Its been a long time since I built a computer. Last one was a 2.8 gig barton. That said it is time for an upgrade.
Here is a list of what I was looking at. I haven't really picked out a case yet althought he Thermaltake Armor Series looks nice. Well here is a list of parts and links which hopefully will work
Is there much difference between going with the memory pc800 vs pc 1066?
Going to raid 0 on the hard drives.
Looking at the motherboard is it worth it to get a 680LT or a 680I motherboard vs a 650I. I dont have plans of doing a sli.
Thumbs up for picking out the best bang for the buck o/cing ram! I wouldn't change a thing.
ok, Ballistix can be o/ced to 1000 or maybe 1066. So there's no diff between Ballistix & those overpriced 1066 ram. If they're using the same good chips as Ballistix, they can be o/c'ed to beyond 1066.
Now if you're an extreme overclocker, you would want the fastest ram at the lowest price. We come back to Ballistix with rebate.
The MSI 650i Plat is the top 650i overclocking board. It has pretty good chipset cooling & then some. It's not worth getting a 680i unless you sli 2 highend cards. 650i & 680i have almost the same o/cing options in bios. I can't tell a difference. However, 650i is x8 & x8 in SLI whereas 680i is true x16 & x16 in SLI, if that matters. For the differences between 'em: