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Case-Antec SLK3700-BQE w/350W PSU
Motherboard-Intel Desktop Board D865GBF
CPU-Intel Pentium 4 3.0GHZ Prescott
RAM-Kingston 512MB PC2700
Hard Drive-Western Digital Caviar 7200RPM 80GB w/8MB cache
Optical-Artec CD/RW
Sony 3.5"
Cooling-Zalman CNPS7700 Al-Cu, 4x120mm (2 side pannel inlet, 1 rear exhaust, 1 front intake) plus PSU fan


Plan to add:
ATI Radeon 256MB (which ever model is best bang for buck)
Creative Labs sound card
DVD/RW Dual layer (once new ones come out[blue laser])

Any suggestions welcome (especially on video and sound cards)
 
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For the RAM, you want a PC3200 dual-channel kit (e.g. a pair of 512MB sticks that have been tested together), PC2700 isn't fast enough for that system. If you plan to add more RAM later, I suggest buying all the RAM you plan to get now, as you often can't mix different brands of RAM in a dual-channel motherboard such as the one you list. For the soundcard, get a Creative Labs Audigy 2, there are several versions, find the one that suits you. For the graphics card I would recommend a Radeon 9800.
 
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Optical-Artec CD/RW Change that to a LiteON, you would benefit that it would install and last longer than the Artec which I've found/used died within two weeks of install. Something more than a 350w power supply especially if you buy a Radeon 9800.
 

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Too late! I already have the optical drives, RAM, case, PSU, and hard drive.
I don't plan to add a video card until I get a 400W or 450W PSU.
I plan to later on add more 512MB PC2700 RAM.(I got it because it was on sale)

Do you think the CPU is a good choice?
 
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