Another what do you think build....


[H]F Junkie
Feb 7, 2007
....for a budget gaming rig for wife (yes, she plays WoW) and kids (WoW, Oblivion, CoD3 & 4, various fps's).

Most from NewEgg cept for a BFG NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT OC 512MB I got from Bestbuy for $249.

Antec Sonata III Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply
Item #: N82E16811129024

GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813128059

Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 Conroe 2.33GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6550
Item #: N82E16819115030

mushkin 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) with EPP Profile Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 996533
Item #: N82E16820146673

NEC Black 1.44MB 3.5" Internal Floppy Drive
Item #: N82E16821152005

SAMSUNG SpinPoint T Series HD501LJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
Item #: N82E16822152052

Hanns·G JW-199DPB Black 19" 5ms DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor
Item #: N82E16824254001

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B
Item #: N82E16827151153

Microsoft Windows XP Home With SP2B 1 Pack
Item #: N82E16832116056

Anyone see any glaring errors or incompatibilities? Thanks, been a while since I built a new rig (see sig, about 9-10 mos.).


Ninja Editor SuperMod
Dec 15, 2005
Looks pretty good to me. Though I'd get the case from here for a little bit cheaper and still with free shipping:
Antec Sonata III ATX Case - $125

Also, don't bother with that RAM. You seriously won't notice the lower timings in anything other than artificial benchmarks. I recommend getting this RAM instead:
G.SKILL F2-6400CL5D-2GBNQ 2 x 1GB DDR2 800 RAM - $55

Also, are you planning to overclock? If so, you may want to bump down to the E4500 or up to E6750 since they'll be easier to OC than the E6550. If you're keeping things at stock, then the E6550 is a good choice.

Oh and damn you for getting that card!!!! My Best Buy ran out of that card 15 minutes before I got there.:(


[H]F Junkie
Feb 7, 2007
Thanks for the once over Danny... and yeah, from what I'm hearing from the guy at BB, those cards don't even make it a week once they hit the shelves. And yes, I plan on keeping it at stock speeds.

I'm not hurting for money, so keeping everything from NewEgg simplifies things for me, and I know lots of people use GSkill, but I've always had good luck with Corsair and Mushkin ram, hence when I went with their CAS4 "generic" stuff.


Fully [H]
Jul 17, 2006
if you're not hurting for money, the E6750 would be a better choice, or even the Q6600. :)