I am going to build my first PC! I have always purchased Dell computers but have decided to try building a PC as I hear that I can save considerable $ and end up with a better system.
I will use the system 65% for high end gaming, 25% for microsoft office, 15% for digital video editing and photos (I burn DVDs of family trips etc using Pinnacle Movie Studio).
Here is the system I am considering:
SONY Black IDE Combo Drive Model CRX320EE/B2S - OEM - $31
SONY Black IDE DVD Burner Model DWQ28A - OEM - $41.99
Lian Li PC-60BPlus Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail - $129
1-Western Digital Raptor WD740GD 74GB 10,000 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM - $183
2-Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 ST3250823AS 250GB 7200 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM - $234
DFI LANPARTY nF4 SLI-DR Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI ATX AMD Motherboard - $198
1-Leadtek WinFast PX7800GTX Geforce 7800GTX 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - $499
OCZ ModStream OCZ52012U ATX 520W Power Supply - Retail - $129
2-G.SKILL 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Unbuffered DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Kit System Memory - Retail - $294.02
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+ Toledo 1GHz FSB Socket 939 Dual Core Processor Model ADA4800CDBOX - Retail - $885.09
TOTAL - $2,624.10
I am not sure if everything is compatible/optimal. Please comment - escpically power supply and memory.
I am looking to build a system that will give me a good 4 years and that has upgrade potential. I want to be able to run the newest games at maximum settings and I like the SLI configuration because I can always add a second video card when the price comes down. I am also thinking of adding the Creative X-Fi sound card when it is released next month.
What Operating System will I need to run. I currently use XP but have read a few threads saying that XP is not good for dual core processors. Is this true?
Any thoughts or comments are welcome regarding the setup!
Edited by jowens36, 24 August 2005 - 08:20 PM.