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Hey guys, I've been reading these forums for a few weeks now and I need some help finalizing my build. Please let me know if I should add or replace anything. Here's what I came up with so far...

COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel, SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $44.99

GIGABYTE GA-965P-S3 Socket T (LGA 775) Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $115.99

eVGA 512-P2-N573-AR GeForce 7900GTO 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail $253.99

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 610 EPS12V EPS12V 610W Continuous @ 40°C Power Supply - Retail $159.99

Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 Conroe 1.86GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6300 - Retail $183.00

CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X2048-6400C4 - Retail $280.00

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD2500KS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $77.99

Thermaltake Big Typhoon CL-P0114 120mm Cooling Fan with Heatsink - Retail $43.99

Total = $1160

If approved, I plan on buying these parts within the week. I know some new stuff is coming out soon, should I wait for them to come out and hope for a price drop or would the price difference be minimal?

Thanks for taking time out to read my post. Hope to hear from you soon!
 

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Go for a Seagate 320GB I reckon because it has PR. Otherwise looking very good. Wanna compare my benchies to yours
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Only other suggestion I might add is drop down a notch or two on the PSU and step up on the motherboard.
S3's are nice, but I had to fight mine tooth and nail. Eventually I got so fed up with it that I relegated it to my media machine with a Celeron D.

If you want to stay in the same price range, the Biostar Tforce or the Foxconn 9657AA are pretty good.

If you want to jump up a notch or two the P5B deluxe is the best bet.

As for PSU's check out the OCZ Gamestream line, with your system you really shouldn't need more than 500 watts
 

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Hey Whodie, sounds like you had a pretty bad time with the S3. You got me kind of worried now. I checked out the Biostar Tforce and the Foxconn P9657AA, but I think I might just bite the bullet and go with the Asus P5B Deluxe. I don't know though, is the $70 dollar jump worth it?

I also looked into the OCZ Gamestream line like you said. I couldn't find any 500W ones on Newegg, but I found a 600W one.

OCZ GameXStream OCZ600GXSSLI ATX12V 600W Power Supply - Retail

Looks like I'll be saving around $45, but now it seems like it'll be going towards the P5B Deluxe. Just when you think you saved a few bucks, you end up spending more, damn!


Now I have another problem, the 7900GTO's are out of stock on Newegg. What video card do you guys recommend I get? My range is around the $250 area.

Thanks again for the help!
 

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Great choices on everything
. For the Graphics card, i would recomend the X1900GT. 36 pixel shaders come in handy
 
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Sorry guys, been busy lately. Enough time to read the posts, but not enough time to post. Anyways, here I go...

****erfx -
Thanks for the info, I really appreciate it, but I think I am gonna go for the Asus P5B Deluxe.

BloodThirstyEmu -

Thanks for the compliment. Anyways, I took a look at the X1900GT and I was pretty certain I was gonna get it until I saw the X1950pro for the exact same price.

Here's my updated build. I'll probably start buying everything on the weekend, so stop me if I'm making a mistake!

COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel, SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $44.99

ASUS P5B Deluxe Socket T (LGA 775) Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $184.99

SAPPHIRE 100176L Radeon X1950PRO 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 CrossFire Video Card - Retail $199.99

OCZ GameXStream OCZ600GXSSLI ATX12V 600W Power Supply - Retail $119.99

Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 Conroe 1.86GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6300 - Retail $181.99

Crucial Technology 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TY2KIT12864AA663 - Retail $229.99

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $94.99

Thermaltake Big Typhoon CL-P0114 120mm Cooling Fan with Heatsink - Retail $43.99

Total - $1100.92

I read on these forums that these particular Crucial memory sticks were better than the Corsair I initially picked. If anyone has any concerns about that, please let me know.

Also, I wasn't going to buy a sound card, but I read that the onboard audio will suck up some processing power. Should I invest in a sound card or will I be fine with just using what comes on the motherboard?

Thanks!
 
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