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Chozart? What it is? Nope... no idea *points to the left*

Bearlake is a new intel chipset that is the successor of the Intel P965 Chipset. However, since you probably won't upgrade *that* soon, the Asus P5B Plus will be just fine. It has all the features you need and overclocks pretty good.

If you plan to overclock as much as you can, then I'd recommend to get an aftermarket cooler.

So far, we have been pretty much recommending the 8800GTS, but I am going to drop it in my next list.

Also, DO get a SATA DVD burner... cabling will be cleaner, and you can disable IDE in BIOS, improving boot times
    
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You guys are awesome, really. Thanks. The only things i would change are the PSU & Case (I like a clean case, and i like modular psu's)

Does brand matter when selecting a PSU? And is 500w enough?
Yeah Rosewell isn't the best case, but for like $25 you can't complain lol.
If your looking for a more elegant case with a window, take a look at the Centurion 5 over at newegg.

And yeah brand matters, along with how many amps are on what rails. The PSU that Chozart gave; and that i reposted after him, is a good PSU, just it isn't modular. With a little work you can do wonders with a non modular PSU.
Just check out my gallery *the camera icon*, my case is proof that modular PSUs can look good.

I think chozart knows a good modular PSU though, i have seen him link one several times, i think...

And what monitor are you using with this?
And you said you wanted upgradability, are you looking to upgrade to the new intel processors that are coming out? The Penryns.
If not then i think you should go with Chozart's board, teh P5B-Pluss.

If your planning on going SLI eventually you should look into a EVGA board, like the 650i or 680i if you got more $$$
post #33 of 37
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Originally Posted by PeaceMaker View Post
I feel extra dumb, what is Chozart? Bearlake (is this a new type of processor?) this computer is really wetting my appetite and when I get my paychecks for the new summer job, i might be wanting to go over budget. hahaha. At first i was looking at the E6600 But that kinda put me overbudget



Says who?

I want to overclock as high/safe as possible!
*double post is worth it to comment on this!
Lol what is Chozart...

Well...
When a Man and a Woman...

Yeah go SATA media drives if you can, i was just trying to cut corners.
But i think my IDE drives look really good

Hehe, i run at 3500MHz and 3600MHz at times. Catch me if you can

But i do recommend you find room in your budget for a cooler.

Perhaps you could buy all your core components first, get it up and running, and then with your next paycheck get an aftermarket cooler.

*going to play supreme commander and pwn some newbs*
post #34 of 37
A somewhat different approach:
Total: $968.41 + $30.38 shipping = $998.79
  • Just picked any case in budget. No idea if this is your taste... sure isn't mine
  • Forgot about another budget mobo that overclocks quite well according to reviews and such... and has RAID on southbridge (if you don't like this one, get the Gigabyte DS3)
  • Choose an eVGA nVidia 7950GT. Saving money now.... you can step-up to an 8800 series card within 90 days. Alternatively, look for an 8600GTS or an X1950XT in the same price range (no step up for the X1950XT though)
  • About the best modular PSU in this price range... period.
  • I stick with the HK kit. CAS4, and highly overclockable.
  • Ok, ok... 250GB Seagates.. you got it
  • Funny that this SATA drive is cheaper than your IDE version.
  • Pretty good cooler for a pretty good price.
    
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post #35 of 37
I still haven't found a good Supreme commander game to join yet, so i am still trolling.

You didn't include shipping with your drive
Mine is $4.51 cheaper with shipping factored in lol.
And i didn't know sata media drives helped boot times.

Those barracudas own, i looove mine.

And while i know the HKs are good, i just don't see a need to pay about $10 for a little more headroom that will probably not get used. You gotta be at 400 FSB and 1:1 just to be at 800mhz

*that's it i'm hosting my own game lol...
post #36 of 37
You have an E6600... he'll get an E6320.

400MHz is only 2.8GHz....

You got your point on the Optical drive

It can improve boot times, since you can disable your IDE controller. Since SATA devices are basically recognized instantaneously (and IDE takes a bit), the initial POST screen flashes by so fast, I have no time to read it (and with a warm boot, most of the times I react too slow hitting <DEL> to get into BIOS...)
    
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post #37 of 37
Here's what I'd build (with the permission for small overage):

$165.50 Intel Core 2 Duo E6320 Conroe 1.86GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6320 - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115015

159.99 MSI P6N SLI Platinum LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/product/Produc...82E16813130081

84.99 G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-2GBNQ - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231098

$349.99 EVGA 640-P2-N821-AR GeForce 8800GTS 640MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130071

$67.99 Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD2500KS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822144701

$108.99 APEVIA X-Pider ATXA2XPW-AL/500 Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ATX 500W Daul12V (V2.03) Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811144119

$32.99 SAMSUNG 18X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe and Software Black IDE Model SH-S182M/BEBM - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827151145

$19.99 ASUS Dual Panel Black and Silver ATAPI / E-IDE DVD-ROM Drive Model DVD-E616A3/A6/ B+S/G/ACI/ - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827135140

Grand total = $1019.96 - $30 mail in rebate on GPU = 989.96 shipping included.

Good looking case with solid psu, according to reviews, GPU won't go obsolete too soon, Mobo is going to last. One minus - this would not have lightning fast hdd times. I haven't set up a RAID array yet - could the 250 be set up w/the 160 you have? If so, that would improve performance, and get you close to your 500. Also, you could add another 250 for $68 and still not get too far out of your price range.
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WD 250GB SATA 7200RPM + Seagate 7200.10 80gb HP Lightscribe DVD rw Vista home premium 64 37' Westinghouse 1080P hdtv 
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