If you're building next year, I suggest you follow the market to see which would be best for you. Having a list right now would be pointless because next year, there will be better products with better prices and some would become obsolete (I'm thinking the video card here).
Read up on things you will need, I suggest to go through some of the threads here to have an idea of what you will need.
Compatibility is also a key, next year, when you have picked out your parts, post it back here and we'll make suggestions. It's a bit early right now to say which products would be best for you as our suggestion will definitely change in a year.
Here's what most people would need: Computer case
- This is subjective, make sure its big enough for your needs.Power supply
- Always go with a trusted brand like Corsair, Silverstone, PC Power & Cooling, Antec, etc. You also need to make sure it has enough wattage and amperage (make sure you have enough amps in +12V rail to support your video card).CPU/Processor
- I usually recommend Intel as its a great performer but it all depends on your budget and needs. You can go Core 2 Duo or Core 2 Quad, depends on your needs but in a year from now, maybe you'll benefit more with a Quad.Motherboard
- Know what features you need like SLI or Crossfire, are you overclocking? DDR2 or DDR3, Firewire, support for x amount of RAM, etc. There is no point of spending $300 on a motherboard and you're not going to use the extra features it provides.RAM
- Need to have a compatible motherboard, so if you have DDR2 or DDR3 make sure your motherboard supports it. Also know how much RAM you need, it's usually better to have less sticks so if you want 4GB of RAM, 2x2GB is better than 4x1GB. Video card
- Base it on what you're going to use your computer for: gaming, multimedia, etc. OS
- Vista or XP, you also need to figure out if you'll be getting a 32-bit or 64-bit.Hard drive
- I am fond of Western Digital however there's also Seagate and Samsung that I trust.DVD-drive
- I use a Samsung drive and it works fine for me, most people go with Pioneer and works great.Sound Card
- You only need one if you're an audiophile, on-board is usually enough and you won't notice a difference.Aftermarket Heatsink
- You only need one if you're overclocking.
Hope that helps.
Edited by kamille316, 22 September 2008 - 03:27 PM.