Just a thought, you might want to get some more specifics on the power supply that comes with the case. I know that most PSU's that come with cases are usually pretty weak, so be warned. I have been very lucky with what I have purchased in the past, but now I'm more informed that before, which makes buying a good PSU/case combo easier for me. If you allocate about $100 for case/PSU. I'm not an expert on PSU choices, but Antec & FSP have been talked about widely here in the forums, so I would look at those.
I'm in similar situation. Can anyone recommend the best gaming processor/motherboard solution for under $175?? The Pentium D 805 looks really attractive, as are some of the AMD socket 939 Athlon's.
I would prefer first and foremost an easy board to setup and get going as I am a newb and this is my first build. Also, reliability is important. I don't imagine I'd be doing any hard core overclocking but having the capability would be nice as my confidence grows. I'm definately going with a PCI-E video card probably a Nvidia 7XXX of some sort.
I've already got an ultra wizard midtower case and a coolmax 500w power supply.
I got the same one for a budget build for my sister and it worked fine (no sharp edges and both sides come off for easy installation of the drives). Not as distinctive looking as the one you were proposing, but you cannot beat the price (and I did get the rebate after the 6-8 weeks). You do need to buy a case fan separately, but I think that is a good thing as you can get something quiet.
Ultra Wizard Black Mid Tower Case is a steal.
$40.00 Rebate or free
Turd1327, I can't even fathom how some compare e6300/4300 to 3800+/4000+. e6300 is a little faster than 5000+ at stock. How much is the 5000+? $279 at newegg. They're not even on the same manufacturing process. 65nm vs 90nm. The fastest AMD 65nm available at newegg is 4800+ for $248. From what I've read, the AMD 65nm chips are slower than their 90nm counterparts.
in the $50-$125 range. I will be adding a graphics card so I don't need much in way of onboard video, also I need reliability and easy set up, I'm thinking ASUS/Gigabyte, but I'm not sure which, will be used for gaming