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Semi Budget Build <$700

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Links are for reference, not all was bought on Newegg.

E6600: $150 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115003
Gigabyte GA-P35C-DS3R: $105 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...n=ds3r&x=0&y=0
4x1GB Ballistix 6400 4-4-4-12: $120 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820146565
XFX 8800GTS 320MB XXX: $225 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150173
Coolermaster Eclipse: $5 (probably temporary unless it cools well) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...ster%2beclipse
Corsair 520HX: $70 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...=corsair%2b520
Chenming case (already have) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811125438
Hitachi/Maxtor 7200 160GB HD (already have)
Sony DVD-RW (already have)

The prices stated are after rebates, totaling $675. How's it looking for this budget? I tried to keep it under $700 for now, and if I need anything in the future, I can just make small upgrades such as SATA hard drives or a new CPU cooler.
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Only get 2GBs of memory and get a better GPU.
Main
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q6600@3.21GHz ASUS P5K-Deluxe 3870x2 4GB G.Skill PQs PC2-8000 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
1.32TB RAID0 & 750GB Storage Vista Home Premium 64-bit ViewSonic 22" LCD x2 Microsoft Ergonomic 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
SILVERSTONE ST1000 Rocket-Li Thingy Logitech G7 meh 
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Q6600@3.21GHz ASUS P5K-Deluxe 3870x2 4GB G.Skill PQs PC2-8000 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
1.32TB RAID0 & 750GB Storage Vista Home Premium 64-bit ViewSonic 22" LCD x2 Microsoft Ergonomic 
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SILVERSTONE ST1000 Rocket-Li Thingy Logitech G7 meh 
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post #3 of 5
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Originally Posted by AKAeric View Post
Only get 2GBs of memory and get a better GPU.
Agreed.
Desktop!
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Phenom II X6 1100T Foxconn A9DA-S MSI 560Ti HAWK 4GB Wintec AMPX DDR3 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOS
Intel SSD320 Western Digital Caviar Black OEM DVD+RW Burner Windows Seven Professional x64 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
23" Acer H233H LCD 19" Dell FP-Something ABS M1 OCZ ModXStream 700w 
CaseMouse
Lian Li Lancool Logitech G9x 
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Phenom II X6 1100T Foxconn A9DA-S MSI 560Ti HAWK 4GB Wintec AMPX DDR3 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOS
Intel SSD320 Western Digital Caviar Black OEM DVD+RW Burner Windows Seven Professional x64 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
23" Acer H233H LCD 19" Dell FP-Something ABS M1 OCZ ModXStream 700w 
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Lian Li Lancool Logitech G9x 
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Thread Starter 
320MB is more than enough for me at the moment. I will be buying a 22" monitor soon, but even at 1680x1050, I shouldn't really have any problems since I don't mind not having to have "max" settings all the time. At some point I will move to a GTX though, probably when prices drop a bit on them. I just couldn't justify spending an extra $140 on a 640MB just for the the extra VRam when I only use 1280x1024 now.

Forgot to mention, some stuff was bought already over the past month. Although I might sell 2GB of Ballistix if I see I don't need it for Vista. But for $60 for 2GB, can't really go wrong.
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Only get 2GBs of memory and get a better GPU.
I disagree. Look at the price of a 4gb Kit 270

2gb Kit 62

and for $10 more you get a 4gb Kit

He made the right choice. Although i don't know what app will take advantage of that unless you are doing alot of video editing otherwise you can just get a realy high end pair of 2gb sticks from G:SKILL or Corsair or OCZ or you can stay with the 4gb.

Unless you are dealing with massive resolutions over 1600*1280 or w/e it is then you need the 640mb card otherwise don't waste your money.
Dell E1705
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1.73Ghz Dell 7900gs 2gb 
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100gb DVD-RW Vista Home Premium 17inch 
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