This is pretty much what I've come up with my research for my new gaming system. I do have a few concerns about it, and any input would be greatly appreciated.
First, is there a better motherboard I could have for the parts I have?
1. I don't intend to run SLI
2. I'll probably consider overclocking later down the road, but not right away
3. Would settling for the onboard sound card affect my FPS too much? If not, I'll probably stick with that integrated sounds.
Second, is the Antec Sonata II able to keep the whole setup decently cool and is the power supply that comes with it, a 450W Antec PSU, enough for the components I plan to use with it? I was considering an Antec 900, but that meant I had to get a separate PSU, which could cost up to $100.00 more.
Third, would getting that video card be overkill? Some of the games I will be playing with this setup are Oblivion, Company of Heroes, Supreme Commander, Medieval 2: Total War, and Civilization 4 (Plus some FPS games for my little brother and the Sims for my sister).
That's all I have for now. Again, thanks for your insights.
The Hiper won't be enough for 8800gtx which needs 475W 32A.
While onboard sound may load the cpu by up to 10%, so do some add-on sound cards' drivers & onboard network. The very good ones using about a few % of cpu are expensive. What I do is overclock the cpu & use the onboard sound.
Thanks for the recommendations. It seems that the PSU that comes along with the Sonata II is unreliable, so I decided to go with Antec True Power Trio TP3-550 ATX12V 550W Power Supply with Three 12V Rails 100 - 240 V UL, CUL, FCC, TÜV, CE, C-tick, CCC, CB - Retail.
I read a lot of the reviews on New Egg for the Cooler Master Centurion 5, and it seems to do a good job of cooling. I had really wanted an Antec 900 or Antec p180b, but those, I feel, are too expensive.
Also, don't get a 945 chipset motherboard, get a 965 chipset. If you want the MSI, then get the 965-Neo F. Otherwise take a look at the Gigabyte 965-S3....overclocks like a champ, nice and stable, great price too.
[edit: You changed the PSU, good job. Comment on the mobo still stands though]
Good job at revising the list. DS3 is better than S3 in that DS3 has solid capacitors. Looks like a very decent pre-dx10 rig. When it comes time to upgrade to dx10, you should be able to just swap the video cards.