32a is fine. What monitor are you running this system on? Where are you buying the parts from? In terms of motherboard, the Gigabyte DS3 is very good, but Abit aren't that bad if you're not overclocking.
Abit it's not a piece of crap, they are probably the best motherboard for enthusiasts, your mobo is cheap and solid, but also there are mobo's with SLi support with better chipset for the same money, eg. asus m2n-e sli. Your memory sucks get 800mhz is also around the same money, you will see the true power of AM2 amd processor only with 800mhz memory.
thanks for the advice guys. 800mhz memory is about 50% more expensive in the uk, but If thats what I need, thats what I'll get!
Motherboard sounds good then - dont really have an interest in Sli - one 8800GTS will be quite enough I think! when it can't do the job anymore I'll replace it with a newer model.
my monitor is my weak spot to be honest - 19inch CRT, but a damn good one. Picture quality is top notch.
any advice on the actual build would be cool as well
buying the parts from ebuyer - where else!?
Cool cool. Some stuff is cheaper on scan.co.uk, but make sure you get the £10 off with the Google checkout on ebuyer. Apparently, you can get the £10 off more than once if you make separate orders, but I'm not 100% on that. With AM2 processors, they have a divider on the chip, so the faster the RAM, the better (with Intel processors, the RAM will be limited to match the FSB).
I've had a bad experience with scan - found the customer service to be rubbish . Ebuyer also offer a great 9 month free finance deal, so can get a new PC and go on holidays
thanks for your advice guys Sam
Fair enough. I've only used them once, and that was because the Gadget Show recommended them. I mainly use them because they have a lot of stuff that ebuyer don't (much bigger selection of after-market HSF's, and actually decent case fans).