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None of this is already ordered:

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-965P-S3 rev 3.3
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600
Case: Raidmax Ninja
GPU: BFG GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB
RAM: OCZ DDR2 2x1GB 667MHz Dual Channel Gold 4-4-4-12

Having $200 more to spend would've really helped

I'm undecided on a PSU cause my budget for it is really, really low (just over $20.. if you have any suggestions, please do! even if it's $40-$50, please still do ;x)

I've read (on newegg) that the S3 mobo has issues, such as the CPU fan starting a few seconds after power on because the sensors have to update, and the onboard LAN being faulty, so I'm a little hesitant on getting it.
However, those reviews are for rev 1.0, and this is rev 3.3.. the only problem is that I can't seem to find anywhere with rev 3.3 customer reviews, so I can't tell if the issues are gone :/

I've been considering overclocking the CPU, or maybe getting a weaker CPU, overclocking it and getting a 800MHz RAM. (keep in mind I've never overclocked before, so I'm somewhat scared of doing it - I literally can't afford to fry my CPU because I couldn't get another one, and I don't think the warranty covers damage caused by overclocking :X)

Also, what do you guys think about the choice of RAM?

Thanks in advance! =p
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231065
go with that for ram

what is your budget
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post #3 of 54
Save a little cash, go with the e6420 instead of an e6600 and get DDR2-800



XCLIO GOODPOWER 500W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817189005
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Nearly $1.2k, and I forgot to mention I'm from Israel (I rushed the registration and you can't change the Country thingie =p), so the prices a little bit more expensive (if the price on the website is up to date, I can get the same RAM with CL4 (have you got any idea what the timings on the RAM on newegg is? can't seem to find it) for ~$139), but it's usually only $10-$50 more cause of import costs.

Penicilyn: I can't find any XCLIO power supplies for sale in Israel ;E If there's one reason I hate living in Israel, is that prices are higher and there's less you can buy =(

I also sent that shop an email asking about Q6600 price drops, but I don't think it's gonna be anytime soon :E (should get a reply at Sunday)
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post #5 of 54
neweggs good place for most components... A good and affordable ram is http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820220144 which has a $50 rebate with the same specs above, read a lot of reviews & ignore the few dumb people that static fry their ram while installing. Don't get too cheap of a PSU as it will make your whole rig useless. I agree with Penicilyn to get a 6420 or even a 6320 as you can overclock to easily above the 6600 stock. You'll even be able to OC a higher %age compared to a higher core. Overclockers don't buy best to run better, they buy cheap and OC to run best (w/ good cooling)
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Patriot is a bit too expensive in Israel :/ (~$117 for 1GB 667MHz CL5)
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Go for an OCZ or FPS PSU
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post #8 of 54
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I found a really cheap OCZ PSU for $46.. but I think that's a mistake lol =p

My main concern right now is the mobo - I don't want something I'll have to replace over and over again.. have you guys any suggestions?
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post #9 of 54
mobo: evga 680i A1 works good for OCing and its getting a new bios update in a few weeks to help OC higher especially with quad cores or if you are really cranking the FSB. lifetime warranty and check out evga site. good board support in the messageboards.
post #10 of 54
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Well, I still have a budget so it should have around the same cost as the S3, which is $130-$150 USD

I'd also prefer not to overclock if possible, because that voids the warranty and I don't have any experience with it, so it's just a disaster waiting to eat my money. ;p
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