So considering a budget of around $900 I'm trying to build a computer for gaming and general usage. I looked for all components from Newegg but if anybody has another site that has good support/deals/shipping I'd be fine giving it a try.
What I Have Now:
512MB OCZ Gold PC3200 sitting on my desk, I was thinking I would put that in aswell as a matched pair 1 gig, will that lower performance at all?
Optical drives are covered, I've got a good DVD-RW and CD so no need to change that.
300 GB IDE storage drive that's ageing but I'll stick with for now.
Of course, I've got plunty of monitors...
What I May Add Later:
I think I may add a Raptor in later for my main drive but for right now (mostly for budget reasons) I'm deciding to pass on it.
Mostly for storage, will most likely change to a 10k later on but for $$ consideration I'm going to avoid it now, unless someone feels thats a horrible idea. Also have the 300GB so this will take care of storage.
Does not look to bad, though I would not incorperate that third stick of memory into your system unless you had two of the same sticks. There is nothing wrong with Jaton but check the reviews on Newegg to see if the other puchasers have had issues for better input. An X800GTO2 from Sapphire would be a good alternative for gaming but it really boils down to who do you like (ATI or Nvidia). The memory you chose is good stable memory, but there usually is no room for tweaking Value select memory even with upped voltages. Onboard sound is a resource hog, a good inexpensive OEM Audigy or Turtle beach card will do the trick but once again it depends on who do you like. Western Digital just released a new Raptor model yesterday so keep that in mind when you finally decide to add one.
Corsair is another great Memory supplier with decent Customer support.
These two pics from Newegg are a few dollars more that what your dollar amount specified but I have used both these sets before with great speed and stability, most importantly they actually run the timings they advertise when you set the bios to detect timings by SPD. If I were in your shoes 40 bucks for a good OEM Audigy card would not be an option, but at minimum a requirement. Good luck with your dream machine
I'm thinking I'll just spend a little more $$ and go with a eVGA 7800 GT. I would mod that one (it was actually my initial idea) but the more I read into it, the more I'd like to be secure with shader 3.0 and not have to base my card fully around OC and a mod. Not that I dont fully intend to OC the 7800 a bit, but with it its not crucial to the performance, merely a boost to it.
Also I think I'm going to go with a friend who's going to hook me up with some more OCZ Gold for only $80 which is just about perfect for what I need. I was looking at the Patriot but decided that I would stick with my trusted OCZ.