My most important questions is the compatability of all my parts
two specific question are:
1. whether or not my ram will work nicely with my motherboard, since i can't find that eVGA board as compatable on corsair's list of compatable motherboards i am having some doubts.
2. Should i get more power according to the rest of the parts? Or is this DEFINITELY more than enough power for my specs
does that XMS set have any real advantage over the valueselect then? CAS Latency is 2.5 on both sticks, since the XMS sticks are falsely advertised as 2.0 latency, so....any substantial differences at all?
For your CPU, I have been told that the slightly more expensive version of the 3200+, the one with CG in the serial number instead of BP, is better because "the XP3200 Venice with CG core has so called E4 stepping, which is said to include SSE3 support, better memory controller and higher net o/c possibilities."
i just don't wana take any chances with dead pixels on a LCD, and for me CRTs are much easier to see since bright colors on a LCD get faded out, i just like CRTs over LCDs in general, 19" is my fav screen size, and i'd like to see some screenshot of that monitor, info on brand and stuff just like on newegg and then decide on it and stuff.
why the coolermaster centurion 5 though, is that really a better choice in terms of airflow than the 3 choices i listed? sure i'll go for the more expensive venice core cpu, however if i were to go for 2x 1gig of ram i'd like to get the
1. OCZ 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Unbuffered Dual Channel Platinum System Memory Model OCZ4002048ELDCPE-K - Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682... OR
2. CORSAIR XMS 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Unbuffered Dual Channel Kit System Memory Model Twinx2048-3200c2pt - Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...
I hope you're not serious about my old CRT. I mean, for $100, I'd definitely send it to you, but it's an old Hansol 910A, so I'm not so sure you'd want it - its working fine and everything, but it's not exactly a cutting-edge CRT.
As for the Centurion 5, they're relatively cheap, easy to use [not a Lian-Li, but good enough], and cooling is, again, relatively good. I personally have used them before, and even though they don't have features such as the removable tray [my biggest gripe], my overall impression has been positive. I personally don't use it, but that's just because I love Lian-Li so much.
As for the RAM, I'd go for the OCZ. I haven't used g.skill nearly as much as ocz or corsair [in fact, only once that i can remember], but it's good ram afaik. If you like it, go for.
everything looks fine man, looks almost like my build.
The graphics are incredible
mobo is good
get the Corsair VS, it's good/reliable, i have it and i like it, so fast. i may end up getting another gig (4x512MB) for BF2 and stuff...
CPU is great
as of LCD's, i got the Dell 2005FPW, no dead-pixels whatsoever, graphics are stunning, Lords of Dogtown and other DVD's are awesome, Quake IV is awesome, can't wait to test it out with more games. There is some backlighting with all the lights out when its just a black screen, but it's not too bad. THis thing is huge man. i totally recommend. I too was worried about buying online and dead-pixels, but after i got it and hooked up DVI to the 7800GT, there's no turning back to any smaller LCD or CRT...i went from a 15" CRT to this, and also graphics, went from a GeForce MX400 to the 7800GT PN-518/mobo combo, no turning back.
as for PSU, i got the Fortron 450W, it has the 20+4-pin (20 pin and a 4-pin), just attatch the 4-pin to the 20 since mobo has 24-pin, and it has the extra 12V+ 4-pin (black and yellow wires) for CPU power. it's got enough power and good price
good luck, and enjoy it, i'm enjoying my purchases! just make sure to get virusscan/spyware/adware/registry mechanic so you don't have the risk of messing up your build. take care, good luck
woulda recommended vs, but he asked for a recommendation between xms and the ocz, so i gave it to him... if you're open to the vs and cant get the ocz for ~$20 more, vs is probably the better value.. just make sure u stick w/2x1g
dell lcds are good/great, usually no dead pixels, and they come with basic 3yr wty
*Bumped* updated the list, on the cases, would a side air duct with 1 or 2 fans be a match for the spire with 4 80mms and 1 120mms? then again the spire case has no reviews and all i want is the best airflow case out of the three.
on the monitors, it's extremely hard for me to decide on one after comparing the 3, the samsung has the best bandwidth, the viewsonic is best quality(same exact one i got at home running 5 years no problem, however i want the best of the 3), and the nec has the best reviews, all have strengths and weaknesses so please help