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Here's what I'm planning so far. Any and all suggestions are welcome about components, but I'm particularly looking for comments about the RAM, motherboard, sound card, and video card. I do plan on overclocking this, so keep that in mind particularly with regard to the RAM, mobo, and video card (I'll get a new HSF for the proc once I get the system set up--or would it be better to buy that now?).<br />
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Proc: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819115005" target="_blank">Allendale 6300</a> ($180 @ newegg w/shipping)<br />
Motherboard: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813128017" target="_blank">gigabyte ga-965p-s3</a> ($124.12 @ newegg w/shipping)<br />
RAM: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820145590" target="_blank">2gb Corsair DDR2 800</a> ($230.00 @ newegg w/shipping)<br />
Video Card: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814102022" target="_blank">ati sapphire x1900gt</a> ($202.12 @ newegg w/shipping)<br />
Hard drive: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822136055" target="_blank">WD Caviar RE 250gb SATA</a> ($85.63 @ newegg w/shipping)<br />
DVD+/-RW: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16827106014" target="_blank">Lite-On </a> ($30.99 @ newegg w/shipping)<br />
Sound Card: Soundblaster Audigy w/front panel (from old system)<br />
Case: <a href="http://www.provantage.com/antec-nine-hundred~7ANTG049.htm" target="_blank">Antec Nine Hundred</a> ($99.08 plus shipping)<br />
PSU: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817341001" target="_blank">OCZ GameXStream 600w</a> ($113.01 @ newegg w/shipping)<br />
Total cost of components: $1070.87<br />
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If all goes well I should be ordering parts next week.<br />
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Bonus question: What do you do with your old parts when you upgrade your pc? Sell them? Recycle them? Something else?
 

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What about the <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822144701" target="_blank">Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD2500KS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM</a> instead of the RE? <br />
The WD2500KS has a LOT more positive reviews (722 reviews VS 8 reviews on RE) than the WD2500YS, plus its more than ~$12USD cheaper after rebate.<br />
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If can spend ~$60USD more on GPU, I recommend the <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814130065" target="_blank">eVGA 7900GTO 512MB</a>, probably the best bang for buck high-end card currently on the market.<br />
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Overall, that looks like a promising build. Nice job!<br />
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Edit:<br />
When I switched from a P4 socket 478 AGP DDR setup to a C2D socket 775 PCI-E DDR2 setup (LOL <img src="/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" />), I sold most of my old stuff on Ebay.
 

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Looking good. <br />
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I would look at different RAM though, if you can afford it:<br />
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<a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820231065" target="_blank">G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400PHU2-2GBHZ - Retail</a> $305 (with shipping)<br />
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<a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820145034" target="_blank">CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X2048-6400C4 - Retail</a> $281 (with shipping)<br />
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<a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820231087" target="_blank">G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL4D-2GBPK - Retail</a> $270 (with shipping)<br />
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Agreed on the Hard Drive with ckp64 though ! I have four of those KS drivers and they rock.
 

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<a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822148144" target="_blank">Here</a> is my hard drive suggestion. Great HDD for the price, and its a new perpindicular drive.
 

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Thanks for the suggestions. I'm going to switch the hard drive to the Seagate Barracuda with Perpendicular recording, since it has a 5 year warranty, and I'll either do the more expensive g.skill RAM or the corsair RAM. Thanks for the help!
 

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I went from 7200.7 to a 7200.9 and its alot faster. THat would probably be a very good hd choice.
 

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When did Allendale came out?
 

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X1950Pro is out in 2 weeks and outperforms the X1900XT. Wait for it...it's replacing the GT.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">When did Allendale came out?</div>
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When Conroe came out (end of July-beginning August).<br><br>
Allendales are the E6300, and E6400 with 2x1MB L2 shared cache.<br>
Conroes are the E6600, E6700, and X6800 with 2x2MB L2 shared cache.<br><br>
It's partially <i>incorrect</i> to call an E6300 or E6400 a Conroe.
 

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Partially? I think it's completely incorrect.. LOL
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Partially? I think it's completely incorrect.. LOL</div>
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Yeah it is...but Newegg keeps saying " Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 <b>Conroe</b>" and "Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 <b>Conroe</b>" and I <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/heart.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Heart"> the Egg.
 

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Newegg makes more mistakes in descriptions and such.. the only thing they mess up a little now and then.<br><br>
CAn't blame them with the massive amount of merchandise.
 

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I ordered parts a couple of nights ago--changed the RAM and hard drive but everything else is the same. I'm not really worried about the graphics card because I just wanted something that would hold me over until dx10 cards become mainstream and drop in price, which will probably take a year. Until then I think what I have should be fine. Thanks for everyone's help! I'll post a build log when my parts get in.
 
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