Alright, after months of browsing the net and this forum, I'm ready to take the leap and attempt a self-build. I'm posting my shopping list in hopes that any problems with compatibilty/performance/etc. can be eliminated before I start ordering.
It'll be my first, so I'm hoping for a setup which will work without a huge amount of troubleshooting or tweeking....but that still has the flexibility for future upgrades and/or OCing.
I should also mention I'm in Germany, so availabilty and pricing is a bit different from the states. Any and all criticism is welcome. Here it is....
MOBO - Asus P5W DH Deluxe,I975X,Socket-775,ATX, SATAIIx7, Dual-GbLAN, DDR2, 2xPCI-Ex16
CPU - Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 2.4GHz Socket LGA775, 4MB, BOXED
w/ Zalman CNPS7700-Cu CPU-Kühler Sockel 478/775/754/939/940
I can't think of anything really except that if your not planning on doing any overclocking that you don't really need the Zalman. Its just unneeded. I mean, I was given a E6400 cooler by a friend that just got a zalman and it looks like its a pretty good cooler. Of course the Zalman is going to be a lot better both in sound and temp, but its your money to spend. And for the HDD's, are you thinking of doing RAID or just seperate. If you are going to do seperate, think about getting a smaller 10k rpm drive for the system and programs, and the 320 GB barracuda for other files. It'll make your computer just that bit faster.
As far as HD goes, I was actually thinking of 1 x WD raptor 10000 74 GB for the OS/programs, but the price just seemed like it was pretty high considering the relatively low capacity. It is still a point i'm considering though.
I am thinking that I will attempt to overclock once I get everything up at running. Noise *or lack thereof* is important to me, any suggestions for cooling that will reduce it? I don't want to get into water coolering quite yet...