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Hey everyone. After a LONG hiatus, I've FINALLY been given the green light and almost complete freedom to build my family's computer. That's right. No need for Dell now!

I've been scratching my head over the vague Intel price drop rumors, but I want to get started on my build before the next ice age. How do you guys think this looks so far?

CPU: Core 2 Duo E6750(?)
GPU: XFX GeForce XXX 8800GTS 320MB
Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3 LGA 775 Intel P965 Express
RAM: G.SKILL 2GB (2x1GB)DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) and A-DATA 1GB (2x512MB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) for a total 3GB
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s or 320GB version?
Optical Drive: LG DVD-Multi GSA-H62L
PSU: korean brand 450w-ish
Case: korean brand $50-ish
OS: Vista 32-Bit Home Premium for System Builders Single Pack DVD - OEM


The case has to be bought here in Korea, and I'll have to research a while longer to see if my parts can fit in it.
Also, I can't decide if I should go for a motherboard that can support DDR3 RAM or not. With 3GB DDR2(and a 32bit OS) now, I'll probably upgrade to DDR3 instead of going 4GB or up. I wonder if that even makes sense... do you guys think I should go for a newer motherboard?

I'm leaving for the US tomorrow(!) to visit some friends, and I'll be ordering parts off of Newegg for those that are cheaper than in Korea. I hope I didn't make any stupid decisions while rushing around packing my socks and choosing computer parts...
post #2 of 34
Why are you mixing not only RAM sizes but companies? Bad idea.

Other than that it looks good.
post #3 of 34
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Hmm it seems A-Data has 2GB for the same price as G-Skill, so I guess I should go for that. Do you think trying to max out at 3GB is a bad idea, though?
post #4 of 34
just stick with 2gb g.skill.
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post #5 of 34
you won't see any performance boost with 3gb
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post #6 of 34
Stay with G.Skill. I haven't heard much about A-Data.

And it's not a bad idea to max out the RAM for 32-bit, it's just if you have a 4GB kit or two 2GB kits you'll be missing a GB until you get a 64-bit OS.
post #7 of 34
If you mix 2 different sticks of ram (brand/size/speed)

You won't get Dual Channel. Meaning no extra performance.

Just stick with 2 of the same sticks
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post #8 of 34
Also upgrade your PSU

PSU: korean brand 450w-ish = POS

Unless you want to blow your brand new system. That POS PSU has to go

PCPower and Cooling, Silverstone, OCZ, Seasonics, they're all very good PSU companies
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post #9 of 34
well xp sees 2.7gb, but i think vista reads up to like 6gb. But never mix ram company and sizes if you have 2X1gb G.SKILL , and you want to add more ram then get another 2X1 g.skill
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post #10 of 34
Get Crucial Ballistix for that price after MIR.

They have D9's and OC well.

Skimp the LG writer and get the Phillips 20X DVD+RW. It's cheap but IDE, there is a SATA version but it's a bit more expensive.

Don't skimp on the PSU, especially with a GTS. Get a good PCP & C or at least a Silverstone DA 650. Those are nice and stable.

For a case get something cheap but that has good air circulation. You'll regret if you don't...

If the EVGA 8800GTS is cheaper take that instead. EVGA / XFX is very good and similar.

Get 2 7200.10 250GB or so in a RAID0 array. That's the best possible choice that is cheap.

Good motherboard but if you can get a P35 chipset motherboard such as the DS3-R or P5k DDR2 edition.

Also get a Thermalright Ultra 120 / Thermalright 120 with a good high CFM fan. That will be ideal for overclocking the CPU. Other wise everything is okay.

EDIT: Also be sure to get some AS5 and Arti Clean for all your thermal goodness.

If you really want lots of ram get 64bit Vista and then 2 x 2 GB RAM Kit .. Or 2 2x1 GB kits.. 4 HZ's will be nice but you won't see too much improvment.. I think anything over 2 GB for home users is overkill.
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