And than an e6600 to top it off. Besides that I was thinking the tuniq tower as I will overclock later in the year. The only other question I can ask is anyone know a good widescreen lcd? The dells look nice. I'm looking at 300 max more near 200 if possible Thank you!
Yeah, I agree, the PSU might be a little overkill for ya. It'll definitely hold out for you if you wanna SLI your setup or overclock. Have you researched the P5B Deluxe much too? I've heard about some quirky things with it. Don't quote me though. I have an Asus P5N-E SLI that I recently built a new system with, also with an E6600. It's been great for me so far. It's give and take with both the boards. The P5N-E is not without issue either, so it's up to you. If you are gonna game much with it, you might want to step the graphics card up a notch. Especially since that power supply can handle it! These 7900 GS's perform pretty well: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681... Not a bad deal for this eVGA one too, as it is also the KO model. Just some thoughts. :wink:
I plan on overclocking it but not for a few months. The graphics card is to hold me over as I won't start any serious gaming till around summer. At the moment it is going to be used more for programming. Primarily .net 2005 and a huge database querying through photos.
I'm going to look at vista and probably move to it if I can find it reasonably. If not I have a spare xp I can throw on for the time being. It will run raid 0 on it to optimize performance.
For an LCD I'm looking for at least 19 inches if not higher. I have no real knowledge of lcds of monitors. I'm used to big bulky crts. I was thinking the extra wattage in case I added extra hard drives or moved up in graphics. That and I have a problem figuring out the total amps on the rails. I thought it was divide max load by the voltage but I can't seem to figure out it's max load.
Akhilles recommended a good power supply. However if at some point you want to run an 8800GTX I would get a 500W or a 620W. Corsair makes a 620W that can run 2 8800GTX's but thats only if you wish to go SLI. Although 1 8800GTX, I think is more than enough for anyone. AMP's wise if you just about any power supply 400W+ will run a C2D just fine. Its more your HD's ROM drives etc.. that dictate your end AMP's. This link is for a PSU calculator. The final Wattage is only an estimate although it comes damn close to real world usage. http://www.extreme.outervision.com/psucalculator.jsp
It's my personal opinion, but I think Thermaltake sux. Do you really need a full tower? if not you can find a nice Lian Li case for way cheaper (like $79). The Antec P180 is a very nice case too but its all up to you. I cant say the same about the 900.
If you wont game right away stay with the card that you choose. If you don't want to wait go with a x1950Pro or a X1950XT. these are good mid points before you step it up to a bigger card. WARNING, if you get a 8800GTX make sure you get a case that the card will fit into. the P180 will fit it but you will need to remove the top HD cage.
LCD is kind of a tricky business as every one's eyes are different. what looks good to me may look like crap to you. Dell LCD's are good and people seem to like them very much, however they do have a high price tag for the range they are in. These are just a few LCD's that have gotten good ratings.