Hi, I'm soon going to be buying the parts for my first home-build and I would love to hear your opinions/suggestions on how I can improve it - without too much of an increase in price - as I am a complete n00b when it comes to home-builds. Thanks in advance. Note, will be used primarily for gaming, such as BF2 mod Project Reality.
why go with amd? seems like a waste of money when you can get the e6750 which is better and around the same price, which is a much better performer. just look at the benchmarks. therefore i would get the gigabyte p35 dsr3 mobo. a killer board can overclock like mad, you should be able to get the e6750 to 3.6ghz easily and it supports the 45nm cpu's coming out this year.
i would gow for the 8800 gts rather than the x1950 pro as the x1950 pro is about half as good as the 8800 gts.,
Are you an audiophile? If not, the X-Fi shouldn't be making it's way into a budget build. Onboard sound is pretty good these days, and 95% of people wouldn't really notice the difference, at least not enough of a difference to justify the cost.
Like everyone said, look at a reasonably priced Core2 CPU. Maybe something like this, depending how much you want to spend. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
As for the PSU you don't need a lot of wattage, just look for a quality brand. Something like this would be more then enough juice and is fairly cheap. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Pous: I did mean to put in the GeForce 8600GT 512MB but I forgot, doh..
Also, following your suggestion I've edited my build as for cases and PSU.
sharp910sh: I went for AMD processor because I can get them here really cheap
lghtmup98: Thanks I think I was originally looking at the fatal1ty mobo and got confused, thanks for pointing that out!
ryan7107: Well I chose such an expensive sound card mainly because a lot of people on the Project Reality forums hail it as the one of the best investments in your PC. Plus PR really is a resource hungry game to play on high.
PS budget is around say .. ~£700 - £800 or ~1400 - $1600 USD
Well, the X-Fi is nice, but unless your very demanding about your audio quailty forget it. You'll see a *much* bigger improvement by spending that money on upgrading your videocard.
Look close at that video card you selected. Not only is the 8600gt only an ok card, but most of the 512mb versions use DDR2 ram instead of DDR3. If the one you are looking at uses DDR2 ram, it's absolute garbage. Even if it is DDR3, you'll most likely not seen any benefit from the extra 256mb anyways.
You should really try for the 8800GTS 320MB. If you have to ditch the soundcard and get a $50 Centurion case, it will be well worth it.