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Building a Computer - Please help me double check?


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tenth8sphere

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I have previously built a system, and am looking to help a friend do so now. I have a moderate understanding of what's involved and am by no means an expert. I would be very grateful if users would be willing to look over what I'm planning to get. Let me know if there are better alternatives (that graphics card sucks!) compatability issues (that motherboard won't fit in that case) or something I'm missing (did you want a cd-drive?)

Thanks for any help. I'd be distraught if I ended up with a case too small for the motherboard or the wrong kind of RAM. I've double checked them as best I can - but don't know all that much.

--System--

CPU
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 3.0GHz
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819115130
$324.99

Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813128358
$134.99

Graphics Card
EVGA 01G-P3-1281-AR GeForce GTX 285 1GB 512-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814130442
$300

RAM
CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820145184
$54.99

Hard Drive
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Driv
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822136218
$70

Power Supply
ABS Tagan BZ Series BZ700 700W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Patent Piperock
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817814015
$180

Case
NZXT Apollo Black SECC Steel Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811146025
$70

WINXP PRO
$140

DVD-BURNER
LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH22NS30
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16827136152

Thanks!
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ChevyManUSA

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If your friend is open to it I would suggest purchasing and using Windows XP Professional x64. This version of windows is very stable and will support over 3 GBs of memory (ram). Main issues with this drive are hardware driver issues, be sure printers/scanners anything that physically connects to the computer has a driver for Windows XP 64bit. There are plenty of 64bit anti-viruses and firewalls. Most 32bit programs will run fine on Windows XP 64bit.

I would suggest checking out G. Skill or Muskin memory while both maybe less known than Corsair they have a slightly better track record when it comes to defects. Same goes for Power supplies, you should check out FSP (Fortron Source), SeaSonic or Zalman, while not the leading names in power supplies. They all have good ratings and great track records when it comes to defects, even there low-end power supplies have good ratings.

Other than those suggestions system looks good. I see no reason why those components you listed would not work work together. I have used that motherboard before with DDR2 800 and it worked just fine (Still can't find DDR2 1333).

Hope this helps. Good luck with the build!
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