This will be my first cpu build. I've done a fair amount of reading and reviewing of parts so bear with my nubness as I am still learning. Cpu will be used for mostly day to day things as well as a fair amount of gaming. Feel free to criticize and provide feedback. Thanks
Ok on to the components.
Case: Antec Solo http://www.newegg.co.....pk=antec solo
Looks sturdy and had some good reviews and from what I've read is that Antec makes pretty good cases.
Chip : Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 Wolfdale 2.53GHz 3MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor
Seems to be a pretty good chip. Has good potential for OC'ing. Not sure if I plan to OC just want to get through the building part first and then go from there. Has had good reviews. I know its no Quad but for pricing it fits reasonably into the budget.
MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-EP45-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard
Good reviews fits to the chip of choice. Only thought read some reviews about some bios issues. Sound and Ethernet on board.
PSU: ABS Tagan ITZ Series ITZ800-V2 800W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply
Good reviews comes as a combo with MOBO for a good combo price. Might be a alot of Power for what I am building but breathing room is nice.
Memory: CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
Corsair has had good reviews. I know more than likely I'll be using Win XP 32bit and with the 512 mb GPU I choose I would lose the use of roughly half a gig but future upgrade to OS would leave me in the open. Another thought is that MOBO supports DDR2 1200 upto 16 gigs. Should I change the MOBO or leave as is can always upgrade memory down the road but either or is like a double edged sword something will be outdated by then more than likely.
HD: Seagate Barracuda ES.2 ST3250310NS 250GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
Good reviews for Seagate. Enough storage capacity for what I would use it for.
GPU: GIGABYTE GV-RX387512HP Radeon HD 3870 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card
Chose this card for the few decent reviews it had. Seems affordable and capable of handling most that I would throw at it. Not entirely sure how to chose the card but this seemed a worthy candidate. Feedback needed here. Fits budget good. If its too much then I have no problem downgrading.
All in all this seems like the barebones for a system that would fit my budget and need. Please give feedback looking for pros and cons as well as potential changes. All in all this system would run me back about 500-650$ which isn't too bad. Seems alot cheaper than buying another Dell. Thanks for input.