In about a week i'm going to have the money to build myself a new gaming system. I will have $1000 to spend, and that is including shipping....
I used to build alot of PCs but haven't messed with it in about 3 years or so, so i'm kinda out of the loop on all the new technologies. From what i have been reading i *really* want one of the new 8800's for the DX10 support. And i know that my wife is not going to let me spend ANYTHING on computer stuff for quite a while after this... so i want the DX10 card so i can play the new games coming up later this year.
This is what i was looking at far....just kinda tossed some stuff together to see where i landed. I came up to about $950, but that is also without Vista which i want to get for the DX10 support.
To oversimplify, the lower timings mean it takes less time for the data to be processed. For the best results, lower timings should go with higher speed. i.e. 4-4-4-12 at DDR2-800Mhz. I believe it's quite important to encoding/decoding/compressing & decompressing. i.e. convert videos or unzipping files. But it also depends on the hard disk & cpu.
The 480w you mentioned is fine for 8800gts. If you upgrade the video to something more powerful down the road, it might be a good idea to get a 500w+ psu. If you're dead set on the 8800gts & no upgrade, 480w it is.
it sounds like mama will close the window so if he does not get Vista now, it might be a couple years. You always help the beta team and the service are free except for a few more days of your time chases fixes.
I would really shop for the 8800 card, many places will be getting more models and prices will drop slightly, but not $125, sorry