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My First Build UNDER $1250!!!!

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I've made some changes from the comments you have given me. Still under $1250.
THANKS A BUNCH!!!!!

First off, any advice that you can give is highly appreciated. This will be the first computer I have put together, and here is the list of the parts I have. All from newegg of course

Motherboard
MSI P6N SLI Platinum LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130081

I use this instead of P35 for the SLI.

Memory x2 (4GB Total)
G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800MHz (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231098

Should I upgrade to 1000MHz memory or stay with this?

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

I doubt I'll be needing more than 250GB, unless I go into video production or download a bunch of movies.

Video Card x2 for SLI (512MB Total)
EVGA 256-P2-N761-AR GeForce 8600GTS 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130084

Apparently, this card overclocks nicely, and a core clock of 675MHz.

CPU
Intel Core 2 Duo E6320 Conroe 1.86GHz 4MB shared L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115015

This thing can overclock like crazy!!!!

Computer Case
COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel, SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119068

It's cheap, what can I say?

PSU
OCZ GameXStream OCZ600GXSSLI ATX12V 600W Power Supply 100 - 240 V CB/CE/CSA/UL/FCC
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817341001

Since I am using 2 Graphic Cards in SLI mode, I need at least 450W for both.

CD/DVD Drive/Burner
LITE-ON Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner with LightScribe
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827151141

It's fast and nice.

CPU Fan
ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835186134

Should I buy this, or stick with the stock fan that comes with my CPU?

Windows Version
Windows Vista Home Premium Full Version

Keyboard and Mouse
Microsoft CA9-00001 Black 103 Normal Keys 3 Function Keys PS/2 Standard Basic Keyboard and Mouse Included
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16823109132

Cheap.

Floppy Drive
SAMSUNG Black 1.44MB 3.5" Internal Floppy Drive Model SFD321B/LBL1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16821103203

Yes, the breakthrough technology of the floppy drive.


Thanks for reviewing the parts, and again, comments are appreciated.
Gateway 6860-FX
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CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Core 2 Duo 1.86 GHz 8800m gts 4 GB 7200, 200GB & 5400, 320 GB 
OSMonitor
Vista Premium 1400 x 900 
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Gateway 6860-FX
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Core 2 Duo 1.86 GHz 8800m gts 4 GB 7200, 200GB & 5400, 320 GB 
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Vista Premium 1400 x 900 
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post #2 of 5
1)Definitely stick with the after market cooler if you are going to overclock.
2)Don't buy Home Basic. Doesn't even have Aero. Go for Home Premium (not sure of the price difference though.
money pit
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E8400 Gigabyte P35-DS3R BFG 8800GTS 512 4GBs G. Skill 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
2x 74GB Raptors (Raid 0) Vista 64 Dell 2405 Silverstone OP750 
Case
Thermaltake Eureka 
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money pit
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E8400 Gigabyte P35-DS3R BFG 8800GTS 512 4GBs G. Skill 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
2x 74GB Raptors (Raid 0) Vista 64 Dell 2405 Silverstone OP750 
Case
Thermaltake Eureka 
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post #3 of 5
for the cpu cooler, I would go for a thermalright 120 extreme, with a good fan

and for the PSU, I think 700w is a bit to much, go for 600w

*edit*
also look for a P35 motherboard, unless you want sli?
My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Athlon 3500+ Clawhammer 2.6Ghz 1.5V - 2.7 1.6V MSI K8T Neo2 XFX 7800 GS Xtreme 500/1500 4x 512 Kingston+Corsair 2.5-3-3-5 190Mhz-205Mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Maxtor 120gb + Hitachi 80gb Samsung CD-R/DVD Windows XP Home Proview 19" 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech CordlessKeyboard Antec Earthwatts 500w Plexi Case MX1000 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Athlon 3500+ Clawhammer 2.6Ghz 1.5V - 2.7 1.6V MSI K8T Neo2 XFX 7800 GS Xtreme 500/1500 4x 512 Kingston+Corsair 2.5-3-3-5 190Mhz-205Mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Maxtor 120gb + Hitachi 80gb Samsung CD-R/DVD Windows XP Home Proview 19" 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech CordlessKeyboard Antec Earthwatts 500w Plexi Case MX1000 
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post #4 of 5
Great setup!

Like Saxahonker said, I would recommend Windows Vista Home Premium instead. The Home Basic edition is very, very basic.

EDIT: didn't see that you already had a CPU cooler on there.The Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 is a great cooler too.

That's a great PSU as well, but you probably won't need 700 Watts (unless you plan on upgrading in the future).
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Q6600 G0 @ 3.6GHz (lapped) EVGA 780i SLI FTW @ 1600MHz FSB 2 x EVGA 8800GTX 768MB (SLI) @ 625/1500/2000MHz 2x2GB G.Skill PC2-8000 PQ @ 800MHz (linked to FSB) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2x160GB WD RAID 0, 750GB Samsung Spinpoint F1 LITE-ON 20X SATA DVD/CD RW Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Viewsonic VA2702w 27" LCD 1920x1080 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech Value 100 (beer magnet) Corsair TX 750W Cooler Master ATCS 840 Logitech SBF-90 (cheapest one on Newegg) 
Mouse Pad
Some kinda rubber thing (beer magnet) 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Q6600 G0 @ 3.6GHz (lapped) EVGA 780i SLI FTW @ 1600MHz FSB 2 x EVGA 8800GTX 768MB (SLI) @ 625/1500/2000MHz 2x2GB G.Skill PC2-8000 PQ @ 800MHz (linked to FSB) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2x160GB WD RAID 0, 750GB Samsung Spinpoint F1 LITE-ON 20X SATA DVD/CD RW Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Viewsonic VA2702w 27" LCD 1920x1080 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech Value 100 (beer magnet) Corsair TX 750W Cooler Master ATCS 840 Logitech SBF-90 (cheapest one on Newegg) 
Mouse Pad
Some kinda rubber thing (beer magnet) 
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post #5 of 5
Get a P35 based motherboard for sure.
My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 860 Asus Maximus III Formula ASUS 5870 8GB G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3 2000 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
X25-M 80GB, 1TB WD Black Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Asus VW246H Saitek Eclipse 
PowerCaseMouse
Corsair HX620 Antec 300 G5 
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My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 860 Asus Maximus III Formula ASUS 5870 8GB G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3 2000 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
X25-M 80GB, 1TB WD Black Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Asus VW246H Saitek Eclipse 
PowerCaseMouse
Corsair HX620 Antec 300 G5 
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