Hey everybody, I'm new to the tgforumz and relatively new to any sort of computer building...however I was considering building my own and have been reading up on as many of the how to sites as possible. I think I've got a lock on that, however I was wondering if anyone would mind taking a gander at what I've assembled for the new one and giving me their opinion.
For the money you're spending you'd be better off with either the Intel Core Duo or the AMD AM2. You mobo is last generation and you won't save much if anything. Don't know what the Plextor runs, they'll usually expensive. You can get an OEM NEC or Lite-On DVD burner for about $30 and they'll do the job. How much money to you have and how are you going to use the machine? Info would help
For $1500 you should be able to put together a really nice Core Duo, with the 7600GT you could probably get a 6600, which is generally considered the best bang for the buck although you could save quite a bit with an oveclocked 6300 if you're into overclocking. If you have or think you'll get a camcorder, I'd get a mobo with onboard firewire. Personally, I like mobo with 3 PCI slots, which gives you more room for expansion. Suggest you price some stuff on newegg and save various configurations on wish list. Also check out tomshardware and extremetech for good reviews of various CPUs and mobo