well, around December time, I will be making a new system from scratch. I have enough money for the average part, but am not rich, so won't be able to afford a Kentsfield or the new DX10 cards (which I assume will be expensive).
basically, I will be using either, the E6300, or the E6600, and plan on getting the 7950GT graphics card
2GB DDR2 RAM
Seagate SATA2 Hard Disk
Logitech x230 2.1 speakers
Standard microsoft keyboard
G5 laser mouse
19" Samsung 931BF LCD monitor
I originally was looking at the ASUS P5B deluxe for this rig, but are there any better, or cheaper variants on this? I have heard good and bad reviews about it. I also am not going to be overclocking.
and finally, even though this is in the wrong part of the forums, would the 430W powersupply that comes with the Thermaltake Soprano case (sorry can't find any specs on it, even at the Thermaltake site, I did find they have SATA and PCI-E compatability, as well as plenty of protection, and im gusesing its 430W continuos not maximum), be enough to power this system? Otherwise, what sorta Power Supply should I get? (I can stick it in an older case)
also, is it worth getting a low end soundcard? I figure that most motherboards come with decent sound capabilities anyway.
what about in say 6- 12 months time, when a new game comes out which has some hefty graphics requirements? Since I can't get those graphics cards (without shipping em from probably USA), would the 7600GT do?
I think the 7600 is a good choice to hold you over until Dx10 cards come out. It will save you money in the short run and will give you time to save up money for the 2nd wave of dx10 cards when they hit the market. I can't tell you how the 7600 will perform with future games though so if you get the itch to get games as they are released then you might want to discard the 7600 as an option.
"also, unfortunately, the coice for ATI components arund where I live is very limited. Pretty much the x800 GT, or up to X1900 CF 512MB, X1900 XT 512MB or the X1900 XTX 512MB". Skimmed thru this the first time. You have access to get the x1900 xt 512? That was one of the cards recommended--is price the problem?
I have already read both of those. I know that the x1900GT is good, but it is not available where I am (Sydney Australia) AFAIK, and shipping it from America will be expensive and will require credit card, and will also make customer service hard.
as far as I could tell, for double the price (since you have to buy 2 of the same card), you get about 40% bonus performance, but if you got a card now, and then in 6 - 12 months later, the price of the graphics card will probably be 40% of the old price so you actually get the value for money.
If Vista and DX10 weren't around the corner that would be a good plan. But in 12 months you will want a DX10 card. Buy one decent card for now and wait, unless you have the money to burn or need the performance now.
As was stated before, your monitor won't give you the benefit of Xfire/SLI anyway.
yeh this one is quite expensive (450 Aussie), but will/should last me a long time, I could downgrade to 6ms 17" which is 300 bucks, or 19" 8ms for 300 - 350 bucks, but I am never completely sure on the 8ms monitors.
cool that is similar to what I am getting (although doesn't say what constrast rating it has), it has a highly variable price tag too 8O.
also, I decided on the P5b - e, its 2/3rds the price, with most of the same features as the deluxe, but no SLI. Also has overclocking features, which I won't use yet, but perhaps in the future when I wanna pull every last penny from the machine, I might OC it.