This is going to be the first system I have built myself from scratch. I "built" my current computer but I started with a case/mobo/processor combo package that came preassembled. I added everything else. I've done all kinds of upgrading on every element of the computer but this will be the first time I've installed the mobo and processor myself.
My main use for my computer is graphics and design. I use a lot of Photoshop, Flash and Illustrator (sometimes all at the same time) and tend to work with large files. Aside from that it's mostly music. I'd like to get into more of using it for movies and such but who knows if I'll ever find time for that.
So after reading a few articles and surfing NewEgg quite a bit, here is what I've come up with:
Case:Antec ATX case
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3p LGA 775
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16Ghz (Also getting an Artic Cooling Freezer 7 cooler)
Memory: A-Data 4GB DDR2 RAM
HD: Western Digital RE3 1TB 7200RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s
Not sold on any particular video card yet but I have been leaning towards this one: EVGA GeForce 9800 GTX+
I'm going to grab NewEgg's Win Vista 6b-bit Ultimate with a free upgrade coupon for Windows 7.
Thoughts on these components? The video card is really the only piece I'm questioning just because there are so many choices out there. I don't run dual monitors right now so that's not really a concern. I've read a ton of reviews and the components I've listed above seem to be getting pretty good reviews.
Any input would be appreciated. Thans.