So, I think I finally decided on the build I want. Rate or make reasonable change.

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  1. Danno

    Danno Bronx Poodle OT Supporter

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    Wanted to stay as close to $1000 as possible.
    Only question....is the 550W power supply going to be adequate for it?

    I realize that I could have chose a better motherboard, but for $90 it seems plenty good, at least it has good overall reviews.

    I also still need a CD/DVD drive.
     
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    The power supply is more than fine. A lot of people really overdo their power supply but you don't need 11ty watts unless you're running a few harddrives or something. The quality matters the most and Corsair makes good power supplies.
     
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    I would avoid Samsung drives for performance builds. they're okay for low-cost PoS machines and what-not. Seagate is the way to go.

    You should look at a different case. Silverstone or Lian-Li.

    Not a huge fan of G.Skill. Why not Corsair XMS or OCZ?

    Get an Intel mobo and do it right.
     
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    Replace all that and keep it under $1000?

    Hard Drive I would consider changing.

    Case is a steal at $90 (after rebate). Quiet, provides adequate cooling, and looks good IMO.

    I'll also have to look into buying a copy of Vista.

    Really, I need EVERYTHING for $1500. Looking for a nice 22" monitor.
     
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    You should change the hard drive.

    same price $109.99 Seagate 500GB 7200RPM SATA-300: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148136


    As for memory, go 4x1GB to get your 4GB total. It's gonna get you a better deal, and is faster. It's also got CAS4 timings.

    Two 2GB kits at $34 each, Corsair XMS: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145034

    $104.99 - Intel P35 mobo... Worth it.

    Here's your optical drive : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106079

    You think the case is a steal and I think it's an over-priced piece of shit. Be warned.
     
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    I dont think you'll be able to use the vid card to its potential.. that motherboard doesn't support 2.0 as far as i know
     
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    The card wouldn't be able to use 2.0 to its potential.
     
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    My last Intel D975BX was a complete POS. By the time I replaced it, I had lost 3 USB ports on the back and the LAN died. It lasted a total of 13 months and this is their most expensive board at $200+. Was fairly stable but I didn't really clock it that high (4.0 on w/ a Pentium D 945). It made for a great room heater. Not Core 2 compatible either so I may not even try to warranty it.

    Running a Gigabyte P35C-DS3R right now and it's been fine except some of the utilities are kind of ugly.

    You should be fine on the PS unless you swap the board and SLI it. I'm running a 500W w/ 3 HD's and a Q6600. My video card's an ancient x850XT but I don't game. The 600W I had before died after a year and I'm waiting on Coolermaster to get back to me...yes I bought the damned newegg sales. The 500W I have is also from them...but only $9 since I wasn't sure it was the PS that was causing stability problems.

    Basic Lian Li's are ~$80 or so from Newegg and works fine unless you need tons of space and pull stuff in and out all the time. It doesn't have all the separate HD trays and stuff. As for Vista...I got mine from Micro Center fo $150 OEM.
     
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    So, is the card not very good? Or do I need a better motherboard?
     
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    The card is fine. The issue raised is that even if the motherboard was PCI-E 2.0 that the card wouldn't be fast enough to exceed older PCI-E interfaces. Having PCI-E 2.0 is more about future proofing the mobo. Not really all that necessary unless you run monster screens and change video cards annually.
     
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    card and mobo are fine
    the 8800gt will not even max all of the bandwidth on a 16X PCI-E 1.0 board anyway
     
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    if you're buying the p182 on newegg use EMCACAHCC as coupon code for -30. Don't know how long the coupon code will last, was posted on slickdeals on 2/7
     
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    There is a $50 rebate on top of it too.
     
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    :cool:

    I think I may pull the trigger on this then. Only hesitant about the motherboard, think there is a better option out there, wouldn't bother me to spend a bit more on it if the advantages are worth the cost.
     
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    The DS3L is indeed short on features and is why the price is lower than most.
    Check out DS3R, DS3P, and the DS4.
    Gigabyte also just released "Dynamix Energy Saver" versions of those models.
    Just pick what will serve your needs.

    I have an Abit IP35 Pro and is very happy with it. If I'm buying now, the DS4 would probably be my other choice.
     
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    Thanks for the input.:cool:

    Now on to the most important part of all this, resarching to figure out how to put it all together and make it work....never done this before. My 5 year old HP worked when I pulled it out of the box.:o
     
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    Don't worry about it. Installation is easy.
    Just read the manuals or search online.
    Most connectors and plugs are idiot proof.

    Troubleshooting is the hard part but that is with the assumption that you'll encounter problems. Hopefully, you don't get any.
     
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    I'm not so much worried about plugging it all in, that is pretty straight forward. I just want to be sure that when it's all properly plugged in, I can power it on (without errors) and just pop in a windows disk and begin the install.

    Troubleshooting may be an issue, but I'll cross that bridge when I get to it.

    Still trying to decide on XP or Vista. I'm leaning towards Vista I think.:hsd:
     
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    vista, fo sho.
     
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    Danno Bronx Poodle OT Supporter

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    Premium or Ultimate
     
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    home premium.
     
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    Danno Bronx Poodle OT Supporter

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    That's what I was pricing out. Do you think 64-bit is worth it?
     
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    not at this time, no.
     
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    What's wrong with the case he originally picked?
     
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    it isn't the case, it is more like the guy who is making the comment. pothead likes to be overly opinionated. he probably couldn't back up why that case is bad with any real info.
     

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