Made a few adjustments after reading here and other reviews, looks like I'm narrowing it down.
ABIT AB9 QuadGT
Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor
2GB corsair ddr2 800 PC6400
Logitech G15 gaming keyboard
Logitech G5 6 button mouse
Seagate Barracuda 320GB SATA2
SONY 16X DVD±R DVD Burner With 5X DVD-RAM Write Black IDE Model DRU120C
ViewSonic VG2030WM possibly the VG2230WM widescreen. Do you guys think it's a waste for wide screen? I know games will be adopting this soon but for now I still play Tribes along with others but Tribes is still my favorite and I'm sure it will be a pain in the butt to get the game to work on wide screen.
Reports indicate that gaming performance is not as good as in XP under some circumstances. I am sure this will be ironed out fairly soon, but what is the point of getting all that high performance hardware only to lose the edge due to OS teething troubles?
In any case, this is a MS product. There WILL be unpleasant surprises that will take a while to show up. Wait a bit before moving up - at least until the first service pack is released.
Look at it this way: would you prefer to spend your time playing your favorite games or trouble-shooting your new OS?
It is your sytem, but you did ask for input. Oh yeah, don't forget to adress licencing issues.
re: vista. Depends. Yesterday I learned something about Vista.
My friend has a relatively new laptop with XP HOME on CD & drivers, etc. He bought Ultimate Upgrade with 32- & 64-bit on DVDs & discounted One Care with 1 year subscription & some free CD/DVD. I suggested to install Vista on his lappy rather than his main rig to test the waters.
I was aware that Vista drivers aren't as mature as XP's. This is the order of installs to get a perfectly working Vista pc.
1. install xp
2. install & update ALL xp drivers & software
3. insert vista cd/dvd (32-bit) to upgrade in xp
That's it. Previously I did the opposite: Vista & XP or Vista Beta drives. No go. Some hardware had missing drivers in dev. mgr. His lappy is working perfect with ALL hardware supported. The experience has changed my opinion about Vista.
The sidebar on the right is rather useful: clock, calendar, weather forecast, news tickers, image slideshow.
One Care is pretty well writen: basically it's a frontend to Windows Updates, Defender & Firewall & an antivirus MS bought out from some company. It can be set up to be un-obstructive: an auto-open-&-close pop-up to tell you the important things like blocked app from going online.
Windows Updates can be set up to notify you of any updates, but not download them. Or auto-update recommended updates, or do nothing at all.
The only app that I know of to crash every time it runs is AVG Antispyware.
I would get rid of that soundcard and use the onboard and i'd cut back on the CPU to an E4300. Just up the FSB to 333 instead of the standard 200 and you'll have a MUCH faster CPU than the E6600.
Use the money saved to get a better graphics card such as an x1900xt/7900GT or similar.
Yeah I redid the system up a couple of post...decided on a diff MB and to use the OB soundcard and lan
I'll look into the CPU, thanks!
The build is looking better now without the sound and with that graphics. However at www.newegg.com i'm pretty sure i saw an x1900xt for $200 which would be a much better choice for graphics card.
Any 965 motherboard should be good for the build.