This will be my first build, upgrading from an old P4 Dell
A friend has a 2.7ghz Opteron 165/s939/7900GS setup that seems fast enough to me. He said that I can get better performance for less money now that RAM and CPU prices are down. He said the Core 2 processors are superior, but the cheapest one I found was the e4300 for $114, and $40+ for an aftermarket HSF.
I'm also debating if I should just go all out (for me) and spend the extra $100+ and get the e4300 and the aluminum case?
My friend said that Crysis and another game will take advantage of quad cores and that Intel is supposed to release a cheap quad core later this year. Does AMD have anything like that planned?
Either way I would like to overclock a fair amount.
He also said that I'll need Vista for the new DX10 games and that I might think about getting 4gb in dual channel since Vista need like one minimum. Is he right? If so can I use 4x1gb sticks or is 2x2gb better?
cpu - go for the e4300 cpu, especially since you want to overclock. I got one of them up to 3.2ghz easy on stock cooling.
memory - 2gb will be fine. just get that much and buy another set if you decide you need 4 later on.
psu - $60 for a 550W rosewill psu on newegg.
case - don't get sucked into the hype and get a $100 case when you're on a budget. if you're worried about cooling, just do what i do & leave the side panel off :wink:
CPU: Core2Duo E4400 (it has a nicer mutiplier) $139
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3 ( great to overclock with) $119
Ram:GeIL 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR26400 ( was nothing wrong with this selection ) $76
Video Card: MSI X1950Pro 512mb ( i wouldn't bother with finding a Dx10 card rite now as the performance is pretty crappy on lower end models, this card will tide you over till you can afford a nice new model.) $159
HDD: WD 320gb 7200.10 (didn't know if u wanted one or not) $80
DVD Drive:SAMSUNG 18X DVD±R Black SATA (same with this) $25
PSU: Silverstone ST60F 600w (great powersupply, ive got one ) $119
Case:Thermaltake SOPRANO VB1000BWS Black (mate has one and its decent enough) $80
Total is $797
Pretty damn decent build IMO. any critics are welcome. Hope this helps you with choices, and aluminum cases are nice
Get a cheap 1950Pro or a 7900GS for now, until DX10 games are out and tested against various hardware. By new year's time you will do a better selection with new models around and real benchmarks to help you choose. It will also be cheaper! The guessing game and hyped announcements can lead you to a bad choice and waste of money.