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@Fkyx, it seems like a fine build to me. I would suggest an eVGA 8800 GTX over the PNY though. I would also suggest this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835106080 over your current heatsink.
Thanks. If I can fit those changes into the budget, I'll go with them. But I'm expecting to make this purchase this week, and I don't see prices or deals popping up in that time span.

What exactly would the difference be in getting the eVGA card? Is it mostly a reliability issue or would the eVGA card actually perform better? If it's not a real big improvement, I think I'll stick with the PNY card because, in the end, I have to adhere to my budget.
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Care to find some proof? I've never seen a benchmark show them perform noticeably different at 1680x1050. I've always seen them perform within one percent of each other. Also, I did mean the 640MB 8800GTS, not the 320, because, yes, the 320MB would perform noticeably worse than the GTX.
http://www.tweaktown.com/articles/98...red/index.html

At 1280x1024 they're fairly even, but once you go higher than that they start to space themselves out.

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Thanks. If I can fit those changes into the budget, I'll go with them. But I'm expecting to make this purchase this week, and I don't see prices or deals popping up in that time span.

What exactly would the difference be in getting the eVGA card? Is it mostly a reliability issue or would the eVGA card actually perform better? If it's not a real big improvement, I think I'll stick with the PNY card because, in the end, I have to adhere to my budget.
eVGA has a lifetime warranty so if anything ever happens with the card, they will replace it.

They have amazing customer support.

They also have their step-up program, which you most likely won't use, but within 90 days of the purchase of your video card, you can step-up to a higher model and simply pay the difference to eVGA instead of having to sell and buy new cards.

The lifetime warranty would certainly be nice, PNY only has a 1 year warranty and 2 if you register your video card.

One last thing, eVGA seems to put out better overclocks for some reason.

EDIT: This eVGA 8800GTX is $13 cheaper than the PNY one after a $30 MIR.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130072
    
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Opps, double post, thought someone else had posted after my last one.
    
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Thanks again Peroxide. The mail in rebate on the eVGA card makes up some of the price difference, and keeps me under budget. The Big Typhoon, though, puts me over a few dollars... I'll have to sleep on it.
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Thanks again Peroxide. The mail in rebate on the eVGA card makes up some of the price difference, and keeps me under budget. The Big Typhoon, though, puts me over a few dollars... I'll have to sleep on it.
No problem, look up some reviews on the Big Typhoon.

If you're planning on doing some overclocking, it's one of the best on the market.

The only issue is it's quite big for some cases, but the case you picked looks big enough for it.
    
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No problem, look up some reviews on the Big Typhoon.

If you're planning on doing some overclocking, it's one of the best on the market.

The only issue is it's quite big for some cases, but the case you picked looks big enough for it.
Is it really necessary, though, considering I'm not going to overclock *too* hardcore. I did some reading on it last night. I'd really like to bring the 3600+ to 2.8ghz, but xXkeyboardkowboyXx who is using the same chip, mobo, and cpu cooler, got his over 3.0ghz. If the BT isn't really necessary to reach at least 2.6ghz with the 3600+, I think I can settle for the Cooler Master Hyper TX.
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Yeah id def change the processor... think they have the 4400 in 65nm now might look at that if ur gonna oc
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Is it really necessary, though, considering I'm not going to overclock *too* hardcore. I did some reading on it last night. I'd really like to bring the 3600+ to 2.8ghz, but xXkeyboardkowboyXx who is using the same chip, mobo, and cpu cooler, got his over 3.0ghz. If the BT isn't really necessary to reach at least 2.6ghz with the 3600+, I think I can settle for the Cooler Master Hyper TX.
Well, lower temperatures don't only make it so you can overclock more.

You could have sub-zero temperatures and still get the same overclock, less heat would make the CPU last longer.

Also, just because it's the same CPU doesn't mean you'll get the same overclocks as not every chip is exactly the same.

With that said, if you feel confident that your CPU will make it that high and last then go with the current heatsink you have picked out, but if you want to be on the safer side then go with the BT.
    
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You could have sub-zero temperatures and still get the same overclock, less heat would make the CPU last longer.
Good point. I'll grab the BT up then. Thanks. I think I'm getting closer to having my final list, and I'm under budget with MIR's included.

Now I need to wait until my refund check comes in... *sigh*
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Just go for the X2 build, forget what the fanboys are saying. OC the 3600+ to at least 2.9ghz and you'll have one beast of a PC. I envy you
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