Hey everyone, first time posting after a lot of reading. I'm going to be building my first PC pretty soon here after I decide which parts to go with. My budget is $1000. This will be my primary PC with which I will be gaming, downloading, web surfing, word processing, etc. I want to be able to play some of the new games coming out in the next couple of months (bioshock/crysis) at a reasonable frame rate, as well as handling WoW at high-ish settings.
I've been researching components for several days now and this is what I have so far:
DVD: Sony NEC Optiarc 18X DVD±R DVD Burner Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model AW-Q170A-B2 - OEM --- $30.99
HD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM --- $79.99
OS: Microsoft Windows Vista 32-Bit Home Premium for System Builders Single Pack DVD - OEM --- $111.99
Motherboard: None yet
TOTAL (with shipping)- $927.59
As you can see I need everything except a mouse and speakers. The part I am most unsure about is what motherboard would suit my needs, as well as whether the PSU is appropriate for this PC. Any and all suggestions are greatly appreciated!
The "XT" version is that card is a lot faster, and better. I did just see that Pro in action and it preformed well, although the stock cooler was not great and idleing at about 55c. The card got a aftermarket cooler and went down 10c. But then that was $30. The XT has a better cooler. Keep in mind this computer has great cooling and the idle with the stock was high until upgrade.