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I asked my friend's smart cousin to find me some good computer parts, and this is what he came up with:

Category
Item (Price/with rebate)
url

Case
Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ($139.99/$99.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...ntec%2b900

Graphics Card
EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Video Card ($539.99/$509.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130072

Motherboard
ASUS P5N-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard ($142.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131184

Processor
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor ($480, will be $266 July 22)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115017

Cooling
Tuniq Tower 120 P4 & K8 CPU Cooler ($59.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835154001

Power Supply
OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI ATX12V 700W Power Supply 100 - 240 V ($139.99/$104.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817341002

Memory
CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory ($132/$92)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145034

Hard Drive
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD2500KS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive ($64.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822144701

Disc Drive
Sony NEC Optiarc Black 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM IDE DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1615/B2s ($17.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827101131

Misc.
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound ($5.99) (Apply very thin blob in middle of cpu between tuniq and cpu, for heat transfer)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835100007

Total: ($1511.92/$1366.92)



Problem is, I don't want a humongous case like the one above, but if I get a smaller one I'm not completely sure that I could fit the cooling system in it, because the reviews have said that it's HUGE. I am getting a new desk soon though, so I suppose size doesn't matter that much.

Am I missing anything vital? I already have the mouse, keyboard, speakers, and OS ready.

Suggestions? Comments? Criticism? Compliments?

Edit: Revised version:
Case
Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ($139.99/$99.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...pk=antec%2b900

Graphics Card
EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Video Card ($516.99/$486.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130072

Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-P35C-DS3R LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard ($158.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128048

Processor
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor ($345)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115017

Cooling
Tuniq Tower 120 P4 & K8 CPU Cooler ($54.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835154001

Power Supply
OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI ATX12V 700W Power Supply 100 - 240 V ($139.99/$104.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817341002

Memory
CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory ($125/$85)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145034
CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory ($125/$85)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145034

Hard Drive
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM ($79.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148140

Disc Drive
Sony NEC Optiarc Black 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM IDE DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1615/B2s ($17.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827101131

Misc.
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound ($5.99) (Apply very thin blob in middle of cpu between tuniq and cpu, for heat transfer)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835100007

Operating System
Windows Vista Home Premium ($109.99)
http://shop2.outpost.com/product/511...H:MAIN_RSLT_PG

Total: ($1606.92/$1422.91)
post #2 of 18
Dont get that Hard Drive..... get the Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320GB Perpendicular recording HD. Much better!

Also change the motherboard to a GIGABYTE GA-P35C-DS3R - Much better Motherboard and it has support for DDR3 (Next generation of RAM).

Apart from that he chose the parts wisely!
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q6600 Quad Core (G0 Stepping) Gigabyte GA-P35C-DS3R ATI Radeon Powercolour 4870 1GB 4 x 1GB (4GB's) 800mhz 6400 Geil Ultra Low Latency 
Hard DriveOSPowerCase
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 Windows Vista Home Premium Corsair 620WT SLI Certified Modular ATX Thermaltake Kandalf VA9000BWS (Black) 
MouseMouse Pad
Logitech MX Revolution Slicksteel Pro 
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Q6600 Quad Core (G0 Stepping) Gigabyte GA-P35C-DS3R ATI Radeon Powercolour 4870 1GB 4 x 1GB (4GB's) 800mhz 6400 Geil Ultra Low Latency 
Hard DriveOSPowerCase
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 Windows Vista Home Premium Corsair 620WT SLI Certified Modular ATX Thermaltake Kandalf VA9000BWS (Black) 
MouseMouse Pad
Logitech MX Revolution Slicksteel Pro 
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post #3 of 18
A few things
  • The Antec900 is not a BIG case, its just the same size as most other midi towers (Its NOT a full tower)
  • You might want to add a Silverstone FM121 120mm fan to your order as a fan for the Tuniq to help cool that Quad
  • Will you be using Vista? If you are you might want to get 4Gb memory
  • Don't get that HDD - Get a Seagate 7200.10 or equalivent
  • Mobo options - The Gigabyte DS3 is actully a better option too that 650i Asus. More overclocking options, and it supports DDR3 Ram!

