It's been about 4 years since I last built a system and I'm now at a point where I must replace everything. After days of research and catching up with the latest technology I've come up with the following config...
* ASUS Maximus Extreme X38 motherboard
* Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Dual Core Processor LGA775 Conroe 3.0GHZ 1333FSB 4MB
* 2x Corsair Dominator 2GB DDR3 2X1GB DDR3-1800 for 4GB total
* 4x Western Digital Raptor 150GB SATA 10KRPM 16MB in RAID0 for 600GB total
* Adaptec 31605 x8 PCIe RAID controller
* Palit Geforce 8600GT 1GB video card
* Liteon 16X Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive
* Samsung SH-S203N SATA 20X DVD+-RW Litescribe DVD Writer
* Mitsumi FA404M-BK 7-IN-1 Floppy Drive & Flash Reader
* Koolance PC4-1026BK Black ATX Tower Case with 1KW Series Water Cooling Unit
* Koolance CPU, GPU, and 2xRAM watercooling heatsinks
* Enermax Galaxy Dxx 1000W Power Supply
* Vista Ultimate x64
My plan is to go with this setup now and re-evaluate the CPU and GPU in a couple of months. That 8600GT is just a low-cost stand-in until I know more on the future of the G92, plus the 1GB VRAM is something I just gotta see in action. Once all the Yorkfields are shipping I'll look at swapping out that E6850 for a QX9xxx but for now this system should have plenty of power the time-being.
Any comments or words of advice? Anything you'd do differently and why?
On further reflection I'm thinking I will probably go with the Corsair XMS3 DDR3-1600 2x2GB kit. It'll allow me to add more later since I'll only be using 2 of 4 sockets and give me the flexibility to push for 1600mhz.
I was hoping to place the order today but without even one comment, positive or negative, I'm reluctant to drop $4k on purely my own assumption on what's a good system.
Go with a cheaper video card like gf 6200 or x300 pci-e or even a pci card if you're gonna buy a new video card. Palit 8800GT is the best, imo, for its excellent cooling & better headroom for overclocking.
It'll primary be for 3d rendering projects, multimedia store, and gaming. I'll take a look at the other Palit cards on your recommendation too. It looks like some of the parts are B/O'd until the end of December anyway so it should give me a more of an opportunity to see what's new in video cards after the Dec 11th release of the new G92s.