Posted 19 January 2006 - 10:45 AM
Generally the NewEgg OEM stuff is good - just read the description carefully to ensure that it's not "hardware locked" (some OEM stuff is locked to specific hardware - like Dell). XP Home is a good OS, and if you're not heavily into networking it can easily be made to do everything that XP Pro does.
Just put my main PC back together yesterday and wore the "bleeping" anti-static wrist strap the whole time! Everything worked fine! I'm glad that I suffered through it with the wrist strap!
Didn't look up the mobo, but ensure that the video card will fit on the mobo (you'll probably be looking at a PCI-E video card since the mobo offers SLI)
You can get a network card real cheap if you don't insist upon the Gigabit versions. Gigabit is generally advertised as the 1000 in: 10/100/1000. Most NIC cards come as 10/100 - you can get 'em at Best Buy for about $15 US
PC2700 RAM is adequate for most applications - but if you're looking at overclocking, you'll probably end up upgrading it to PC3200 or higher.
You can buy CPU's in 2 "flavors" - Retail and OEM. Generally the Retail will come with a CPU cooler and fan - BUT, if you buy OEM, generally all you get is the CPU - so then you'll need to get a cooler and fan.
Sounds like you've got a good plan!
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