This will be used mainly for gaming (Crysis/ BF2), home office use, and music recording (will be OC CPU/Memory). I will be keeping my Case (Full Aluminum Tower), CD Burner, and 250GB HD (see sig for details). Additions are as follows:
Any and all opinions are welcome as I will be waiting until Q2 (May 1st) to start buying because of price drops. Future proofing as much as possible, we all know how that goes! lol Also, as for Tacos comment, Im not rich... but have a bro in law who can get me a mad discount from Circuit City! Thats why I want the best MB, VGA, and memory that CC carries. Great products at prices NewEgg cant beat after my bros employee discount! (at cost) I wont be building again probably for another 3-5 yrs. Thanks!
If youre trying to future proo as much as possible then do NOT buy an 8800 wait until end of Q2 or mid Q3 to determine how these cards actually work with DX10 theres no proof that performance will be any good with the new cards, also by that time ATI will have released and the 89X0 range will be out too
Heres the deal... my Bro Inlaw can get me his employee discount from Circuit City. Thats why I chose the 680i, 8800 GTX, Memory, and Keyboard. Even NewEgg cant beat his discount (cost). Im with you guys on the VGA, curious to see how well that r600 stacks up against the 8800. I wanted to take advantage of the rebates at CC ($30.00 off both the MB and the GTX... rebate expires on the 25th of this month). That would save me $60.00 plus his discount. Also, waiting for the r600 for sake of it being a better card then the 8800 GTX is like chasing a ghost in our pc enthusiest world... there is always something better coming out! lol I did make some changes to my list... stuff that CC doesnt carry anyway... Although I kind of wanted to get a keyboard and mouse from them for sake of the discount. Im trying to get as much stuff as I can from CC for the discount! lol As long as its the best stuff. Thanks for the advice Taco, I also changed my choice on the PSU, do you think that 750w will power everything even if I added an extra 800 down the line? I will be using my old case, not sure of the brand... It looks alot like the Ultra Aluminus ATX; its a silver aluminum full tower with window. As far as the CPU, i want the most future proof but with awesome OC ability. Does the e6700 OC better then just the e6600 if I chose to go with the e series? Right now, I really have no need for the quad, but would hate to have to replace later on down the line because games and the like might migrate to it... another example of chasing ghosts! lol
Is the x6800 a good overclocker? Would it be better to go with the e6600? Also, will that 750w PSU run everything including the 8800gtx? I have no need for an sli set up right now, so one 8800gtx will do me. I like the features of the Nvidia 680i but also like the Abit IN9 32X-Max, as I am most familiar with the Abit BIOs, also my Abit IC-7g is an awesome board and Ive had no problems with it ever.
Thanks for the reply. I agree that the 1K is too much, Ill go with the e6700 and that 750 you recommended. I thought the MB over too, and dcided to go with the Nvidia 680i since it will run nicely with the 8800GTX. Also, for Sh(ts and giggles... what would be the best water cooling set up?