I have decided on the following for my PC build. It comes in a little under my budget and I have some room to spend (about another $100), but I wonder if it is going to be able to be upgraded in future to a better graphics card (something like the Geforce 8800GTX or future equivalent) without too much trouble:
Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 CPU
GA 965PDS3 Motherboard with Intel 965 Chipset
PCI E x16 & Gigabit Lan
3.5" FDD Panasonic
2 x 1G DDR II Pc5200 667 Mhz Kingston
2 x 320G HDD Seagate SATA II with 7200rpm
Thermaltake Matrix Case with 430W Power
512Mb Geforce 7950GT PCI Express with DVI Port
22" CMV LCD Monitor
18 Speed LG DVD-/+ RW Dual Layer
Built in Gigabit Lan, HD Audio, USB 2.0
I know everything evolves quickly and that eventually we all must build again but I am really interested in getting this sucker to last a few years and keep pace. My concerns are the upgradeability of the power supply in the existing case and as mentioned, the graphics card (these concerns are pretty much one in the same).
For upgrades there are three 5.25in drive bays and two more hard disks. Inside there will be three spare PCI slots, and a 1x PCI-E slot.
I am ready to hit the "order" buttons as I write, so if you have any helpful comments I would really appreciate them!
Edited by foxoff, 12 February 2007 - 04:45 PM.