Other than that - your set
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core2Duo E6600 @ 3.6GHz Asus P5N32-e SLI 680i ATI HIS HD2900XT 512Mb GeIL 2GB Ultra PC6400C4 | 4-4-4-12 @ 850MHz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2x 250Gb WD [Raid 0]|400Gb Seagate 7200.10 Sony Sata Dual Layer DVD Writer Windows XP Pro 19" Asus WS (1440x900) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G15 Corsair HX620W Modular (50A) Thermaltake Armor "Extreme Edition" Razer Copperhead Chaos Green 
Mouse Pad
Icemat Original Clear 
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Core2Duo E6600 @ 3.6GHz Asus P5N32-e SLI 680i ATI HIS HD2900XT 512Mb GeIL 2GB Ultra PC6400C4 | 4-4-4-12 @ 850MHz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2x 250Gb WD [Raid 0]|400Gb Seagate 7200.10 Sony Sata Dual Layer DVD Writer Windows XP Pro 19" Asus WS (1440x900) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G15 Corsair HX620W Modular (50A) Thermaltake Armor "Extreme Edition" Razer Copperhead Chaos Green 
Mouse Pad
Icemat Original Clear 
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post #4 of 18
Change the motherboard for something with 2 full x16 PCI-E slots if you want an SLI board. Get my board or the EVGA 680i A1.....<-----better for Quad OC'ing. Definately get the Barracuda drives that TheFatBloke mentioned.

Everything else is fantastic.
 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-6950X @ 4.0Ghz Asus Rampage V Extreme [Bios:3101] 2x EVGA GeForce Titan X SC Editions in SLI 32GB (4×8) Corsair Dominator Platinums (3000Mhz) 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Samsung 950 Pro 512GB M.2 Nvme 2x 256GB Vertex 4 SSD (RAID-0) 2x 2TB Seagate Barracuda [Storage] Pioneer BDR-207DBK Blu-ray Writer 
CoolingOSMonitorPower
Corsair H105 (Push/Pull) Windows 10 Pro x64 2x 27" Asus PG278Q ROG Swift 144hz  Corsair AX1500i Digital ATX 80 Plus Titanium 
CaseAudio
Lian Li PC-O8WX ATX Cube Case Logitech Z906 5.1 Surround 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-3930K (C2) @ (4.6Ghz) Asus Rampage IV Extreme X79 (Bios 3204) 3x EVGA GTX780Ti's SC Editions 32GB (4x8GB) G-Skill TridentX 2400Mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
2x 256GB OCZ Vertex 4's (RAID-0) 2x 2TB Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 64MB Cache Pioneer BDR-207DBK Blu-ray Writer Corsair H105 (Push/Pull) 
OSMonitorPowerCase
Win7 Pro 64Bit & Win10 Pro 64Bit Asus ROG Swift (2560x1440 @144hz) Corsair AX1200 + Corsair RED sleeved cables Coolermaster Cosmos II Ultra 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-6950X @ 4.0Ghz Asus Rampage V Extreme [Bios:3101] 2x EVGA GeForce Titan X SC Editions in SLI 32GB (4×8) Corsair Dominator Platinums (3000Mhz) 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Samsung 950 Pro 512GB M.2 Nvme 2x 256GB Vertex 4 SSD (RAID-0) 2x 2TB Seagate Barracuda [Storage] Pioneer BDR-207DBK Blu-ray Writer 
CoolingOSMonitorPower
Corsair H105 (Push/Pull) Windows 10 Pro x64 2x 27" Asus PG278Q ROG Swift 144hz  Corsair AX1500i Digital ATX 80 Plus Titanium 
CaseAudio
Lian Li PC-O8WX ATX Cube Case Logitech Z906 5.1 Surround 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-3930K (C2) @ (4.6Ghz) Asus Rampage IV Extreme X79 (Bios 3204) 3x EVGA GTX780Ti's SC Editions 32GB (4x8GB) G-Skill TridentX 2400Mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
2x 256GB OCZ Vertex 4's (RAID-0) 2x 2TB Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 64MB Cache Pioneer BDR-207DBK Blu-ray Writer Corsair H105 (Push/Pull) 
OSMonitorPowerCase
Win7 Pro 64Bit & Win10 Pro 64Bit Asus ROG Swift (2560x1440 @144hz) Corsair AX1200 + Corsair RED sleeved cables Coolermaster Cosmos II Ultra 
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post #5 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mad_Handlez89 View Post
A few things
[LIST][*]Will you be using Vista? If you are you might want to get 4Gb memory
Bit over the top really I think... 4GB is a kinda stupid amount for the moment unless you do substantial video editing or use a lot of graphics software (Not gaming) for Vista. 2GB should do fine although if it slows your PC down in a year or so you can easily get another 2GB's.

