Alright so my current computer is about 6 years old and it wasn't a very good computer even back then so I'm planning on building a new one. I'm on a pretty tight budget and I want to get as much performance for low cost. This is my proposed build so far:
It comes to a grand total of $511.26 including S&H.
I already have a decent 17" LCD monitor (which will be used for a few months, until I have enough money for a better one), a keyboard, a good mouse, and a copy of Vista. If anyone sees any compatibility issues, has any comments or suggestions, please let me know.
Also, I checked the Power Supply Calculator and I should get enough power from the 400w and have a bit of power left for a few future upgrades. (The power supply/case come together and got very good reviews)--Should I upgrade the PSU anyways?
I don't trust Thermaltake that much either, but I would run one of their PSUs over Rosewill anyday.
Your welcome for the video card link, but the 800MHz > 580MHz logic is flawed. As with CPUs, clock speed means nothing. Its the power of the GPU overall that you need to worry about. That 2600XT might be clocked at 800MHz, but the x1950pro that is clocked at ~575MHz would beat it. If clock speed were everything, we'd still be using the netburst CPUs, and not the "faster" C2Ds.
If I recall correctly, the two cards were the same in price, but with this one you don't have to wait for the rebate. And because of that, the only money you save is on sale tax, if you live in a state newegg charges. What you do get is a faster card for your $100.
Well I wasn't planning on getting the rebate--it's only valid through 8/31 and I'm buying the parts in about 2-3 weeks (I don't have all of the money right now )
I was wondering about the clock speed--I read (on a guide about computers on a blog) about how a card with a lower core clock speed could be a better card overall but I didn't really trust the source (random blog--can't remember which) but it doesn't hurt to have higher clock speed either I guess.