The observant of you may have noticed that I haven't included any memory...that's because I can't figure out what would be best!! Ideally I want 2Gb but will probably buy 1Gb to start with then upgrade later.
So my questions:
1 - Are the components above the best choice for the money? Can anyone suggest anything cheaper that's as good? (or even another retailer)
2 - Are the components above compatible with each other?
3 - What's the best choice for memory?
The machine will be used mainly for high end gaming, playing things like the new Splinter cell and some upcoming games, but it will also need to handle data processing pretty well (SQL Server / MS Access).
Thanks for the advice
Why do you recommend those over the ones I listed originally?
Do you have that PSU yourself by any chance, do you know what the sound levels are like from it?
I agree on the sound card.
Nice looking RAM!
EDIT: With the processor running at 1066 FSB shouldn't I be looking at PC2-8500 memory (such as http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/119190/rb/24517632204)? Or doesn't it make a difference? I thought that you had to match the speeds, but I'm more of a software guy so what do I know!
Is it generally agreed that the Duo2 is the way to go then?
For a quiet yet effective & efficient power supply, I'd recommend a Seasonic unit (including the Corsair branded models). Silent PC Review has them listed all across the top of their recommended PS lists complete with detailed sound measurements and even recordings to compare the noise characteristics. Great site for those interested in keeping the noise down in a build.
I've gone off the ASUS motherboard I originally suggested as I've realised it does not support SATA II (which from my limited understanding would mean slower hard drives), however I'm wary of the Gigabyte Intel 965P-DS3 suggested by AdamBomb42 as according to http://www.hardware.info/en-UK/productdb/bGNkapiUmJHK/v... this mobo does not support SLI / EPP memory, which again from my limited understanding would mean slightly slower memory.
In all honesty I don't know how much difference these things would make, and I think I might be a classic example of knowing enough to be dangerous but not enough to be useful!
However I'll definately be going for a PCI-E graphics card, so that rules out the one suggested by AdamBomb42, as that's AGP. Sorry! Thinking of going for a 7800 as the interactive VGA chart on here (http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/graphics/charts.html) shows a significant jump between them.
Another point is that I'll be saving for this over the next few months so things might change by then, but I'd like to set down now what I want then when it comes to buying it I can be pleasantly surprised by the drop in price (in particular the cost of the Duo2 is expected to drop in Q2 apparently)
Another point is that I'll be saving for this over the next few months so things might change by then
Thanks for mentioning this, but you just made your entire post a moot point. Unless a few months is really a month or two. Things could change drastically in a few months. Check back when you're a couple of weeks out from ordering.