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RichieB16

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OK, I'm trying to put together a cheapish computer that will be a decent gaming computer for a little while. I'm not looking for something that will play new and upcoming high end games at full sliders (example: Far Cry 2), but will be able to play newer games (MOH: Airborne, Call of Duty 4, ect...) decently.

I'm entering dental school soon, so I am on a budget...but I want to do something. To put it into perspective, I currently have the following system:

AMD Athlon XP 2400+
ATi Radeon 9500 Pro 128MB
1GB PC2700 RAM
WD 250GB 7200rpm IDE Hard Drive
Unknown Power Supply (probably about 300W, I bought a case and power supply combo before I knew better).
Windows XP

Anyway, its a ancient system and desperately needs to be replaced.

So, here's what I was thinking to replace it with:
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 Wolfdale 2.53GH
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-EP35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard
Video Card: EVGA 512-P3-N801-AR GeForce 8800 GT 512MB
RAM: Kingston HyperX NVIDIA SLI-Ready 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
Power Supply: SILVERSTONE SST-ST60F 600W ATX 12V 2.01 & EPS 12V Power Supply 115 - 240V
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM
Speakers: Logitech X-530 70 watts RMS 5.1 Black Speaker System

I plan on using my current case to save some money. I may also decide to keep my current Altec Lansing 2.1 speaker setup that came from my old Dell P3 computer I bought back in 2001 (I really don't want to, but money). Would these new speakers be a huge upgrade or is it that big of a deal for gaming. Also, when ever I'm at my computer I play music on it (I am right now)...so I'm not sure if I should dump the new speakers. Finally, is a SATA hard drive that big of a deal? I have my IDE 250GB hard drive (WD) and if it isn't a necessary upgrade...keeping that would also be a big money saver.

So, I could use opinions about not only the parts but also if I would be better off keeping some of those listed above.

Also, I will be using Windows XP with this system.
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You would be able to Max out Call Of Duty 4 with that set-up. It will be able to play future games pretty well also, looks good to me.
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OK, I will probably be ordering this setup unless someone can give me a reason why I should change something. I feel that it would be pretty good, but I would like some other ideas...I don't want to make a $900 mistake...lol.

I will be picking up the 500GB hard drive rather than using my current one. I will also probably be changing the case as well. That way I can leave my current AMD computer together and leave it back home for when I'm in town.

So, here is the rest of the parts I think I'll use:
Case: COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-WW Black/Silver Aluminum Bezel, SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
2 DVD-RW Drives, Both: Samsung DVD-RW
Windows XP
OCZTFRZTC Freeze Extreme Thermal Conductivity Compound, I have no idea where my old Artic Silver is and I heard this stuff is better.

Also, I have no idea what happened to my anti-static bracelet...so This

Again, does this seem OK.
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