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Oh, and for Power Supplies. Don't worry. Looking at your build choices so far; even this Corsair 450VX should power that system with ease. Even with the 8800GS.
    
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the XFX is also clocked higher i believe. they have a double lifetime warranty that woould cover the next owner if you intend on selling it, thus increasing the resale value. the warranty also covers oc damage.
True, the XFX's core is 580MHz vs. EVGA's 550MHz. But the XFX's memory is 1400MHz, while the EVGA's is 1600MHz.

Oh btw, will this card "break" games like Tron 2.0 and Unreal 1? I also have Freespace 2, but I know this will make it unplayable! lol

I just don't want to lose the ability to play Tron 2.0. I bought it almost 2 years ago, and I still haven't played it yet. I thought for sure I'd have a new system by now. lol
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Oh, and for Power Supplies. Don't worry. Looking at your build choices so far; even this Corsair 450VX should power that system with ease. Even with the 8800GS.
What about after OC'ing the e2180, the memory, and the GPU as high as I can? And what about when I replace the e2180 with something like the E8400, or E6850 (depending on the price)? Will that need me to go with a 600w psu?
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What about after OC'ing the e2180, the memory, and the GPU as high as I can? And what about when I replace the e2180 with something like the E8400, or E6850 (depending on the price)? Will that need me to go with a 600w psu?
As long as you have a nice stable PSU, 450-550w seems good. the 450vx wont allow sli however. The 550vx will. Thats if you care for sli.
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What about after OC'ing the e2180, the memory, and the GPU as high as I can? And what about when I replace the e2180 with something like the E8400, or E6850 (depending on the price)? Will that need me to go with a 600w psu?
The differences in amount of power all three of those CPU's will draw is negligible. The extra power required when overclocking your CPU and RAM isn't much, either. The video card will more than likely be the biggest energy sucker in your entire rig.

Before you do/buy anything, you may want to check out this PSU calculator to get a general idea of how much power you'll need for a specific system. It seems pretty accurate to me.
    
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The differences in amount of power all three of those CPU's will draw is negligible. The extra power required when overclocking your CPU and RAM isn't much, either. The video card will more than likely be the biggest energy sucker in your entire rig.

Before you do/buy anything, you may want to check out this PSU calculator to get a general idea of how much power you'll need for a specific system. It seems pretty accurate to me.
Thank you for teaching me that the differences in the amount of power all 3 of the cpu's I mentioned will draw is insignificant, and that the biggest draw on the power will most likely be the video card. I kinda thought so, but I wasn't quite sure.

So if that's true, then does that mean the video card draws more than like 125w? According to the PSU calculator (which I have used before as well), the e2180 oc'd to 3.0GHz at an estimated 1.4v will draw 122w. Is that normal?

Oh, and with the PSU calculator, I used the following settings to err on the high side (I'm including the obvious things too):

Single Core
High End - Desktop
e2180
CPU Utilization (TDP): 85%
OC'd CPU at 3072MHz, 1.4v
2 Sticks of DDR2 RAM
8600GTS 320MB
two IDE 7200's (my 40's)
1 SATA (the new 250GB)
1 DVD burner
1 DVD reader
Sound Blaster - All Models
PCI NIC (just in case I decide to skip the onboard Gigabit)
3 External USB Devices (kb, mouse, flat-bed scanner)
1 Fan Controller
3 fans: 2 Regular, 1 LED
System Load: 90%
Capacitor Aging: 30%

Total: 492w

So, if this thing is accurate, I can see that, even erring on the high side, I have plenty of headroom with the 550vx. Cool! I like headroom!
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^ Ah, I see. Maybe you would be better off with the 550, at least just to be sure.
    
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^ Ah, I see. Maybe you would be better off with the 550, at least just to be sure.
That's the feeling I'm getting too.

Do you think my build even counts as a "High End - Desktop"?
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That's the feeling I'm getting too.

Do you think my build even counts as a "High End - Desktop"?
It's all relative, I guess. lol.

But yeah, I would generally consider that rig a "high-end" desktop - at least compared to the average computer.
    
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Possibly instead of that 650i mobo you could get a more recent P35? Perhaps a IP35 for $60 (after MIR)?
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