As you may guess im new to all this but after doing some considerable research (hours of reading) have decided the best thing to do is build a new system myself - pre built systems dont seem to have what i want or are too expensive.
I dont upgrade a lot (my current system is 6 years old with GPU/RAM upgrade) but when i do i like to go high-end, the theory being that although it is overkill for the first few years i can make it last a good few years with minimum upgrades (which as u can probably imagine keeps the wife happy!!!).
The rig is gonna be used mainly for games, but nothing extreme. I'm really not too fussed if i cant run thing at max settings. I also do a bit of video/music encoding and some CAD work.
So basically the key here is longevity. Obviously a few gambles have to be taken in that respect (unless anyone has a reliable crystal ball) but here is the list of components i have put together. All the stuff will be bought off http://www.scan.co.uk (they do credit) and im looking at a budget of around £1100 ($2200 possibly) give or take £100.
Seems to be the choice of the forward looking buyer. Definately gonna try my had at overclocking it to about 3GHz (no experience in this but read a lot about it recently). Is overclocking significently detrimental to the CPU?
Seems a choice between this and the 8800GTSs (really cant afford the GTX). From what ive read it appears that these 2 are about the same performance/price. Im leaning towards the 2900XT mainly because of its future potential (if what ive read is correct). im sure either will be good for me for now.
OPTIARC has a lot of trouble in vista, I know because I am constantly hearing about and fixing a friends laptop, and it is always the DVD drive. LiteON or something better known seems to have less issues. Other than that, it looks good to me.
I think Lableflash id the same as Lightscribe (or at least similar), could be wrong though!!! lol
As far as Scan goes it seems to be about the cheapests but i suppose it depends how you plan on paying for it. There are a few other site i have come across (Overclockers, YO-YO tech) so if your paying all in one go you can probably shop around and save a few quid here and there. All the site do 'Deals of the week' type things. Also scan only seem to do Corsair RAM so i guess shopping around gives you a wider range of products. I going with Scan cause they do credit (10% deposit, pay over 24 months) which suits me a bit better than forking out all at once