I'd like to go up to 2x1g of memory, but I don't want to break my budget. Choose the x850xt because this will be mostly a gaming rig and that card seems to be the best for what I am looking to spend. Any suggestions/changes are welcome.
AMD Athlon 64 3200+ Venice
BIOSTAR TForce6100 Socket 754 NVIDIA GeForce 6100
CORSAIR 1GB (2 x 512MB) DDR400 Dual Channel Model VS1GBKIT400
WD Caviar SE WD800JD 80GB 7200 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive
eVGA 256-P2-N391-AX Geforce 6800GS 256MB GDDR3
NEC Black IDE/ATAPI DVD Burner Model ND-3550A
Logitech 967496-0403 2-Tone PS/2 RF Wireless Slim Keyboard Mouse
POWMAX CP0327PL-4 ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 400W PSU
This is a complete system that came in under 665... If you already have a keyboard/mouse you can add that ammount plus another $65 toward more memory and bigger badder video card. This system however, as is, can just about anything out there now w/o a problem.
I would change the HD you spec'd to either this Seagate. or this Western Digital. They're the newer SATA IIs which should still work with your board even though it is SATA I and they're almost the same price. They should be quite a bit faster that the ATA100 you spec'd.
I don't remember if the X800 series of cards support Shader Model 3.0, which is something you're going to want. If they don't, then I would consider the eVGA 6800GS card MaxxuM spec'd out.
1GB of RAM will still hold you over for now. I'd upgrade this a little later when you have the cash. You could get 2GB later, then eBay the 1 GB you have now (you don't want to run 4 x 512MB). This setup should work quite nicely for the time being. Otherwise the rest of the equipment you spec'd looks good.
I offer this soluton, for a few reasons. One, AMD is less spendy. AMD is better for gaming. with this AMD package you get a killer SLI Nforce4 Chipset Mobo and one prety heafty Video Card and save a bundle! Now you have the option to double your video down the road with another video card (SLI). And drop the sound card, and you can opt for more RAM, or even faster CPU. (I have this mobo, cpu, and video card myself, as do a few other people i know), and its so solid. Easy to overclock too, if you want that extra boost. /2cents
Actually Shad. Substitute this 2GBs of memory instead of what you spec'd, one of the hard drives I spec'd earlier, and either the ATI card you spec'd or the nVidia card MaxxuM spec'd and you'll come in under $700.00. What's the problem????