Help with computer build

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  1. Nguyen89

    Nguyen89 I recycle gold. OT Supporter

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    1 x Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Dual Core Processor
    1 x Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium Edition 64BIT
    1 x Western Digital SE16 500GB SATA2 7200RPM 16MB Cache 8.9MS
    1 x Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro LGA775 2500RPM 45CFM
    1 x LG GSA-H55N Black DVD+RW 20X8X16 DVD-RW 20X6X16 INT IDE 2MB OEM DVD Writer W/ SW
    1 x ASUS P5K-E ATX LGA775 P35 DDR2 1333FSB 2PCI-E16 3PCI 2PCI-E1 SATA2 RAID Sound GBLAN 1394 Motherboard
    1 x Corsair XMS2 TWIN2X4096-6400C5 4GB DDR2 2X2GB PC2-6400 DDR2-800 CL 5-5-5-18 240PIN Memory Kit
    1 x BFG GeForce 8800GT OCX 700MHZ 512MB 2.0GHZ GDDR3 PCI-E Dual DVI-I HDCP HDTV Out DIRECTX10 Video Card
    1 x Antec Nine Hundred Mid Tower Gamer Case 900 ATX 9 Drive Bay No PS Top USB2.0 1394 Audio
    1 x OCZ StealthXStream 600W ATX12V 20/24PIN Active PFC ATX Power Supply 120MM Fan Black

    what do you guys think of my build? any recommendations for change?
    it comes out to be just under $1300 CAD

     
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    Looks good to me, the only thing I'd change is the motherboard. The P35 chipset is good, but the P45 is the new one and has a few improvements over the P35.
    This is a good one.
    http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=30495&vpn=GA-EP45-DS3R&manufacture=Gigabyte

    I've got the same case and PSU, both of which have been great. If you're looking for a big overclock, you may also want to look for a different heatsink, the Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme is a great unit, and takes a 120mm fan that you have to buy seperately, but will let you customize it, so a slow moving 120 that will be super quiet, or a faster moving fan to move a ton of air and keep things really cool. If you're not overclocking at all, then the stock heatsink from Intel is really good.
    If you are overclocking, then you may also want to look for some faster ram, upgrading from PC6400 to PC8500 won't cost much, and will give you a bit more room for overclocking.
     
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    ASUS P5K-E == fail. don't do it.
     
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    what do you recommend
     
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    He recommends an Intel P45 board. Others (including myself) will agree on an Intel, Gigabyte, or Abit P45 based board. Personally, I have a P35-DS4 Gigabyte board and like it and would therefore suggest the P45-DS4.

    Also, I never liked LG but others say they are fine. Either way, optical drives are so cheap anyway that it isn't a big deal.

    I also really like Corsair PSUs, especially the HX models. It would almost double your PSU price after rebate so thats up to you. I don't personally know anyone with an OCZ one so can't say much about them.

    The rest of the components look fine. I would consider getting a 32MB Cache hard drive though. I have been biased toward Seagate for some time but WD would be fine as well.
     
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    LG optical drives are junk. get a lite-on if you want to save money, otherwise plextor has been king for over a decade.
     

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