Here is the final build for the gaming computer that I've been planning for some time now. I'm buying the parts and assembling it next week:
--> Case: $79.30 (Anitec $75.95)
Coolermaster CM 690 Mid Tower Black ATX Case
--> Power Supply: $109.99 ($89.99 after MIR)
Corsair TX650W 650W ATX 12V 52A 24PIN ATX Power Supply Active PFC 120MM Fan
--> Motherboard: $151.42
ASUS P5Q Pro ATX LGA775 P45 DDR2 2PCI-E16 Crossfire 3PCI-E1 2PCI SATA2 Sound GBLAN eSATA Motherboard
--> CPU: $215.90 (Anitec $199.95)
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Dual Core Processor LGA775 3.0GHZ Wolfdale 1333FSB 6MB
--> RAM: $104.99 ($84.99 after MIR)
Mushkin HP PC2-6400 4GB 2X2GB DDR2-800 CL5-4-4-12 240PIN DIMM Dual Channel Memory Kit
--> Video Card: $209.99 ($189.99 after MIR)
HIS Radeon HD 4850 625MHZ 512MB 1.986GHZ GDDR3 PCI-E Dual DVI-I HDCP HDTV Out Video Card
--> Hard drive: $57.72
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 250GB SATA2 8.5MS 7200RPM 16MB Cache Hard Drive OEM
--> Operating system: $149.90
Microsoft Windows XP Professional OEM
--> DVD Drive: $34.99
Pioneer DVR-216DBK Black 20X SATA OEM DVDRW No Software
Do you see anything that needs changing or that you would recommend changing?
I have a few worries/questions about this computer:
-Will I encounter any overheating issues? I've heard that the CM 690 has excellent airflow, and massive fan support, will that be sufficient enough?
-Compatibility issues? I believe there are none as I've done a massive amount of research and examined every part, but better safe than sorry!
-Static electricity short-circuiting a part, is it a big concern/risk? What can I do to better prevent static electricity from reaching the parts?
-Overclocking: How much of a NOTICEABLE difference would I experience from OC'ing my CPU to 4Ghz?
-Do I REALLY need 4 GB of RAM? I will be running a 32-bit XP Pro. Would I be better off getting a 2 GB kit or a 4 GB kit?
Edited by n0ng33k, 20 September 2008 - 07:25 PM.