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This is my first build. :wave:

Here are the parts Im thinking about:

Graphics card--BFG Tech BFGE96512GTOCBE GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16
HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - $76.99

HD--Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM $54.99

Sound Card--HT | OMEGA STRIKER 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Card - $89.99

OS--Microsoft Windows XP Home SP3 for System Builders - $89.99

CD-ROM--Pioneer Qflix 20X DVD±R Burner Black SATA Model DVR-2920Q - $57.99

Tower and Power Supply-- XCLIO A380BK Fully Black SECC 1.0mm thickness ATX Full Tower Computer Case ***Plus***
XCLIO GREATPOWER X14S4P4 750W ATX12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - $169.98

Memory-- G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ - $63.98

Processor and Motherboard-- Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8400 ***plus***
BIOSTAR TForce TP45HP LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard- $252.98

Here are my questions:

Is this a good build?
Is this everything I need? (besides mouse, monitor, keyboard,spks)
Is it too much?
Is it not enough?
Anywhere I can cut?
Anything I have to beef up?
Any advice?

I live in the U.S., I want this rig for gaming and internet.
I want to be able to run wow at maxed settings with great fps, and I want a pc ready for games like Diablo 3, and modern warfare 2.

Thank you so much!
 

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Seagate/Maxtor has had some problems lately so I would suggest a WD Hdd.
Onboard sound is quite impressive on newer Mobo's. Try it out, you can always get a sound card later if you need it.
Seriously consider a different brand of Mobo. Asus and Gigabyte make high quality Mobo's with good support.
Asus P5QPro; $112
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131295
I believe this is the most suggested GB Mobo? ; GIGABYTE GA-EP45T-UD3LR $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128371


If you want the most bang for buck CPU go with the E8500 if your budget allows the few extra dollars.
I'm not certain about the quality of XCLIO PSU's. Some were good and some not so good. Hopefully someone can clarify that.
 

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Seagate/Maxtor has had some problems lately so I would suggest a WD Hdd.
Onboard sound is quite impressive on newer Mobo's. Try it out, you can always get a sound card later if you need it.
Seriously consider a different brand of Mobo. Asus and Gigabyte make high quality Mobo's with good support.
Asus P5QPro; $112
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131295
I believe this is the most suggested GB Mobo? ; GIGABYTE GA-EP45T-UD3LR $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128371


If you want the most bang for buck CPU go with the E8500 if your budget allows the few extra dollars.
I'm not certain about the quality of XCLIO PSU's. Some were good and some not so good. Hopefully someone can clarify that.

Amen on those items mentioned by my team mate Tyree. The xclio psu's are not very good, so that is a real concern for this build. Try looking at a Corsair 750 for this build.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006

In addition, you might want to ram up to a better video card like a ATI 4870 or a 9800GTX, or a GTX260. While the one you have chosen is decent, it is not in the same class as the ones mentioned above.

I do recommend you take a read of this sticky before you go too far:

http://www.techsupportforum.com/f24...-are-6-suggested-models-with-spec-367415.html
 

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Thank you Tumbleweed36 for including the link of suggested builds. I intended to include that in my post.
 

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First off, wow...
Im impressed by how you guys operate.
I did not expect to receive a response so quick, not to mention so help and inviting.:grin: thank you so much!

Ok... new build,

Case-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811103010
PSU-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006
Mobo-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128371
Cpu-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115036
x-card-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150329
ram-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231122
HD-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822144396

Question: OS, vista or xp? I heard xp was better for gaming, but I see other builds using gaming.

Thanks again. so helpful!
 

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Perfect, done. So......Is this everything I need to build a decent operating rig? including the act of actually building it? Should I buy a building manual or some kinda supply,tool, adhesive?

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The stock heatsink will have thermal pad on it, but most don't use that. Better to clean it off with 90%+ isopropyl alcohol and use thermal paste instead. Not that I use the stock cooler often.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835100007

No special tools required. Couple screwdriver (phillips + standard), Needlenose pliers come in handy now and again. One thing, actually two things, that I use a lot of is a magnifying glass and a flashlight. Sure helps to be able to see the small stuff.

Touch the frame of the case to avoid static. Don't work on a carpet. Don't get ahead of yourself, take your time and have fun.

Check out linderman's bench test. Good troubleshooting method, gives you the basics of computer building. Many build it first out of the case, then move it inside if all goes well.
http://www.techsupportforum.com/f255/how-to-bench-test-your-system-171424.html
 
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