I'm looking to build a new system to replace my last homebuilt which is now five years old. I'm mostly intimidated with selecting the right motherboard, but open to suggestions on all components. Last time I had a friend help with the purchase decisions while I did the assembling myself.
Software (ordered by priority):
World of Warcraft
QuickBooks (multiple versions: 2003, 2005, 2007)
Printmaster card creator
various children's games like Reader Rabbit
Mechwarrior 4 compilation
Empire Earth I
Final Fantasy VII
Lego Star Wars I and II
Sid Meier's Pirates!
Hardware that will be retained:
NEC LCD1712 monitor
Microsoft USB/PS2 Optical Mouse
Microsoft Natural Keyboard (ps2)
HP G85 All-In-One printer/scanner/fax
USB Zip drive
Hauppage WinTV USB2
Nostromo N45 USB gamepad
Linksys WRT54G router (build doesn't have to be wireless. Should I use my existing network card?)
Super Joybox USB Playstation adapter
Other goals (by priority):
budget = ~$1000
Transfer home movies to DVD
My ten year old speakers are going, so some new sound. Something modest like 2 speakers and a subwoofer. I have no room for a 5+ speaker setup.
No intention of overclocking
Something smaller that a full tower
parts have been on the market for at least six months
Dual boot XP and Ubuntu
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The reason I picked 7600gt is that:
geforce has better linux support than radeon
you play not very gpu-intensive games
you're not upgrading to vista/dx10
If you feel it's underpowered for future games, pick 7900gs like:
EVGA 256-P2-N624-AR GeForce 7900GS 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 KO Video Card - Retail
$169.99 ($154.99 after $15.00 Mail-In Rebate)
The psu is there so that the pc has room for video card upgrades. The rest of the parts were chosen based on your goals. No o/c. Mid tower case. Quiet (GF 7000 series is generally less power-hunger, less hot, & quieter than X1900 series even though the later is faster in most bencharmks). Intel P965 has been out for months & is probably the most popular C2D chipset. I'm sure some Linux module devs can get their hands on it for writing modules. 2 hard disks: 1 for XP/linux (partition it into half at least); 1 for storage or my documents.
Finally, nothing is set in stones. Change anything to your liking.
Sorry i forgot to say both harddisks should be set up as standalone. XP/Linux should see them as normal PATA/IDE harddisks. No F6/driver needed. Another plus is if you screw up the partitions on C, chances are you will, you still have your files intact on D.
Rosewill 2 port Parallel (SPP/PS2/EPP/ECP) Universal PCI card Model RC-304 - Retail - Retail