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First off, here's my list so far

 Qty.  	 Product Description  	 Unit Price  	 Savings  	 Total Price
1 	ASUS Striker Extreme LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX The Ultimate Gaming Motherboard - Retail
Model #: Striker Extreme
Item #: N82E16813131074

Return Policy: Limited Non-Refundable 30-Day Return Policy

In Stock
$299.99 	  	$299.99
1 	EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Model #: 768-P2-N831-AR
Item #: N82E16814130072

Return Policy: Limited Non-Refundable 30-Day Return Policy

In Stock
Mail-in Rebate
$469.99 	  	$469.99
1 	CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply - Retail
Model #: CMPSU-620HX
Item #: N82E16817139002

Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

In Stock
Mail-in Rebate
$189.99 	-$20.00 Instant   	$169.99
1 	Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80557E6850 - Retail
Model #: BX80557E6850
Item #: N82E16819115028

Return Policy: Processors (CPUs) Return Policy

In Stock
$279.99 	  	$279.99
1 	CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X2048-8500C5D - Retail
Model #: TWIN2X2048-8500C5D
Item #: N82E16820145043

Return Policy: Memory (Modules, USB) Return Policy

Out Of Stock
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$193.00 	-$15.00 Instant   	$178.00
1 	Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Model #: ST3320620AS
Item #: N82E16822148140

Return Policy: Limited 30-Day Return Policy

In Stock
$84.99 	  	$84.99
1 	LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model LH-20A1L-06 - Retail
Model #: LH-20A1L-06
Item #: N82E16827106072

Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

In Stock
$37.99 	  	$37.99
1 	Microsoft Windows Vista 32-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD - OEM
Model #: 66R-00765
Item #: N82E16832116213

Return Policy: Software Return Policy

In Stock
$189.99 	-$20.00 Instant   	$169.99
1 	ASUS Silent Square 92mm Sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail
Model #: Silent Square
Item #: N82E16835101002

Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

In Stock
Mail-in Rebate


I'm not a frequent builder, so i'm having trouble getting this all straightened out so i'm asking for some advice :) Not sure this is the right forum either but i'll give it a shot!


To start off i don't have a solid budget. And i'm willing to pay more for something if the cheaper is just going to crap-out or wont be good in the long run, the machines i've built so far have lasted me a LONG time and i'm hoping this one will as well.


My first question is just about the overall compatibility and quality of the items. I used newegg to pull everything out of but it doesn't necessarily mean i will be buying it all from newegg. Also missing my case in there, but i'm still trying to decide there!

My second question is about the motherboard.


I heard the striker was a very OC friendly mobo, i've also seen that it had a few issues, but for the most part it seems pretty solid. My question really is how much configuring does it require? For the games i play i don't really feel like overclocking will be necessary for quite some while, so i'm wondering how friendly it is to setup and go.


My last question is about the ram, i tried to research this a bit but it's so way over my head that i'm still trying to figure it out. I'm not sure if 2GB will be enough for a vista build (still not sure if i should go with 32 or 64 bit version, when it's purely a gaming/photoeditting/video watching machine) but i have no idea what the best decently priced (again i'm not going for 100% enthusiast build, but definitely more high-end) ram that corsair offers. My current machine has 1GB and is starting to hit its limits so i don't know how big the difference will be between 2GB and 4GB.


Any and all advice would very greatly appreciated. Thanks again

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