It's a late birthday present up to $800-900, but after that I pay the difference, so I'm really trying to stay under $1,200.
I want to do a little gaming (the idea is if someone asked 'does it run Oblivion well?' and I could say 'yes', I would be a happy little camper), but other than that, I don't need too much from it, short of reliability.
The HD is fairly small, but I spent the past two years using a 30gig, 5-year-old HP laptop, so I think I can manage on 320.
ASUS P5N-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel Core 2 Duo E4400 Allendale 2.0GHz 2M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor
CORSAIR XMS2 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
My original plan was to go with this-
EVGA 256-P2-N761-AR GeForce 8600GTS 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
but now I'm worried I won't be able to play Oblivion with it.
I don't really want to spend more than $250 on it, though, and I'd like a reliable brand like EVGA.
Western Digital Caviar RE WD3200YS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
Case (since the SonataII was discontinued since last I window shopped)-
Antec Sonata III Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply
If I don't get a better video card, I can afford this one
otherwise I'll probably bum one off of my significant other until I'm not broke.
If it really came down to it, I'd rather spend the excess $200 on better parts, and have a mediocre monitor, as it's not all that important to me, and we have about 5 perfectly good ones just laying around.
Are there any other important parts I'm overlooking?
Last time I built a computer I was about 11, and I had a parent helping me.
This time it's just me and whatever unfortunate/experienced friend I can wrangle into assembly.
I looked at all of my prospective parts, and I think they will all work together, but I am not absolutely positive, so I needed a little advice there.
... I'm buying the CPU fan when I get the computer put together, because I'm not certain how much room I'll have.
And I'm buying the CD drive seperately (because I am lazy, confused, and in love with my local giant electronics store).
I'm having a really hard time finding a black drive with good, reliable reviews... is that common?
I want a drive that reads CDs and DVDs, and burns CDs.
Burning DVDs is nice, but I don't need it necessarily.
Will I need to buy two drives?
I'm a little bit ranty and illogical, it's almost 3am here.... I'm going to leave this at this.
Thanks for any help.