggestions, can see any possible compatibility issues or etc.

EVGA E-GEFORCE 8800GT 600MHZ 512MB 1.8GHZ DDR3 PCI-E Dual DVI-I HDTV Out Video Card

Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L ATX LGA775 P35 1333FSB 1PCI-E16 3PCI-E1 3PCI SATA2 Sound GBLAN Motherboard

Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Dual Core Processor LGA775 3.0GHZ Wolfdale 1333FSB 6MB Retail

OCZ Gold XTC PC2-6400 2GB 2X1GB DDR2-800 CL5-5-5-12 240PIN DIMM Dual Channel Memory Kit

Western Digital SE16 320GB SATA2 7200RPM 16MB 8.9MS Hard Drive OEM

Antec P180 ATX Advanced Mid Tower Aluminum Case 4X5.25 1X3.5 6X3.5INT No PS W/ USB & Audio Ports

And finally my power supply, I don't really see a need to upgrade as it's 500W, and the E8400 is low power consumption.

Fortron FSP AX500-A 500W ATX12V 2.0 24PIN Blue Storm Power Supply W/ 120MM Fan Retail

Feedback greatly appreciated.
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Old April 14, 2008, 03:23 PM
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First, welcome. Second, all is fine and dandy with your choice of parts. Thirdly, I would add an after-market HSF for that E8400. Fourth, if you wish to oc, I would change that OCZ ram for some DDR2-1000 sticks - more headroom.
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Old April 14, 2008, 03:32 PM
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I'll second what Charlie said. Everything looks good but you might as well get faster RAM for the price of it. If you decide to overclock in the future your RAM won't hold you back but you also get the advantage of it now as you can still run the RAM at rated speed. You can make the RAM's frequency faster than the CPU's FSB but you can't make it slower AFAIK.
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Appreciate the feedback guys. I was considering the OCZ Platinum XTC REV.2 PC2-6400 2GB 2X1GB DDR2-800 CL4-4-4-15 240PIN DIMM Dual Channel Memory Kit. It's still DDR2-800 but is faster. Also, one of my friends suggested getting the OEM E8400 and the Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro LGA775 2500RPM 45CFM for the after-market HSF. As it would be about the same price as the E8400 retail.
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The ram that you selected is not faster, it has tighter timings. You want DDR2-1000.

As for the HSF, the AC7Pro is a great little cooler. And since that E8400 does not produce that much heat, it's a great choice.
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