If you plan on making this comp for primarily gaming definatly go with the AMD. If you plan on doing lots of sound/video editing, encoding, or office type stuff go for the P4. The prescott makes a good space heater, thats about it.
Retail and OEM dont really matter in most cases. If you arn't planning on getting a heatsink I'd go for a retail CPU, then you get a heatsink/fan with it. If you are going to need cables I'd get a retail motherboard. Just see what accessories come with the retail versions and decide if you need them or not.
One last thing, I'd try and go for at least a 256bit 9800pro if I were you.
One thing you could do is swap that Corsair XMS for some <A HREF="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682..." target="_new">Mushkin Value RAM</A>. The only reason to have the Corsair XMS is if you plan on doing some overclocking or other serious system tweaking. I've got 2gb of that mushkin stuff and I can't tell the difference at all between it and the corsair or ocz I've had in the past. Well, except for the fact that it works flawlessly and the others didnt lol. Besides, you just cant beat $77 for 1gb of quality ram
Your other choices look pretty good to me. Do you have optical drives, powersupply, and case already? The only one that will make a big difference is the powersupply, what did you have in your old system? You might need a new one of those as well.
That psu should work ok. Definatly dont get the mushkin if you are going to be ocing. If you decided you wont I highly recomend them, dont be frightened off by the "Value". I have my 2gb of mushkin running at 2.5,3,3,7 timings, it might go lower but my comp is stable atm and that is all that matters to me, lol.
I get most of my cooling stuff from <A HREF="http://www.frozencpu.com" target="_new">Frozencpu.com</A>
You wont need ram sinks for your vga card unless you plan on ocing that too Which I dont really recommend unless you like artifact fuzz on your screen. Getting artifacts is not worth a couple more fps.
I have never overclocked anything before but Im looking forward to it. Ill probably be around these forums a lot more.
The only reason Im getting ram heatsinks for my vga is because one review said that he had problems with my type of card getting hot. Just being safe.
I was also wondering about the FSB my board says it has a 1Ghz FSB. My concern is...my FSB is 1Ghz but my ram is only 400 mhz, and 800 Mhz wiht the dual channel. Is that what you overclock when you do your ram?
well just so everyone knows im ordering my parts tommorrow morning (tuesday the 12th). so if you have suggestions for me please post before then. After tommorrow this post can be closed if an admin would like to.
I've had really good luck with Abit boards lately so there is no reason to think this one will be any different. It too supports the 1ghz fsb of that proc. Having PCIe slots will certainly help forward compatability. AGP and PCI will no doubt be around a while but who knows how long the latest and greatest stuff will be made to have backward compatability with it. The X700 is about the same as a 9800pro. It might be a tad faster, even with a 128bit bus.
Even with those changes the price is about the same.
Well some things came up and I didnt get to order my stuff until today. I did however go with the abit board and the x700. I put my faith in you so I hope you dont let me down. I do agree though, x16 PCIe has a lot more room for advancement compared to an 8x agp.
Hopefully my parts will be here by early next week. Ill let you guys know how thing go.
The last minute suggestions were well worth it. I got my system all together and WOW.
The graphics on the x700 are beautiful.. especially for the price. It out performs the 9800 pro for sure.
The abit board is also amazing. The utilities that came with it are very easy to use and are ported through windows. I can monitor my system temperatures, fan speeds, and overclock my system all from one utility without even restarting.
Thanks for everyones help
Abit AX8 Socket 939 VIA K8T890
AMD Athlon 64 3200 Winchester
Sapphire Radeon X700 Pro 256 Mb PCIe
WD Raptor 37 Gb SATA
Corsair 2x512 PC3200 DDR Dual-Channel Platnium Edition