Building new computer, opinions on a few parts

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I'm building a new machine with a limited budget. HOwever, at the same time I don't want to get anything thats ******. I'm looking for slight future upgradability which is why i went socket 939 and PCI-e.

AMD 64 3000+ Winchester (skt 939)
GIGABYTE "GA-K8NF-9" NVIDIA nForce4 4X
GIGABYTE nVIDIA GeForce 6600GT
Mushkin 184 Pin 512MB DDR PC-3200

I had originally thought about an x700 Pro for my video card, but looking at a lot of reviews the 6600gt beats out the x700 in almost every category. That CPU i've read a lot of topics on it, about people OC'ing it to 2600mhz on stock cooling and minimal voltage increases. I won't be taking it that high, but OC'ing is an issue. Does Gigabyte make a good 6600gt in your opinion? Will that motherboard be efficient? I don't need many bells and whistles. And I only thought about getting 1 stick of 512 DDR 3200 right now, and buying another stick after taxes to take advantage of dual-channel.
 

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It should be a very good system. Gigabyte is a pretty good manufacturer so you shouldn't have any problems there. NForce4 boards are great and feature packed; bells and whistles are standard.
 

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any other opinions as i will be most likely purchasing by thursday? ive decided to go XFX instead of Gigabyte for my 6600gt, as i've been told the memory runs @ 1000mhz, instead of 900.
 

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Nooo!!! XFX is not a good manfacturer. They have a very high rate of failures on their products. After all XFX is a division of PINE and PINE made the absolute worst motherboards, worse then PCCHIPS.
 
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If I get my mobo before you order on Thursday I'll let you know what I think.

Second the XFX comment.
 

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really? so i should stick with the Gigabyte than. hehe, certainly glad i asked ;).

in that sense, do you think it would be wise, or atleast safe to purchase a refurb 6600gt Gigabyte from newegg than? would save me a little cash to get a good case.
and what would be your "prefered" brand for the 6600gt than? b/c i just checked newegg and they don't even list the Gigabyte 6600gt anymore retail :(
 

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ASUS, Leadtek, Albatron, MSI, PNY, Gigabyte are all fine. Leadtek has an Extreme 6600GT thats clocked higher then the rest. I don't mind refurbed items, or OEM
 

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yea the refurb was i think $40-50 less than the retail. ive only gotten one refurb item before in my life and it was DOA so I have always been afraid of them. but the refurb i got was a motherboard, back when i was first learning how to build computers. so any number of things could have happened.

The refurb gigabyte is $149.99, whereas the retail (when they had it yesterday) was $188, with that extra ~$40, i could get a better case/psu
 
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I'll agree that XFX cards are crap and their support is unreachable. I have never had one but I can find you dozens of links from people who have.
 
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Remember one thing about a refurb. Somebody sent it back. You get 15 days and then you are on your own. The manufacturer won't help you and niether will newegg. Spend the $40 difference.
 
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