Second game/home use build

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):
Windows XP
World of Warcraft
OpenOffice
Thunderbird
Firefox
QuickBooks (multiple versions: 2003, 2005, 2007)
Printmaster card creator
Gimp
PAF
various children's games like Reader Rabbit
WinTV
Stepmania
NetBeans
Ubuntu
Mechwarrior 4 compilation
Empire Earth I
Tron 2.0
Final Fantasy VII
Thunderbird
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
Quiet
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.
Avoid Vista
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

Thanks in advance
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  1. I gotta commend on your to-the-point no-frills details about your usage, pc, upgrade, likes & dislikes. A few posts here are so long-winded that they may turn off potential helpers.

    The NEC 17" has an unusual large resolution of 1248x1024@75Hz.

    http://www.necdisplay.com/corpus/3/N/LCD12series_brochure_0903.pdf

    My newegg.com cart:
    Quote:
    Shopping Cart
    Qty. Product Description Savings Total Price
    1
    SAMSUNG 18X DVD±R DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model SH-S182D - OEM
    Item #: N82E16827151133
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    $29.99
    1
    COOLER MASTER Centurion 534 RC-534-KKN2-GP Black Aluminum & Mesh bezel / SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    Item #: N82E16811119106
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy -$10.00 Instant
    $10.00 Mail-in Rebate

    $49.99
    $39.99
    2
    Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250820AS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
    Item #: N82E16822148142
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy


    $149.98
    ($74.99 each)
    1
    EVGA 256-P2-N615-TX GeForce 7600GT 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail
    Item #: N82E16814130062
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

    $20.00 Mail-in Rebate

    $109.99
    1
    HIPER HPU-4M480-PS ATX12V v2.2 480W Power Supply - Retail
    Item #: N82E16817128005
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

    -$6.00 Instant

    $55.99
    $49.99
    1
    Rosewill 2 port Parallel (SPP/PS2/EPP/ECP) Universal PCI card Model RC-304 - Retail - Retail
    Item #: N82E16815166007
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy -$7.00 Instant

    $15.99
    $8.99
    1
    G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-2GBNQ - Retail
    Item #: N82E16820231098
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

    -$30.00 Instant

    $209.99
    $179.99
    1
    BIOSTAR TForce965PT LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
    Item #: N82E16813138037
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy


    $104.99
    1
    Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 Conroe 2.13GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6400 - Retail
    Item #: N82E16819115004
    Return Policy: Processors (CPUs) Return Policy
    UBISOFT Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter - OEM
    Item #: N82E16800992001
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy -$49.99 Combo

    $271.99
    $222.00
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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:
    Quote:
    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.
  2. Thanks for the list!

    A couple of questions:
    How did you see the two hard drives working together? Do they need some special RAID setup/configuration? Will that work under Ubuntu?

    I didn't see a parallel port on that motherboard. How do I plug my G85 into it?

    Thanks again!
  3. No problem.

    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.

    Just added:

    Rosewill 2 port Parallel (SPP/PS2/EPP/ECP) Universal PCI card Model RC-304 - Retail - Retail

    & updated my cart above.
  4. Ok, I swapped out the video card, CPU and motherboard. Please let me know if this breaks anything.

    CPU
    Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz 4M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor - Retail
    Item #: N82E16819115003

    Mobo
    ASUS P5B-E LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
    Item #: N82E16813131070

    GPU
    EVGA 256-P2-N624-AR GeForce 7900GS 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 KO Video Card - Retail
    Item #: N82E16814130056

    RAM
    G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-2GBNQ - Retail
    Item #: N82E16820231098

    Hard drive x2
    Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250820AS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
    Item #: N82E16822148142

    DVD drive
    SAMSUNG 18X DVD±R DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model SH-S182D - OEM
    Item #: N82E16827151133

    Case
    COOLER MASTER Centurion 534 RC-534-KKN2-GP Black Aluminum & Mesh bezel / SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    Item #: N82E16811119106

    Power supply
    HIPER HPU-4M480-PS ATX12V v2.2 480W Power Supply - Retail
    Item #: N82E16817128005
  5. Looks perfect. Don't forget the parallel card.
    Quote:
    A 350W PCI Express compliant system power supply (with 12V current rating of 22A or more)

    The Hiper 480W 28A exceeds the 7900gs requirements.
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