All your other suggestions were great though!
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q6600 Quad Core (G0 Stepping) Gigabyte GA-P35C-DS3R ATI Radeon Powercolour 4870 1GB 4 x 1GB (4GB's) 800mhz 6400 Geil Ultra Low Latency 
Hard DriveOSPowerCase
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 Windows Vista Home Premium Corsair 620WT SLI Certified Modular ATX Thermaltake Kandalf VA9000BWS (Black) 
MouseMouse Pad
Logitech MX Revolution Slicksteel Pro 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q6600 Quad Core (G0 Stepping) Gigabyte GA-P35C-DS3R ATI Radeon Powercolour 4870 1GB 4 x 1GB (4GB's) 800mhz 6400 Geil Ultra Low Latency 
Hard DriveOSPowerCase
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 Windows Vista Home Premium Corsair 620WT SLI Certified Modular ATX Thermaltake Kandalf VA9000BWS (Black) 
MouseMouse Pad
Logitech MX Revolution Slicksteel Pro 
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post #6 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mad_Handlez89 View Post
A few things
  • The Antec900 is not a BIG case, its just the same size as most other midi towers (Its NOT a full tower)
  • You might want to add a Silverstone FM121 120mm fan to your order as a fan for the Tuniq to help cool that Quad
  • Will you be using Vista? If you are you might want to get 4Gb memory
  • Don't get that HDD - Get a Seagate 7200.10 or equalivent
  • Mobo options - The Gigabyte DS3 is actully a better option too that 650i Asus. More overclocking options, and it supports DDR3 Ram!

Other than that - your set
i agree the 900 is not as big as it seems. my p180 is actually an inch or 2 taller and a little wider. also get a good 120mm fan for the cpu cooler. the silverstone fm121 is nice, as well as SilenX or Nexus. up the mobo to those suggested by the others posting here
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500k (4.7ghz at 1.33v) Asus Maximus IV Extreme MSI GTX 980 Ti 6G Gaming  16GB(4x4GB) G. Skil Sniper 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Crucial M4 Asus dvd-rom (sata) Corsair H105 Windows 8.1 X64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Asus ROG Swift Filco Ninja OCZ ZX1000W Silverstone Raven RV02 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Crucial M4 Asus dvd-rom (sata) Corsair H105 Windows 8.1 X64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Asus ROG Swift Filco Ninja OCZ ZX1000W Silverstone Raven RV02 
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post #7 of 18
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Originally Posted by TheFatBloke View Post
Bit over the top really I think... 4GB is a kinda stupid amount for the moment unless you do substantial video editing or use a lot of graphics software (Not gaming) for Vista. 2GB should do fine although if it slows your PC down in a year or so you can easily get another 2GB's.

All your other suggestions were great though!
Yes its stupid but its also stupid not to buy it with the prices on DDR2 just now.

I'm just running Firefox/Winamp/MSN & Xfire and I'm using 1.13GB

Vista loves ram.
    
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Core2Duo E6600 @ 3.6GHz Asus P5N32-e SLI 680i ATI HIS HD2900XT 512Mb GeIL 2GB Ultra PC6400C4 | 4-4-4-12 @ 850MHz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2x 250Gb WD [Raid 0]|400Gb Seagate 7200.10 Sony Sata Dual Layer DVD Writer Windows XP Pro 19" Asus WS (1440x900) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G15 Corsair HX620W Modular (50A) Thermaltake Armor "Extreme Edition" Razer Copperhead Chaos Green 
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Icemat Original Clear 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2x 250Gb WD [Raid 0]|400Gb Seagate 7200.10 Sony Sata Dual Layer DVD Writer Windows XP Pro 19" Asus WS (1440x900) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G15 Corsair HX620W Modular (50A) Thermaltake Armor "Extreme Edition" Razer Copperhead Chaos Green 
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Icemat Original Clear 
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post #8 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mad_Handlez89 View Post
Yes its stupid but its also stupid not to buy it with the prices on DDR2 just now.

