$900 Gaming Build - What do you think?


Feb 21, 2009
Cooler Master HAF 932 - $125.00 ($25 off with promo code "maysavings" on Newegg until 5/14)
Corsair 650W PSU - $99.99
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 - $167.99
EVGA 132-CK MOBO - $159.99
WD 250GB 7200RPM SATA HDD - $54.99
EVGA GTX 260 Superclocked - $194.99
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) - $58.99
LG 22x Lightscribe DVD Burner - $25.99

Total: $887.93 ($807.93 after $80 mail-in rebates)

Any feedback would be great; this will be my first custom build and I'd like to avoid any problems, so if any of these parts has given you trouble, please let me know. I have a question regarding cooling: This case has some pretty big fans built into it, is it absolutely crucial that I buy a dedicated CPU fan? If so, which one should I get?

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice <---, do you need an OS, monitor, etc...then we can help you a bit more. :)
Get a WD6401AALS, it's way faster and way better priced per GB.

Why are you bothering with a SLI motherboard, if your PSU won't allow SLI anyway?

If you're only going to have one card, save some cash with a GA-EP45-UD3R. You could then use the savings to upgrade to HD 4890.

If you do want SLI, keep the eVGA board and the GTX 260 but upgrade the PSU to Corsair 850TX.

Edit: no, don't buy a "dedicated CPU fan". The one you get with the E8400 is just fine. You only need a new one if you overclock, and you don't sound ready for that IMO.