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Took everything into consideration (including Shrimp's advice) and came up with this: http://i.imgur.com/VXozu.png.

I guess I'll give out one of the 3DMark keys in the contest forum.

I need the tool-set because I don't really have much of anything (that's not broken) here.

I'm not getting faster RAM because I'm not going to overclock that much. I'm thinking overclocking my CPU to around 4.2-4.5 GHz. Perhaps I'll settle on some middle-ground.

This will be my first DIY computer and I'm moving from a significantly slower machine. I'm told my mind will be blown.

This will probably give you a better idea of what I have currently.

If you consider the failing HDD and the broken case, it's not so glamorous.

I'm waiting a few months on the SSD, it's not really that big of a deal to me and I'm on a budget of $1350 USD.

Also, since I'm getting a 750W PSU (more headroom to do this), would I have enough ports for my 9800 GT to be my dedicated PhysX? Besides the GTX560 Ti, the sound card will probably be the only other PCI-E card I'll have.

I can justify the 750W PSU because there's a chance I might just get another 560 in the future to run in SLI (I don't believe I'd need the 9800 GT then).

Thanks again!
Edited by xetsog - 3/8/11 at 4:38am
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The 750W TruePower New could power this system with two GTX 570s in it.

Anyway, I think that using the 9800 GT as PhysX might actually be a bottleneck because its PhysX processing power may be much lower than the GTX 560's. I mean, I think that it's possible that you might get superior PhysX performance with the GTX 560 doing everything, so experiment carefully to make sure you're getting the best performance!

As for the tools: meh, you could get way better tools from a hardware store, such as Craftsman-branded tools. This Rosewill kit is probably just some cheap kit that is made in China or something (after all, why is it only $20 for all those tools?). Plus, you wouldn't end up with a bunch of tools that you'll never use (well, you may need some of these tools around your home a couple of times, provided that they last long enough). I mean, I only use two tools when I work on my system: a 4-inch length Phillips screwdriver, and a really short one (but with the same girth) when I don't need all of that length (it's one of those stubby screwdrivers). I've also used a long-nose Pliers a couple of times, but that was during a time when I was using rubber screws because I thought I had stripped some holes.

But beyond that, all I've ever really needed is one Phillips screwdriver. I mean, I don't know what I'd use the Ratchets for, I don't know what I'd use Allen Wrenches for (hex keys), I don't know what I'd use those "Star" Torx screws for (although, I did buy a full set once just in case I wanted to take a hard drive apart for fun, which I never did), I would never use the anti-static wrist strap, I'd never use that thing with the white cylindrical handle, I'd never use the tweezers, I don't know what those Square bits are for, I've never needed a mini, precision screwdriver, I've never used or needed a wire cutter or wire stripper, I've never needed an IC Insertion/Extraction Clipper, etc., etc.

In other words, I think it's a bit gimmicky. :/ Plus again, I would rather see my OCN friends buy some quality tools from a hardware store than some cheap tools that could have been made in China. Plus, I love the handle shape that my Craftsman screwdrivers have. It really does make a difference.

I apologize for ripping apart this tool kit because I feel like I'm making a personal attack here, but seriously: I think that this $20 could be better spent at a hardware store on a few very high quality tools (for both your computer and just around your home). I mean sure, this toolkit comes with that little 8-compartment storage box, but beyond that I think the only other part of this kit that you'd find useful might be one or two of the Phillips bits. Even I don't use a storage box; I just use a few Ziploc Snack Bags. But even then it's extremely rare for me to open them.

So here are the only tools I use on my computer:

Craftsman No. 2 x 4 in. Screwdriver, Phillips

Craftsman No. 2 x 1-1/2 in. Screwdriver, Phillips

I sometimes use that stubby one for fan screws because it's sometimes easier. Although, I haven't used it in a long time. I've kinda just settled on always using the 4" Phillips screwdriver. Although, there have been a couple of times when I needed a smaller-sized screwdriver, like this one. But that was only because I had an odd Phillips screw that was difficult to work with when using the #2 4-inch screwdriver, so I needed the thinner girth of the #0 but with that same blunt tip as opposed to the pointy tip of this screwdriver. But that was one time (I got rid of that screw) and I haven't needed any other screwdriver than the #2 4-inch one since then.

Anyway, I know it's only $20 and so I know that it's not really this big of a deal, but you could spend like $8-$10 on some Craftsman or Klein screwdrivers at a hardware store (or over the internet) and have all the tools that you'd ever need for your computer.
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Looks good,

GD65 is a solid board, It has some memory timing issues, but if you don't push too hard you won't even notice.

Solid build IMO

Great combo deal,

Good luck
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I've not only used a phillips #2 screwdriver, but also a smaller one for very small screws (taking off a gpu heatsink for example). Also, I would say that a good pair of wire snips are necessary for any pc tool bag, at least for cutting zip-ties. You could use fingernail clippers or sissors, but I use my wire snips quite often and a good pair is less than $10.
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I'll take your advice and run to the hardware store. I always feel so out-of-place in those kinds of stores.
Edited by xetsog - 3/8/11 at 7:22pm
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