Originally Posted by f4t4l1ty
I'm looking at options for both AMD and Intel, ATI and nVidia, so throw 'em all at me. I'm trying to get back into PC gaming and possibly sell my 360.
With the impending release of the ATI 4800 and the Nvidia 280GTX you definitely don't want to buy anything this weekend.
I have a quad core processor, which is great, but I don't know how useful it really is. I would, in hindsight, probably go with a dual core processor for gaming.
- Gigabyte makes great boards. I had the P35 version of this board and I am sure the P45 version is just as good. P45's improvements over P35 include ICH10R, PCI Express 2.0 (full speed CrossFire support), 65nm process (runs cooler), and 1600Mhz FSB support.
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400
- Yeah you can get a quad core, but it isn't significantly faster, especially for gaming. This is a great chip that will run cool and allow lots of overclocking.
2x2GB DDR2-1000 G.Skill
- Pretty good memory for a pretty good price.
- I have the OP650 which is an amazing power supply. Surprisingly the OP700 is cheaper!
2 x Seagate 250GB ES 7200RPM 32MB HDD
$80 each ($160 total, RAID0)
- These are very fast drives. Seagate ES drives are their high end drives that last longer and are a little faster. A RAID0 array with these is very fast!
The case is up to you really, so I am not going to make a recommendation. You can add a DVD drive from Newegg or use your old one, another thing I don't feel the need to recommend. For your video card I would watch the launch of Nvidia and ATI's new flagship. Although the Nvidia GTX280 will be the fastest card on the market, it will be expensive and run hot hot hot. It is my prediction that a CrossFire setup with 2 - 4850 or 4870 will be a great price/performance choice. That is what I would get if I were in the market.
Hope that helps!