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Hey there!

Just built a new rig myself. Not so different from the one you built, except for a few philosophical differences:

1) I'm not going to move my computer around anymore--no LAN parties, I let the parties come to me ;) --so I went with a big, heavy, quiet case. I love it. It's the Antec P182.

2) Very few apps take advantage of multicores, but all apps take advantage of clock speed. I went with a faster dual core, with bigger cache, than a slower quad core. But I also made sure my motherboard would support the quad core if I upgrade later.

3) ditto on your choice of RAM. DDR3 does not make sense. Yet.

4) I still use a Raptor (10k) drive for my system/apps drive, and a slower 7200rpm SATA for data storage. I'm not sure the heat and noise of a faster drive is going to be worth it in a small case.

5) Seriously doubtful that your 8800GT will fit in an SFF case. I bought the exact same card, then pried the heatsink off of it and fit an aftermarket passive one. My cooling didn't get worse at all. The downside was the included adhesive for the RAM heatsinks was horrible, so I used superglue. Yeah, um....yeah.

6) I can't wait to hear how you like that heatsink. One thing to keep in mind: it is ginormous and heavy, and if you really are going to move your case around a lot, I'd be scared of cracking the die (or your motherboard).

7) That power supply is way overkill. Get a modular supply instead. They're wicked cool. I got the Enermax Liberty, which is semi-efficient.

8) I went with Vista x64 too, no problems so far. I need more RAM to really take advantage, though.

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