building my friend a pc and thought that i could get some help since this forums is absolutely loaded with fantastic help.
$117.02--Antec Nine Hundred Mid Tower Gamer Case 900 ATX 9 Drive Bay No PS Top USB2.0 1394 Audio (not sure on this case because i heard it is absolute hell to hide the wires since the psu sits at the bottom- so if you could suggest another with a clear side panel, that would be great) Thermaltake armor is too expensive sadly for this build
$144.90-- ASUS P5K ATX LGA775 P35 DDR2 2PCI-E16 3PCI 1PCI-E1 SATA2 Sound GBLAN 1394 Motherboard (not sure if i should just go with a BFG 650i instead or is this board ok? i always have trouble picking asus boards since the specs all look the same) (also what ram speed will this support up to?)
$580.95-- BFG GeForce 8800GTX OC 600MHZ 768MB 1.8GHZ GDDR3 PCI-E Dual DVI-I HDTV Out HDCP DIRECTX10 Video Card
$275.53-- Western Digital Caviar GP 750GB 7200RPM 16MB 8.9MS 3.5IN SATA2 INT Hard Drive OEM *3YR MFR Warranty* ( I remember reading from THG that this is the only 7200 rpm drive that recieves the 5.9 rating on vista)
$129.59-- OCZ GameXStream 600W ATX12V 24PIN SLI Ready Active PFC ATX Power Supply 120MM Fan Black
$42.60-- Samsung SH-S183A Black SATA DVD+RW 18X8X16 DVD-RW 18X6X16 DL 8X INT DVD Writer OEM W/ SW (dumb question but this does play CD's right? i am sure it does however my friend is unsure
You could save a bunch by not getting that hard drive. In fact here is a 750Gig with a 5 year warrenty for 209. And here is another 750gig for 189. If you could settle with a 500gig, you would save a bundle.
And you are going to pay a premium for a graphics card like that. Here is a similar one for 499.
Actually, the more that I look at, the more I realize that all your prices seem a bit high. Where are you buying all this from?
I pretty much agree with dmroeder on the GPU and the HDD. On another note, you could cut some money on your MOBO and RAM.
-P35 D3SL would cost about 80 dollars. I'm not sure if you are really needing something specific, but this is a good one for basic uses. (No Firewire, etc.)
-The ram you have is expensive, in my opinion. While it is expensive, it is also quite good. However, if you are not OCing, then you could settle for something less than 4-4-4-12. I've seen this: "OCZ Gold XTC PC2-6400 2GB 2X1GB DDR2-800 CL5-5-5-12 240PIN DIMM Dual Channel Memory Kit" for 50 dollars lately.
-A case is really a personal choice. I tend to use cases to cut cost, but some people tend to put more merit in the case. Just make sure it has enough room and adequate airflow.
-Your dvd writer will do everything under it(play cds, burn cds, play dvds).
Any of the below DDR2 modules would be fine, especially good for OC'ing!
Memory - $98 shipped - $40 MIR = $58!! Solid performing CAS 4 DDR2
CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory – Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I agree with lunyone, but I would not choose the Antec option. I also don't like the idea of spending a lot on a case, even though the 900 does look really good.
I also agree about the huge HDD. It would be useful to know what he intends to do with this PC before suggesting alternate storage, but trusting an entire system to a single huge drive without an obvious backup option looks especially risky.