Another question is. What happened to AGP? All the mobos I've been looking at do not have a port for it? Did it suddenly become obsolete or something? What is a decent video card for a not too bad of a price? So my old video card is trash now?
As you can see the prices for these items aren't too bad. If you have any other recommendations for the items I have please feel free to shoot them out. I might do some light overclocking and Im having a hard time finding a good reliable mobo.
but asking what a decent video card is depends on what you're into. you can get great performance from an 8800gts 320mb if you're looking for a card in the 200s, and there are a lot of decent video cards in the 100-200 range.
Well, I like your choices personally but he is right, agp is dead man. The new cards on their way out are show by a recent article on tom's that new cards are stressin pciE 8x too much so there is actually a need for pciE **x(16x or less if one available). SO, they will just use 16x. You're looking to build a new rig, I guess it is all relative to how much you wanna spend. Whats your price range?
CPU: Intel C2D E4300, E6300 (E6400?), or E6600
MB: Gigabyte DS3 or EVGA 680i depending how much you want to spend and if you need SLI
GPU: EVGA 8800GTS 320MB (SC or KO variants if you want)
HDD: WD Raptor 150GB or Seagate 7200.10 (or both)
AMD currently lags in performance (even with overclocking I believe).
It's hard to recommend anything more specific without knowing your budget.
Well my budget is around $700-750. So from what it seems to C2D is the way to go. Maybe I should wait until April 22 when the price cuts take place? Is C2D really that much better over AMD X2?
From the price list that wilcoxon is showing, if I want to stay within my budget I will have to go with the C2D E4300. Is that processor better than the one I have chosen right now(AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ Windsor 2.2GHz Socket AM2)?
Hmm maybe I will wait for the price drop of the E4300. What would be a good mobo to match it up with for under 150? Also they recommend DDR2 667 over the 800, why is that? and a PSU?
Gigabyte DS3 is a nice mobo for <$150 ($120ish iirc).
I'm not sure why they recommend 667 over 800. Possibly almost as good at overclocking for a lower price?
A good PSU is important. Look at the Tier 1, Z, or 2 ones in the PSU tier article linked from the stickied PSU 101 article in the PSU forum. Personally, I like the Seasonic S12 Energy+ (very quiet (from what I've read and heard - haven't gotten mine yet)).
When using a lower clocked CPU, even when overclock the memory to FSB ratio is closer to 1:1 with 667 RAM so you can save money without losing performance. If you are not overclocking, no brainer, get 667. If you might upgrade the CPU in the near future and want the RAM to follow along, then you can think about spending the extra up front instead of having to bump up the RAM also.