OK I went back to the drawing board with some of the specs - namely the case, the ram, and the PSU. Here is what I came up with. Any comments would be helpful. The two questions I have is - which case is better? And how much better performance would I see using the WD drive as the main drive and the seagate as data storage. This machine will be used to play EQ2 and other mmo's as well as video and photo editing.
I thought the other mobo was a little overkill for me. I am not going to do any overclocking and I doubt I will ever be adding another GX card. Plus, Tom's gives that mobo the best price performance rating of all of them.
It seems like the eVGA has a lot of stuff that I will not be using. So I decided on the MSI.
My real question is is the Raptor overkill for my needs. EQ2 does alot of hard drive reading even with 2gb of ram. The game itself is almost 20gbs by now (with all expansions loaded). Do i need a 10,000 RPM drive or can a seagate do just fine?
IMO, the Seagate with the perp. recording will be fine.
Honestly, I think your whole system is overkill for MMOs. Unless you're doing a ton of intensive video/photo editing.
Used to run EQ2 and WoW on my old AMD 2200+ with a 9500Pro without a problem. Of course you'll be all set for the next generation of games. I just don't see the MMO world making too many big leaps with the current games like EQ, EQ2 and WoW still being so popular. But, I guess you never know what's around the corner.
It might be overkill but I have the budget and I dont want it to go out of date in 6 months. I think I am going to drop the raptor as you said the seagate will be fine. I also abhor slow machines I have no patience for bottlenecks
Since you say it is overkill, I am assuming I will be able to run EQ2 on the best settings without a problem. As this is the intent of the machine.
For the sake of discussion, what if I dropped to the 6400 and used a different gx card. What card would you go with?