First, I would like to say thank you very much for all the help I've received in the past from this great community. I'm back with a revised/updated list for the computer I've been planning on building this summer.
My goal for this case is for it to be relatively future proof since I'm a college student and won't have the ability to be updating this system that often, especially with the amount I'm dropping on it now. I play games like COD4, BF2, BF2142, UT3, Crysis, TF2, etc... I really want to be able to play these games smoothly at good resolutions so I take use of my new 24" monitor.
I'd be ok overclocking my components. However, I have only ever overclocked my 6800go gpu in the past, and nothing all that astonishing. So overclocking will be great to get the most out of my components, but I'm not willing to push anything to their limits.
Below are the components and associated products, along with its cost, and a short note with questions/comments for each component.Case
Antec Twelve Hundred Black ATX Full Tower$179.99Sticking with the Twelve Hundred. Will just have to be wary about the dust! It's much bigger than what I need, but I guess it'll make building easier.Power Supply
Corsair TX 750W ATX 12V Power Supply - CMPSU-750TX$94.99Will the Corsair TX 750W be powerful enough to power this build with room for growth?Processor
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 Yorkfield 2.66GHz$299.99Sticking with the 9450 so I can be ready when more games support quad-core and I won't have to worry about upgrading. Plus, I found a great deal via microcenter (only $300!).Processor Cooling
Tuniq Tower 120 P4 & K8 CPU Cooler$49.99Tuniq Tower since it comes with a fan so I won't have to worry about that, it has good reviews and a lot of support here, and looks cool. I don't really need the extra degrees since I'm not THAT hardcore leet, haha. Motherboard
EVGA 132-CK-NF78-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard$239.99780i mobo I'm stilling researching... While I have no intent to go Tri-SLI, I am finding better reviews on the 780i boards than the 750i boards. Will keep looking and am still open to opinions!Video Card(s)
2x -- EVGA 512-P3-N841-AR GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP SLI$449.988800GTS G92 seems to be the sweet spot. I'm still debating whether to get one now and wait, or go for it and build an SLI rig.Memory
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit$144.99Upgraded to 1066.Optical Drive(s)
ASUS Black 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive$20.99
SAMSUNG SH-S203N DVD Burder$28.99Not much to sayâ€¦ went by Newegg reviews.Int. Hard Drive
Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s$99.99I'm still debating with the hard drives... after more research I'm still hungry for a (veloci)raptor. The speed increase just seems too great to ignore. It's a lot more expensive though. But I just don't have a need for that much space. Still open to ideas.Sound Card
AuzenTech Auzen X-Fi Prelude 7.1 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Interface$174.99The prelude seems to be the way to go for good gaming, movies, and music all in one. If I'm spitting out $270 for a 5.1 system, may as well get a good sound card. I'm assuming it works well with vista.Monitor
SAMSUNG 2493HM Glossy Black 24" 5ms DVI HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor$479.99Still researching monitors, it doesn't seem like there is any outstanding 24" monitor at the moment. >_< May have to settle for a 22" unless I can justify jumping to 27".Accessories
Arctic Cooling MX-2 Thermal Compound$6.99
Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard$79.99
Logitech Z-5500 505W 5.1 Speakers$267.99
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium x64$--.--
Microsoft Office Small Business 2007$--.--Grand Total:$2,919.84
So again, thoughts on anything? I'm ready to buy asap, so any help would be greatly appreciated!
<3 Thanks all!