I decided its time to build myself a new computer. My current computer manages to do what I ask it to such as run WoW and what not but I want something a little more modern. These are the components I have in mind for my next build and would like a little help/criticism with them. If someone has a better suggestion for a component within a similar price range that would help me a lot. Heres what Ive come up with:
One thing I would consider looking at is going with a Intel's Core 2 Duo. You might be more familiar with AMD but Intel's processors are more powerful in the price range you're looking at. The 5200+ that you quoted is around $290 but the Intel E6400 is around $225 and the E6600 is around $310.
The E6400 is at least as powerful as the chip you are looking at(probably a little more powerful) and the E6600 is much more powerful. If you were looking to spend around $130 on a processor then I would recommend AMD but for your price point the Intel's are great.
The motherboard depends on whether you want to overclock or not. If you don't I would just pick a decent priced(not the cheapest) board from a solid manufacturer. If you're going to overclock then a lot of boards from DFI are good for that. Or the following
You might want a better than stock HSF. I am guessing you will use XP, best option right now but some people are using the 8800 with Vista.
All your parts fit together well, hopefully the other stuff will fit as well.
Your help is greatly appreciated. Core 2 Duo is sounding very appealing right about now. Thanks again.
At the price range you are looking at, Core 2 Duo is the best choice at the moment. Something I quickly found out when I started getting back into the PC hardware world. If you were looking to spend less, AMD is the way to go, but if not, enjoy that Conroe.
Yes for now I will be running Windows XP, I dont have the patience to deal with Vista currently. Ive heard of lots of trouble with driver compatibility, something Id rather avoid. Thanks for the responses.