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As a summer project my dad said that I/we could build a custom PC with a budget of $2k as an upgrade to the 8 year old 400mghz Dell XPS R400 I have been using

I've been researching components for a while and have gone through a few possible configurations. This is what I have now so I was wondering whether you guys have any input? Thanks for the feedback!

Cooler Master Praetorian PAC-T01 ATX Mid Tower
Thermaltake Purepower RX W0144RU ATX12V 600W
Intel Core 2 Duo E6600
ASUS P5N32-E SLI 680i
Scythe Mine
CORSAIR XMS2 2x1GB DDR2 800 (TWIN2X2048-6400C4)
eVGA GeForce 8800 GTS 640MB
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer
4 x Western Digital Caviar SE16 500GB 7200 RPM (OEM)
2 x LITE-ON 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner
Mitsumi 1.44MB 3.5†Internal USB 2.0 digital card reader with Floppy Drive
Microsoft Windows XP Professional with SP2
    
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Crazy amount of storage! Anyway, I like the scythe ninja better than the mine, or even better the big typhoon. Other than that it looks pretty good.
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Well first off congrats on getting your dad to fund your $2k computer
My dad only gave me a $1k budget lol and btw I have Dell XPS T450 at 400mhz, lol you will notice a HUGE difference.

I like your RAM, Mobo, and CPU.

Do you really need 2000gbs of space?? I would drop 2 of those and up your graphics card to a 8800GTX or maybe even 2. I really dont know what you would do with 2000gbs of space. And i personally would go with Vista Home Premium Edition so you can play DX10 games later.
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This is a great system, only thing, I would really get Vista if I were you, you got the whole DX10 hardware for it, it's the same price. Try to get ultimate on Ebay, I got the most amazing deal ever:
Full DVD Version of Windows Vista Ultimate, Factory Sealed (it was pictured factory sealed with the red tab), 32-bit and 64-bit CD, for only $199.99 shipped! I'm not talking about upgrade here, talking about the full version.
    
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PR1M3R: Lots of stotage, I know, but I'll gonna use 2 in Raid 0 and the other 2 for backup (gotta have that, lol). I'm into video, music, etc. so the storage space will be nice. Yeah, I just was looking in the cooling forum and saw the Thermaltake Big Typhoon VX. If it fits in my case I might get that instead.

purdueman: Thx! My dad's pretty generous, lol. I don't think a GTX wold fit in my case anyways and it would be kind of inpossible for me to SLI them later on also. I decided that the GTS was $200 buck cheaper so a better deal and I could SLI another one later on with the parts I already have.

Emmanuel: That's an awsome deal, but I'm gonna stick with XP for now. Driver issues, compatability, etc. I'll probably install Vista as well once it becomes more mainstream and such. That's why I'm thinking of a SLI board so I'll beable to run SLI'd cards when it it becomes nessesary for DX10 games.

EDIT: O yeah, another question: Would it be better to get the Corsair memory on the list for $91 or the G.Skill HZ memory for $105?
    
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The HZ's for sure. They can do ddr2 1000 without breakin a sweat. I understand about the storage.
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Well, putting them in RAID 0+1 is sensible, but the chances of your drives dying are pretty slim. I'd put some money towards some better RAM, not that you made a bad choice, but perhaps some 8000 ram?
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I had originally decided on the HZs but then saw the Corsairs for cheaper and thought I had read somewhere that they performed just as well.

EDIT: NintendoSensei, you just posted while I was: For backup I was just going to do a manual copy (backup software) every once and a while and before installing programs just to have a good copy if anything happened. That's what my we've been doing forever, lol. Also, for the price, I could probably just overclock the RAM to 8000 with similar performance.
    
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If he's into video editing and such, the very slim chance of losing his footage is large enough to constitute backing it up.

I'd know.

Further on topic: If you're going into video editing and such, you might fair a bit better waiting a while for a Q6600. The difference is noticable in video editing applications and the like. Or you could sell the E6600 later on and go Quad Core, but it'll benefit you!

Solid looking build.
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PR1M3R: Lots of stotage, I know, but I'll gonna use 2 in Raid 0 and the other 2 for backup (gotta have that, lol). I'm into video, music, etc. so the storage space will be nice. Yeah, I just was looking in the cooling forum and saw the Thermaltake Big Typhoon VX. If it fits in my case I might get that instead.
There is a little problem: with a SATA DVD+-RW, you cannot run RAID. there are numerous conflicts with this. If you want to run RAID0 with those 500GB HD's, get an IDE DVD+-RW and then run the 500's in RAID.

also, get the HZ.

and dont get two GTX's as suggested thats so far beyond overkill its not even funny...you should get one though

why downgrade to Vista? j/k lol, I would get Vista too although personally i dont like it, but if you are getting a DX10 card, then yeah you should use it.

finally, get a better cooler for a good OC. I recommend the Big Typhoon. VX just has a faster fan. just get the old typhoon with a new fan.
    
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