I'm building a PC for the first time, a little help?

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  1. gaybutsex

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    It's not going to be top-of-the-line, but I think it should hold me for at least 2 years.
    mobo: A8V deluxe
    processor: A64 3200+, 939 of course
    ram: 2x512 ddr400 corsair, dual channel pack
    hard drive: seagate barracude 80 gig 7200 rpm ata100, 2 mb cache (skimped on this)
    case: TSUNAMI GEMINI II GE-46 18IN 4X5.25 1X3.5 6X3.5INT USB AUDIO IVORY 400W
    http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=12521&vpn=GE-46W&manufacture=Tsunami
    video card: eVGA E-GEFORCE 6600 256M DDR PCI-E VGA DVI S-VIDEO OUT VIDEO CARD
    http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=13353&vpn=256-P2-N369-TX&manufacture=eVGA
    DVD-RW: BenQ/ 16x4x16x DVD±RW / 2.4x DVD+R DL / 40x24x40x CD-RW / Black / Dual Layer / DVD Burner OEM
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1112576&Sku=B145-8003

    Now, I'm not sure about the case and video card.

    This entire system would cost me $1124.86, canadian, or around $945.34 US. Now for the questions. It's my first time ordering shit online, so bear with me.
    1) Is this a good deal?
    2) I live in Ontario where we have provincial and federal taxes. I'd have to pay tax on this, wouldn't I?
    3) The price of shipping is included, right?
    4) The case should be fine as long as it's ATX, right!?
    5) Would 400W be enough? I plan on overclocking, probably with stock cooling systems.
    6) Would the video card be a bottleneck? If so, what should I buy?
     
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    don't get the 6600 256MB... Get the 6600GT, instead.

    I wouldn't use that case (or the powersupply, more accurately). Look for Sparkle or Fortron.

    On the hard drive, there is NO reason to skimp... A slow hard drive will mean slow performance in almost everything you do. I'd go at least for the 80GB Seagate SATA drive.

    I can't comment on that online shop, or canadian pricing... i don't live in canada.
     
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    For MoBo try to get the nForce4
     
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    I've had a LOT of problems with hitachi drives. I'd say stay far away from em.

    How is the X800XL going to be better? In terms of lasting 2 years, the 6600GT supports pixel shader 3.0. The X800XL is only pixel shader 2.0. Right now, that doesn't mean too much, but in 2 years it will likely mean a lot.
     
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    just like AMD No SSE3
    :dunno:
     
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    I don't need nForce4. That'll be on my next computer, but thanks anyway.
    The hard drive I was going to upgrade to a 74 gig/10k rpm sata later on, I can handle the slowness until then. It'll still be a big improvement over my current one. Hell, I might even get a simple 40 gig for now.
    I like that DVD-RW, I'll get that instead. That's a really nice case, too. Looks good, better power supply and comes with 3 friggin' fans. And it's not that much more expensive(that price is in US dollars, right?)...I'll pimp it. o_O Thanks! Anyone else?

    edit: Oh yeah, and that X800XL looks pretty sweet too, but will the pixel shading downgrade make a difference?
     
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    Nop
     
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    On games that use it, yes.

    Not too much difference right now... But in the future I bet there will be. Kinda like when DX9 came out. Not a huge deal then, but now you need it to play new games in all their glory.
     
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    I guess I'll just get the 6600 then. 6600 256 or 6600 GT 128?
     
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    6600GT, for sure. I actually bought both to try em out (and to sell the one I didn't like) The GT scores over 1000 higher in 3dmark05, and plays HL2 a LOT better.

    Although it's only 128MB, it's DDR3, and it's clocked a lot faster. Big difference.
     
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    Alright, looks like I'm all set then. Thanks a lot, jolly and aztec.
     

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