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I already have the Crucial 10th anniversary ram which ran me around $230. I need the rig to cost $1250, so lets just say I have $1000 left. I can keep any parts I already have.

Do I REALLY need a new power supply because it would cost probably another $100 dollars. Would it be better just to pick parts that don't use extreme amounts of power?

I was thinking of an E6400 (I really want to try to get an E6400 over an E6300 if possible), a p5b deluxe (The new evga MoBo is awesome..., but I don't think it would be in my budget.), a 16M cache 7k rpm raid configuration. I don't really know what case I want, but I would like it to be cheap because it doesn't really increase the performance of the rig much if any.

I'm not too sure about a graphics card. I want to try to have it not consume too much power if possible. The 8800s are out of my budget and I was wondering if I should stay with my x1600 for a while until more Dx10 cards are released or if I should just buy a Dx9 card. Dx9 cards should be dropping in price soon because of the 8800 series so I'm not sure what I should do.

Thanks in Advance for the Help.
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E6300 $184
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115005

GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3 $145
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128012

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 (Perpendicular Recording) $80 ($160 with RAID)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148144

eVGA 8800GTS $500
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130071

COOLER MASTER Centurion 534 $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119106

$40 over budget but you could ditch RAID-0 in order to fit it all in
    
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The ICH8 southbridge on the DS3 isn't too good for raid, so if I get that MoBo I probably won't go raid. Do you think that would be a well balanced system? The $500 on the video card seems a bit too specialised for my tastes, but I still might go with it. I talked about not having to replace my power supply. Could my power supply handle a 8800gts? One last thing is the P5B better or worse than the DS3. Should I try to incorperate the eVGA chipset 680i MoBo thats supposedly very good?
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The ICH8 southbridge on the DS3 isn't too good for raid, so if I get that MoBo I probably won't go raid. Do you think that would be a well balanced system? The $500 on the video card seems a bit too specialised for my tastes, but I still might go with it. I talked about not having to replace my power supply. Could my power supply handle a 8800gts? One last thing is the P5B better or worse than the DS3. Should I try to incorperate the eVGA chipset 680i MoBo thats supposedly very good?
As long as you OC the e6300 it should all be nice and balanced

You won't have to replace the PSU unless it's on the verge of dying or something

The 680i is only worth it if you want to go SLI in the future, other then that it's pretty... meh
    
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I will also need cooling, so that will probably drive up the price more.

The 680i chipset does help.
http://anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/showdoc.aspx?i=2869
The review shows that the 680i boosts FPS in games and performance in other applications.
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If by RAID you mean RAID 0, then definitely ditch it. This offers almost 0 performance gain in a desktop environment, while bringing the large drawback of cutting your mean time to failure in half. So, you essentially double your risk of data loss while gaining almost nothing

The only RAID that makes "sense" in a desktop environment is RAID 1 if you have important data where regular backups alone aren't sufficient (Note, RAID 1 is NOT a replacement for backing up your data). In most cases though, this isn't even useful.

Take the money you would have spent on the RAID array and instead get the 6400, or a better video card. You'll see MUCH more peformance gain for your dollar by doing that.
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The ICH8 southbridge on the DS3 isn't too good for raid, so if I get that MoBo I probably won't go raid. Do you think that would be a well balanced system? The $500 on the video card seems a bit too specialised for my tastes, but I still might go with it. I talked about not having to replace my power supply. Could my power supply handle a 8800gts? One last thing is the P5B better or worse than the DS3. Should I try to incorperate the eVGA chipset 680i MoBo thats supposedly very good?
P5B is a better OC'r. IF you want to stay around the S3 price range you can buy a Open box P5B on newegg for about the same price as a S3. But IMO new is the way to go because you don't know what the previous owner treated the mother board.
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