I'm entering dental school soon, so I am on a budget...but I want to do something. To put it into perspective, I currently have the following system:
AMD Athlon XP 2400+
ATi Radeon 9500 Pro 128MB
1GB PC2700 RAM
WD 250GB 7200rpm IDE Hard Drive
Unknown Power Supply (probably about 300W, I bought a case and power supply combo before I knew better).
Anyway, its a ancient system and desperately needs to be replaced.
So, here's what I was thinking to replace it with:
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 Wolfdale 2.53GH
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-EP35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard
Video Card: EVGA 512-P3-N801-AR GeForce 8800 GT 512MB
RAM: Kingston HyperX NVIDIA SLI-Ready 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
Power Supply: SILVERSTONE SST-ST60F 600W ATX 12V 2.01 & EPS 12V Power Supply 115 - 240V
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM
Speakers: Logitech X-530 70 watts RMS 5.1 Black Speaker System
I plan on using my current case to save some money. I may also decide to keep my current Altec Lansing 2.1 speaker setup that came from my old Dell P3 computer I bought back in 2001 (I really don't want to, but money). Would these new speakers be a huge upgrade or is it that big of a deal for gaming. Also, when ever I'm at my computer I play music on it (I am right now)...so I'm not sure if I should dump the new speakers. Finally, is a SATA hard drive that big of a deal? I have my IDE 250GB hard drive (WD) and if it isn't a necessary upgrade...keeping that would also be a big money saver.
So, I could use opinions about not only the parts but also if I would be better off keeping some of those listed above.
Also, I will be using Windows XP with this system.