I'm just running Firefox/Winamp/MSN & Xfire and I'm using 1.13GB

Vista loves ram.
Yep the prices are cheap now, going out though was a lot cheaper a month back!

I bought 4GB's just to sell in the future to make some $$$$!

I don't have a clue how higher the prices will go... depends a lot on how many buy DDR3 and what the prices of DDR3 become / change to.
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q6600 Quad Core (G0 Stepping) Gigabyte GA-P35C-DS3R ATI Radeon Powercolour 4870 1GB 4 x 1GB (4GB's) 800mhz 6400 Geil Ultra Low Latency 
Hard DriveOSPowerCase
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 Windows Vista Home Premium Corsair 620WT SLI Certified Modular ATX Thermaltake Kandalf VA9000BWS (Black) 
MouseMouse Pad
Logitech MX Revolution Slicksteel Pro 
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Q6600 Quad Core (G0 Stepping) Gigabyte GA-P35C-DS3R ATI Radeon Powercolour 4870 1GB 4 x 1GB (4GB's) 800mhz 6400 Geil Ultra Low Latency 
Hard DriveOSPowerCase
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 Windows Vista Home Premium Corsair 620WT SLI Certified Modular ATX Thermaltake Kandalf VA9000BWS (Black) 
MouseMouse Pad
Logitech MX Revolution Slicksteel Pro 
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post #9 of 18
Thread Starter 
Okay so I've got a lot of agreements on Seagate and Gigabyte DS3. Another question: What are the odds that some of the hardware won't agree with each other and figuratively blow up the computer?

Quote:
Originally Posted by TheFatBloke View Post
Dont get that Hard Drive..... get the Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320GB Perpendicular recording HD. Much better!
What makes it better?

Quote:
Originally Posted by TheFatBloke View Post
Also change the motherboard to a GIGABYTE GA-P35C-DS3R - Much better Motherboard and it has support for DDR3 (Next generation of RAM).
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mad_Handlez89 View Post
  • The Antec900 is not a BIG case, its just the same size as most other midi towers (Its NOT a full tower)
  • You might want to add a Silverstone FM121 120mm fan to your order as a fan for the Tuniq to help cool that Quad
  • Will you be using Vista? If you are you might want to get 4Gb memory
  • Don't get that HDD - Get a Seagate 7200.10 or equalivent
  • Mobo options - The Gigabyte DS3 is actully a better option too that 650i Asus. More overclocking options, and it supports DDR3 Ram!
  • Meh, that's just what my friend said. I haven't seen it in person.
  • Uhhh okay, so two fans?
  • Yep.
  • What makes the Seagate so special?
  • Ooh.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Mhill2029 View Post
Change the motherboard for something with 2 full x16 PCI-E slots if you want an SLI board. Get my board or the EVGA 680i A1.....<-----better for Quad OC'ing.
I didn't understand any of the first sentence.
What does SLI mean, and what are PCI-E slots/what do they do?
>_>

Quote:
Originally Posted by Mhill2029 View Post
Definately get the Barracuda drives that TheFatBloke mentioned.
Lots on consensus on this one.

Quote:
Originally Posted by TheFatBloke View Post
Bit over the top really I think... 4GB is a kinda stupid amount for the moment unless you do substantial video editing or use a lot of graphics software (Not gaming) for Vista. 2GB should do fine although if it slows your PC down in a year or so you can easily get another 2GB's.
I do a lot of Flash and Photoshop, but mostly Flash, but Flash CS3 doesn't really lag at all with XP and 512mB DDR2 RAM. I might want to look into a good video editing software, because Windows Movie Maker sucks, unless the Vista version exports at higher quality.
post #10 of 18
Thread Starter 
Bump. Would someone please address my previous post?

Also, what about a sound card? Wouldn't I need that for...you know...sound?
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