Where are you finding the prices? They are high, you can get 2 GB of RAM for that price.
The 8600 is rated near/ slight about the 7300, replaces the 7600. Good, it is DX-10, bad, so what there are no DX-10 games. Pay less for a x1950 or 7900 and have a decent game card.
I agree. Unless these prices are Canadian or something like that, there are much better deals out there. The 320GB harddrive should be more like $85. If your going to spend $200 on a video card, get the x1950xt.
As for motherboard, I'd get a good s775 board. You should be able to pick up a good Asus or gigabyte board with a Intel 965 chipset. Obviously you can't use that 5600+ with it, so dump it for a 6300/4300/6320/etc. Depending on the app, most of these chips should be close to the 5600+ performance level, and will beat it once you overclock it to 2.6-2.8GHz. In the US, they sell for around $120-180 depending on the chip.
The only other advice I can give you is to dump the 8600 idea. Either buy a cheap card now to use while waiting for DX10, or get the 8800. Spending 75% of the 8800GTS to get half of the performance doesn't make sense.
hey dude, im aussie to so i can help u out on the prices of things k. Where'd you get your prices from originally?
And you should trust intel that they've done the right thing this time cause they have and you'll be thankfull
Thats one freaky dude in your avatar...
@OP: Long live Down Under! You're buying from MSY I guess? The prices appear to be the same. If you are buying at auburn, bring a book to read and a beer coz you are gonna be waiting a while in a line.
Lol nah mate not auburn im gonna buy it from ultimo coz i live in the city and yes the prices are from msy
so u guys reckon i should buy intel, but then again i dont kno whats a good cpu and mboard for that either lol
It makes no difference. What matters is that the card fits into the slot, in this case, the PCIe 16x slot. Sure, some chipsets perform better then others, but that makes no difference as to what card is in it. You buy cards because X GPU is faster then Y GPU, not becuase it was made by the same company that made Z device in your computer.
It depends on the FSB:RAM ratio. If you have that set at 1:1, and your FSB is stock, then both sets of ram would be running at DDR2-533. The advantage of buying the DDR2-800 over the DDR2-677 is that at 533MHz, you will probably get tighter timings. (3-4-4-12 instead of 4-4-4-15)