Here is everything I'm planning to get for my new rig, but I still have a couple of questions. 1) Is everything i'm getting compatable? OR will this not work when I get it? 2) I'm planning on overclocking the processor to 3.4-3.6 ghz, will the fan, mobo, and ram handle this? 3) would it be worth it to get a 7900gt instead of a 7600gt?
On a final note the mobo is somewhat of a filler for now, because I'd like to wait for some conroe compatable motherboard to come out so I can future proof this. Also, i'd like to stay under $1,300 without shipping.
Video: Yes upgrading to a 7900gt over 7600gt would definitly be worth it. The price tag kinda sucks, but if you have the cash, go for it.
CPU: are you planning on OC'ing the 805? Because If you are, go for the Zalman CNPS9500 instead of that Asus P5M2.
Monitor: If you're going to get an LCD, don't get a shitty one. first... 17" is pretty much the standard. Second, the response time, pixel pitch and contrast ratio all suck, it might even look worse than your average CRT display.
RAM: If you are going to overclock, look at some DDR2-800 RAM. If you aren't, or are going to very little, then the 667 stuff you picked will work just fine.
If you do decide to go for the 7900GT, and you're going to OC the 805, you might want to think about at least a 500W power supply, although with 480, you should be alright for lite or even moderate overclocking.
Thanks, I was also thinking about about getting this ram and either a radeon x850xt or a radeon x1600xt intstead of the current ram and GPU, that way, i'll have better ram now and can upgrade the GPU later. Would this be a sensible idea?
If you're going to get a video card just to get the system going.... go low end so you don't end up spending as much money... there's no sense in spending $200 on a video card, only to upgrade to a $400 card in 3 months (or less).
The only advantages to getting DDR2-800 ram for that board, would be if you're going to do a lot of overclocking, or if you want to better guarantee stable ram operation.
It would take me at least 6 months to be able to upgrade due to the fact I have next to no income. Which is why I was thinking of the 7600gt in the first place, because it had some good reviews and seemed like it handled most games pretty well for less than $200.