I am putting together my second build, and have put together the following parts list, which comes on budget.
The primary use is for AutoCad 2d and 3d work, but I like to play a game or two. As this is the tool that I earn my living with, reliability is an issue. I plan on doing some overclocking along the way to prolong the usefulness of the processor.
Existing Parts to be reused
Antec True480 480w power supply
Lian Li PC-60 case
Looking at it all on:
Hewlett-Packard LP2465, rate highly for cad work
Core 2 Duo E6600
Corsair Twin 2X 2048-6400C4 SDRAM DDR2 800
MSI GeForce 7900GT 256MB
NEC 7170 CD/DVD
Pair Western Digital Caviar SE16 250mb in a Raid 1 mirror
XP-pro with planned Vista upgrade in about 6 months
Currently running a MSI GeForce 6800GT. Would it be better to wait for the DX10 compatable cards and upgrade then? The budget is around $200-$250 for the video card.
Old parts will be put to use as a backup/hack machine with a cheap case and PS.
That is the power supply, and I am not looking to run SLI, so it looks like I should be okay.
I think I will hold off on the card for a month or two.
I have been split between the NEC and the LiteOn drives, people seem to swear by one or the other. I've been happy with my last LiteOn...
I have not had any trouble with my current WD drives. My wife, however, has had a heck of a time trying to return a defective Seagate drive :roll: (But she is on a Mac :wink: )...But I will check them out.
The last NEC that I had the laser went out within about a month. besides half the drives at the stores are lite-on. Anything from Sony, Memorex, liteon, and there are like 3 more that are all lite-on drives.