I'm building a new system and wanted to run it by some more experienced people (it's my first time doing the DIY thing). I want to trade out the monitor, hard-drive and DVD-R/W from my old system, and *if possible* the system memory (pc2 4300 667 mhz 1GB x 2 = 2gigs RAM). If I absolutely HAVE to, I'm willing to go in for some newer memory, but only if the performance increase merits the cost. I included the price of new system memory in my total, just in case.
My thoughts: I'm willing to go cheap on every component except for the GPU; I won't kid myself, this thing is primarily a gaming pc for as low as I can go. So, the 8800 GTS I'm pretty firm on, and I'd rather not hang around for the 92xx series (whenever it's supposed to come out). I've always been behind the curve on the GPU, and now I think I've picked one that could last a while.
Other things: I don't use the computer for a lot of other media tasks, so I doubt getting quad-core is necessary. I don't believe I'll need an SLI mobo anytime soon. I've never OC'd anything before, and if I ever do, it'd be pretty conservative, so I'm hoping to do without any expensive cooling systems.
So, here's the newegg wishlist: Let me know if any of the components suck, for whatever reason, or if I'm overlooking something pretty obvious. Thanks!
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Looks really good actually. I'm glad your going with 64-bit, that the way to go I think. I love my vista 64-bit. If you aren't OCing, you can use the mem from your other computer, just don't it with other memory later one. That way to can save some money and get the GTS 640MB like Maziar suggested .