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DDR2 VS DDR3 should I wait?

I am looking at buildinging my first gaming rig from scratch and I am baffled by the amount of options out there. For the slighty increased speed DDR3 seemes very expensive, am i right in thinking that? Also from what I here Vista does little more than use an extra 512MB of ram to run, and will have little positive effect on gaming besides DirectX 10, which is not really being used by many games. Currently I plan to run a fast dual core CPU with 2GB of DDR2 1066 ram, Windows XP 32 bit, and 2 mid to high end Video cards in SLI/Crossfire. I figure when they sort out Vista and DirectX 10 I can drop in an extra 2, 4 or 6GB of Ram and continue truckin. In 24 to 36 months I would then look at upgrading to DDR3 and Quad core. Does this seem like a good idea or should I just fork out for the good stuff early and future proof my system.

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Gamers will pay.

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What Im thinking of.

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65485: Antec Nine Hundred - Tower Gaming Case with Side Window - Black, NO PSU, 9 Drive Bays $166.50(http://www.techbuy.com.au/p/65485/details.asp)

69461: OCZ 850W GameXStream SLI Ready Power Supply $213.80 (http://www.techbuy.com.au/p/69461/details.asp)

79400: Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 (3.16GHz), LGA775, 1333FSB, 6MB Cache, ATX $237.05 (http://www.techbuy.com.au/p/79400/details.asp)

65250: Corsair 2048MB (2 x 1024MB) PC2-8500 1066Mhz DDR2 RAM - 5-5-5-15 - Dominator Series $92.50 (http://www.techbuy.com.au/p/65250/details.asp)

81447: Sony AD7200S0BK DVD-RW Drive - SATA, OEM, 20x DVD

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bite the bullet, go vista

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all the major enthusiast sites (anandtech, extremetech, hardocp, hothardware, xbitlabs, etc.) do their game/hardware reviews using vista. most even use vista/64bit. vista works.

xp is end-of-life and won't have any more significant updates. if you already had the xp license, then sure stick with it. but if you're paying money for a new license, get vista premium.

also, the two radeon hd 4850s below are significantly faster and cheaper than the 9600gt you selected: http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=10&id2=82&bid=5&sid=31796
http://www.techbuy.com.au/p/86717/VIDEOCARDS_RADEON_PCI-EXPRESS_2.0_SERIES/Gainward/471846200-9382.asp

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Cheers

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Thanks for the help, I've found one of the most difficult things is getting up to date advice, as even articles written a few months ago are alrady behind the times

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