I am currently in need of a gaming pc that uses Win xp. My husband is going to build this for me. He is not a gamer and does not know anything at all about parts so it up to me to select parts ( meaning I need to do the research on the various parts as I am not knowledgeable at all on it either) In the past, he has done upgrades on my pc’s such as video cards, ram, hard drives and cpu chips but has never done a motherboard. My budget is around 700 but if I can get it lower all the better.
What I currently have:
- 320 gig SATA hard drive
- 22 inch monitor
- windows xp
I will not be doing any overclocking. Stability and reliability are what is important to me in this PC. Also would like something that is not too noisy too without having to add additional components. I want to keep this as simple as possible as this is a first time build.
I've heard people have had luck with the GA-P35-DS3L.
The difference in the cases is the fan setup. The one you picked out will be fine.
I've never used xclio PSUs. I'd look at Fortran for that price.
I believe that the X1950PRO is a tad faster then the 7900GS, but if you have any interest in Linux, I'd highly recommend nVidia.
All and all, I think you have a pretty decent budget build. My only suggestion would be to think about going with an AMD CPU or the Intel 2140 and spending the saved money on a better video card.
you could probably go with out a cooler since your system isn't that powerful, so $50 case will seal it at 700 if you go intel... 600 if you go amd
I'd personally recommend though to wait a few more weeks save up another couple hundred, and to with a geforce 8x series, get a bigger case and get a cooler for the extra $200 or so.. You might not want it now, but a few years down the road, who knows? nextgen games with directX 10 won't look as good.
But the system you got picked out will work fine for most games.